Those welds look horrible.
That’s the first thing I said when I saw the bike two day after the accident! No penetration what so ever.
Wow Larry is one lucky guy and what a shame. That bike looked awesome. Can it be fixed or is he having to leave it that way for evidence?
the before pictures really don't show the details and now it's only good enough as evidence for the civil suit
I'm no engineer but one must wonder. Aside from the shoddy welds, a bike with this this much radical steering geometry and ridden as a daily commuter. Is it a accident waiting to happen?
IMHO I've never felt that a chopper is safe for the street, no suspension, no cornering clearance, a single disk brake on a skinny front tire, silly ergonomics and that crazy steering geometry is just the start.
crappy welds!!! enough said!! the stupid company should have given your friend anything he wanted to start with to keep him quite when they saw those welds, We have enough problems riding out there we shouldn't have to worry about the machine failing in that way.
true that aj
I'll stick with a properly ENGINEERED motorcycle.
Very glad your friend was not injured. The responses from BBC should be read also. IF (big if) the company was right and the things they commented on did have an effect on the integrity of the frame, giving the guy a new frame out of kindness would've also implied admission of fault/guilt. It seems the rider is looking for a large settlement. Two sides to every story I suppose.
I agree with you gpz but I think my bud's attorney advised him on the amount to ask for. It seemed high to me too, but I figure those guys know what their doing.
Jesus, don't buy a bike from Big Bear Choppers. What a POS, he's lucky he isn't dead (I guess he knows that already).
I've watched most of the Biker Build Off and the other shows about the chopper scene and I think that most of these "custom bikes" are for weekend shows and going bar to bar... not a daily commuter bike, especially here in San Jose, the home of the crappy pot holed roads from hell
The dirty spot on the bottom where the down tube joined the head tube usually indicates the frame was cracked for some time (picture 14). The weld begins to fail and that area is exposed to the elements. The above that there will be another section that seems "polished, that's where the crack has spread too and the rubbing has polished it, then there will a very raw torn section from where the frame finally failed.
Some of the other guys have comment that the weld should not have failed and that is normally true, it'll be the strongest spot where the tubes join.
What draws my attention is what appears to be inserts or forms of some type inside the tubes (picture 15).
I that is the bottom tube that is mates to the headstock at an angle so it looks a lot thicker. The two metal pieces you see are the bottom tube and the weld itself.
.......................Picture 14................................................ .....................................Picture 15