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Chopper Graveyard

 

In the late 1950’s through the 1970’s, the desire to make the then popular but heavyweight Harleys and Indians lighter and faster fueled the era of the classic chopper.  When the American soldier came home from WW2, the motorcycle industry was at a standstill.  Both Harley and Indian had produced only war machines for nearly 4 years and interest in the sport of motorcycling was left to a small number of remaining civilian enthusiasts and the returning soldiers from the war.  Some of those groups splintered and formed rugged outlaw clubs who generally modified their machines to what is called the Bobber today.

It did not take long for individuals to often modify their machines to a new level.  This is when the Chopper was born.  Large displacement V-Twin motors, often hopped up, would be set up in a chassis that had extensions on the front fork.  This was followed with various modifications to the frame – stretching and about anything else that the imagination could think of.  As they say today “there is nothing new”!  Sissy bars, hard tails, chrome bikes, tall bikes, theme bikes, coffin tanks, springers, girders and the list goes on.

There is nothing like the big screen to start a movement and that is what the classic film Easy Rider did in the spring of 1969.  A new wave of fame and fortune fell upon those capitalizing on this new industry.  New magazines such as Easy Rider portrayed the image and the biker was born.  In the summer of ’69…The resurgence of this era came in the early 1990’s.  The crude old V-Twins dwindled in numbers as well as the riders that cherished the 70’s lifestyle.

The screen got bigger with reality TV and the infamous antics of the Tuttle family in the long running series Orange County Choppers ruled the 90’s and into the new millennium.

The Wheels Through Time Chopper collection however, is the real deal.  Old school all the way!  Over a dozen of the coolest classic traditional choppers in the land.  From the Coca-Cola Special, called the Coke Machine to Moe Saunders Purple Haze –  there is a lot going on in the graveyard.

Exhibits

Board Track America

The first board track built for motorcycle racing opened in 1909 in Los Angeles...

The Chopper Graveyard

It did not take long for individuals to often modify their machines to a new level...

45's Forever

The Pre-War Harley 45 is a dominant force is motorcycle class C racing...

The Hillclimb Hill

As the glory days of American board track racing faded, American Hillclimbing became...

Americas Rarest

The rarest bike on earth are here at Wheels Through Time and...

American Restoration

This area is Dales cornucopia of rare, unusual, exquisite, bizarre but always...

The "Swim Shop"

The glory days of the Harley Davidson dealer in the late 1940’s and early 50’s...

American Racer

Class-C was intended to foster amateur racing and to discourage factory...

The Fabulous Fours

The story of the four cylinder motorcycle in America lasted a short 33 years...

Military Might

Before WW1 both Harley Davidson and Indian were involved in the production of...

1936 Style & Function

The man who led the design of both the Knucklehead and the improved Side Valve engine...

Home Made America

Throughout the 20th Century, various home-made machines were invented within the...

The Wheels Through Time Museum will sweep you back in time with its magnificent presentation of vintage all-American motorcycles and automobiles.

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