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Chopper Motorcycles and Choppers

Choppers have been part of the American landscape since WWII but fell out of style as they became associated with outlaws and rebels. In recent years with TV shows such as American Chopper and Biker Build-Off; the Chopper has once agian seen a resurgence in popular culture.

The desire to make motorcycles lighter and faster helped fueled the chopper movement. It started not long after World War II. GI’s were returning from the war. Many had learned mechanical skills in the service, and had been exposed to the small, fast bikes coming out of Europe at the time. There was a surplus of big, heavy, utility-based motorcycles made for the war effort, meaning that there was a surplus of motorcycle frames, engines, and parts. The returning soldiers started stripping bikes down to the essentials. Front fenders were removed. Rear fenders were bobbed or stripped off, too. Fuel tanks shrunk, and exhaust systems were replaced for straight pipes. Smaller padded seats replaced wide leather, spring-supported seats. These ‘chopped’ up bikes were also referred to as ‘bobbers,’ and the thrill of riding these motorcycles fast supplanted the need for adrenaline many soldiers still had after returning from the war. History of Chopper Motorcycles
Chopper Motorcycles
Drummer Mike Mesey Builds Chopper Drum Set
Friday, July 09, 2010
Mike Mesey, drummer for the band American Greed, has built a one-of-a-kind chopper drum set complete with a 10-foot-long fork.

Laconia Custom Builder Feature - Irish Choppers
Friday, June 18, 2010
We sit down and share a pint with Irish Choppers' Mickey Stevens to talk shop with this enterprising custom bike builder out of Worcester, Massachusetts.

69 Chopper Official 2011 Bike Week Motorcycle
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Brass Ball Bobbers & Choppers' custom-production 69' Chopper has been selected by American Iron Magazine as the 2011 Official Bike of Daytona Bike Week.

Michele Smith Joins Strip Club Choppers Tour
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Michele Smith, former hostess of 'American Thunder,' has joined her AT co-host Jay Barbieri on the Strip Club Choppers Roadhouse Tour.

Indian Larry Chopper Shaman Review
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Motorcycle USA catches up on some reading with the moving biography of one of the most enigmatic characters the motorcycle industry has ever seen, Indian Larry Chopper Shaman.

Jesse James West Coast Choppers Spring Sale
Friday, March 19, 2010
Push the paparazzi aside and get your butt over to West Coast Choppers as it celebrates Spring this weekend with a huge sale on parts and apparel.

Big Dog Motorcycles Introduces 2010 Chopper
Monday, February 22, 2010
Big Dog introduces its lowest-priced motorcycle to date, the 2010 Chopper, with a price tag in the $21K range.

Vagabond Chopper Promotes Chicks Rule Tour
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Vagabond Chopper Co. is promoting the 2010 Chicks Rule & Boys Drool Tour, a traveling showcase dedicated to women motorcycle riders.

Big Bear Choppers Bear Bones First Look
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Big Bear Choppers recently introduced the latest motorcycle in its 2010 lineup, a low-riding black chopper for under $20K called the Bear Bones.

Captain America II Easy Rider: The Ride Back
Thursday, September 03, 2009
The story is reborn as a prequel to Easy Rider, the iconic motorcycle movie starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, prepares to debut in October.

Jesse James Stayin True
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Famous Hollywood wife, successful custom chopper business and an outlaw name to match his motorcycle bad boy image - so why is Jesse James a dead man? Find out in this Motorcycle USA exclusive interview.

2009 Laughlin River Run Review
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Climb On with Motorcycle USA as we take a look back at the fun that was the 2009 Laughlin River Run with a review article and video.

2009 Laughlin River Run Custom Bike Show
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Bobbers, baggers, hot-rodded trikes and radical custom motorcycles duked it out for top honors at the 2009 Laughlin River Run Custom Bike Show.

Rats Hole Custom Bike Show 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Custom motorcycle builders from around the globe congregated in Daytona Beach for the 37th Annual Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show and the 'Italian Showdown.'

V Force Customs Bike Week Interview
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Motorcycle USA got a chance to ask Vinnie DiMartino and Cody Connelly, former members of the OCC crew who formed their own company, V Force Customs, a few questions at Bike Week.

