We’ve talked a lot about a sportbike build off and whether it would generate enough interest, well, how about sport choppers? What the heck is that, you ask? Have you seen the V-Rod built by Roland Sands at Performance Machine? He took a V-Rod and used a lot of parts from their company’s catalog and a lot of great ideas, too. Instead of increasing the rake like every other chopper, he actually decreased it. He put on a sportbike tail section and various other mods to create a really nice looking bike.
Think about it. Take the American V Twin motorcycle idea but make it handle and perform. It makes sense that Roland Sands, a former racer, would look at bikes a little different than your run of the mill chopper shop. It’s the same idea as the Hellcat from Confederate Motorcycles, a V-Twin performance machine.
I forgot to mention yesterday when writing about that Monster Garage episode that before they started their project they rolled the bike on to a portable dyno and got 67hp, afterwards they had 115hp. That was the best part of the build. That sort of tuning would fit right into this.
A sport chopper build off would let all of the regular chopper shops take part, there’s no reason they couldn’t use the skill and knowledge they already have to build something that performs. All of the Buell guys could get into this, too, and it would be a very American event. American Sport Chopper? Nothing exotic needed, only ideas. I kinda like it.