Raked Bagger & Softail Frames

CDC Motorcycles, also known as Chassis Design Company, has been producing high quality frames since 2004 for builders such as Arlen Ness, Orange County Choppers, West Coast Choppers, Malibu Motorcycle Works, and Jesse Rooke to name a few. Although their history is deep in chopper and bobber frames, more recently CDC expanded into raking touring model frames to run big wheels up to 32 inches.

The market offers weld-on kits and other expensive solutions but CDC targets the customer looking for a quality solution, that’s structurally durable and strong, yet with value to the builder who relies on profits to continue creating. To find out more about CDC’s process of raking a bagger frame, we’ve summarized the process for you.


With a background in frame and other chassis production at Daytec, Performance Machine, Progressive Suspension, and automotive OEM’s, CDC focuses on specifying the appropriate materials, preparation, and then only TIG welding to produce a frame. Materials come in all different gauges, specifications, and forming processes and must be chosen correctly to ensure a durable and rigid frame. Without experience in strength and fatigue testing our competition doesn’t know where to use the strongest materials and where to keep costs reasonable; a major factor to consider when selecting a frame manufacturer. Anyone experienced in fabrication knows that material preparation is critical to producing a quality frame and having the appropriate tool or equipment is necessary to achieve this. CDC has the latest in tube bending, ring rolling, notching, machining, and fixturing equipment and offers tours depending on production workload. Once the frame is set up and the materials are prepared, the components are TIG welded with a slow and concise rod feed to produce a strong and consistent weld appearance. MIG welding is inferior to TIG welding due to its strength and appearance. MIG welding is easy to learn and is used for products such as garden fences or where low cost is the main objective. TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas and is technically called Gas Tungsten Arc Welding or GTAW. The process uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode that delivers the current to the welding arc. The tungsten and weld puddle are protected and cooled with an inert gas, typically argon. CDC has the latest in liquid cooled welding machines and torches to ensure we provide the highest quality welds. TIG welding is another major factor to consider when selecting a frame manufacturer.

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The Process of Raking a Bagger Frame the Right Way:

 

Contact CDC Motorcycles at info@cdcmotorcycles.com for your next Bagger build

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Examples of Bagger Frame Styles

Dual curved downtubes w/ 30-32"

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Single Downtube, Wishbone with Point

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Dual straight downtubes, layframe with short neck, with gooseneck

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Single Downtube with cross holes, layframe with short neck

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