Originally Posted by SCHMIDTYS
In the old days " chopper " meant cutting the frame or front forks or fenders to get the desired effect and ride and look ya wanted from a factory built bike . It was mostly cutting the fenders early on and stripping excess weight from the bike .
NOW " choppers " has a whole new meaning . IMO
No , the terms have merely been hijacked by a new generation.
Just like GAY used to mean happy or lighthearted.
Choppers need one basic ingrediant. A stock factory frame , cut , bent , stretched , raked , welded or otherwise permanantly modificated.
Custom is overused too. Custom meant unique , an individual part or assembly , made by or to the owners individual specifications. One of a kind.
They ain't 'custom parts' if ya bought it from a catalog and theres many more just like it.
Bobber , an otherwise stock chassis with anything not needed for speed , like fenders removed , cut off or 'bobbed'.