If you pick up the latest issue of Jesse James’ Garage magazine, a pretty neat publication, there’s an insert specifically directed at West Coast Choppers and all of their products. They are coming out with a new frame, the CFL2, constructed by bending steel into a sort of monocoque chassis instead of the usual tube construction, something I’ll take a look at soon. But the interesting lead to that story is the quote by Jesse James, “Let’s face it, the chopper industry is dead.” Now didn’t someone predict that a couple of years ago? Hmm …, now who was that?
Highly skilled and creative motorcycle builders will keep doing fine work and we’ve pointed out quite a few on The Kneeslider, but the wide tire, stretched out, semi-functional chopper, … may it rest in peace.