The chopper motorcycle is a the most classic and iconic form of motorcycle customization dating back to the early 60's. Generally speaking the term "chopping" referred to the removal of unnecessary parts on a motorcycle and commonly "chopping" or raking the frame. Born in the American Free-love era, Harley Davidson's provided the canvas of choice. Traditional choppers featured hard tail or rigid frames, raked and extended front ends and minimal electronics and accessories. 60's and 70's show bikes featured wild paint and as much chrome as you could throw at it. Many credit the Bobber style of motorcycle as the predecessor to the chopper. These motorcycles were traditionally customized by vets returning from WWII seeking to lighten the heavy Knucklehead and Panhead motorcycles of the 40's and 50's. The term bobber can mostly be attributed to "bobbing" of the rear fender. Riders would commonly remove the hinged rear fender section on stock Harleys, leaving a shorter "bobbed" fender. Traditionally, the larger buddy seats were traded for smaller solo seats and the front fenders were likely removed as well.
Modern era chopper enthusiasts do not limit themselves to any particular motor, many choose XS650, Triumph, or even modern Harley Big-Twins as their platform.
Supplying chopper and bobber parts to the masses is what put Throttle Addiction in business. If you're into stripped down hand-built motorcycles, then we speak your language. We carry some pretty cool tanks, fenders, and front ends that harken back to a more nostalgic era. Be sure to check out our parts such as lights, handlebars and seats to help you finish off that custom build.