Pro street choppers are those custom bikes which feature an especially long, low to the pavement look. Their stretched frames and extended, raked front ends bring to mind speed.
This look became extremely popular in top-end custom motorcycles with the advent of Jesse James' West Coat Choppers and Orange County Choppers. The two popular television series, each featuring one of these bike design and build shops, made everyone want this look for their very own.
The pro street choppers look are total opposites of old school bobbers and choppers. Bobbers turned stock motorcycles into choppers but did not give the bikes the super-low stretch look of that defines "pro street". That special look, very fluid to the eye, is the real difference between the pro street styling and any other custom motorcycle look.
Many pro street choppers are designed as "theme" bikes, meaning that their overall designs are driven by a common thread. The theme might be as single as a favorite color or flower or as complex as telling the life story of a person on the frame, tank and accessories of the pro street custom.
Perhaps the main driver for the popularity of pro streets are the fat back tire and thin, narrow front wheels and tires. With billet wheels featured on both the front and back, the length and flowing lines make pro streets the choice of the show chopper motorcycle crowd. There's just no competition between this look and the older styles of custom bikes, even if they are both well designs and constructed with equally original custom paint. The flash of the pro street look simply outshines other styles on the road today.
This style first hit the streets in numbers in the early 1990s and each year more and more of this type of custom motorcycle is seen on the streets of cities and towns everywhere. More custom motorcycle shops are building these than any other type of motorcycle today.
Many of the pro street custom choppers feature standard handle bars or slightly taller, raked back styles so that the rider sits in a normal position and has both standard and extended highway controls for foot brake and gear. A few pro street enthusiasts opt for the suicide shift which employs a stick shift for changing gears, adding just a little more to the unusual styling of their chopper. Some riders prefer straight handle bars, giving them the riding position of leaning far forward in a "café racer" style. But far and away, most pro street bikes use standard or tall handle bars.
Saddles seen on pro street choppers range from single saddles to king and queen leather padded saddles. The most popular, however, features a single front saddle and a pillion pad rear fender saddle for passengers.
You can find pro street chopper kits which let your order a bike in a box to build yourself. This is the least expensive way to get a real brand-new pro street chopper of your own. If you are willing to put in the labor involved in wrenching the parts in place and having the frame and fenders sent out for paint, you will get a special sense of pride riding your finished chopper.
Buying a pro street chopper from one of the renowned design and build shops does not come cheaply; a few of the extreme designs feature price tags in excess of $100,000 but you can expect to pay at least $50,000 for a pre-built pro street ride from a famous designer / builder.
Purchasing a bike of this style from a local bike builder can cost a pretty penny. You don't often find these top-end motorcycles sitting on a lot with a plastic "for sale" sign taped to them! But the heads turning and amazed looks that occur as you ride your new pro street chopper down the road makes the price seem well worth the money.
So, if you really want to ride in style, check out the pro street designs you can view online. Do your homework on options and motorcycle shops and order or buy a ready-built custom bike of your own.
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