Top Chops: Master Chopper Builders

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MBI Publishing Company LLC, 2005 - Transportation - 233 pages
Chica. Jerry Covington. Cory Ness. Dave Perewitz. Mondo Porras. Jesse Rooke. Roland Sands. These are the Lucky Seven, chopper builders whose bikes have forever changed the face of the custom motorcycle world. And, thanks to the popular Discovery Channel show, Biker Build-Off, the builder's own faces have become as recognizable as the motorcycles they build. In Top Chops: Master Chopper Builders, you are taken inside the world of these artisans of kinetic metal, providing the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a master craftsman's chopper shop. These fascinating builders are creating rolling works of art, captured in stunning photography by Michael Lichter. Included are one-of-kind photos from their personal collections, chronicling their start as young enthusiasts to top-chop builders today. Forward written by Billy Lane.

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Dave Nichols has been involved in many forms of media both in front and behind the camera since 1978. He has written and produced over 1,200 TV commercials with Shadoe Stevens, Inc., a series of television comedy specials for HBO/Cinemax, and American Top 40 for ABC Watermark. He has produced live events for Jani International and live sports programs for television, created early-learning software for Microsoft, and developed ad campaigns for radio, TV, and feature film trailers for New World Pictures. Dave has been the editor-in-chief of Easyriders and V-Twin motorcycle magazines since 1998 and is currently overseeing ten automotive and motorcycle magazine titles for Paisano Publications, including the new Road Iron custom touring bike title. Nichols was the on-camera host of V-Twin TV, a 26-episode motorcycle-related television series seen on the SPEED channel. He is also the bestselling author of Top Chops, Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman, One Percenter, and One Percenter Code, all published by Motorbooks. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, and Los Angeles and is currently creating TV series and feature film projects with HBO producer Michael Hill.

Since the early 1980s, Michael Lichter has been photographing custom motorcycles, often hanging from the beds of pickup trucks during rainstorms, photographing packs of bikers in places like Daytona Beach and Sturgis, South Dakota for the pages of Easyriders magazine. He has written and photographed a number of books. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

Billy Lane has been involved in the chopper scene since its resurgence in the past decade, and has gained extensive exposure on TV shows such as Monster Garage, and in every major motorcycle enthusiast magazine. In 1995, he founded Choppers Inc., one of America's premier custom motorcycle building companies. Billy is a Miami native who has a mechanical engineering degree from Florida State University. Lane resides in Melbourne, Florida.

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