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Posted: 9/19/2009 8:51:02 AM EST
Just got done putting a new airbag in my bike, I cut pockets out of the frame so the swingarm could drop even lower than it's supposed to.



Pack of smokes won't even fit under it:



I'm ready for a beer.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:52:53 AM EST
nice..



does that streach your " chain" at all..
?

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:54:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By cluster:
nice..



does that streach your " chain" at all..
?



It does get tighter as the suspension compresses, but I checked the belt tension in the fully-lowered position - it feels ok.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:54:57 AM EST
What does the rest of the bike look like?

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:55:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By Fearlessleader01:
What does the rest of the bike look like?



I'll take a pic, hang on.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:57:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By Fearlessleader01:
What does the rest of the bike look like?



I'll take a pic, hang on.


still waiting.


why arent you out riding right now ?

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:57:17 AM EST
thats pretty cool..just an airbag that replaces the rear shock?
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:58:44 AM EST


Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:59:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By cluster:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By Fearlessleader01:
What does the rest of the bike look like?



I'll take a pic, hang on.


still waiting.


why arent you out riding right now ?



I can't ride it, my ignition module went out and they are sending me a replacement.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:00:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By Burntrubber87:
thats pretty cool..just an airbag that replaces the rear shock?


Yep, usually a Softail has dual shocks underneath the frame; I replaced them both with a single airbag unit, it's made by Independent Cycle.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:00:03 AM EST
Non bike owner here.....can you corner with it that low without catching the frame on the road? (and the subsequent roadrash)
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:01:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By RobRat:
Non bike owner here.....can you corner with it that low without catching the frame on the road? (and the subsequent roadrash)


Absolutely not.

I won't lower it unless it's parked, when I ride it I pump the bag up with air to achieve stock ride height.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:02:27 AM EST


Full on "WIN".
Nice sled.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:02:39 AM EST
I don't ride bikes but that's a damn good looking bike.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:03:07 AM EST
Why not a rigid frame instead?



Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:04:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 9:04:33 AM EST by ftwm]
Thanks, I'm happy with how the bike came out.

I own a rigid already, and to be honest I hate riding it.

Every little bump throws you off the seat, and I actually ride my bikes long distances.

Rigid frame + bad back = not fun.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:05:31 AM EST
Watch those speed-bumps, dude.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:08:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By WoodDevil:
Watch those speed-bumps, dude.


Speed bumps are not a concern, I have 5" of ground clearance when it's pumped up.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:10:12 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 9:12:02 AM EST by glmf40]
Nice scooter, perfect example of how less IS more. Good job
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:10:40 AM EST
cool bike
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:14:18 AM EST
Very nice.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:16:50 AM EST
*cough* A real man would have a rigid.... *caugh*



Seriously, nice bike OP!
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:29:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 9:32:02 AM EST by n3awalk3r]
Originally Posted By vaughn4380:
*cough* A real man would have a rigid.... *caugh*



Seriously, nice bike OP!


*cough* A real man would have read the thread and saw that he has one....*cough*



Nice bike. I bet that the air ride is very smooth when your riding it.

ETA: What kind of bike is it exactly? I know there are lots of custom parts on it, but is it a build, or did you modify something? (Not into bikes enough to know by looking)
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:33:18 AM EST
Would suck if you ever get a flat.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:36:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By n3awalk3r:
Originally Posted By vaughn4380:
*cough* A real man would have a rigid.... *caugh*



Seriously, nice bike OP!


*cough* A real man would have read the thread and saw that he has one....*cough*



Nice bike. I bet that the air ride is very smooth when your riding it.

ETA: What kind of bike is it exactly? I know there are lots of custom parts on it, but is it a build, or did you modify something? (Not into bikes enough to know by looking)


It's a wide-tire Softail frame made by Chopperguys Inc.

Engine is a H-D crate motor with a mild cam, Mikuni carb and Bassani pipes.

I wanted a reliable engine, and I got one.

It runs strong, I don't have any problem keeping up with my buddies on their Twin Cam bikes.

It's a work in progress, I actually started building it two years ago and it's evolved into what you see.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:37:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Would suck if you ever get a flat.



LOL

Getting a flat sucks on ANY bike.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:40:35 AM EST
It amazes how folks can not read.

