Why to build a chopper?

Nov 21, 2019 | Redline Chopper School

No matter what you do for a living, it can get pretty boring on whatever “assembly line” you are on: factory floor, office desk – you name it. Your brain gets fried and around 4 o’clock you’re ready to get the heck out of there if not sooner.

Even if you “like what you do”, you can still be “good and ready” when the whistle blows to go home. I’ve welded on enough big construction jobs in Texas, Louisiana and in Europe to have heard that whistle blow many times….literally.

When it’s quitting time, you might well want to get on with creating something, working with your hands on your own project, thinking something through – something that is “yours” and not something somebody else is telling you to do.

Even more, you probably want to use your mind in learning some cool motorcycle mechanics, and fabrication stuff.

Finally, let’s face it, you want to have some fun while you’re on the planet. Wrenching, building, and riding your own bike…. well…. it takes the boredom out of life for a lot of us and the “hobby” of learning keeps the boredom factor pretty low over time…. as long as you like to learn.

A few years ago, I read an article by former Easyriders editor Keith Ball and he was trying to “define” what a biker is….if that’s even possible. He made the comment that some guy

building his own sailboat to sail off around the world is also a “biker”. Well, you get the drift of what he is getting at. Somebody’s got a dream, they are creating (building) something, and they do the whole project their way.

Anyway, it’s not exactly “following the crowd”. About the last thing I want to do is get in a stew about trying to define what a biker is, but I guess Keith was saying that it’s definitely not someone that follows the crowd just to be a part of the scene…….whatever. All for now.

Get out there …. and ride!…..

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