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1948 Panhead from Sugar Bear Choppers

 
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:21 AM
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Ditto! Love that bike. Trade my wife for it!

So does that mean it's worthless too?

Lol
You sure you’re not talking about my ex ?
Always liked this bike or most anything that SB built
 
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:32 AM
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them pan's always look sharp out in the light!
 
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:56 AM
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Cool looking bike but not what I would want to ride very often. I never rode a bike with a long front end like that but I know a couple guys who own them and they all talk about "hop & flop". Basically when you turn the bars the front end wants to flop over and then the bike will start to hop the front wheel.
 
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Bubba Zanetti View Post
Cool looking bike but not what I would want to ride very often. I never rode a bike with a long front end like that but I know a couple guys who own them and they all talk about "hop & flop". Basically when you turn the bars the front end wants to flop over and then the bike will start to hop the front wheel.
i never rode one with a long front end like that either. a friend of mine bought a SB front end and frame and from what i hear from people that have the SB front, is, the way they're built they don't flop around because of the geometry of them. when my friends bike is done, and if he offers me a chance to ride it, i'll take it.
 
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Bubba Zanetti View Post
Cool looking bike but not what I would want to ride very often. I never rode a bike with a long front end like that but I know a couple guys who own them and they all talk about "hop & flop". Basically when you turn the bars the front end wants to flop over and then the bike will start to hop the front wheel.
Then somebody didn't get the rake and trail geometry right.....I've seen some crazy stuff done to choppers in that regard.

I've had some long front ends, bikes 9' and even 10 ft long with no hop & flop problems, or difficulty that was transferred up to the handlebars. I've even ran mini-apes on a long chopper, only one I've ever seen like it, and it steered great. Won a couple of trophies too....

That Sugar Bear chopper is off the charts....beautiful machine. That bike is what every chopper wants to be when it grows up...
 
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:56 AM
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Sugar Bear is a pioneer in the chopper industry. Great looking chopper!
 
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:27 PM
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bad *** chopper for sure ! I bet it has some front end flop. That's why i like a derake chopper, rides and handles like stock,but looks great.
 
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:30 AM
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Nice looking bike except for the short single exhaust, no sissy bar and no king and queen seat. It looks like thousands of chops from the '60's and 70's. Nothing special here, just going back to when bikes (and cars) were cool. Nothing good happened to either bikes or cars after the late 60's. I don't ride an extended springer for "ride". I ride it for the cool factor. I rode a knuckle with a 5' over springer which was a real adventure. The good thing was the bike rode the same whether you were drunk or sober. It's like sex, if I was worried about comfort and riding geometry I'd only do fat chicks....well, actually it works out that way but not by choice. I always thought the SB front ends killed the looks of the bike and made the front end lines "goofy" looking. Denvers did a much better job on his extended springers and always built the best looking and riding chops.

 
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Not much about this bike is 1948, but ok.
As would be expected on a "Custom Chopper".
 
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bad *** chopper for sure ! I bet it has some front end flop. That's why i like a derake chopper, rides and handles like stock,but looks great.
Sugar Bear springers have no flop, most others do!
 

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