DENVER’S CHOP­PERS HORSE TRADER

Trade you a chop­per for that

Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS: MARK MASKER PHO­TOS: STREET CHOP­PER ARCHIVES

Denver’s Chop­pers’ “Horse Trader” fea­ture was nei­ther the first nor last Denver Mullins chop to grace the pages of Street Chop­per, but it is a great ex­am­ple of Mullins’ work. It’s a sim­ple-look­ing chop­per to a ca­sual ob­server, no BS slathered any­where. Long-ass springer forks are a sta­ple of Mullins’ work, and this bike is no ex­cep­tion, rock­ing a 20-inch- over springer fork set brack­et­ing an 18-inch wheel with laced spokes. Straight pipes run along the frame on either side down low, while the curved prism tank strad­dles the back­bone up top. It may look like the gas bag is molded to the chas­sis di­rectly, but in fact the tank was eas­ily re­mov­able.

The orig­i­nal ar­ti­cle (pun in­tended) got its name from Mullins be­ing a bit of a barter junkie. He liked money as much as any­one else, but, like a lot of chop­per guys, he was al­ways on the look­out for a good swap. He’d been want­ing a new car for a while and nabbed one by swap­ping this chop­per for it. SC

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