The History of Choppers: Rollings Sculptures

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The History of Choppers
Rolling Sculptures
Rob Wieland
The History of Choppers explores the past, present and future of how chopper riders and builders are pushing this metallic self-expression into the realm of art. From the sleek lines of a custom ride to the savage beauty of a rat bike scrambled together from spare parts, every chopper represents something unique about its owner and is the ultimate statement of who the rider is. The History of Choppers tells the stories of the people behind the paint and pipes that make their choppers unique.
The History of Choppers covers early bike makers, evolution from back alley machines to rich urban versions, Hollywood's fascination with choppers, myth and reality behind biker symbolism, the clash between choppers and manufacturers, and a glossary of biker lingo.

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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.

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