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Motorcycles and Choppers

The Motorcycles and Choppers Channel explores how these machines are built and customized. Learn all about motorcycles and choppers at HowStuffWorks.

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Shovelglide: A Chopper Profile

The Shovelglide is a custom chopper from J.L. Hart and Chopsmiths. It features outrageous design and an 88-cubic-inch engine. See photos and specifications for this old-school chopper.

Girder: A Chopper Profile

The Girder's builders like to go to extremes, and this custom chopper is no exception. Girder chopper's custom forks were stretched 22 inches and cloaked in black. See photos and specs for this highly modified motorcycle.

1997 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy

The 1997 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy motorcycle kept alive one of Harley's most popular models. This bike kept almost the same exact design of the original 1990 Fat Boy which was a huge success. See pictures and learn about the FLSTF Fat Boy.

1983 Suzuki Katana 1100

The 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100 motorcycle received mixed reviews for its outer-space design. The new generation of engines used on these bikes featured dual-overhead cams and four-valves-per-cylinder. Check out info and pictures of the 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100.

1996 Aprilia RS250

The 1996 Aprilia RS250 motorcycle put its new Italian maker in the classic motorcycle big leagues. Powered by a highly tuned version of a Suzuki two-stroke V-twin it was essentially a road racer for the street. See pictures and learn about the Aprilia RS250.

Classic Motorcycles

Classic motorcycles are a thrilling blend of precision, style, and performance. Kick start your trip though 100 years of classic motorcycles with the articles assembled here.

1998 Harley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic

The 1998 Harley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic motorcycle looked great in Harley's anniversary trim. This motorcycle was powered by an 80-cubic-inch Evolution V-twin engine with fuel injection. See pictures and learn about this hot Harley.

1998 Harley-Davidson XL-1200C Sportster

The 1998 Harley-Davidson XL-1200C Sportster motorcycle line included standard sport and custom models. The custom Sportster featured a simple chrome bucket headlight instead of the old eyebrow headlight cover. See pictures and learn more about them.

1994 Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra-Glide

The 1994 Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra-Glide motorcycle is a luxurious touring bike. See pictures and learn about the FLHTC Electra-Glide.

1995 Harley-Davidson FXSTSB Bad Boy

The 1995 Harley-Davidson FXSTSB Bad Boy motorcycle featured retro styling and modern technology. See pictures and learn about the FXSTSB Bad Boy.

1993 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide

The 1993 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide motorcycle was a 90th anniversary Harley. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide.

Thugster: A Chopper Profile

The Thugster chopper is a one-of-a-kind bike crafted by John Lewis. A reliable 80-cubic-inch Harley Davidson Evo V-twin powers this unique chopper. See great pictures of the Thugster and check out its specs.

1991 Harley-Davidson FXDB Sturgis

The 1991 Harley-Davidson FXDB Sturgis motorcycle marked the 50th anniversary of the famous biker rally. See pictures and learn about the FXDB Sturgis.

1997 Harley-Davidson FXSTS Heritage Springer

The 1997 Harley-Davidson FXSTS Heritage Springer motorcycle mixed old and new Harley styling. This particular motorcycle was designed to look like some of the other Harleys that were introduced in the 1940s. See pictures and learn about the Heritage Springer.

1913 Indian 61 Twin

The 1913 Indian 61 Twin motorcycle was a performance bargain with a unique rear suspension. This motorcycle featured a 61-cubic-inch engine with a single-speed transmission and a two-speed option. See pictures and learn more about the Indian 61 Twin.

1926 Indian Prince

The 1926 Indian Prince motorcycle was specifically designed for first-time buyers. It featured a 21-cubic-inch single cylinder engine and a spring-mounted seat that made up for the lack of suspension. Discover pictures and information about the 1926 Indian Prince.

1935 Indian Chief

The 1935 Indian Chief motorcycle competed directly with Harley-Davidsons of its day. The 1935 Chief wasn't as maneuverable at slow speeds because of weight, but at higher speeds, the weight provided great stability. See pictures and learn more about the big 1935 Indian Chief.

1973 Kawasaki Z-1

The 1973 Kawasaki Z-1 motorcycle was Kawasaki's answer to Honda's popular models of the late 1960s. It had a 903-cc double-overhead-cam inline four that became the benchmark other companies tried to beat. See pictures and learn about the Kawasaki Z-1.

1978 Kawasaki Z1-R and Z1-R TC

The 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R motorcycle and its turbocharged Z1-R TC companion set new speed standards. Because of the light weight it become the first stock street bike to record sub-12-second runs in a quarter-mile. Learn about the Z1-R and Z1-R TC.

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R

The 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R motorcycle honored a top bike racer and was known as the Eddie Lawson Replica. It was based on the standard KZ1000 and featured the same 1015-cc double-overhead-cam inline four engine. See pictures and learn about the KZ1000R.

1974 Laverda SFC

The 1974 Laverda SFC motorcycle was a high-performance machine built by a company that once made tractors. It had an engine that produced 70 horsepower which made the SFC a sreet-legal racing motorcycle. Learn about the 1974 Laverda SFC.

1988 Laverda SFC 1000

The 1988 Laverda SFC 1000 motorcycle featured Laverda's trademark three-cylinder engine. This particular model was not intended for export sales so this motorcycle is very rare in the U.S. See pictures and learn more about the Laverda SFC 1000.

1959 Lilac

The 1959 Lilac was one of the first upscale Japanese motorcycles to be sold in the United States. The powertrain layout and other features resembled that of other big European models for sale in the U.S. See pictures and learn about the 1959 Lilac.

Fendered Spoon: A Chopper Profile

Although not as high-end as most Fearless Choppers creations, the Fendered Spoon boasts an incredibly-wide 300mm rear tire. See photos and specifications for this Harley-Davidson engine chopper.

1904 Marsh

The 1904 Marsh motorcycle used parts made by the Marsh brothers themselves. It had a single cylinder engine that had an intake valve that opened on the cylinder's down stroke. See pictures and learn about the 1904 Marsh, a pioneering motorbike.

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