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ometimes we take for granted West Coast today, you might think that the like Jason Jesse, Cole Foster, Max Schaff, that everyone is out on the road young dudes are doing a lot of throwback Chopper Dave and me, I guess. I think like so many of us here at the choppers in an attempt to relive that the Sinners' movie put a lot of it in the

J magazine. We figured it would bygone era. Part of that is true, but forefront but that was another funny make for a good issue to give they're getting most of it wrong and that's thing. After that movie, everyone though*-

our perspective of the scene where this new scene is coming from, we were all metal flakes and Pendeltons, as it stands. Who knows, if it goes You see, back in the late sixties and early but there was only one bike like that in well, maybe this can become an annual seventies, only eight to ten percent of the that flick. Later on, some of the guys, offering. bikes had heavy flake jobs that were the Trevelen in particular, would start to get full-out, skinny, Fonzie-type choppers you it right and the long seventies choppers

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• cool." From the beginnings of chopper- by those companies. No one had the kinda a decade and it was like everything had to cool, when guys like Ed Roth, Dave Mann money to build those bikes so they just be vintage or period to be cool. But you and Robert Williams were setting the weren't out on the street in the mass like never saw cut down and bobbers with pace, this entire country watched their they are today. Bates' seats; they were using Hummer or trends and culture as Kmodel seats. Sure, many a signpost of things to fe t^j^fc ' ■. of them are sti" dl99'n' on come. Hot rods and lake r^K fffi^^B jj^^S^ = jdjjSP^ the bobbers and stripped bed racers, choppers and m ' down choppers, but a wicked ass pinstriping; W ^ \ f V whole new crowd is heavy it was all going on in / | jp jL'/f^f^u ■?»" ¿SL^v" Vt v'^ on bringing back the FXRs. California in the early i u i ! ^CfK . I think so many of them days. From the early ( -1^ ^^T , , r ftf '¡¿S ; realized that those old '60s, motorcycles have J ¿¡^¡f/ V \ / / ^Sfl^^i ^ikes are a Pain"in"tlie"ass had a permanent place ^ sJf f W^f unless V°u are a tinkerer in the garage. Big thanks ilj ^ „ t'mt^jt J.and most of the new to Denver's Choppers, ^f ✓ jjuL^mip^: generation isn't. Now they

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For AEE, their parts are ' " of all of this; just getting fought over as they are considered the Styles like a stock Springer on an old loose and riding. Let's face it, it's not

Gods of production parts. Ed Roth brought Knuckle aren't an accurate depiction cool to pull up on your Pan-bobber with a us his funkafied style and the very first of that period either. Usually they were brand new bed roll (never used) and a tool chopper magazine. Roth's mag was an extended or custom jobs. Most times when bag but there's nothing wrong with that early sign of things to come, and a little a new motor came out, guys would use on an FXR. They're all finally starting to operation that came out of Agora Hills the new parts too, like narrow frontends, rediscover what motorcycles are all about, called Easyriders would open the world's so it wasn't that often you'd see stuff like and that's bitchin'.

eyes to chopper culture; our scene would that. For the most part, the young dudes Over time, there were so many things never be the same again. are getting a lot of this mixed up but that's that came out of the West Coast's scene.

Few people can never forget the what's kinda cool; they're creating their Keith Ball launched the first online infamous Frisco style skinny bikes that own world around the idea of what used magazine after his years as the editor of

Arlen started to bring great attention to be, combined with their own take on it. Easyriders and Chopper Dave was really to, but stripped-downs and bobber style Really it's an era of mix-and-match, like where the whole blog culture came from, motorcycles were everywhere. Products vintage risers, superior "pretty boy" parts, He started out by putting a Web site up like ape hangers and six bends, coffin and etc. which were more late'50s to early where he showcased pictures that people peanut tanks were taking hold. An entire ^Os. Then the metal flake and panel paint sent him from all over the world. An earlier industry was built from this movement jobs came later but the new kids mix it sign of what would become online social and it's still responsible for much of what up. It's kinda neat; modern day Fonzies network was the Jockey Journal. It was goes on now. I call them. a big part of this movement too. Now

When you think of the scene on the The weirdo movement began with guys dudes like the Biltwell guys, who launched

Chop Cult, have taken that to a whole new level. There's a huge following for this site and with the kind of events they came up with like the El Diablo Run and the Slab City Riot, these guys have taken that scene to another place as well. They were really the only people providing ride-based events in California for a few years. They launched the new generation off the Internet and onto the road. I cherish them for that. Before them, my last good So-Cal run pin was from the '89 Prado Dam Run; they saved that part of the scene as far as I'm concerned.

California has always been a great place for events and it's a garage builders dream. With the regular Long Beach swap, that goes on once every other month, the annual El Camlno antique swap in Torrance every October, the Dave Mann show and swap, and the Mooneyes' events, there's tons of action and parts galore. The parties that Dice throw, and the Born Free deal and Hippy Killer Hoedown, both now going into their third year, have really helped the scene and the whole thing is getting pretty gnarly now.

Seventy-five percent of the people we know build their own motorcycles in their garage with their friends' help. They always debut them at the biggest show. Hell yeah they want the top award but they also seem to ride in with pride.

I guess the best thing about the West Coast scene is that it breeds a level of creativity. There are a ton of guys doing great stuff out there now like Slim and Duane Ballard, Kutty and the guys from Biltwel; too many to name really. We are lucky enough to have some of the originals still plugging away in their shops. Sugar Bear is still creating one-off bikes and his long ass frontends. Freddy Hernandez is still cranking out custom frames as he did for Denver's Choppers. Not to mention the essential trip of So-Cal, down the PCH. This stretch of road will clear all the BS in your head and make everything right for awhile. Other places to check out from the south would be Garage Company, located in Inglewood. They have a vintage motorcycle and parts collection that will make your head spin. Up next should be a tour at Century Motorcycles, located in San Pedro, where Cindy Rutherford is keeping the memory of Von Dutch alive. Finally, a stop by LA Speed Shop to take a peek at Chris Richardson's world is a must.

Heading north, you will find the scene alive and well with Kirk Taylor, TJP Customs, Satya Kraus, Death Traps,

No School Choppers and After Hours to name a few. All have started their own gypsy style events in the traditions of the old days as well.

The whole deal is really accepting to whatever you want to do with it. Guys are doing British stuff, CB choppers, or the bike that Chopper Dave did for the S&S 50th. That was like a combination of part Harley, part street fighter, with a whole new X-Wedge motor; just outta sight and probably one of the most innovative bikes that's come out of the West Coast in the past decade. That's why the scene is so cool now, you can do anything you want and the other kooks are gonna push you to do something more outrageous all the time.

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