Monday, 27 December 2010


Actually I'm glad it isn't.

I just finished watching Sons of Anarchy (on sidereel here). Watch it. Its great. We've been watching an episode a day over xmas and have been gripped to the end. The season 3 finale is just spectacular. The plot twists and turns all over the place. I am not going to spoil any of it for you except to say there is a perverse and kinky evil Policewoman throughout the series who I will miss. She is quite horny in a snake-like bite your dick off sort of way.

Some of the acting isn't really as good as the script. It could have done with actors with less experience of acting and more experience of the stuff they are trying to portray but the script is really shit hot. Though most business is concluded at the close of play they have left it so that there can be a a season 4. I hope there is.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Karl Sinclaire-Anderson's GS550

Karl contacted me via facebook. this is just my sort of bike isn't it with extra special front forks. he said he's sold it with the option of buying it back!

Monday, 6 December 2010

The Eye of the Beholder

I always thought an XT trail bike would make an interesting chop. I drew up some sketches for one years ago. Not my colour scheme but a hell of a nice bike on ebay here.

and another pretty bike, an XV750 on ebay here

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Friday, 19 November 2010


I haven't noticed any biker gangs in London so I was pleased to meet a coupla guys from The Hackney Hyenas on Broadway Market the other day. They came past and I thought "Oh.. Harleys." but taking a closer look the bikes looked real nice and subtle. I spoke to the owners and found out that they weren't actually Harleys at all and both bikes had rear suspension, two facts which surprised me. Hackney Hyena's website is here.


If I was a biker I'd say something like "Here is some wild Iron" but that would be silly. I thought this was pretty radical. Couldn't ride it myself but the owner says it is fun. A really low GSX750 sold for £2050. This bike looks even lower than mine.

Also an old Triumph 500 which someone is going to put back on the road was a steal at £1177 .

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Work in progress..

This looks pretty nice if you can go all the way to Penzance to pick it up. Some powder coating and some electrics and you are away.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

A Long time ago in a galaxy far far away...

Not my type of bike but you got to love it, this is a proper blast from the seventies. I have absolutely no idea how anyone could control a bike on British roads with their feet that high in the air.

another more sedate old timer, a CB750 with an engine from the same year as mine sold for £1900.

a really clean XS1100 from 1978 sold for £1,496

and lastly, almost too posy to qualify, a unique XS750 hard tail from 79. Well some of it is.. sold for £3,901

( images links to auctions)

Thursday, 4 November 2010


A coupla things non chop I am not going to bid on but I'd like..

This Matchless is just gorgeous for just over two grand. I wouldn't like to try and stop it in the rain tho.

The paint job is horrible but I'd love this too.

My trike fan friend just popped by and we dug this up. He doesn't like VW trikes but even he had to say wow. Its like a cartoon isn't it.

(Images link to auctions)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


It must be pretty obvious by now that I am not a big fan of Harleys, and the more glitzy and expensive they are the less I like them. So to buck the trend here is a Harley which has caught my attention on ebay. Needs a bit of electrics, but is a nice straightforward chop. I particularly like the back light.

(images link to auction)

Monday, 1 November 2010


I have seen this ratted CBR600 before on a couple of sites. Its made out of box section steel, with box section exhausts as well. Would probably survive Armageddon and anything the four horsemen could throw at it. Not sure I could say the same for the rider but that's motorbiking eh. If I bought this I would hire it out to TV and movies.

(top image links to auction)

Sunday, 24 October 2010


Haven't seen one of these on ebay for a while. When they are done right they always seem to reach a higher price than most Jap chops, and this one is done right eh.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


A mean looking CB900 sold for £1740.


A really nicely finished BSA twin sold for £2800

Still coughing spluttering and back firing. Still looking good. But that's enough about me..

Monday, 4 October 2010


Another GSthou with really nice slash cut pipes sold for £1490. This would probably be as loud as mine.

And another Suzuki- a GSX750 with a spare engine on a skateboard...

Saturday, 2 October 2010


cross posted from my main blog

Ishmahil asked me to do the Q and A with Mousah Brown and himself at Riverside Studios so I thought I'd try my newly fixed bike for a night ride. Right. Crawling down the Kings Rd it completely cut out in the middle of the road. The traffic was moving so slowly I didn't bother anyone so once I got it started again I left it running for a bit with the lights off to charge the battery. This bike hates rush hour in a really amusing way if you are not late, which I was. I tried a few roads to find The Riverside and ended up having to wheel the bike down a cycle lane. I watched the film with a mixture of nerves about answering questions afterwards and nerves about trying to get my bike home.

When it was all over my motorised pessimism was extinguished as my bike came to life with a roar, but it soon turned into a splutter as I headed down through Putney and got totally lost. I was alone in the dark with what sounded like a loudly popping moped. It seemed to sort itself when I realised where I was again around Brixton. I thought it was quite a successful night and I got home without having to ring the breakdown service.

My first guess is one of the fucked up screws has made the points come loose. Its been too wet to find out though. Chatting with a mechanic in the States on the Z650 forum he came up with a neat looking piece of kit which does away with the points system altogether and doesn't look that hard to fit. There seems to be a whole load of aftermarket bits to make old Jap fours a bit more up to date. I know I just replaced the points and condesors but this is only a hundred quid and I reckon its worth a go for a reliable bike.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010


With a sprung saddle and lower bars this would be great. Nice colour too. How come everyone doesn't buy these? A GS1000 chop on ebay here

(image links to the auction)

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Hey nice to have a bike again. Is there some sort of competition for the most fucked up electrics? Check out the screws fitting my points to the plate.

I gave up trying to stuff the rectifier Bo sent me where it doesn't want to go. It now sits encased in a bit of inner tube in front of the battery.

and the regulator is underneath. Any problems? I'll let you know.

Monday, 20 September 2010


I have totally resisted temptation to post bikes I consider to be ugly here, mainly because a lot of bikers are a lot bigger and hairier than I am. Then along comes a bike I am genuinely undecided about, but which just has to be included in a blog called "japchop". I bet it goes like shit off a shovel too and the handling cant be much compromised from the machine it was based on either- a funky GSXR1100 err.. thing with upside down forks on ebay here.


This looks like a slightly more raked out version of my bike. Sort of anyway.
Sold for £1421.

Sunday, 19 September 2010


The BSA below with bandit forks sold for just over £1700 which is a bargain.

plus to save face a little for the Jap bikes here is a really interesting project on ebay. With a GS500 engine and GSXR running gear this is going to be a really individual ride. Sold for £840

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Battle of Britain

I know this blog is called "japchop" but the Brits are doing it big styley on ebay at the moment. This is not something I'd be inclined to ride, I'd like to hear it tickover though. Is that perverse? This has got a hell of a lot of character hasn't it. A 1958 AJS from the seventies on ebay here. Raked out to fuck but its actually still got some back suspension. I hope someone wants to keep it on the road. No V5, no reg, no frame number.. Now Dave... step away from the bid button..

Monday, 13 September 2010


Again, most of what I can see on ebay at the moment is making me bring up my breakfast, but whilst not being Japanese, this is something special worth posting. Exhausts are a bit long and I'd have to take off the forward foot controls otherwise this is pretty close to it eh? The original triumph tank just sets it off. I'd love to have a bike with a "C" reg plate. On Ebay here sold for £2,767.

If I think a lot of chops on ebay are ugly, that is absolutely nothing when compared to a glance at what people call trikes. I thought I'd post this one cos it made me laugh- for the right reasons. On ebay here a cool VW engined trike with half of a VW still attached!