THE BIKE DOESN'T RIDE THAT LOW, THE OP JUST LET THE AIR OUT OF THE "AIR BAG" SUSPENSION SYSTEM.

Whe he rides it he WILL but air in the system.

Oh, rigids suck for folks who ride a lot.


Nice bike OP, I like the minimalist look as well as the flat black paint.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:50:36 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:52:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By RobRat:
Non bike owner here.....can you corner with it that low without catching the frame on the road? (and the subsequent roadrash)


Absolutely not.

I won't lower it unless it's parked, when I ride it I pump the bag up with air to achieve stock ride height.


Then what was the point?

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:56:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By junker46:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By RobRat:
Non bike owner here.....can you corner with it that low without catching the frame on the road? (and the subsequent roadrash)


Absolutely not.

I won't lower it unless it's parked, when I ride it I pump the bag up with air to achieve stock ride height.


Then what was the point?



The point was to get a better ride.

I can adjust the suspension by simply hitting a toggle switch to adjust the air in the bag.

More air = stiffer ride

Less air = softer ride

Plus it looks really fucken cool when it's parked and slammed.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:56:25 AM EST
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Just got done putting a new airbag in my bike, I cut pockets out of the frame so the swingarm could drop even lower than it's supposed to.

http://i34.tinypic.com/2n74kyp.jpg

Pack of smokes won't even fit under it:

http://i33.tinypic.com/drcrck.jpg

I'm ready for a beer.


Cool.

Next softail I build I'm thinking about bagging.

It would be cool to put some skids on the frame and just set in on the ground when you park the bike.
Who needs a kick stand,jiffy stand,ect anyway.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 9:57:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 9:58:11 AM EST by ftwm]
Originally Posted By cbrooks:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Just got done putting a new airbag in my bike, I cut pockets out of the frame so the swingarm could drop even lower than it's supposed to.

http://i34.tinypic.com/2n74kyp.jpg

Pack of smokes won't even fit under it:

http://i33.tinypic.com/drcrck.jpg

I'm ready for a beer.


Cool.

Next softail I build I'm thinking about bagging.

It would be cool to put some skids on the frame and just set in on the ground when you park the bike.
Who needs a kick stand,jiffy stand,ect anyway.


Check out the bike Matt Hotch built, he did exactly what you just described.

He put airbags in the front forks too, so the entire bike sits on the ground when he dumps the air.

ETA: pic

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 10:01:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By cbrooks:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Just got done putting a new airbag in my bike, I cut pockets out of the frame so the swingarm could drop even lower than it's supposed to.

http://i34.tinypic.com/2n74kyp.jpg

Pack of smokes won't even fit under it:

http://i33.tinypic.com/drcrck.jpg

I'm ready for a beer.


Cool.

Next softail I build I'm thinking about bagging.

It would be cool to put some skids on the frame and just set in on the ground when you park the bike.
Who needs a kick stand,jiffy stand,ect anyway.


Check out the bike Matt Hotch built, he did exactly what you just described.

He put airbags in the front forks too, so the entire bike sits on the ground when he dumps the air.

ETA: pic

http://i36.tinypic.com/2ziuhiq.jpg


I've seen that bike and got to meet Matt.
In fact thats where the idea came from.
My bikes don't have much chop to them so I wouldn't need to do the front just the swing arm should do the trick.

IMHO Matt Hotch is a little under rated.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 10:02:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By cbrooks:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By cbrooks:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Just got done putting a new airbag in my bike, I cut pockets out of the frame so the swingarm could drop even lower than it's supposed to.

http://i34.tinypic.com/2n74kyp.jpg

Pack of smokes won't even fit under it:

http://i33.tinypic.com/drcrck.jpg

I'm ready for a beer.


Cool.

Next softail I build I'm thinking about bagging.

It would be cool to put some skids on the frame and just set in on the ground when you park the bike.
Who needs a kick stand,jiffy stand,ect anyway.


Check out the bike Matt Hotch built, he did exactly what you just described.

He put airbags in the front forks too, so the entire bike sits on the ground when he dumps the air.

ETA: pic

http://i36.tinypic.com/2ziuhiq.jpg


I've seen that bike and got to meet Matt.
In fact thats where the idea came from.
My bikes don't have much chop to them so I wouldn't need to do the front just the swing arm should do the trick.

