Wow! I'm impressed with all of your mods, very nice! Love the front forks and suspension ideas. What materials did you use. Is it all custom made or any off the shelf parts you are adopting? I see polished parts that look machined, and your forks look like polished copper with painted lower shafts. Details please!
I like the full chopper look going on. Bobbed fender, highrise handlebars, penstriping, etc.
Did you have to get longer cables for the highrise handle bars?
I see your chain guardis off. Have you changed your ring gear? Beautiful quality work. Can't wait to see the finished product. Obviously a master tech. Best regards.
Mr Miyagi, nice work and thanks for the photos and information. Sounds like it will be awesome and one of a kind! The flaming tank should really set it off. Love to see photos when done. If anyone has a p/n for a larger chain-ring around 53t I would like to change mine out.I bought the Zoom Downhill forks at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Zoom-MTB-Mountain-Bike-Downhill-Suspension-Fork-680DH-20mm-Thru-Axle-Aluminum/264666045204?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
These forks are of course made for a standard 26" Diameter skinny mountain bike wheel and tire so they will be modded to accept the 4" wide Cheetah setup. I've already drawn the new wider triple clamps in CAD and have asked a dozen or so people for the front axle thread size to machine the axle adapters but have yet to attain this info. I believe it may be 3/8-26 or 10MM-26 but I must be certain to machine the axle adapters.
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Although they are non-air adjustable, they do have rebound dampening and preload adjustment. The forks have 170mm of travel and are 805mm overall length so they should be a perfect fit. I didn't have to extend the cables to accommodate the ape hanger handlebars and although they are super comfortable, I will be changing the overall look to a more 1/2-mile motorcycle racer theme moving forward. I've also got my spare tanks being painted black with an old school flame job cause, Well I'm old!
I haven't had this much fun on two wheels since my motorcycling days! I love this big bike.
I have also got some very different ideas with regards to the chain-guard and crank assemblies. One of which will be the move to a 52 to 54 tooth chain-ring possibly higher end Shimano or SRAM products and carve out some crazy CNC machined chain-ring covers.
On the topic of Andrew's Vintage Electric Bikes. His bike is what I aspire my custom Cheetah to be when it finally rolls down the boardwalk. His love of what he is doing clearly shows in the top notch quality of his products. I just love the look of the Cheetah much more is why I chose it over any other bike.
I think you better check that again. Customizing retro cruiser out of China. If they are truly customizing Cheetahs, they are throwing away a lot of profit unless Cheetah sells to them out of the container they get from China,I recently joined up with them and they are selling Customized Cheetahs out of Texas. Their "McQueen" and "McQueen Rat" have very nice upgrades. I really like the white wall smooth tires on their "Rat". I did not see a suspension fork offered however. I am using the same bar end mirror like the one they offer. It's very cool to see this bike catch-on.
I talked to Ron at Wicked Thumb yesterday and he sent me this picture. The forks are a $300 upgrade. They are pretty responsive if you call and leave a message. Got back to me within the hour.I recently joined up with them and they are selling Customized Cheetahs out of Texas. Their "McQueen" and "McQueen Rat" have very nice upgrades. I really like the white wall smooth tires on their "Rat". I did not see a suspension fork offered however. I am using the same bar end mirror like the one they offer. It's very cool to see this bike catch-on.
Nice to see custom variations of the Civi Cheetah platform available.
I have seen another company as well offer customized versions.
The wide white walls add a nice retro look and tire option. Similar pricing is $500. to $1,000. more than the base Cheetah though. Not so similar.
Can you elaborate on the optional suspension forks mentioned? Photos and pricing? Searched the site and no mention of optional front suspension. Sorry if I'm missing something.
Lots of customizing potential with the Cheetah platform. Probably rework mine down the road but enjoying as is for now. Great design out of the box.
Here's a couple of customs I have seen. Ride on!
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Here's the other version I've came across. The "Varaneo" appears to be a European company out of Denmark?
Also a rare photo of Mr. Harley and Mr. Davidson on real vintage bikes! Enjoy...
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Good chance the headlight was an acetylene lamp. I think they used a magneto on those motorcycles, so no batteries. Just speculating, but looks like vent holes in the top of the lamps.
Acetylene tail lights too. Edit; According to this site, that tank on the front fork was filled with acetylene gas. https://www.hdforums.com/articles/prest-o-lite-early-harley-lighting/