Header photo by Benny Stucker - As we say goodbye to 2019, let us take a moment to reflect on the past year. Chopcult.com continues to grow in numbers, as membership has rolled past 58,000 strong, and the site views remain steady. One million thanks to Ryan H., Jason Ochoa, Daniel Venditto, Jennifer Farris, Panhead Jim, Josh Allison, Benny Stucker, Amy Sue, Johnathon Martin, Greasy Kulture, Zarkin Froods, Bob Marshall, Jesse Contreras, Nick Galaura, Heath Braun, and Alec Owaza for contributing stellar features and helping make the site the best it can be. Each person helped shine the light on new talent and old friends, supported shops, and rad events throughout this great country of ours. Their time and ongoing support are deeply appreciated. Here's a look back at some of the features we showcased in 2019.
Greasy Kulture Issue #72
Focus: Allegheny Road Run
The Daily: Andrew Trenkamp's Flyingt1t
Joe Davenport's White Bike
Ray Hagee's 1950 Panhead
Daily: Dave Devanna's 87 Sportster
On The Road With Panhead Jim: Fuel Cleveland
Riding Out to Roll With The Bleeders
Chopper Racing with American Road Runner
WWR: Nick Galaura's Sweet 883
HOTP: The Great White Bison Vol. 3
Panhead Jim covers the Backroad B.B.Q.
HOTP: The Engine Books
Artist Showcase with Cycle Monster
First Annual Locked 'n Lodi
Focus: Mama Tried Motorcycle Show
WWR: Alec Ozawa's Porosity Princess
Scott Ross' Electra Pan
Build Custom Handlebars with Cry Baby Cycles
Mark Kirkland's 1990 EVO
Ryan Feagin's CB750
A HUGE step forward for ChopCult is its presence on the ever-growing list of social media platforms, where we entertain over a million folks on a weekly basis. I have come to realize that every outlet has a different following with a unique suite of considerations. For example, Instagram takes many people to keep it chugging along. Big thanks to Jason, Dan, Nico, and Jennifer for helping me and everyone that allowed us to share their images, artwork, and bikes with our community. I remember when I took over the site and suggested following CC on Pinterest I was harrassed for creating the account. Well, folks, Pinterest is one of the many outlets that keeps this engine running. We received over 640,000 unique views and welcomed over fifteen hundred new supporters last month alone. Not too shabby, lol.
The 5th Annual Happening Van and Chopper Show
One thing that has remained true for me over the seven years at the helm is that people love freebies. ChopCult hosted many giveaways (thanks to all who donated) in the main forum and through our Instagram account. Keep an eye on both platforms, as more are heading your way in the new year.
Big thanks to Mad Leather Squirrel for making this giveaway possible!
ChopCult co-sponsored many events throughout the year, and I'd like to thank every event promoter for including ChopCult in their world. It means a lot to be associated with great events like Strange Days, Cheap Thrills, The Greasiest Motorcycle Show, Texas Fandango, Born-Free Motorcycle Show, High Voltage, Hippy Killer Hoedown, Backroad B.B.Q. Run, Howl 'N Prowl, Hell On Wheels, Ventura Nationals, and many more. Each event was successful because of your contribution and attendance. Let's keep that momentum going into 2020! Be sure to watch our event listing page, as new events are posted weekly. ChopCult continues to support great causes like the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation and The Jessi Combs Foundation. We miss these two beautiful souls, but through the dedication of others, they will never be forgotten.
We have seen steady growth in our online store as well. For this, we thank you all, as every sale from CC's gear helps keep the site free for all to enjoy. Another home-run for us was adding a new marketplace to the store. Our goal with the marketplace is to make it a one-stop-shop for enthusiasts, as well as to support the small shops within our industry. Big thanks to No School Choppers, Grims Parts Co, Gnarly Magazine, The Ton Magazine, Old Man Motors, Nash Motorcycle Co, BlackCat Motorcycles & Coffee, Bison Motorsports, Hijinx Apparel, and Get Lowered Cycles for supporting our cause. Please contact me if you would like to get your motorcycle related business involved. F.Y.I. Our community loves t-shirts, hats, and motorcycle parts! I want to specifically thank Brian at Painthuffer Metal Flake for creating the exclusive 33 Custom Micro Flake. If you hit their site right now, you can grab a jar or two for ten bucks each and a percentage of the sale benefits Moto F.A.M. Be sure to tag your work #33customflake so we can share your creations.
In closing, I'd like to thank every member and supporter for continuing to use ChopCult daily and for helping keep the forum positive and spam-free. Thanks to Biltwell Inc., Choppahead Kustom Cycles, Duane Ballard Custom Leather, Bison Motorsports, S&S Cycle, Inc., Rolling Heavy Magazine, Dixxon Flannel Co., The Speed Merchant, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, No School Choppers, Nash Motorcycles, Speed Dealer Customs, Old Bike Barn, Twin Power, Nor-Cal Cycle Swap, Arizona Cycle Swap, Basket Case Magazine, DicE Magazine, Greasy Kulture, Gnarly Magazine, and Cycle Source Magazine for their support through 2019. To every enthusiast out there, if you like what you see here or on social media, please become a member and help the community grow.
Wishing you and yours the very best for 2020.