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Guest Author -  “Blue Chopper”;  USA September 17, 2012
“What Sparked My Interest” - a new member’s story ... I am a new member and joined on 09/16/12; I didn’t know this organization existed until 09/16/12. To give you some history about myself, I became interested in factory customs when a friend of mine bought and rode to my home a 2004 Big Dog Chopper. He let me ride it around the block which sparked my interest. I then started looking for a new custom. I and my friend and his wife went to Myrtle Beach Bike Week during the spring and fall of 2006. Back then, there were many dealers with trailers and trailers of every type of chopper and pro- street that one could imagine. They lined the roadways and were setup at the malls around Myrtle Beach – it was a beautiful sight! I looked and test rode just about every factory custom there was. After riding both the pro- streets and the choppers, I was told by my friend’s wife that since I am big and tall, I looked better on a chopper. After looking at all the bike styles, I kept coming back to the Texas Chopper because the styling and that stretch gas tank was so beautiful. However, I never found a bike at Myrtle Beach Bike Week that I liked. I also wasn’t crazy about buying a bike  out of the back of a  tractor-trailer. So I decided to do some internet research. I finally found American Classic Cycles in Dothan, Alabama who had a good selection of bikes to choose from. I live in NC and drove to Dothan to check them out. I purchased a new 2007 AIH Texas Chopper from American Classic Cycles on September 12 th  2007. It was suspended in the air with cables as their show bike. I was able to walk underneath it to inspect it. There wasn’t so much as a finger print on it. It was a perfect chopper. I told them I wanted to test ride it. So they got it down, put a battery in it and fueled it up and started it for me. I told them I wanted to purchase it, negotiated a price and purchased it. I made arrangements to have it shipped to my home via Keyboard Carriers. It arrived about two week later. The salesman told me to ride it and not let it set around like so many other bikers who have Harley’s. I told him, “Don’t worry. I’ll be riding it a lot.”  It was painted with House of Color paint. It was prime coated with white primer. It was then sprayed with a dark charcoal grey metal flake base coat. The painter then taped it up and cut out flames on both tanks and fenders. He then sprayed on the flames with a dark Caribbean blue. The flame style was called  “XT Series Traditional Flame”.  When I first got the bike tagged and began riding it, people would block traffic with their cars just to look at it and talk to me about it while I was waiting for a traffic light to change. Today, when I pull up to a gas station, someone will approach me to look at it and compliment me on it. When I ride, it becomes a public event. Of all the motorcycles I’ve owned in my lifetime (and I’ve owned many motorcycles), the Texas Chopper has  been the most fun motorcycle I’ve ever owned. This is because I was excited about buying and riding it. Five years later, I still get butterflies when I go out for a ride. There are not too many things in life that make one feel that way. I’ll always keep it, take care if it and cherish it.
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Guest Author -  “Blue Chopper”;  USA September 17, 2012
“What Sparked My Interest” - a new member’s story ... I am a new member and joined on 09/16/12; I didn’t know  this organization existed until 09/16/12. To give you some history about myself, I became interested in factory customs when a friend of mine bought and rode to my home a 2004 Big Dog Chopper. He let me ride it around the block which sparked my interest. I then started looking for a new custom. I and my friend and his wife went to Myrtle Beach Bike Week during the spring and fall of 2006. Back then, there were many dealers with trailers and trailers of every type of chopper and pro-street that one could imagine. They lined the roadways and were setup at the malls around Myrtle Beach – it was a beautiful sight! I looked and test rode just about every factory custom there was. After riding both the pro- streets and the choppers, I was told by my friend’s wife that since I am big and tall, I looked better on a chopper. After looking at all the bike styles, I kept coming back to the Texas Chopper because the styling and that stretch gas tank was so beautiful. However, I never found a bike at Myrtle Beach Bike Week that I liked. I also wasn’t crazy about buying a bike out of  the back of a tractor-trailer. So I decided to do some internet research. I finally found American Classic Cycles in Dothan, Alabama who had a good selection of bikes to choose from. I live in NC and drove to Dothan to check them out. I purchased a new 2007 AIH Texas Chopper from American Classic Cycles on September 12 th   2007. It was suspended in the air with cables as their show bike. I was able to walk underneath it to inspect it. There wasn’t so much as a finger print on it. It was a perfect chopper. I told them I wanted to test ride it. So they got it down, put a battery in it and fueled it up and started it for me. I told them I wanted to purchase it, negotiated a price and purchased it. I made arrangements to have it shipped to my home via Keyboard  Carriers. It arrived about two week later. The salesman told me to ride it and not let it set around like so many other bikers who have Harley’s. I told him, “Don’t worry. I’ll be riding it a lot.”  It was painted with House of Color paint. It was prime coated with white primer. It was then sprayed with a dark charcoal grey metal flake base coat. The painter then taped it up and cut out flames on both tanks and fenders. He then sprayed on the flames with a dark Caribbean blue. The flame  style was called “XT Series Traditional Flame”.  When I first got the bike tagged and began riding it, people would block traffic with their cars just to look at it and talk to me about it while I was waiting for a traffic light to change. Today, when I pull up to a gas station, someone will approach me to look at it and compliment me on it. When I ride, it becomes a public event. Of all the motorcycles I’ve owned in my lifetime (and I’ve owned many motorcycles), the Texas Chopper has been the  most fun motorcycle I’ve ever owned. This is because I was  excited about buying and riding it. Five years later, I still get butterflies when I go out for a ride. There are not too many things in life that make one feel that way. I’ll always keep it, take care if it and cherish it.
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