The Chopper

A chopper is a motorcycle but not the traditional type. Choppers are motorcycles that have been radically modified by the owner or even the manufacturer. Choppers are motorcycles that have a few less features than a regular motorcycle. The chopper came into existence following World War II when soldiers came back to the United States and began modifying their motorcycles. The soldiers removed any part of their motorcycle that was unnecessary, too big, too ugly and too heavy. The parts that were removed were the fenders, the front brakes and turn indicators. Most motorcycles also have a spring saddle, but not choppers. Choppers have the spring saddle removed from the frame so that the driver can sit as low to the ground as possible. Most choppers are made with a v-twin engine.

The main reason for redesigning and editing a motorcycle into the form of a chopper was to prepare the bike for dirt track racing and even mud racing. Removing all of the heavy, unwanted and unnecessary parts made the bike lighter and easier to handle in a high speed race. The large front tire is replaced with a smaller one and so is the headlight and the fuel tank. Most motorcycles have a large fuel tank but choppers have a smaller fuel tank to lighten the load of the bike. As required by law, almost all choppers across the country have to have protective bars for the driver installed. Those bars, which are on the back of the bike and stick straight up in the air, are often referred to as ‘sissy bars.’ More often than not the ‘sissy bars’ can be seen over the driver’s head when looking at a chopper from the front of the bike.

The reason for returning soldiers from World War II to work on their motorcycles was that the majority of them had been trained by the United States to work on automobiles and heavy machinery while in the armed forces. They were trained to repair these vehicles while on the battlefield and while at the camp in case of breakdown or other technical problems. Almost all of these soldiers weren’t even mechanics before joining the service.

There are a handful of companies across the country and the world that produce choppers. Jesse G. James’ West Coast Choppers, Orange County Choppers, Indian Larry, Falcon Motorcycles, Warlock Motorcycles and Von Dutch Kustom Cycles are just a few companies that manufacture chopper motorcycles.

Where did the term chopper come from? Well, when the servicemen originally began chopping up and welding the frame of their motorcycles the term chopper was born. Choppers are not only popular in the United States but have become wildly popular in Australia, where ATV and dirt bike racing is also incredibly popular among the sports fans. Choppers have become so popular in the United States that even bicycles are being manufactured to have the look and feel of a chopper motorcycle. So now, even kids can ride a chopper if their parents don’t own one.

Motorcycle Riders – Say GOOD-BYE To Black/Scuff Shoe Marks Caused By Gear ‘Up-Shifting’

Although the first motorcycle was invented over a hundred years ago and has seen many major changes since its first inception, one item which seems to have been forgotten and left out of the technology advancement is the motorcycle gear shifter lever.

And, it’s this motorcycle gear shifter lever that, after all these years, has never failed in ruining every motorcyclists’ boots and shoes by leaving those tale-tale ugly black shifter marks on them.

Amazing as it sounds, up until now no one has done anything as far as changing or upgrading the gear shifter lever to prevent this irritating problem – which occurs during gear ‘up-shifting’ actions.

The other problem with the current hard rubber that comes standard on all motorcycle gear shifters is that many motorcycle riders also may experience discomfort to the upper left foot during long rides having numerous ‘up shifting’ actions.

While there are a couple of products out on the market today which do sell slip on boot/shoe protectors, the drawback with these is that they have to be placed on and removed from the riders shoes each time the rider starts or finishes riding. These products also don’t offer the rider any type of cushion or comfort while riding.

However, motorcycle riders are in luck now because all of this is about to change. Shiftcush, the revolutionary company which invented the product bearing the same name, designed their Motorcycle Gear Shifter Cushion exactly to prevent all of the above from occurring.

The best part about Shiftcush is that their new easy-to-install gear shifter cushion not only prevents shoes from being ruined but also offers unrivaled shifting comfort by providing an air cushioned padding between the riders foot and gear shifter lever.

This revolutionary air cushion is made by the same technology as used in the Nike Air-Max tennis shoes.

Thanks to Shiftcush, now motorcycle riders can say good-bye to black/ugly shoe marks and any shifter discomfort caused by gear ‘up-shifting!’

 

Uses of Men’s Cowboy Boots

Boots for men is among the most popular fashion trends in recent times. There is an appropriate pair of these shoes with high coverage for men in every sphere of life. There is the correct pair for executive men, Eskimo boots to help through the snow, hiking boots that are excellent for tough conditions and those that can be worn to make a bold statement. Boots should be worn by those men who are confident and not afraid to take a few chances.

