Through the ages

Street Chopper - - Contents - JEFF G. HOLT, Ed­i­tor in Chief jeff.holt@bon­nier­corp.com @jef­fgholt #jef­fgholt

For close to 50 years we have brought you the re­aldeal chop­per scene served up steamin’ hot on a sil­ver plat­ter. And this is­sue you are hold­ing in your hands is no dif­fer­ent. From the long and lean ma­chines of the 1970s to the 300mm fat tire chops of the 1990s to the cur­rent scene of clas­sic pow­er­plants, we have been keep­ing you up to date on what’s cool.

The Street Chop­per staff is con­stantly on the watch search­ing out and bring­ing you the best bikes from all over the world. Evos, Shov­els, Pan­heads, Knuck­le­heads, Tri­umphs, and even a vin­tage Vincent are all be­ing show­cased this is­sue. I can say with cer­tainty that we have more than a dozen of the world’s best chop­pers from all four cor­ners of the globe pack­ing these pages.

We are ever vig­i­lant in pluck­ing gems from our archives so that a new gen­er­a­tion of cus­tom mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts can dis­cover how it re­ally was back in the day. These ma­chines and the folks who ride them give us all a glimpse of just how de­tail- ori­ented our cus­tomiz­ing fore­fa­thers ac­tu­ally were. We even have vin­tage Star Wars- and Star Trek­themed cy­cles for you to trip out on.

In this is­sue we have re­united with a few old Street Chop­per pals from the past. Yosemite Sam Radoff was a pi­o­neer of paint­work in the late ’60s and through­out the ’70s un­til he seemed to go into hid­ing sometime in the late ’ 80s. Well, now he is back and has told us the full story of his life­time of cus­tom cars, trucks, vans, and bikes. Pho­tog­ra­pher Sandy Roca has been shoot­ing chop­pers since 1971 for all sorts of chop­per mag­a­zines and the folks fea­tured in them. Sandy has scanned a ton of his vin­tage decades- old 4 x 5- inch Ek­tachrome slides for us. With one look you will see that these im­ages are noth­ing short of amaz­ing.

For you clotheshorses and gear goons, we have a ton of new prod­ucts in this is­sue as well. We have a soft­good and hard­good ex­trav­a­ganza go­ing on with the lat­est in hel­mets, jack­ets, tools, blades, and even elec­tron­ics in the mix. Speak­ing of what’s new, we also had a chance to throw a leg over the all-new In­dian Scout Bobber and bomb it around the high­ways of Long Beach and Los An­ge­les as well as cruise the streets of Min­neapo­lis and sur­round­ing ar­eas on this fun lit­tle bike.

As you can see we have a ton go­ing on with this is­sue. We have filled this book- a-zine to the brim with a per­fect mix of old iron and new hand- built cus­tom chop­pers for your en­joy­ment. Turn the page and have at it!

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