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  1. AlphaDogChoppers


    Some you you here might remember me. I kind of fell out of the habit of coming here for no particular reason. I had a custom bike shop In Horsham, PA, (A suburb of Philadelphia.) I gave up the shop nearly 2 years ago after some terrible complications of prostate surgery that left me 100%...
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    Who Let The (Alpha) Dog Out?

    It's been a while since I posted on Do The Ton. I guess I just got lazy about visiting when I stopped getting Facebook notifications of new posts. I have to make an effort to just visit the forum and participate. Some of you know me as "AlphaDogChoppers." I changed my member name to...
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    Get a Load of this Intake

    Saw this on facebook. I don't know if he is on this forum or not, but I found his approach to problem solving pretty unique. He built this longer intake for his bike because after installing clubman bars, his throttle cable was too long. Seriously?
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    Douchebag Build of a CX500

    So many things wrong with this bike. Front suspension is completely fucked up, and way, way too low. Those fork sliders will be bottoming out on the bottom triple tree. If he hits a bump or even just a dip while pushing it hard through a turn, the bike is likely going to go into an...
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    Alpha Dog Asks a Favor

    I have been working on a business plan for a motorcycle shop co-op. One of the challenges of putting something like this together is trying to project what kind of shop would be attractive to members, what kind of skills they have, and what skills they would like to learn. I put together a...
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    Hip, or Hipster...You Decide...

    <iframe src="//;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="">WAITING OUT WINTER</a> from <a...
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    Top Ten Boneheaded Novice Builder Mistakes

    Top Ten Boneheaded Novice Builder Mistakes 10. Don't know how, or too lazy to use Google to answer basic questions. 9. Haven't bothered to acquire a service manual for the bike you are working on. 8. Spend a year building the bike and have it almost finished, but don't have a title for it...
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    Brainstorming New Business Model - Cycle Garage Co-op/Hackerspace

    I am meeting with investors about setting up a new business model. The new venture will have three main components: 1.) Restomod/Custom Bikes 2.) Cycle Repairs 3.) Cycle Garage Co-op/Hackerspace Restomod/Custom Bikes This is pretty much what I do now. An example would be a recent build thread...
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    Alpha Dog Builds a CX500

    It occurred to me the other day that I have been on the forum for about a year and a half, and never posted a build thread. Fact is, I don't do a "build" all the often. I work on other people's bikes, and sometimes it's just mundane shit like repairs. This is different. This is a bike that came...
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    I THOUGHT There Was No Such Thing As A Stupid Question

    I was disturbingly wrong. ::)
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    Shaving Heads on a Honda CX500

    I have a CX500 rebuild underway in my shop. Engine had really low compression, around 70 psi in both cylinders, and left cylinder smoked quite a bit. After checking valve adjustment, decided to tear it down. Cylinders turned out to be perfect, still showing cross-hatching on the walls. Rings...
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    Buffing Basics-Tips and Tricks

    Eastwood is having a live-stream interactive demo on Friday, Feb 1, 2013. Might be worth checking out.
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    Need Exhaust for Suzuki GS850

    I am looking at replacement exhaust systems for an '80 GS850L. Vance & Hines has a nice chrome 4-into-1 for $300. The one I like better though, is Mac 4-into-1 black with black canister exhaust. It is also $300. I think it should be cheaper, because it's not chromed. This one is good for this...
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    Mike's XS

    I just placed an order with Mike's XS yesterday for a bunch of stuff. It was mostly carburetor jets and brake caliper rebuild parts. I just wanted to say what a great resource Mike's XS is. Really good info, including downloadable PDF files, that help you identify your...
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    Alpha Dog from Philadelphia

    Hey, all. Just joined the forum. I am enjoying the resurgence of the cafe racer style. I think the show on Velocity is fun to watch, and is actually responsible for some of the return of the cafe racer. The chopper craze is sooo yesterday, but people still want to customize motorcycles to have a...
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