What is the definition of Digger? Before its definition gets distorted and corrupted (like the one of Chopper and Bobber), let me just say that almost 40 years ago the word Digger was derived from Drag Racing bikes and applied to street custom motorcycles with a long and low rigid goosenecked or straight frame, most often using a Springer or Girder front end, and featuring Prism, Diamond or Rocket Sportster gas tanks. Many used Weber’s or Dellortos carbs, Rajay turbos, Magnuson superchargers… Nothing wrong with making the Digger style evolves through the use of today’s available parts, but at least…keep the spirit.
It’s what Arlen Ness just did with a reedition of what he started 35 years ago. A Digger frame kit that he used to build these 2 bikes still faithful to the style of a bygone era, but employing a lot of his new parts, most valuable in his 2012 catalog.
Frame is constructed of 7/8” DOM steel tubing with rugged .188” wall thickness for optimal strength and durability. The frames top bar is 1-1/2” tubing for easy wire routing. Designed to accept: 23” wheels front and rear, EVO style engines up to 124”, and EVO style Softail transmissions. Frame kit includes: under frame bolt-on oil tank, Battery/Electrical box, and rear axle.
By the way, all those with a “Custom Builder Eye” noticed with me that this frame kit could also be an excellent base to build a “New Bobber” or “New Chopper”. Just pick your frame configuration: 5” stretch, 38° rake, with 1” drop in neck or 2” stretch, with 38° rake (both accepts a pair of 23″ wheels.) MSRP $2899.95. Arlen Ness Digger Frame.