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Hey you guys...Tom Shaffer from Mountain Boss Hoss sent me some pics of a Boss Hoss Chopper that they just built...he was looking for some comments and I suggested why not post them on the Boss Hoss Forums....

Tom said he would appreciate and welcome any and all of your comments...email him at [email protected]

PS--you can also see it in person if you are going to be in Daytona for Bikeweek.














 

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Hi Jon,

Not one to keep my mouth shut even when not asked, I'm going to make a comment since comments were requested...

I think that Mountain Boss bike is beautiful but calling it a "chopper" is like calling a Cadillac Eldorado a "sports car" because it has a convertible top. I don't see anything that resembles "chopper" on that bike. I do see a beautiful Boss Hoss with a raked and extended front end.

I suggest that putting a chopper label on a Boss like that will ultimately elicit ridicule in the general motorcycle population. I would prefer seeing it called what it is rather than what's popular these days. I'd be proud to own that bike but embarrassed to tell anyone it was a "chopper".

Just my 2 cents and again, a beautiful bike.

Elliot
 

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Chopper was my word not Tom's...

Boss Hosses get ridiculed for being called motorcycles...most of us don't care to argue whether they are, but still wouldn't ride anything else.

Stamford has won "chopper" awards for their Boss Hoss custom choppers.

This might not be a chopper and I may have incorrectly labeled it as such...call it what you want. From my point of view, what it is called doesn't much matter.
 

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Jon,

Didn't want or mean to hit a nerve. I thought perhaps it was Mountain that had labeled it a "chopper" and as such, I personally didn't think it would have been a good marketing idea. As I mentioned before, I think the bike is beautiful and I'd like to have it, just kinda hit me in the wrong spot with that label. Since Tom was apparently asking for comments, I felt what it was called WAS important but again the reference to what that's worth...2 cents.

I'm not one who has a fierce brand loyality or devotion to only one type of ride. There are 6 vehicles in our household (3 two-wheelers) and no two are the same mfg. Perhaps I'm the weird one in the crowd who would ride many other bikes than a Boss or a V8 bike.

I've admired Bruce's "chopper" for a few years now. It has often been on my #1 coolest bike short list.

Ok, I give. I'm making too much of the name you gave it and not enough to what it is. I'll just go back to one of my original statements. The bike is beautiful and I wish it was in my gargage. Best regards,

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This Boss is beautiful and practical but I agree , it's not what I'd call a chopper . If you take a Harley FXR and put a raked , extended front end and a few other custom goodies on it , it's not a chopper , it's a modified custom Harley . I really love what they did to this Boss and I especially like the rear fender . I'll bet this style will sell like hot cakes . Keep up the good work Tom , but maybe another terminology .

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Jack,

I think I gave John the impression I'm a damn chopper snob. Hope not but I'm kinda stuck on the title as a result of history. Choppers have become pretty popular these days and the term is now covering more styles than the old days. I believe you and I go back to a period (late 60's early 70's) when the term "chopper" meant you were tearing **** OFF the bike. No big headlights, small rather than large gas tanks, ape hangers, bobbed or no fenders, no crash bars, no turn signals, no gauges, windshields, big seats, batteries or electric starters. THAT was a chopper.

I was more of a butcher than a builder but did manage to get my hands on a frame and cobbled a '57 panhead into one. Later I took a '72 Superglide and chopped it. I even made a chopper out of a Honda 750.

That Mountain bike doesn't resemble a true chopper if some butthole like me is stuck on words, but it is one badass looking dude. I would like to know some motor specifics for future editions although I suspect they're all going to be smallblocks. There seems to be some concerns within the Boss community of putting the weight of a bigblock on a modified neck.

As usual, Mountain again comes out with an innovative, kickass bike. Have I said I wish I had that mutha?
 

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I like it a lot !
This is one case where Less is More, the bike looks lean and mean. I wonder how she handles ?

A side note about Choppers, I used to like Choppers when they were few and far between, but now it seems every 3rd bike out there is a Chopper or at least carries a Chopper name and I am just so bored with them.

An exception was the bikes Indian Larry built because they were so old school, they rocked ! And Elliot’s Chopper is also totally cool.

If I was still able to ride two wheels instead of three I would put a deposit down on one of these babies Today !

Bottom line I think Tom and the guys at Mountain have a Winner here.

Mark
 

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Damn it.........just about the time I had convinced myself that I was NOT going to do any more to my Boss :(

I sure hope they make these body parts available...................I love that rear fender, tank and panels..........

What a gorgeous "cruiser"...........Jon tell Tom it is gorgeous :wink:

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I'm probably wrong but I thought that the word "chopper" came from those who took a regular production motorcycle and cut or "chopped" the stock frame so they could raise, rake and/or extend the front wheel/forks of a bike. In either case I think the bike looks cool and they could probably sell quite a few of them but I'd rather have Elliots chopper if I had the choice. 8) Man your bike is awsome!
 