Men’s cowboy boots are great for cold weather. They protect the feet from frost bites and keep them warm. And since these boots usually come high up on the calves, they protect the legs partially as well. They can be worn with any kind of outfit, including jeans for casual wear and trousers for formal occasions.

Boots that are normally chosen by sports people are known as risk taker’s boots due to their hardy built. They can not only withstand rough weather, but are also ideal for protecting the feet from injury due to the thick leather out of which they are made. Eskimo boots are usually the best for very cold weather. You don’t even need to wear socks with them since the inside of the boots are lined with wool and covered with good quality durable leather that keeps the legs and feet warm enough.

Although no one thought Ugg boots would become a popular fashion wear, it has become a cult in international style due to celebrity endorsements like that of Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Uma Thurman. The best thing about wearing boots is that not only is it comfortable and protects the feet, but it is also fashionable to sport a pair.

However, Ugg boots are now being promoted as men’s footwear as well. Celebrities like Bad Pitt, Harvey Keitel and Justin Timberlake among many others have been spotted wearing these Ugg(ly) boots. Originally created in Australia in the 1970’s for aviators to wear and keep their feet warm, and later adopted by surfers to protect themselves from hours of exposure to the cold waves of the sea, Ugg boots may be short for “ugly”, but they are being lapped up by the most fashionable elites of society at present.

Men’s cowboy boots are made by many companies in their distinct styles. Two of the most popular ones are the Hessian style and the Wellington style. They have a V cut along the center of the top. Horsemen are known to wear boots that come high up the leg and have considerable heels attached to them as well for maximum protection. A better version of such a boot was the Cavalier style that came out in the 1800s, with very high heels and superior quality of leather.

By the 1950’s the square toed boots were replaced by the round toed ones. It was the high point of cowboy fashion, complete with country music and rodeos. However, cowboy boots have been popular since before that time, and still is a rage among the world fashion scene.

Cowboy Boots For Men

Whoever said that women were the only ones who could afford to be choosy about their footwear, while the guys would wear drab stuff all their lives. In recent times, fashion footwear for men has reached an all time high; and the variety of footwear available is simply mind boggling. Then again, keeping in mind the need to look fashionable even in times of bad weather, say during cold winters or rains, boots are the ideal option. In recent times, men’s cowboy boots have made massive leaps in fashion, and we intend to tell you about some of them. In case you are confused about so many choices, or want t know what would suit you the best, here’s the latest about men’s cowboy boots. Read on.

You know that style wise, there are several basic types of cowboy boots, which differ in terms of design. One of course, is the classic Wellington boot, the original cowboy boot. Then again, we have the Hessian boots, with a V-shaped cut in the front part – often lace or tassels are hung from this part, for the old Western look. We have the high heeled Horsemen boots; another similar type is the Cavalier boots, more expensive and the same high heel quality. In general, men’s cowboy boots are available in many varieties – different types of heels, material (pure leather or synthetic or faux materials), colors (from the classic brown to colors such as silver and purple!) and so on. One of the major innovations, of course, since the 1950s has been the change from square toe boots to round toe boots, although the former style has come back strongly in recent years as part of the retro cool fashion.

Then there are ‘cowboys’ for different uses – sports boots, called ‘risk taker’s boots’, Eskimo boots for cold weather. Both of these boots have thick soles and protective pads to protect your feet from sudden injuries/bitter cold climates. Then we have the ‘Executive boots’, ‘Funky Leather’ boots, and Worker’s Hiking Boots.

In general, leather boots are the best, as leather is perhaps the best material to use for men’s cowboy boots. It keeps your feet warm, does not wear out easily, and most importantly for men perhaps, you do not need to clean them that often.

Finally, do you know about Uggs? Well, the same company that wowed the fashion world with its trail blazing, ‘real ugly’ boots for women, endorsed by the likes of Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker, are back, this time with Uggs (!) for men. these boots are remarkable in that they are ‘apparently, and deliberately ugly’, and a throwback to the original cowboy boots, those which were worn first by Australian sheep shearers. Later on, they were taken up by aviators to keep their feet warm, and finally by Australian surfers from the 70s onwards. This time around, the list of endorsers for Uggs goes like this – Justin Timberlake, Harvey Keitel, Ronnie Wood, Brad Pitt and so on. Need we give more encouragement?