IMHO Matt Hotch is a little under rated.


Matt is one of my mentors, I used to play golf with him once a month.

He really is underrated, some of his ideas are beyond what anyone else is doing.

The kickstand on my bike came from Matt.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 10:04:06 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 10:05:24 AM EST by junker46]
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By junker46:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By RobRat:
Non bike owner here.....can you corner with it that low without catching the frame on the road? (and the subsequent roadrash)


Absolutely not.

I won't lower it unless it's parked, when I ride it I pump the bag up with air to achieve stock ride height.


Then what was the point?



The point was to get a better ride.

I can adjust the suspension by simply hitting a toggle switch to adjust the air in the bag.

More air = stiffer ride

Less air = softer ride

Plus it looks really fucken cool when it's parked and slammed.


I suspose so. I got a Goldwing but never fool around with the air system. I never detected a difference using it. I never look at it while it -ETA: is-parked.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 10:17:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By junker46:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By junker46:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By RobRat:
Non bike owner here.....can you corner with it that low without catching the frame on the road? (and the subsequent roadrash)


Absolutely not.

I won't lower it unless it's parked, when I ride it I pump the bag up with air to achieve stock ride height.


Then what was the point?



The point was to get a better ride.

I can adjust the suspension by simply hitting a toggle switch to adjust the air in the bag.

More air = stiffer ride

Less air = softer ride

Plus it looks really fucken cool when it's parked and slammed.


I suspose so. I got a Goldwing but never fool around with the air system. I never detected a difference using it. I never look at it while it -ETA: is-parked.



I'm not very familiar with the Gold Wing, but if it's anything like the air-suspension on some of Harley's Touring bikes, it's got conventional forks and shocks that you can add air to.

That's not really the same as an airbag, I bet you would notice a difference if you rode with a passenger and loaded your bike down with gear.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 12:14:53 PM EST
I approve. Very nice.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 12:17:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 12:22:54 PM EST by NoStockBikes]

Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By Burntrubber87:
thats pretty cool..just an airbag that replaces the rear shock?


Yep, usually a Softail has dual shocks underneath the frame; I replaced them both with a single airbag unit, it's made by Independent Cycle.

Indepndent = Jesse Jurrens, right? I rode the school bus with him when we were little.

ETA: Yup. Just googled and double checked the Legend Air-Ride/Independent connection.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 12:18:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Would suck if you ever get a flat.



LOL

Getting a flat sucks on ANY bike.


I wasn't talking about a flat tire.



Link Posted: 9/19/2009 12:22:45 PM EST
First of all, i like the bike a lot....that is my kind of look.....subtle, yet style.
Second.....what is the purpose of the air bag suspension?
Is it entirely cosmetic or is there some kind of mechnical advantage to parking it lowered to the ground?

I have only ever seen air bags / hydraulics on cars and those installs were clearly about looks.
Never heard of it on a bike until I clicked this thread.
Its a cool look but does it do anything?

Get that ignition finished up and hit the road
Nice work
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 1:03:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By NoStockBikes:

Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By Burntrubber87:
thats pretty cool..just an airbag that replaces the rear shock?


Yep, usually a Softail has dual shocks underneath the frame; I replaced them both with a single airbag unit, it's made by Independent Cycle.

Indepndent = Jesse Jurrens, right? I rode the school bus with him when we were little.

ETA: Yup. Just googled and double checked the Legend Air-Ride/Independent connection.


That would be him, I met him at a show and he's a cool dude.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 1:03:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Would suck if you ever get a flat.



LOL

Getting a flat sucks on ANY bike.


I wasn't talking about a flat tire.





Hahaha I didn't even think about it.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 1:05:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By macro:
First of all, i like the bike a lot....that is my kind of look.....subtle, yet style.
Second.....what is the purpose of the air bag suspension?
Is it entirely cosmetic or is there some kind of mechnical advantage to parking it lowered to the ground?

I have only ever seen air bags / hydraulics on cars and those installs were clearly about looks.
Never heard of it on a bike until I clicked this thread.
Its a cool look but does it do anything?

Get that ignition finished up and hit the road
Nice work


It's mechanical, and cosmetic.

The adjustable airbag is great for riding, I can make it soft for the streets or I can make it stiffer for the highway.

The ability to slam it when it is parked is an added bonus.
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