The whole reason I was selling my Triumph Chopper was to make what in my opinion was the final step up, same sort of thing being a rigid Chopper but I really wanted a big American V-Twin in the frame, so most obviously a Harley. I first saw this bike for sale 5 months ago, so I was pretty stoked that my Triumph ended up selling (for exactly what I wanted), and no one else had stumbled on this and snapped it up.
Anyone that trys to tell you that old rigid Choppers are impractical and only suitable for short city riding and bar hopping is full of shit. I've found in my experience these sorts of comments usually come from internet haters who have no idea what they are talking about, because they've never actually ridden a rigid themselves. I rode this bike from Harvey to Wanneroo across some pretty crappy country roads at around 110km/h for the over 2 hour trip home, and got off feeling fresh enough to refuel and turn around and do it again!
It's running a Santee rigid frame which is registered as a 1965 Harley, so just like my last bike, pre-ADR so no need for indicators, mufflers and other gay fluff. The engine is apparently a 1984 HD Evo, but I've not yet decoded the numbers to figure out what it was pulled from. Engine is completely stock and even still running points. Not as cool as a shovelhead, but given it's my first HD it's kind of a relief to be running something that is so common and well known as the EVO is.
The gearbox is a kick only castle top 4 speed rebuilt with Andrews gears, and a hydraulic clutch. The two are joined by a 3" open belt primary made by Outer Cycle in Victoria (previously Sonic Choppers). I'd never ridden a bike with an open belt primary before, and boy oh boy, it whines louder than a jet plane full of poms!! Front end is a home made wide glide with 35mm tubes and dual discs, although they don't seem to do much...
Overall the bike is pretty good. It's rough around the edges and needs a good clean up, and some attention to the wiring. It's pretty damned ugly the way it is, but I only really intended to keep the frame, drive train and the back wheel and replace the rest during the rebuild.
I'll probably ride it for the next 12 months to learn the bike and suss out what it wants and needs, and pull it off the road next year to give it some style. I thought the Triumph turned out pretty good, but I intend to take this to a whole new level and will not compromise on anything during the build. Less bolt on parts and more custom one off hand made parts for sure (especially the gas tank)!