What is a Chopper, What is a Bobber & How do You Build One?

Brad and I were working in the shop the other day when we got on the subject of how loosely the words “bobber” & “chopper” are thrown around today. I’ve met people that took the front fender off their Sportster and called it a bobber like it was a stripped down Knucklehead. And, I’ve met…

Wrench Magazine: Fresh off the Press

In Yankee territory ’tis the season to burn your old magazines to stay warm and buy new ones to remember why your feet keep moving on each day. Wrench Magazine just hit the shelves and it’s guts looked great when I split it open. Wrench hails from Paisano Publications, who brought us the likes of…

Classic Chop on an Evo Sportster

I settled into my desk today and happened upon a little gem that someone left for me. It was an Evo Sportster plastic model with functioning rear suspension and rubber tires. I rocked out a few wheelies and drove it over my computer a handful of times before loosing interest. Later in the day, while…

Movie Monday – Werewolves on Wheels, 1971

I saw a picture of a guy’s chopper-haven basement and above the Panhead motor on the coffee table and 45 Springer rolling chassis were three classic biker movie posters. The fact that this dude was adorning his household domain with biker gold led me to believe he was no puss when it came to taste…

Full Tilt Minnesota

Full Tilt is one of Minnesota’s few purist chopper shows. Events like this, the David Mann show in Nordeast this year & Bearded Lady are as good as they come. We can thank Heavy for rounding it up along with support from other crews like Union Speed & HA 81, among others. Columbus&Co hooked me…

Handmade Norwegian Knife & a Lunch w/ Sigmund

This hand whip is Herk’s traditional Norwegian blade that he made in Northern Minnesota at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. There you can learn to make a knife, build a canoe and hide a body among many other skills and crafts. He rode his bike up and slept next to the transmission…

LIFE Photos from 60’s Outlaw Scene

I’ve collected a lot of photos that I’ve come across over the years and there’s a folder full of the late 60’s Outlaw scene, specifically the HA’s on the West Coast. From what I understand, a lot of these pics were from the Baraboo chapter. Most of the photos came from an XL Sportster thread…