View Full Version : The Germilante Chopper

07-13-2009, 09:42 AM
Whats up guys,

Im Marc from Germany, hence the very creative Name for my Version of the Vigilante Chopper...

When I stumbled across pictures of the Vigilante while looking for choppers, I knew this was it.
The design is just plain awesome!

This is my first build. I love watching shows like Monster garage and American Chopper, so building a bicycle to get started is the way to go.

I will post pictures along the way.

Enjoy the pictures and drop me a line, I appreciate it!

EDIT: Ive tried all the different ways of uploading pictures/ including them in my post and none of them seem to work. Any ideas?


07-13-2009, 11:09 AM
Hi Marc, welcome to the krew.

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07-13-2009, 12:08 PM
Thanks Koolkat!
I guess the file was just too big...



07-13-2009, 12:22 PM
Looking great!! Welkommen...or soemthing like that!

07-13-2009, 12:23 PM
All right, here we go:

I made some changes to Brads awesome design, tfor the bike to suit my style, you know.

I really liked the look of a rear motorcycle wheel and tire, because of the rounded profile mainly.

Figured out a way to mount it, too.

Secondly, I changed the height of the frame and decreased the rake, looks more aggressive and beefy.
I might go back and increase that angle and lengthen the forks though, not sure at this stage, well have to see about that.



07-13-2009, 01:21 PM
Great start!:)

Welcome to the site.

Willkommen zum Aufstellungsort. Der ist ein sehr khler Anfang. Ich werde warten, um Ihren Fortschritt zu sehen. I hope that translated correctly.:)


Welcome to the site. That is a very cool beginning. I will be waiting to see your progress.

07-13-2009, 01:41 PM
Welcome to der Krew, Marc!
Looks like you're off to a good start! :)


Radical Brad
07-13-2009, 04:14 PM
Right on! - like the mods.


10-24-2009, 03:17 PM
Hey guys, not quite finished yet; but I took it for a quick test ride before taking these pics!

10-24-2009, 08:22 PM
It looks excellent! Nice work!

10-25-2009, 02:08 AM
That is fantastic! Great to see another Vigilante built - I don't think there's many done so far. Phil

10-25-2009, 08:14 AM
Excellent! :)

Is that a motorcycle wheel?


10-25-2009, 12:35 PM
Yes sir, it is a motorcycle wheel. 150/70 -17

I build the entire bike around it.

Took a lot of thinking to get it to work. I used the original rear axle, cut it to the right length and welded a nut on one end and drilled and threaded the other end.

I used a bmx freewheel and welded it directly onto the motorcycle wheel.

The seat is a single seat conversion for harleys. Liked it way better than any of the bicycle seats.

10-26-2009, 12:05 AM
Marc very cool bike! Very clean flow. I spent a log time looking at the front end, then middle, then rear. I'm a bike chopper lover and to get me to look at a chopper photo for 15 min it's....well lets say very good job!

10-27-2009, 07:39 AM
Thank you graucho,

hearing that from you means a lot!

james folkes
04-10-2010, 07:33 AM

i never thought of myself as a chopper man, but the vigilante's brutal edgy looks might be enough to have pushed me over to the dark side... do you plan to keep with the "stealth bomber" aesthetics and finish in satin or matt black?


04-12-2010, 05:12 AM
Yeah, Im planning on painting it matt black. Its gonna look real stealthy that way!

08-29-2010, 06:22 PM
Hey everybody,

I finally finished all my exams and Im off for the summer!

I will work on the Vigilante everyday for the next week. Ill post progress pictures, too. If you guys are interested, that is. Otherwise I won't bother and get more work done instead.

I've been making some design changes, after looking at the Vigilante for about a year during the build, I started to dislike the curved spokes of the rear wheel. Everything else is really angular.

So here's what I came up with.

I also changed the front wheel from a 26'' to a 24'' to suit the rear better.

08-29-2010, 06:24 PM
A shot from the rear.

The new tire looks a whole lot better! I like it.

08-29-2010, 10:44 PM
Very nice work Marc! Congrats on the free time. The new changes look great. I appreciate the posts. Keep them coming.

08-30-2010, 04:04 AM
sweet, real sweet.

08-30-2010, 07:18 AM
Outstanding chop! :punk:
Guess ur glad to finally get some free time to get back to work on it, huh?

(Geezer & Bent Enthusiast At Large)

08-30-2010, 06:14 PM
Thanks fellas.

Im glad my work is appreciated.

Here's the progress I made today:

First pic shows how I'm gonna transmit the power to my rear wheel. The threated part of a bmx hub will be welded to the other side and accept a BMX freewheel.
Small holes are for welding the smaller plates to the large pentagon-shaped piece. The larger holes are threaded to accept M10 screws in order to bolt the whole thing to the wheel.

Second pic shows the parts and CAD drawings plus the new and improved rear dropouts, which I will be making tommorrow. Since the tire is more than in inch wider I'll have to cut up some welds of the rear triangle, bend the rear forks outward and then weld everything up again.

03-26-2011, 10:19 AM
Hi everybody,

after all the changes I got some more work done on my Vigilante.

Took it out for a good couple-hour test ride, seems to work just fine!

Both brakes are installed, you`re gonna like the rear brake assembly once I get a coupe of pictures taken!

12-04-2012, 01:04 PM
Looking forward to see the rear brake assembly :-D