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I like Elliot's machine but if I were going to ride it from Home to Sturgis there is no question as to which bike I would own. I know a guy here in my area that just spent $50,000 for a "chopper" and wouldn't ride all the way to Hollister (80 miles) because it was to far. That I don't want.
I think that the Bike that Tom built is tit's.

BTW Elliot can a fellow buy a rolling chassis (with a tranny) like your bike?

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Ricky,

Thanks for the kind comments. I like the V8 chopper a bunch but it hasn't diminished my liking the Boss a bit. I'm at 3 bikes right now and each has their own merits and missions. I was on Charlies's new bigblock 2 nights ago and it felt sooooo good. If I had the money and room for a 4th, it would be another Boss.

Within our V8 world, there aren't many choices, at least good ones. I would conclude that the Boss Hoss is clearly the strongest choice of one bike fulfulling so many roles...and doing them so well. It also seems that Mountain BH is the King Of The Mountain with their product.

Any of you performance guys should take a look at one of the new kids on the block, Summit Boss Hoss in Marco Island. Mike has some great custom eqpt and is extremely performance oriented. As a matter of fact, I'm putting up a seperate post on one of his new products. Really cool.

It seems the definition of chopper is possibly different to different folks. As I mentioned before, we used to chop way more than the frame. The desire in the old days was to chop anything and everything that wasn't needed. Batteries, starters, lights, gauges, sheetmetal, you name it. Chopper definition today could mean a slight rake or a bobbed fender to some. Who the hell am I to say who's right, right?!

Take care and hope to see you in Daytona.

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Adrian,

The V8Chopper guys do sell chassis and tranny and asst'd parts. I'm not quite sure what exactly they have right now. Outside of that frame and tranny, the rest can easily be built out of the catalogs.

They don't seem as anxious for sales with the seperate parts as they used to be as a result of their having sold some nice choppers lately and getting BIG bucks for them. Also, the 2 owners are just a couple of real easy going, laid back "real" biker guys who don't give a damn about the numbers or getting the company onto a fast track. They want to build one at a time, at their pace, their terms, etc.

Anyhow, take a look at their website. It's V8choppers.com . They have a list of parts and prices there or at least they did last I looked. Take care and let me know if I can be of any help,

Elliot
 

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I think it looks VERY COOL !!! Nice paint and the rack fits the bike very well.. I also, wonder if it handles, corners and how well it rides? Looks like a winner as a BOSS HOSS !! I need to win the lotto so I can have one two ......
still lookin for a Hoss
Kevin 8)
 

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BEAUTIFUL BIKE!

I'm a little confused though - I thought Mountain "squared" off ALL their tanks in the front. The squared off tank looks much neater IMO. I also think the handlebars (VERY NICE BTW) would look even better with nicer controls and maybe internal throttle cable.


I'm looking forward to seeing that bike in person ... VERY nice job Tom!
 

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Just got a nice e-mail back from Tom regarding the build of the bike.......
He forgot to add that it is also supercharged :lol: 8) :shock:

It will be in Daytona, hope he brings it to Myrtle Beach :lol: It was a one-off build, but the fenders and panels are available. They are going to build another after Daytona (non-supercharged) and hope to get the tank fabrication and rake kit standardized.....

Wow, for guys who like "cruisers" this is tits.......chopper vs cruiser ?????

**** I need another job for my wife :lol: :oops:

Tim
 

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GRUMPY said:
Just got a nice e-mail back from Tom regarding the build of the bike.......
He forgot to add that it is also supercharged :lol: 8) :shock:

It will be in Daytona, hope he brings it to Myrtle Beach :lol: It was a one-off build, but the fenders and panels are available. They are going to build another after Daytona (non-supercharged) and hope to get the tank fabrication and rake kit standardized.....

Wow, for guys who like "cruisers" this is tits.......chopper vs cruiser ?????

**** I need another job for my wife :lol: :oops:

Tim
Thanks Tim - I see the SC now that you mention it (4th pic)! As close as I was looking I am surprised I missed it :roll: When you asked Tom about the sheetmetal did he happen to mention if the fenders are steel or glass? When you find another job for your wife ... maybe they'll hire mine too :D - I think she has way too much time on her hands! :wink:
 

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I had to laugh when I read what Elliot said was the thing to do to our bikes back in the old days . My bros and I used to say that we would take a perfectly good Harley , tear everything off and make it so it rode like a piece of **** , handled like a piece of **** , wouldn't stop , wouldn't start , were so loud tickets were normal, threw roastertails in the rain 30 ft. in the air front and rear {mostly on you } but they were light , fast and we loved them . Those were definetly the good old days .

Jack
 
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