Life's a Bitch, Thank God There's Choppers...
On this page you will find a collection of photo albums showing Harley Ironhead Choppers.
Ironhead LONG CHOPPERS - Photo Galleries
This page is dedicated to Long Choppers powered by the Harley Davidson Ironhead Engine. By "Long" Choppers we mean Choppers with the characteristic long front fork. You've also got Choppers with a relatively short front fork, which almost look like Bobbers, but we call those "Short Chops"
In general terms, we would define a Chopper as follows:
A Chopper is a motorcycle of which the rake of the front fork has been increased to a rake which is considerably larger than the rake of the original stock motorcycle.
By "rake" we mean the angle that the front fork makes with the vertical.
The rake can be increased by either lengthening the front fork, or by increasing the rake of the frame by chopping it and rearranging its geometry, or by playing a trick in the triple trees, or through any combination of the foregoing.
So, in our mind, as soon as a stock bike or a Bobber has her rake increased, she's not a stock bike or a Bobber anymore. From then on she's a Chopper.
Easy Rider's "Captain America" - Mother of All Choppers
Ask anybody who knows a little bit about motorcycles to tell you what a Chopper looks like, and they will very soon refer to that one particular motorcycle that Peter Fonda rode in the classic road movie "Easy Rider".
In the movie, Peter Fonda plays the cool character of "Captain America" Wyatt. As a result, the bike he rides in the movie is also named Captain America.
With its Star Spangled Banner tank, sissy bar, apes, forward controls, chrome frame, chromed out Panhead engine, and the really, really long front fork, Captain America is THE big example of the classic Chopper.
Look at that bike:
Ben Hardy, legendary Master Bike Builder from Los Angeles, had the original Harley Panhead cradle frame raked to 45 degrees. To compensate for the increased rake he increased the length of the front fork by 12 inches.
Ben Hardy - Master Chopper Builder
Both the Captain America Chopper and the Billy Bike Short Chop were built by the legendary yet unknown bike builder Ben Hardy from Los Angeles, CA.
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