Harley Davidson - Chopper
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Harley Davidson D2-492-05-09
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Capacity : 1200
Model : Chopper
Production : 1991 -
Category : (R) Street Bike

Harley Davidson

Chopper - 1991

Ride to live and live to ride!

One of the most durable survivors of Sixties culture is the Chopper, a peculiarly American phenomenon whose very nature defies logic; it is the symbol of a way of life that thumbs its nose at conventional standards.

Unorthodox by Design

The genuine article, low-slung chopper, like this Harley-Davidson-based bike, goes beyond mechanical belief; the rule is to be as unorthodox as possible. The power unit is only significant for the amount of chrome that can be plated to it. The frame, often devoid of a rear suspension, is frequently fitted with an antique-style, chromed girder fork, stretched-out for an exaggerated effect.

Conventions of Unconventionality

But custom bikes often end up looking very much alike because, while there are no rules, there are conventions that have to be followed by those who want to be unconventional – tall girder forks and the low-slung look are just parts of the whole Easy Rider image. Countercultural to the core, the full-house chopper has had an unexpected influence on production models. It gave birth to the popular "Custom" category, a group of machines designed for kicking back and cruising, when style is considered more important than sheer performance.


Engine: 1200cc Harley-Davidson four-stroke V-twin

Power output: 100 hp

Valves: pushrod overhead valves

Fuel system: twin vertical carburetors without air filters; nitrous oxide injection available

Transmission: 4-speed gearbox; chain final drive

Suspension: (front) stretched girder forks; (rear) swinging arm

Brakes: (front) disc; (rear) disc

Wheels: chromed wire

Weight: 600 lb

Maximum speed: 120 mph

A leftover from the Sixties, the chopper not only turned heads in its day but also had an uncalculated influence on production models.

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