Custom Choppers and Motorcycles: A Guide

It sure is exciting to own your very own motorcycle or chopper. However, what better way to extend that excitement than by owning a custom chopper.
While shopping for a custom chopper, here are a few tips that could help you:

1. Do not ever settle for anything less than what YOU want. If you’re going all the way to buy a custom chopper, then get one that you want. Do not let any sorts of sales pitch change your mind.

2. Keep a price range in mind. There are many custom chopper makers out there. Just one shop or price tag should not influence your decisions. Some of the big names include OCC and West Coast Choppers, however other shops around can also provide you with the same thrilling chopper you’ve always wanted, at a lower price.

3. While riding a chopper, be confident. Even if you feel your confidence waive, keep things safe. Wear your helmet and leather. If, for some reason, you feel unsafe during a cruise, stop for a while and try to regain your confidence. You sure don’t want to end up in a hospital right after you get your brand new custom chopper. Though, at the same time, don’t get over confident and consider yourself a pro (if you are not). Do what you can, and stay away from what you cannot.

The Evolution of the Chopper

While returning home after the World War 2, those American soldiers who were riders started to strip down their motorcycles to make them lighter. Those who had served overseas were not really satisfied with the bikes that Harley Davidson was producing, despite their loyalty to the company.

Many of them had been trained to work on bikes and other automobiles, therefore it was completely natural for them to make changes. As they talked to others more and more about their changes a new bike took form. They gave the name ‘bobber‘ to bikes that had been changed. The bike designs were inspired by those seen in Europe, since they were more compelling, lightweight and fun.

The fender was one of the first things to be changed. The front fender was almost always removed, while the fender at the back was shortened just enough to protect the rider from mud that was thrown up by the tire at the rear. They continued to make changes to their bikes and the ‘chopper‘ finally came into being. It was originally used for dirt track racing.

The process of chopping was what gave birth to the term ‘chopper’. Riders started to ‘chop off’ parts that they felt were not needed. This included big seats, big headlights, etc. They reduced the size of the fuel tank to make the ride lighter.

Over time, riders started getting rid of everything and anything that seemed too big or unnecessary. For a few parts, they decided to make smaller versions. The front tire was made smaller while the rear tire was increased in width. They would often talk to other riders and create a ‘perfect’ ride for themselves.

It did not take long for this craze to catch on. And soon after, individuals started designing custom choppers to sell to other riders. The riders therefore did not have to do the customizing work themselves. Soon, Harley Davidson started designing and building choppers for sale to the general public. Usually, trends tend to decay over the years and are forgotten. However, this one has made an amazing comeback.

The Yamaha Raider: A Review

If you cannot afford a $25k+ price tag on a custom chopper, but always wanted to have one, then the Yamaha Raider chopper is exactly what you need.Back in the old times a Chopper was, as the name implies, pieces of motorcycle that were put together to form a lightweight running machine. The Yamaha Raider may not entirely match up with everyone’s idea of a chopper, but it has all the styling options that a chopper has coupled with the comfort of cruisers.

Once you’ve decided that you want the Yamaha Raider, it’s about time to explore the range of the chopper. The Yamaha Raider displaces 1854cc and is cooled by Air and Oil. A twin-bore electric fuel injection handles the carburetion on the Yamaha Raider and the compression is 9.48:1. A belt final drives it, and there’s a five speed multiplate clutch. On the Yamaha Raider, max torque goes at 2,500rpm and there’s a 4,500rpm top on the power band.

An all aluminum cast frame is implemented on the Yamaha Raider to provide a light and rigid platform for the basic build. The highest point of the chopper is 45 inches and the seat height sits at 27 inches. The fact that the Raider weighs only 690 pounds when dry is probably the best part, considering that it displaces about 2 liters. The chopper image of the Raider is invoked by a 210-series tire at the back. The front end features a 120/70-21 bias tire. The Yamaha Raider also features a drive belt embedded with carbon fibre, routed wiring on the handlebar and a perfect finish.

For many average buyers, custom choppers are largely out of their price range. While others cannot do the customizing themselves, and so, are left out the chopper game. The Raider answers the problem for them with a custom look and a lot more comfortable ride. Most choppers are built for companies and rich people, but the Yamaha Raider is built for everyone to ride and enjoy.