Steven “Choppa” Bates Standout 1956 Panhead Chopper

Motorcycles weren’t always Steven Bates thing. But as an artist, he’s always been the creative type. Thankfully, about 15 years ago, he picked up an old chopper mag, saw the work and craftsmanship put into the medium, and it stirred something inside him. Because even though the magazine might have spurred an epiphany, the biker lifestyle […]

American Iron Garage: Garage Built

Lemonade Vodka Build Steve changes his ’74 XLCH chopper into a Knuckle lookalike text by Steven Wyman-Blackburn photos by Steve Lita Why or how lemonade became the accepted platform to describe how people make the best of otherwise unpleasant dilemmas is beyond me. While I understand that the metaphor is contingent upon the originating sour situation, I’ve always felt that […]

Looking For Classic Motorcycle Cut-Downs, Bobbers & Choppers

The National Motorcycle Museum is looking for original or restored 1920s-1970s custom motorcycles and related memorabilia; do you know where machines built ‘in the day’ can be found?

Steve “Street Rod” builds a chopper to rival the pros

Before I go on and on about this being Nutmegger Steve Van Blarcom’s first bike build, which it is, you should know that he’s a successful and well-respected builder of hot rods and classic automobiles. To say that he’s mechanically inclined just wouldn’t do his skills justice. Having built countless custom hot rods and performed […]