Daytona Bike Week on OCC Choppers
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Motorcycle USA rides around 2009 Daytona Bike Week on two of Orange County Choppers production bikes.

DVD Review Choppertown The Sinners
Friday, August 22, 2008
Watching "Choppertown The Sinners" is like turning the pages back on time, as Rico Fodrey and his So Cal Sinners crew follow a different drummmer.

Custom Builder Copr Choppers
Thursday, August 23, 2007
We'd like to introduce the winner of the MCUSA Online Biker Build-Off, Copr Choppers, and its award-winning bike the Ground Pounder.

Interview Twisted Choppers
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Cruiser correspondent Billy Bartels chats with the boys at Twisted Choppers about music, TV, and their custom-built two-wheeled creations.

Coast 2 Coast Choppers
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Coast 2 Coast Choppers certainly grabbed our attention at Daytona bike week with their bold designs, and shop foreman Jimi Hell was kind enough to answer to our questions.

2010 Harley Dyna Wide Glide First Ride
Friday, October 30, 2009
A lower profile, new pipes, and drag-style handlebars give the 2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide new life as it returns to the lineup after a year's absence.

2009 Big Bear Choppers GTX-F Quick Ride
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Motorcycle USA rides the mountain on Big Bear Choppers’ bagger offering the GTX-F, a faired cruiser featuring built-in luggage and sourcing the S&S X-Wedge Twin for power.

Riding Choppers in the Valley of Fire
Friday, June 12, 2009
Motorcycle USA does some motorcycle touring through the Valley of Fire just outside of Vegas on the 2010 Honda Fury and the 2009 Big Dog Coyote.

2009 Big Dog Motorcycles First Ride
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Big Dog Motorcycles celebrates its 15th anniversary by releasing its biggest lineup to date, seven motorcycles in all including the X-Wedge powered 2009 Wolf.

2008 Big Dog Pitbull Bike Test
Monday, May 26, 2008
MotorcycleUSA set out to see if an award-winning factory custom, the 2008 Big Dog Pitbull, could stand up to the rigors of being a daily rider.

2008 OCC Production Bikes 1st Ride
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Motorcycle USA takes a spin on the four new Orange County Choppers' production bikes created by the Teutul clan.

2006 American IronHorse First Ride
Monday, September 12, 2005
American IronHorse, one of the custom market's major OEMs invites us to sample its offerings for 2006.

Check out Motorcycle USA's bikini-clad chopper babes in the pin-up wallpaper and calendar galleries.
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Custom Motorcycle Features
Nash Motorcycles AWOL custom build.
From choppers to bobbers to simply bad-ass custom motorcycles, we take a look at the men and women behind these machines in our Custom Builder features articles. If you have a custom bike of your own, would like to suggest we do a story on your favorite builder or would like to learn more about these amazing artists then climb on and enjoy the ride.

Magics Custom Cycle 2013 Sportster 48
Magic's Custom Cycle won our 'Editor's Choice' award at the Seattle Ultimate Builder for their 2013 Sportster 48 that became Brad Hall's 'Psycho Addiction.'
AFT Customs CB836 Honda Streetfighter
AFT Customs took a CB750 and transformed it into this wicked Honda Streetfighter, bumping up performance with a Wiseco big bore kit and the front end off an R1 superbike.
Chopper Motorcycles News
Memorable MC: Hans Van Bregt Minarelli 50
Our man Melling stands up to the challenge issued by Hans Van Bregt, to sample a finely-tuned, expertly crafted Minarelli 50.
H-D Sturgis Rally Point Breaks Ground
Harley-Davidson and the city of Stugis broke ground on the Harley-Davidson Rally Point, the city's new permanent year-round space for riders.
AMA Pro   City National Bank Long Haul Award
AMA Pro Racing and City National Bank have teamed to announced the "Long Haul Award," which will pay $80,000 directly to AMA Pro Flat Track riders over the course of the 2015 season.
Polaris VP of Slingshot Michael Jonikas Retiring
Michael Jonikas, Polaris Industries Inc. VP, Snowmobiles and Slingshot is retiring.