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February 20, 2020

25 Vintage Photos of Badass Women Riding Their Choppers

A chopper is a type of custom motorcycle which emerged in California in the late 1950s. The chopper is perhaps the most extreme of all custom styles, often using radically modified steering angles and lengthened forks for a stretched-out appearance. They can be built from an original motorcycle which is modified (“chopped”) or built from scratch.


Some of the characteristic features of choppers are long front ends with extended forks often coupled with an increased rake angle, hardtail frames (frames without rear suspension), very tall “ape hanger” or very short “drag” handlebars, lengthened or stretched frames, and larger than stock front wheels. The “sissy bar”, a set of tubes that connect the rear fender with the frame, and which are often extended several feet high, is a signature feature on many choppers.

Perhaps the best known choppers are the two customized Harley-Davidsons, the “Captain America” and “Billy Bike”, seen in the 1969 film Easy Rider.

Kickass or badass—whatever you wanna call these tough biker ladies—here’s a selection of 25 vintage photos of young women with their easy rider choppers.





























3 comments:

  1. "25 Vintage Photos of Badass Women Ridding Their Choppers in the 1970s"

    Only 3 women are actually riding (not "ridding" btw).
    Only half a dozen are badass, the rest are models or friends of the bike owner.
    I am guessing that with a couple exceptions the bikes are not "theirs".
    At least 6 of the bikes are from the 1960's, and at least 3 of the photos are from the 1980's.
    Leaving the only true part of the gallery title that these are choppers, which is obvious to anyone looking.

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  2. Ann Margret in pic 13. She was an avid motorcyclist.

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