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Old 02-07-2009, 01:18 PM   #46
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I guess my dad must have started it. In the mid 70's he built a 750 chopper and a 53 pan chopper that both had deep laquer paint jobs and really only got ridden to shows. They were always clean and he never has been much of a beer drinker.

He rode mostly a CL350 and later a CB500 with homemade rear sets and one of those ugly fiberglass headlight cowls that meant "sport bike" at the time. The kids at my Kindergarten were so jealous when I got dropped off on that bike on his way to the ship yard, but I never got to ride on the choppers.
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:19 PM   #47
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I don't know what I hate worse seeing, guys with their pants hangin' around their asscracks, or this:




I guess "cool" really is in the eye of the beholder.
Yeah riding through the prairie state sucks.... I've got to agree with you on that one...
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:21 PM   #48
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I don't know what I hate worse seeing, guys with their pants hangin' around their asscracks, or this:

I guess "cool" really is in the eye of the beholder.
Your opinion doesn't matter to anyone.
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:25 PM   #49
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I don't know what I hate worse seeing, guys with their pants hangin' around their asscracks, or this:




I guess "cool" really is in the eye of the beholder.

Ha! You sound like my dad! or Grandpa for that matter.............

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Old 02-07-2009, 01:44 PM   #50
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You're right, probably should have kept it to myself. Sorry to have been insensitive. And my post count really is too low to have any opinions on such matters.

By the way, what's the title of this thread again?
Don't listen to Pirahna.. he's just pissed someone changed his avatar from a fish to a little doggie (all bark and no bite)...

If I'm understanding you right... you don't like the direction he's going with his bikes right?? What with all the understated sculptural elements and such??

So what is the point of building your own and making your ride fit your personallity then???

Are we back to the 'Conformity-to-Non-Conformity' arguement??

Do we need to get Chopperman to weigh in on this....

I went to Bike week in Laconia last year and saw only a handful of bikes like this.... and I thought they looked great.... It was nice to see some different influences mixed in with the sea of sameness....

I even said so in my ride report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=352563

Now, I don't know squat about custom bikes or the culture surrounding them but I know what I like when I see it...

This I like:

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Old 02-07-2009, 01:53 PM   #51
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I don't know what I hate worse seeing, guys with their pants hangin' around their asscracks, or this:

I guess "cool" really is in the eye of the beholder.
The OP was a commentary on retail riders, people who don't build but like the "chopper aesthetic"

Whatever. I think you should do what you enjoy.

But say what you want about JJ, that cat can build stuff out of metal.

Keep flappin your gums, I'm sure somebody is listening.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:01 PM   #52
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It's the same with choppers as it is with any other niche: It's radical and exciting until someone comes along and mass-produces it to cash in street cred. Then it's just another annoyance. But there's always someone out there keeping the old ideas alive.

I may not always like what they build, but I wish I had the skills to build it.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:06 PM   #53
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http://choppertown.ning.com/



AFAIK, it's still about exactly what you said, maybe you just didn't look in the right places.


:P


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wow thats cool
perfect. done. leave it alone
I love it
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:09 PM   #54
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It's the same with choppers as it is with any other niche: It's radical and exciting until someone comes along and mass-produces it to cash in street cred. Then it's just another annoyance. But there's always someone out there keeping the old ideas alive.

I may not always like what they build, but I wish I had the skills to build it.


Skills are first learned with a saws all and a case of beer... And your buddies bike of course...
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:09 PM   #55
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Yeah, me too. Early Shovel. Sprung solo seat, forward pegs, looks like 12 to 15 inch apes, not too high. Looks comfortable.

I'm very pragmatic. Anything that isn't practical or user-friendly, and just strictly for shock-effect, to me is usless. Even the apes I had on one of my bikes had to go after the 1st road trip.

I load it up, get on it, and ride from tank to tank, enjoying just being in the saddle. If I can't make a sunup to sundown on it, something is gonna get changed.

These new choppers, like sagging pants, serve no practical purpose at all, but that's just me. I would never own a rigid again, either. These builders are charging, and getting, a friggin fortune for something to ride to the burger joint.

I'm sure the dude on the bike I commented on loves it, but I think the riding position makes him look like the little guys on lowrider bicycles, with their knees hitting their elbows on every stoke of the pedals.

"Yeah I know you can't ride for more than 30 minutes on it, but it looks cool!"

I hate cell phones, too!
You think Jesse might love his bike?

My guess would be he puts more miles on a bike than you ever will.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:15 PM   #56
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You think Jesse might love his bike?

My guess would be he puts more miles on a bike than you ever will.
who pissed in your corn flakes today???...

Sounds like Eddie has a couple of miles under his belt....
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:16 PM   #57
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:21 PM   #58
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Yeah, me too. Early generator Shovel. Sprung solo seat, forward pegs, nice 16 inch front tire, looks like 12 to 15 inch apes, not too high. Looks comfortable and road-worthy.

I'm very pragmatic. Anything that isn't practical or user-friendly, and just strictly for shock-effect, to me is usless. Even the apes I had on one of my bikes had to go after the 1st road trip.

I load it up, get on it, and ride from tank to tank, enjoying just being in the saddle. If I can't make a sunup to sundown on it, something is gonna get changed.

These new choppers, like sagging pants, serve no practical purpose at all, but that's just me. I would never own a rigid again, either. These builders are charging, and getting, a friggin fortune for something to ride to the burger joint.

I'm sure the dude on the bike I commented on loves it, but I think the riding position makes him look like the little guys on lowrider bicycles, with their knees hitting their elbows on every stoke of the pedals.

"Yeah I know you can't ride for more than 30 minutes on it, but it looks cool!"

I hate cell phones, too!
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:21 PM   #59
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who pissed in your corn flakes today???...

Sounds like Eddie has a couple of miles under his belt....

Sounds like pirahna found a new leg to hump..

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Old 02-07-2009, 02:25 PM   #60
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You talking about the one with the seat made of metal, no padding, or the one with the exhaust under the seat that started the leather on fire? If either of those, then my hat is off to him.
You watch a little to much Biker Build Off.......I didn't build either of those bikes mentioned.

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