When I mentioned extended swingarms the other day, I asked why the V-twin chopper guys weren’t doing more of it instead of all of the long fork, radical rake designs we see. I saw the Pantera Dragster before but never really looked very closely. I just noticed an ad for it again and the long swingarm jumped out immediately. That’s exactly what I was talking about and just goes to show that others were thinking along these lines for quite some time.
I’m not sure how I like the rest of the design, photos often give a false impression, but if more builders tried this it might be a way for the chopper guys to make more functional bikes without feeling like they gave in to the sportbike side of the fence, still a chopper but a chopper that works. Of course, some shop will inevitably build some monstrosity with a six foot swingarm because they’re not clear on the concept. I guess we’ll have to take that chance. Just a thought.