Everything runs in cycles, fads come and go, what remains is the long term base. The Kneeslider is making a prediction here, I’m going on the record to say the huge fascination with choppers has peaked. Choppers will continue to be built and sold, money will still be made but the growth period is over.
Choppers are not functional in the way most motorcycles are, choppers are an art form. There is only so much you can do with wild paint and shaping metal before choppers all begin to look the same. Every now and then a builder will do something unique or sufficiently different to stand out but if you look at a hundred choppers they all begin to blur together.
Choppers have gone the high dollar and movie star route for some time which brought a lot of attention but the rich and famous are fickle and will soon start buying the next big thing. A lot of the buyers with enough dollars to follow the trends will fade away and it will no longer be cool to have a two wheeled chrome and billet piece of street art.
The tuner cars are facing this already. The Hondas and Nissans with monster wheels, huge sound systems, playstations and gullwing doors are fading while some of the performance mods remain. The young who like cars for what they can do will stick around, the ones who try to turn them into jewelry will move on. Choppers are like that. But in the world of motorcycles, what do choppers do, remove the glitz and what remains? Their whole point and purpose is appearance.
I’ll be adding to this as the days go on, but remember, you heard it here first.