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    Motorcycles from ZERO Engineering

    I'm sure the "Zero" in ZERO Engineering's name is a reference to the fighter planes from WWII and not a lack of engineering, but it's still an odd choice. Regardless of the name, they build some of the coolest choppers using mostly stock H-D parts and a lot of unique fabricated accessories. I hate to see all these old Harley's getting chopped, but the end results are almost worth it. I've added the spec sheets on all the motorcycles in the article, so you can get a good idea of how many stock parts are really been used. Might just surprise you...

    Even if you've seen some of these motorcycles before, they are definitely worth a second look.



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    Gas tanks must hold almost a quart! How quaint. Wastes of original Harley parts. But JMHO.
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    Re: Motorcycles from ZERO Engineering

    Would you have said that in the 1950's or 1960's?

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    Re: Motorcycles from ZERO Engineering

    Some very cool bikes Jim.
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    Re: Motorcycles from ZERO Engineering

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Gas tanks must hold almost a quart! How quaint. Wastes of original Harley parts. But JMHO.
    Quote Originally Posted by botakatobi View Post
    Would you have said that in the 1950's or 1960's?
    Interesting point: does everyone, or almost everyone, have to "grow through" the same set of values in appreciation of what the old bikes are? I mean, in the '50s and '60s, we thought cobbling together what parts were available was cool. It was also the cheapest way, at the time, to achieve "personalization," making your mark on the world, which was probably the point of all youthful expression; "Hey, lookit what I've done here!"

    As you get older you gain an appreciation for what the original builders of your bike accomplished, and the fact that nothing, beside a few examples, that you in your youthful enthusiasm thought was an improvement was really an improvement of the function and purpose, doing the job better than the features originally designed in your box-stock machine at the time it was built.

    So Americans went through it in the '60s, '70s, and now we see something very similar coming out of Japan; having more recently discovered Old Harleys and bought a sh!tload of components from us off through the new means of Ebay and the like.
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    Re: Motorcycles from ZERO Engineering

    Been following Zero for a while...really like their bike designs.

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    Re: Motorcycles from ZERO Engineering

    Some bikes I prefer and choose to own and ride. Some make no sense to me whatsoever. However, others,which may or may not be ride-able, are very cool. Zero Engineering for me builds some very cool machines although I would not be interested in riding much more than around the block. Roger Goldhammer also builds some very cool bikes. What appeals to me about some of these bikes is the very creative thinking that went in to designing and building these units.
    1926 Peashooter
    1954 Cushman
    1939 Knuckle (complete retoration May 2013)
    2012 mid 1930's Knuckle recreation
    2008 SE Road King
    1928 JDH (complete bike to be restored)

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    Re: Motorcycles from ZERO Engineering

    I just wish they wouldn't use, modify, cut, hack up, chop original H-D vintage parts. You's guy's did enough damage in the 60's and 70's
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    Re: Motorcycles from ZERO Engineering

    If one looks at the history of customization in the US from cutdowns to bobbers, to choppers, things were happening since the twenties and earlier. And not just to H-D. They seem to be embracing a combination of all those styles.

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