Girders and jockey shifts, who doesn’t like them? When you shift at the gearbox and by hand as is shown on this photo, it is called a Jockey Shift. A suicide clutch is a foot clutch that cannot be fixed when you engage it. It goes when you take your foot up, like with a a car. So if yer foot falls of at a traffic light the bike gets off. Suicide it is! We used to fuck with the members who rode with them by bumping against there reartire when at a traffic light. This photo was sent in by Yvon, our friend and French Chopper Kingz member.
You see this mega cool chopper? In the old days many choppers had these Wassel type gastanks. they look very cool and classic. When we started the club the only choppertanks we could buy were mustang, sporty, coffin and prismatic tanks. Nobody ever heard of a wassel gastank. Now you can buy them again.
We love choppers. We want the chopper-scene to stay alive. A lot of us are greybeards. So we need yound enthousiastic dudes. Biggest problem for you kids is money, we can totally relate, having start at the age of 18 too. But it can be so simple. All you need is an old Jap, in this case an old Honda CB, good taste, a feel for coolness and the guts to strip the whole thing down to its bare bones. Drop that seat a bit, make yer own pipes, mount that cool-ass short fatbob fender, get a gastank from a smaller classic motorcycle and a swap the stock rearwheel 16 inch wheel.
So you are a young dude, you don’t have the money to buy a Harley or build a clean chopper but you love the lifestyle. Go ahead and buy an old Honda Shadow. They got these cool look frames already, all ya gotta do is strip them down, bolt the fender to the swingarm, make a super dooper Sissybar, add some Apehanger handlebars, open up them pipes and be accepted in the 2 percenter scene. It does not need to be a Harley. Follow your dream, don’t listen to the Haters.
Bratstyle. In Japan where the people are not so tall as we are, they take small displacement japanese bikes and turn them into very cool little choppers. It is something typical Japanese and we love it!
As a Triumph look alike the Yamaha xs 650 has always been a popular motor to use in a chopper. Look at this beautifull chopper and do you see what we see, they made it a softail too. For some that might be a bummer but we give the owner extra points for doing this, adding some comfort but still being able to keep the look very clean!
Tom Fugle, one of the last true Chopper Gods and member of the El Forastero is not doing well. He has cancer. In fact they think he won’t live very long. Send the man a card or a letter or anything, maybe it can cheer him up a bit.