Ol' Blue, The Green Chopper - Matt Gibony's Mutt

Ol' Blue, The Green Chopper - Matt Gibony's Mutt

This thing showed up at the garage as a dirty, crusty, old mutt, and despite some efforts and a few layers of lipstick, thankfully it still is. Matt Giboney’s good friend Rob Clague ended up with this scooter, originally as a partial trade between himself and an old greybeard biker.

When Rob got the bike, it was in a Pan/Shovel configuration. The former owner said that after building it back in 1978, “the finished motorcycle spooked him.” We never found out why, but apparently whatever “spooked” him was enough of a reason to keep the bike sitting under a tarp, leaning against his house for 40 years.

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From the Vault - Willie, Waylon, and Kim

From the Vault - Willie, Waylon, and Kim

Thanks to our long association and friendship with custom motorcycle magazine legends such as Billy Tinney and Kim Peterson (editor of In The Wind magazine), Choppers magazine is able to take you back in time to memorable events in two-wheeled history. For this issue’s look back, Kim was working at Easyriders magazine in the late 1970’s and was on special assignment with a motley crew of moto-journalists.

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Texas Chopperin' - Justin Toole's '67

Texas Chopperin' - Justin Toole's '67

Texas Native Justin Toole found this 1967 genny shovel motor of all places on a Facebook site. The genny shovel has always been his favorite Harley motor so you can only imagine how stoked he was.  “The time it took for the bike to get shipped to him seemed like an eternity” said Justin.

Once it arrived in his dirty little hands, he immediately pulled the top end apart to access the damage, as he suspected it was in pretty bad shape, and so was the bottom end… bummer.  With the motor pulled and half apart Justin knew were to take it.  Straight to the motor man himself, Lou Skopik.  Justin left his ’67 baby with Lou with a little direction.  He wanted the motor to look like it came off the Milwaukee factory floor.  Correct cam cover, dechromed rocker boxes and gray cylinders, you know… what a motor should look like.

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The Shed Run

The Shed Run

There are a few magical places that take you back in time and make you wonder about the history of the place. The Shed, deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas, is one of those magical places with a vibe that is hard to imagine unless you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing it for yourself. This place was believed to be the home to a Satanic group back in the early days, stories and folk tales chilled the minds of young and old alike.

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Purple Haze Built By Jason Ochoa

Purple Haze Built By Jason Ochoa

“I built this bike in honor of my father, who absolutely loved Jimi Hendrix, so the bike was named Purple Haze.” – Jason Ochoa

If you’re thinking “this guy looks familiar” you are right. We featured Jason Ochoa’s Knuckle “Satan’s End” back in Issue 1. While chatting with him a few months ago, we got to talking about all the killer builds coming out Texas. I asked Jason to have all these guys send me pics of their bikes. One-by-one, the Texan choppers started filling my inbox.

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Inside the Artist - Lee Bullock

Inside the Artist - Lee Bullock

Texas has as a whole has a hell of a lot to offer. They have had ZZ Top, Roky Erickson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and some of the best damn BBQ you’ll ever taste. Texas also has some mighty fine artists such as Lee Bullock. His work is a wash of color and has a style second to none. Lee is a man of taste and a true talent.

Lee has recently been concentrating on larger paintings and concentrating on everything from original Knucklehead and Panheads, to custom choppers in all their glory. Lee has also been known to paint such legends as Clint Eastwood, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Choppers Magazine just had to do an interview on this great talent in its first-ever all-Texas issue.

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