Hi. I am just curious. I have seen on several threads how many of you do NOT like the Paughco 45/BT 4spd frames. I'll admit my first reaction when I heard of these was "Yay! Someone out there has read my wish list!!" I have seen one of them "in the flesh" and the welds are very good, but I must agree with some of you out there, the overall look is kinda fugly. Obviously it isn't intended for resto's so floorboard mounts, tank mounts, seat tube and the like are not an issue for an enterprising chopper builder. (just a little clarification - I am NOT building a chopper) What throws me is the offset motor mounts. The modern chopper guys have been building offset motor mount frames for a while now to accommodate the obscenely obese rear tires that are all the rage with the TV biker crowd and there has been plenty written about the left leaning tendencies leaving a stoplight and the resistance to right turns. Most of these have been big inch/high horsepower bikes with 6 inch belt drives hanging way out into oncoming traffic. So, getting to the point - do you think a little 45 motor with just several hp and about 120lbs soaking wet would cause much of a handling issue leaving said stoplight if it were offset? Also, not having the giant rear tire would eliminate the difficulty turning into a corner those new age choppers have, but do you think having the 45 motor/BT tranny offset would adversely affect handling at highway speed? The gyroscopic force of the reciprocating mass would have a stabilizing effect, I would think, even if it was 1.5in" left of center.
So, if someone were contemplating building a frame to accept a 45, a 45/K or a 45 Magnum with an early HD 4spd, what would be the design factors that you would change from the frame mentioned that you didn't like? I know all about using Brit transmissions, but I am interested here in BT4spd.
Ok, fire away!