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Ded­i­cated to Tom Fugle

We have ded­i­cated this is­sue to Tom Fugle, who was one of the few who em­bod­ied the true chop­per spirit and life­style. For most of his 75 years on this planet Tom was chop­ping, cut­ting, weld­ing, paint­ing, and pound­ing on mo­tor­cy­cles. I met Tom about five years back and loved to hear his sto­ries of how it re­ally was in the early ages of chop­pers and see his many cur­rent leather and two- wheeled cre­ations. Af­ter his pass­ing we con­tacted his fam­ily as well as close friends and wrote up a fea­ture on Tom and his many achieve­ments in life. We hope you like it.

The world lost an­other great one in Matt Davis of Dice mag­a­zine. For those of us who met or were friends with Matt, we knew we were lucky to do so as he was such a gen­uine and nice per­son. When I was cho­sen as edi­tor of Street Chop­per years ago the first mes­sage I re­ceived was from Matt con­grat­u­lat­ing me on my new en­deavor. Matt never thought of me as a com­pet­i­tive edi­tor, though our mag­a­zines have al­ways been in the same vein. To him I was just an­other guy into the same things as he was. On all four cor­ners of the globe at events and shows Matt and I would al­ways find time to hang out a lit­tle and talk about bikes, fam­ily, and friends. I will al­ways re­mem­ber those times. You will be missed, Matt. You were one in a mil­lion.

For this is­sue we been all over the world and deep into our ar­chives to bring you noth­ing but the best of these cus­tom mo­tor­cy­cles we call chop­pers from the past and present. We have bikes with all sorts of pow­er­plants from dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try. Hell, we even have a Knuck­le­head chop­per dubbed the Knucklewood, which is 100 per­cent carved from var­i­ous types of wood all the way from Swe­den.

This is­sue is also jam- packed with some of the most in­trin­sic af­ter­mar­ket parts for cus­tom chop­pers, bob­bers, and track­ers you can find any­where. We piled in boots, shoes, rid­ing gear, hel­mets, groom­ing prod­ucts, and tools to fix, up­grade, or adapt that ma­chine of yours as well.

We even trav­eled to Spain to ride the all- new Tri­umph Bon­neville Bobber, which we rode through Madrid’s many amaz­ing twisty roads and beau­ti­ful out­ly­ing vil­las. Yes, the Bobber may have a moniker that in­fu­ri­ates some, but we have a full, truth­ful, in- depth write- up on the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive at­tributes this bike pos­sesses.

The staff went back to Yokohama, Ja­pan, for the Mooneyes Hot Rod Cus­tom Show this past De­cem­ber. Even af­ter 25 years this is an event that we still think is the best in the world for cus­tom real- deal chop­pers. Imag­ine all of Asia’s best and bright­est bike builders and their 800- plus cre­ations un­der one roof for one day only. The Mooneyes HCS is just pure in­san­ity and sen­sory over­load. An­other show that is gain­ing a good rep­u­ta­tion with triedand- true chop­per­heads is Ven­tura, Cal­i­for­nia’s Chopperfest. We bring you all the ac­tion from a win­ter show in sunny South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Like I stated be­fore, we have a ton of good stuff go­ing on in this is­sue. We also have mul­ti­ple daily posts on our Face­book, In­sta­gram, and Twit­ter to clog your feed with badass bikes, so check out # streetchop­per and @ streetchop­per for all the on­line ac­tion.

jeff.holt@ bon­nier­corp.com @jef­fgholt #jef­fgholt

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