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Cha Ching! The Birth Of An Idea

Part 1

Darren Ho
8/9/2011


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Cha Ching  in painted form
Cha Ching in painted form

It’s funny how some projects seem to come about. Sometimes, you might get a glimpse of someone else’s work that inspires you to do your own thing. Other times, creativity hits and you get a clear cut vision of what a project can look like from start to finish. In this particular project, though, I had no idea what I wanted or where I was going with the work. I know I wanted a cool looking softail bike, but that was about it. The rigid frames of my usual bikes had begun to take a toll on my body and I wanted to build a more “user friendly” riding bike. In the past, I had the good fortune of having one bike that worked well in town’s paved congested roads. And, on the flip side, had a bike that worked well on the freeway for those longer rides with a frame geometrically made for high-speed unpredictable roads.
 
It all starts someplace, the origin of this one began in Boston @ World Class Welding Shop
It all starts someplace, the origin of this one began in Boston @ World Class Welding Shop

 
 
The rear wheel fit up was a trick in itself, but it works.
The rear wheel fit up was a trick in itself, but it works.

 

I wanted a new bike that would work well in both conditions. I knew one thing was for sure; the bike was going to have shocks somewhere. So, I collaborated again with my bud in Boston, “Tigman.” After throwing around some ideas, we settled on this design. Once that was done, everything seemed to come into focus. There were definitely some things I wanted to try on this new project. So after a few “pupu parties” with my good friend Roger Kuwahara (aka Mr. Gadget), we came up with some pretty sick innovations. I think one of the sickest things we came up with is the seat mechanism. Not only was it functional, but also it was also purely simplistic.

Mock Up of the frame are made a lot easier thru the use of lasers. Make centering a breeze.
Mock Up of the frame are made a lot easier thru the use of lasers. Make centering a breeze.

 
But like anything in the custom world, making things fit and work properly always takes some tweaks.
But like anything in the custom world, making things fit and work properly always takes some tweaks.

 
Mocking up the frame.
Mocking up the frame.

 
 
One thing about working around a custom bike shop is that there is never a limited amount of innovative contributions from the crew. But the hardest thing about living on an island, is how to make all of them work. It would be nice to have the luxury of machine shops and other skilled tradesman to go to for help. Even though we are faced with some rather primitive conditions, we are able to make “Kustom.”

This was one version of the oil tank that we made.
This was one version of the oil tank that we made.

 
It was tricky to make sure everything work with the swingarm, clearances were a minimal.
It was tricky to make sure everything work with the swingarm, clearances were a minimal.

 
There nothing like the feeling of getting the bike off the rack and onto the ground to see its profile.
There nothing like the feeling of getting the bike off the rack and onto the ground to see its profile.

 

As for the name of the bike, it’s sort of an oxymoron. I could have named the bike “Penny Pincha” or “Broke Ass,” since the motor and tranny was found in previous customer’s dump. But I figured what we lacked in high-end parts, we would make up for in the “Fab” side of the build. Thus came the name, “Cha Ching,” because no matter what, the bike turned out to be MONEY!

 
Panoramic view of the bike
Panoramic view of the bike

 
Possible model when the bike is ready for its photo shoot?
Possible model when the bike is ready for its photo shoot?

 
This is were Part II of the Project Begins
Roger And Norio looking over the bike and dreaming and skimming new ideas that is going to take this project to the next level. And let tell you Mr. Gadget has a few tricks up his sleeve…stat tuned for part II.
This is were Part II of the Project Begins Roger And Norio looking over the bike and dreaming and skimming new ideas that is going to take this project to the next level. And let tell you Mr. Gadget has a few tricks up his sleeve…stat tuned for part II.

 
 
Click Here To See More From KFab
Click Here To See More From KFab

 

 


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