Vrrooom with a View


Motorcycles move you. These move motorcycles. They're engines. Motors, engines, what's the difference? Technically speaking, engines expend fuel internally to generate motion, and motors consume external power to accomplish the same result.

Semantics, we know, but an interesting distinction nevertheless.

Would we feel the same way about building and riding these machines if they were called "enginecycles?" Probably. Are the engines in this ChopCult exposé inspirational in their own right? Absolutely. If you want to argue about which ones are cooler, faster, older or the most reliable, we've got a forum for that. These motors—pardon me, engines—are presented strictly for your viewing enjoyment.



If you prefer more subdued metal finishes, ScotchBrite and steel wool are your friends



It's been said that true "choppers" always have an open primary. If that's the standard, this machine is de rigueur



This tidy Ironhead Sportster looks like it can turn heads and lap times



Not even a cool November rain could dampen the spirits lf this panhead owner



Mark my words: today's pre-rubber-mount Evo Sportster will be tomorrow's knucklehead



Those brainiacs in the blue and white propeller hats sure can cook up a crazy Kraftwerk, can't they?



Trailerpark casino owners might prefer to be called "native Americans," but this machine will always be called an "Indian"



Triumph motorcycles. Turning men into mechanics since 1905



Another Indian powerplant, this one devoid of patina



Another shining example of the healing power of chrome



You could eat off this tasty unit Triumph motor as it stands. How many 40-year-old car engines could you serve sandwiches from without contracting syphillis? Not many



Another native American with lots of pride



They call these Harley engines "knuckleheads" because only a true imbecile could find a reason to hate one



Hard to believe anything so clean could feature a part called the "sludge trap." Maybe the MoCo should include a "shit chute" on the 2011 "Hipster" rumored to be in development. Doing so couldn't undermine their image any more than licensing cookie jars and fringe denim vests has



Some consider an H-D panhead with magneto the Holy Grail of outlaw choppers. Others say knucks are the shit. What do you think?



Jap forum junkies thought we'd never get to their beloved Honda CB750. The owner of this '70s survivor is asking five grand. Any takers?



If the new-school skaters at your favorite ditch don't give your Smith grinds the respect they deserve, throw a couple Indy trucks and Vans stickers on your oil bag. The retro street cred is sure to swing the boys in their skinny jeans onto your team



You don't need to be flush to look punk. Bust out the drill motor and go nuts. Everything looks cooler when you put holes in it



Ah, the ubiquitous cone shovel. Everyone on a Sportster wants one. Everyone on a panhead sold one. Everyone with a knuckle rebuilt one. Everyone on a TC-88 mocked one



Orange you glad we showed another old knucklehead?



How many badass knucks can you cram into one photo feature? Apparently, at least three



Make that four

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Commented on 2-1-2010 At 02:04 pm

Another great photo shoot. Keep 'em coming baby!

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 04:27 pm

I really love those pictures collections and close up ! nice shoots !

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 04:43 pm

very awesome.

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 04:50 pm

great feature. i'm still learning a lot about bikes and it's easy for me to get distracted by the way pipes, tanks, handlebars, etc look that i sometimes forget how much these motors are a part of the aesthetics.

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 05:23 pm

yeah the photo features are rad! and they inspire me to make cool parts!

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 05:33 pm

Nice job Harold. Keep'm coming!

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 05:43 pm

absolutely the best feature yet. damn those engine/motors are fuckin works of art every one of em! Excellent job sir!

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 06:45 pm

Great feature McGoo. Keep em coming, and enjoy your smartass comments!
Beautiful K-model... wap wap wap

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 07:10 pm

Knuckle's are cool, but I think Panheads rule! Great shoot. Thanks.

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 07:21 pm

Very nice! These pics give me wood :)

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 07:35 pm

those old motors just look so cool

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 09:26 pm

Thanks for the rad pics- keep them coming!

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 09:47 pm

Delicious...every one.

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 10:25 pm

Thanks for the close ups. As a novice, I like the education.

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 10:56 pm

nice photo feature. i wounder what the chances of sometime in the future getting a history lesson in the feature. maybe a evolution of engines/parts and why? might be pretty cool.

Commented on 2-1-2010 At 11:54 pm

love the commentary for each photo..hilarious.
thanks for an awesome feature CC!

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 12:30 am

this ruled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 03:23 am

Nice, simply nice.

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 04:20 am

cool shit indeed

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 05:15 am

lovin it! so many cools scoots so many good people building and riding...

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 05:42 am

bring on more knucks!

no xs650's there though!

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 06:04 am

well played my friend well played.

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 07:24 am

"Ah, the ubiquitous cone shovel. Everyone on a Sportster wants one. Everyone on a panhead sold one. Everyone with a knuckle rebuilt one. Everyone on a TC-88 mocked one"

-Thats the truth, baby!!!!

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 11:44 am

whats the extra pedal for on the first bike with the clown horn? right side shift & brake?

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 01:33 pm

Love the old Knuckleheads!

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 04:57 pm

toe shift and brake pedal on the same side, I suspect.

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 05:58 pm

thanks for another lesson... i'm getting better at this.. oh and..

"How many 40-year-old car engines could you serve sandwiches from without contracting syphillis? Not many"

"How many 40-year-old MEN could you eat a meatball sandwich off of without contracting syphillis? Not many" oh well...

Commented on 2-3-2010 At 03:57 am

tottally rad! "rigid mount sporty will be the new knuck.." you got me thinkin now ;)

Commented on 2-3-2010 At 05:33 am

Neato, some vintage at it's best! Really awesome shots! Suzy;)

Commented on 2-3-2010 At 11:47 am

Great pics, love the Knucks!! Easily my favorite motor for some time now. Followed by the Honda 750, I know, I know, but it's still a BADASS looking machine.

Great article/picture thing!!

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Commented on 2-3-2010 At 10:20 pm

Heart & Soul

Commented on 1-22-2011 At 10:02 pm

Um yeah, that photo spread caused me to soil my shorts! Scuse please I must change my chonies'!!!

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