This one is just plain fun. Performance? I doubt it. I just really dug it... makes me want to build a chopper out of something weird. Like a Yanmar diesel cement mixer motor... ah crap. Someone allready did that...
My goals for this blog are simple: 1: Explain and champion the Attack chopper philosophy. 2: Encourage others to build Attack choppers. 3: Show examples of well built Attack choppers. 4: Show well built bikes that may not be Attack choppers to inspire Attack chopper builders to build better bikes. 5: Show sources of inspiration outside of the motorcycle sphere and chopper sphere of influence. 6: Exalt the heros of the faith.
This is not a blog about bikes with long front ends. This is not a blog about slow bikes. This is not a blog about bikes with huge wide fat tires. This is not a blog about bikes that can’t turn. This is not a blog about show bikes.
Core Principles of the Attack Chopper philosophy:
LIGHT SKINNY FAST TOUGH GOOD HANDLING GOOD GROUND CLEARANCE GOOD BRAKES
My chopper manifesto
I do not accept the assumption that a rigid framed motorcycle cannot go fast, stop quickly, or handle well. I want my choppers to perform above the social accepted performance standard for rigid framed motorcycles; (that is to say: BAD) These are the standards I have set before myself to achieve with said choppers: My choppers must be able to Evade, Pursue, and allow me to survive. My choppers must be light. My choppers must be skinny and be able to navigate tight traffic with ease. My choppers must go fast, accelerate hard, stop well, handle good, and do so without fusing my vertabrae. My choppers must not scrape hard parts when leaning. My choppers are not bar hoppers. My choppers are not non-functioning scuplture. My choppers must function like a real, useable vehicle. My choppers must be a valid mode of transportation. My choppers must not be built for other peoples enjoyment or entertainment. My choppers must be built for me and my preferences and standards alone. My choppers must not be fragile. My choppers must be able to hop curbs, hit potholes, skid, wheelie, do burn outs and crash without breaking. My choppers must be able to be ridden on all sufaces (Pavement, dirt, gravel, snow, sand, mud)
Hero's and Inspiration
My Brothers in the NFK
The San Francisco 1%ers
Click here to read about how this all started
Why build and ride an Attack Chopper?
It's a lot of work and it isn't for everyone.. so why do it?
Click here to read Tom Rose's thoughts on why you should ride a kickstart ONLY bike.
You'll never look at an electric start bike the same again...
I got your adventure bike right here...
Rigids aren't show bikes. Use em.
Click here for a word about Jockey shifts, and spool hubs
Click here for a word about External inspiration:
Click here for a word about Crashproofing.
AKA: WWMMD? (What Would Mad Max Do?)
Click here for WWMMD part 2
Will you surive the apocalypse?
Click here for all the external inspiration you should ever need...
The nastiest car on the planet drips with inspiration for your Attack Chopper build..
Total Hero: Flynch
The guy who started this whole thing...
Total Hero's: My Brothers in the NFK
I interview MotoYan about the coolest bunch of guys in Tokyo