Old School Chopper Trike

 

 

Marriage of 1973 Volkswagen Beetle and rigid frame of unknown origin.

 

On Saturday, January 18th, Boston Biker unveiled their new trike at the Worcester Centrum.  With a 1600cc (98 ci) VW engine and a 30 inch over springer frontend this leather clad machine drew a crowd all weekend. 

 

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Here are some older photos when it was first built!!

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Check back soon to see more in-process pictures, detailed photos, and descriptions.

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The picture that started it all. This trike is in New Zealand.
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A trailer load of parts. The dune buggy had to be cutup and disposed (it was rusted too bad).
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After a few minutes with the power saw!
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The rigid frame before attacking with the saw.
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About 100 hours into the project
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The view from the rear doesn't look pretty.
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All raked out and really starting to look like something now.
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The first of the 4 daggers gets welded
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The passenger seat frame  is taking shape
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Mating the bike frame to the VW.

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A mockup of a coffin tank in cardboard.  Looked cool but too big.

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A springer and wheel from around the shop just to see it on all 3 wheels

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Sitting in the driveway ready to head out for upholstery

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The handlebars are still raw steel and ready for chrome

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The stance of this chopper is really cool.

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The frame gets boxed in with plywood. Joe then sketched what he wanted

 

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The design kept getting refined then the sabre saw came out!

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The plywood was cut into the final spiderweb design

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The passenger seating area is taking its shape

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The bike is back from upholstery.  What a machine!

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Yikes, SPIKES!  I've whacked my ankle on these a few times.  They hurt!!
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You can never have too many daggers!

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A view from the rear.

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The skull eyes serve double duty as tail/brake lights also

 

Fast forward a few years....  not much has changed except the frontend.   The original one just didn't hold up very well.

 

I'm working on getting some new photos. 

Latest Photos...

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The new headlight before paint...
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