In preparation for my coast to coast adventure this summer, I've began freshening up and going over the bike. Figuring since I'm getting a new chain, I thought I'd change up the sprockets as well. A dude on the hondachopper forum had a 45t rear for sale at a deal, so I grabbed that and ordered a 17t front from Lowrider Tommy. A slight difference from the stock sizes, but keeps the ratio similar. So, tonight after a few phone calls catching up with some old friends, I cracked a High Life and swapped 'em out. So that's one thing on my list of about 20 done....
Old and Crusty.
Shiny & New
Figured the wheel needed a lil shine...even though it'll be covered oil.
My brother from another mother, Matt Stier, rescued this heap from the scrapyard and gave it new life. Below are some before and after pics...he did a much better job documenting the rebuild on his Facebook page, but we wanted to give you an idea of what he started with before this shiny orange beast became what you see here in this first picture. Dig it!
...for pics like these. Your typical tanned, bikini clad "Daytona" style chick photos...well, they're just a too cliche for me. Don't get me wrong, theres nothin' wrong with showing a little skin, or a sexy photo, however unique, interesting well composed photos such as these, well....I dig 'em!!!
This past saturday a group of the Flatlanders Crew gathered at Brumie's to work on gettin' his KZ1000 chop back on the road. Got the motor back together and in the frame and the forwards mounted. Thanks to Mrs. Brumie we gorged ourselves with Italian Beef sandwiches and washed it down with a bunch of beer.
Last weekend our regional crew of misfits, that we refer to as "the Flatlanders" (due to our geographic locale), gathered at Car's shop in "Chuck-town" for some wrenchin, drinkin, and BS'n. Car was scheduled to go check out this "70's cb750 chopper" on sunday around noon and since Dirka and I tried to relieve the shop fridge of its entire contents saturday night, I decided to linger around and tag along the next day.
Whenever we locally hear of a "cool old 70's chopper" it immediately conjures images of stock frames with 10" over front ends and a few misc. parts that were either removed or cobbled.
We certainly were not expecting what we found.
The bike's owner is a fella by the name of Randy Steidl. He put the bike together back in the mid 70's, utilizing many parts from the Amen Catalog. A hardtail Amen frame, sissy bar, battery box, electrics box and oil tank. I think the 16" over twisted springer came from Amen also. It's sportin' a 5 spoke spool Invader as well! Ya don't see too many of those.
Car and I thought, from what we were told, that Randy wanted the bike fixed up so that he could sell it, and that he had $25 G's in it. Yeah right, by 70's standards that'd be millions, hahaha.
Needless to say on the truck ride over, we weren't sure of what we were getting into, but thought, what the hell, we wanted to see this "70's chopper".
Well Randy turned out to be a very reasonable cat, and the guy that was telling us about him and the bike had misheard him...it was $2500 NOT $25,000. Turns out he didn't want to sell it at all, but wanted a rewire, some carb work and an overall freshening up so that he could strut this bad mamma jamma around town.
Hell yeah! While I'd love to buy it for myself, I was equally as excited that Randy wanted to keep and ride it. Tentative plans include swapping the front end to a telescopic style and adding front brakes. Randy said "at 60 years old I want something that's a little more stable feeling to me".
She's a true 70's survivor. I think we've got him talked out of repainting it. He mentioned it, but we entusiastically urged him to keep it as is, stating that if he changed any part of the paint, it just wouldn't be quite the same. As a sidenote, local builder Richard Gard (RIP), who you may've read about here at So'full, painted this back when the bike was built. Randy had requested one of Richard's "budget" paint jobs, but its still a very clean and classic looking job.
I think Randy was a little bit surprised at Car and I's enthusiasm, but its not everyday, especially in our neck of the cornfield, that you find something quite like this....