Like many early customs, the Cherry Chopper started life as a Harley-Davidson; in this case, a 1978 FXE that was purchased new by the current owner. This model combined the frame and engine of the big FL touring bikes with the lighter forks and hooded headlight of the XL Sportster.
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Extended forks were a chopper staple back then, and these have been stretched ten inches and mounted at a 40-degree rake. Without a stretched downtube, the longer forks lift the whole chassis off the ground, placing the front higher than the back -- another trait common to early choppers. Other elements that defined the breed are also present: midrise handlebars, stepped saddle, and straight pipes.
Whether new or old, what often sets one chopper apart from another is the paint scheme, and the Cherry Chopper is no exception. Its deep Cherry Red basecoat was treated to swirling gold graphics that dressed the tank, rear fender, and frame. While the design is typical of the 1970s, the quality and detailing benefit from modern techniques-giving this bike a look few of its ancestors could match.
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