“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When Newton proposed his third law of motion over 400 years ago, it aimed at explaining forces on physical objects. I have found that this law also applies to human spirit. Every trend, fashion, viewpoint, belief or action seems to result in an opposite trend, fashion, viewpoint, belief or action. This is probably why we will never experience world peace. Although world peace would be wonderful, this constant state of human revolution is what makes us unique and life interesting. Disco music makes way for punk rock, which makes way for Techno, which sparks Grunge and so on… This brings us to our featured motorcycle; the new Old School Chopper.
After World War II, thousands of American troops returned home. The horrors of war left many of these men with restless souls and they found normal day to day living at home unsatisfying and frustrating. Many of these men had experienced motorcycles during the war and had also gained mechanical knowledge. They bought up ex military Harley Davidsons and by default formed groups with other thrill seeking war veterans. These groups were to become the motorcycle gangs of the future. In the pursuit of more speed and better handling, their Harleys were made lighter by removing all parts and components which added weight. Even front brakes were removed. Mudguards were cut shorter or ‘bobbed’. To lower the centre of gravity, sprung saddles were replaced with saddles mounted directly onto the rigid frames. Frames were left unaltered. These ‘Bobbers’ were the rebel yell of the 1950’s.