American IronHorse 2008 Texas Chopper Thunder Press

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American IronHorse 2008 Chopper

A brand new rodeo

the challenges

The last time I had any time aboard a Texas was in the spring of 2006 during Bike Week. It served as a excellent mount and garnered its of attention. A few months later, IronHorse headquarters in Fort held a press launch for 2007 models.

At that the heavily reconfigured Slammer was It was a radical design change previous Slammers. So much so it left competitors scrambling to their own platforms.

Now, done it again; the 2008 Chopper is a cut above anything in bloodline before it. In other this is one new pony.

Thinning the

Last year, during the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, IronHorse introduced their Series, three new models to appeal to a conservative customer with a modest budget. were the Bandera, the Classic and the Judge. At that time, all six of high-end models were still listed on the roster: the Chopper and the Slammer along the Legend, the Tejas, the Outlaw and the

But nine models would to be about four too many, due to the American motorcycle market. For the Rally Series has been along with the Texas and the Slammer. Those with the sales figures were put out to and all efforts are now being concentrated on the remaining models.

This program has resulted is the finest Chopper ever to roll out of Texas.

The good folks at Xtreme Texas Choppers had to supply my test steed for review. There I met GM Lowe who gave me the grand tour. along the coast in Bacliff, north of Galveston, XTC is more of a complex than a shop, a showroom, a fully equipped center and an apparel department a tattoo shop conveniently next door.

In the building right behind the is XTC’s Mother’s Speakeasy Bar Grill that features Hold ’Em … tournaments, bands and a continuous stream of patrons. There are even in the works to initiate an American rental facility later year. Busy place.

gave me the rundown on some of the in the new Texas Chopper, with the two noticeable being the frame and gas The frame is an elegant work of art a low profile drop-seat design cradles the rider in the bike of aboard it, with a scant 22″ of height. On this machine any rider will sit flat-footed their knees bent.

A 2″ diameter single downtube is this year with a curve that adds to the and allows ample display of the For ’08, AIH designers have one of the highly recognizable Texas components and replaced their stretched tank with they term an “SS-2” Tank. This attractive is deceptive in size and amazingly five gallons of petrol.

The end remains at 12″ over stock and retains the rake it’s had for 42 degrees. And while the front end has much of its original design tire on a 21″ rim nestled between a set of lower legs), the rear has received a major face-lift a 300mm tire replacing year’s 280 and a new LW-1 Stealth that’s been lengthened by 2″ to clearance for the rubber and to aid in handling.

Now I’ve never been a big fan of a that big but I remembered the great of that Texas Chopper in so what’s another 3/4″? And then it started raining.

One big print

Lowe was standing in the of the shop, watching the test get soaked while I was calculating in my the best rain route for the trip back to the office. gave me one of those, “You you’re up for this?” looks and admit, I would have as soon turned around then and taken up residence at a table inside Mother’s rather than tackle a wet on a new bike.

But downing a cold one a chaser of whiskey probably have offered Mr. GM much Instead I donned my jacket, helmet and gloves and went out to in the rain.

I selected the most route—all freeway. And like a I sliced a path through the of downtown Houston using a barking mechanical monster as my The first thing I noticed was how much surface water a tire can throw.

Not only was I into the rain but also the spray that was being over my head and ahead of me. No, abbreviated rear fender catch much, but my chase later confided that a rooster tail at 70 mph sure cool.

In an apparent effort to reduce by reducing excess inventory, all IronHorse motorcycles are now powered by a 111 c.i. S-S motor (the 117 and 124 c.i. are no longer options). And for the Slammer, all models are still with an S-S Super E. The fuel system available on the Slammer probably be integrated in the entire line by next year.

The feeds power to the 6-speed transmission via a chain-driven enclosed system. The exhaust gases are by a dyno-tuned, two-into-one collector integral heat shields. The air cover is the company’s striking design that is also over onto the coil on the left side of the bike.

My machine was equipped with AIH Fighter polished mags were further enhanced matching carriers on the brake and the drive pulley—a very touch. The ends of the grips, shifter peg and brake pedal are with identical chrome

The graphics package on my ride was with true flames and a skull on either side of the gas Its official name is “The but more than once it was to as “Ghost Rider” by admiring AIH presently offers 50 graphic in their paint gallery with a myriad of base options to assure the ultimate in variety.

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On the trail

The new drop-frame places the rider’s … on a equal with the top edge of big ol’ fat 300, and the V-shaped drag come in just below height (for a person six tall). The placement of the pegs and controls is a comfortable reach shifting and braking easily

Although that rear is intimidating, the seating position is so executed that most will have no problem to the skills required to break donut free from its gyroscopic properties while a sweeper. Only during corners is it necessary to actually the front end and even that becomes second nature. And the single downtube, there is no flex in the frame.

Some of my shoots were slightly and I wouldn’t have risked the bike anyplace I didn’t it could handle. That’s took this barhopper and it into a ditch-hopper.

The lower position also had an unexpected benefit: I could actually the instrument package most of the One of my biggest complaints with the AIH center” has always been the to read the digital speedo in sunlight situations. Lowering the so that the housing is nearly at eye makes a huge difference in

The 111-inch motor pulls in all gears with 6th being for speeds above 60 mph. at that speed in 5th gear, the rpm well below 3,000.) And the brake system had no problems in hauling this big boy down to a stop without any jitters loss of stability. The hydraulic clutch is aptly named, one of the lightest touches I’ve encountered. And while the “Illuminati” provides more than lighting up front, the twin LED cast an amazing amount of for their size (they double as turn signals).

Near-perfect pony

Only two aspects stood out during my of asphalt pounding on the Texas While the dropped seat great stability and handling it needs more padding. my feet on the pegs and hands on the my … tended to get “pinched” into a point in the seating

And since I’ve got a classic cowboy behind (mostly a piece of hide stretched a pelvic bone) and an even classic Texas cowboy gut (I weigh in at 230), my rear to need a break after 100 miles, depending on the road So I suggest either an increase in the on the seat or I need to grow a …. (Losing those pounds above my belt might be an alternative, but that’s on the list.)

The second item has to do with the drop-frame design. the seat area left enough space between the pan and the starter for the bike’s electrics and They are enclosed behind a plastic cover, a graceful of beauty with curves and that mates perfectly the bike’s character (it’s the location for the ignition switch

The relocation of the oil tank proved to be one of the (but by far the most impractical) of this bike. Positioned behind the swingarm pivot and just in front of the rear the 3 1/2-quart oil tank is painted to the swingarm and neatly tucked out of only the filler cap reveals its When it came time to the level, I unscrewed the cap and immediately half a cup of oil on the driveway.

I quickly replaced the cap and checked to see if was possibly another point to the level, thinking that the cap was only for replenishing the tank But there isn’t. To check the the bike must be stood upright and off the kickstand, making a two-man operation.

Some of dipstick or level indicator is needed.

This 2008 Chopper as tested with the upgrade carries an MSRP of (standard solid color graphics goes for $31,999 Combined with the lowered position and the extra large rubber, the extra splash of definitely sets the bike in a crowd and grabs the attention of biker and nonrider alike. years of experience behind American IronHorse has figured out how to a viable player during the recent economic downturn compromising on quality or innovation.

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