There have been many brothers out there who took the lifestyle by storm. A few traits shared among all the greats were a dedication to hard work,creativity, a no care attitude about what others thought. With those qualities in mind some very dedicated people come up. Jesse James of West Coast Choppers, Indian Larry, David Mann and Ed Roth. Yea you notice dickheads at Orange County Chopper never came up in this list. They were made by reality television and nothing else. They had no talent whatsoever in many peoples eyes. Paul who? Paulie who? Lol come on they remind me of a bunch of fags at a gay bachelor party.
Jesse James- As everyone knows Jesse Founded West Coast Choppers in the early 90’s.Jesse is one of those brothers who give the definition to work. His work ethic is something to admire. He recently started making some kick ass firearms at well at his Jesse James Firearms Unlimited Company. Jesse has brought his game when it comes to making and designing guns just like he always had with his awesome chopper builds. Plus who can’t admire a brother who came up from the street that boned Sandra Bullock, Kat Von D and other celebrity hots? All of us old scooter tramps can be proud knowing one of our own got in the pants of those ladies. Bravo I say! Besides his conquest of hot women Jesse has always stayed true to who he was. What millionaire do you know who will get down in the trenches everyday and pound iron? Jesse James is a master with metal. What’s even more cool about him is he seeks out guidance from those that came before him. I really wish that a channel would pick up on the idea he had for a show about working metal and those who do it. Hell of a show it would be. Better then those other fake ass reality shows now a days.
Ed Roth- “expect criticism; if you can’t do it get help; you don’t need fancy tools or a fancy garage; and if you fulfill your duty Heavenly Father will bless you in what you do.” Roth not only created the famous “Rat Fink” character but he also had a hand in creating the Kustom Kulture. His pinstriping skills were of legend and he was able to bridge the gap between Hot Rods and Motorcycles. Being self educated like most of the greats this brother was able to get Mattel to produce his famous Beatnik Bandit Hot Rod.
Indian Larry- The builder among builders. He was down to earth and took pride in making sure he built the best bikes around. No he didn’t build the fancy choppers of the late 90’s and 00’s. He kept to the true chopper designs of the 70’s and 80’s. His scooters made Orange County Choppers look like bikes with training wheels. When talking about the last chopper he built. “You don’t see bikes like this that often. That’s what I shoot for, something that’s just mind-bending”. It was that kind of vision that made his scooters. That kind of vision that made us all love them.
David Mann- Who doesn’t know of David Mann being the one inspiration why many became bikers in the first place? His motorcycle art transformed a lifestyle. I can bet every scooter tramp in the world has at least one of his prints from an Easy Riders magazine hanging on the garage wall. He caught the rebellion and brotherhood of the movement to life with his prints. Any real scooter tramp to tell right away what David was trying to say in his drawings. Mann was no poser either. Being a member of a well recognized club he often included his brothers in the print. Honor and Integrity could always be found as the message trying to be put across.
Honor and Integrity is something that has been missed out on lately with these new generations of so called bikers. Many run around having no idea what those two words mean. These people run out and get a Harley because they think it’s cool. They go around calling others brothers not knowing the meaning of what brotherhood is. That’s what the biker lifestyle has lost since the old timers of old. Being a biker was a complete lifestyle choice. It wasn’t a part time thing. It wasn’t being someone who you were not. Getting on that scooter was who you were. You became apart of the machine. Molded together as one. It wasn’t a phase that someone just went through. Hopefully one day greats like the men above can inspire the next generation to become real again.
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