Through the ages
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!