The History of Custom Choppers
A chopper is an essential machine. Remove any unnecessary components
like a windshield, front fenders, crash bars, etc., and get
a lighted, streamlined bike. Today the business and culture
of custom choppers and bobbers is thriving. But where did it begin?
After World War II, returning soldiers were unhappy with the
mass-produced motorcycles that were available in the United
States. While stationed
in Europe, they had seen bikes that were lighter and faster.
These veterans spent time with like-minded friends, and the
idea of chopping
First came, the bobbers, where the fenders were
removed or shortened to reduce the weight and improve the appearance
from a chopper’s
perspective. Although changes and improvements were being
made continuously, the biggest change came after the movie
to fame in 1969. Suddenly, talented designers replaced backyard
mechanics as the chopper craze grew. Rather than have the
to do the work themselves, bikers could express their ideas
to a designer and his team, who would create a custom chopper.
Following the rise of the chopper, customizing
and the Kustom culture also became popular. Artists began creating
bikes to display the rider’s personal life philosophy. Choppers
and customized bikes have been streamlined into one product, as
riders seek minimalist simplicity of a chopper with the personal
expression of customized design details.