History of Choppers, The: Rollings Sculptures

History of Choppers, The: Rollings Sculptures

by Rob Wieland



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586857325
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 02/26/2007
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rob Wieland maintained his secret identity as Lou Slim Mahoney while riding across the country. He saw the big party in '03 from both sides of the fence and has toured the plants of every major motorcycle manufacturer more times than he can count. His first biker purchase was a leather jacket, which is required by law in some states before motorcycle courses can be taken.

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In the Beginning so much excitement surrounds a machine that was born as an accident-the happy result of early attempts to refine the internal combustion engine. It's often the case with technological innovations; no one person can take sole credit for the invention of the motorcycle. In the process of developing an air-cooled, four-stroke engine for automotive use, Gottlieb Daimler (who later teamed up with Karl Benz to form the Daimler-Benz Corporation) constructed a petrol-powered bicycle in 1885. Within a few years they appeared in large numbers in France and Germany, and by 1896 these contraptions, flitting about at a top speed of about 24 mph, had taken on the familiar shape of the modern motorcycle.

Table of Contents

8 Motorcycle Myth

9 "If I have to explain it, you won't understand."

12 A Quiet Town Called Hollister

17 A Wild Story

20 Born to Be Wild

23 The True Red, White, and Blue Chopper

25 The Man Who Put the Devil in Daredevil

26 The Fonz

28 The Nicest People


33 In the Beginning

39 The Wrecking Crew

41 Depression and Delinquency

46 Good Cops, Better Bikes

48 The Revolution in Miniature

54 The Man Comes Around

55 European Competition

60 Contradiction in Terms

62 The 1980s Strike Back

63 Rich Urban Bikers

64 The Future of Choppers

66 ROAD OUTLAWS and organizations

67 Bobbers, Choppers, and Outlaws

70 Hell's Angels

75 Harley Cleans Up Its Image

80 One Percenters

81 Hell's Angels Drug Trafficking Syndicate

83 A Word from the Rivals


89 Commercializing Outlaw Biker Fashion

90 Sturgis

94 Daytona and Bike Week

104 It Ain't Like it Used to Be

108 Glossary

114 Acknowledgments

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