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Old 05-02-2015, 12:25 AM   #21
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I asked this question of a old Ca. 1%er(Misfits) who frequently came into the HD shop I worked at in the early mid 70's. He said that they grew out of the pushbars on drag bikes. Kind of the same as stated above, " If a little more is good, a lot more is just right for tying stuff to, such as bedrolls, drunks, and dead people"(his words, not mine). Nervous laughter by others in in the shop followed this answer. Anyway, that was one oldtimers opinion.

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Old 05-02-2015, 07:48 AM   #22
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Interesting to hear how that could have started ... love that kind of Chopper history. Thank you Mike "Von Wegener" for that thread.
As Mike surely will remember, in the early to mid 1970s when we built our first Choppers in Germany, the vehicle safety organisation called TÜV banned the long sissy bars. They allowed us having them only 10 inch high (25 centimeters), measured from the riders seat height ... that has changed in the last 10 Years - thanks the European Community
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:50 AM   #23
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Lovin' the photos of those old chops. What clean purposeful builds. Made for riding. No "bling" needed. The way it is supposed to be.
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:10 AM   #24
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La Puente, California 1959. Not a Sissy in the bunch.



Here is another look at one of the bikes



No sissys in Oakland, Calif. 1959 either:


Not a Woman in the Bunch Either!!!!
If someone had not invented them...my wife certainly would have!
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:54 AM   #25
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It could be a myth, reading magazines back then was kind of like checking out the internet now - not always gospel truth.

Checking out the old pictures brings up another law - handlebar height.
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Old 05-02-2015, 01:17 PM   #26
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As a teenager in the mid 80s I worked at an independent shop. Sometimes we'd see radical 70s chops that had seen better days. I remember Arnold at k and k in vegas told me the trend towards outrageous high pipes stemmed from laws against open exhausts and the guys would use tall sissies to attach the pipes
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Old 05-02-2015, 01:55 PM   #27
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I would have to guess the first use was to make it easier to push the thing
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Funny how there has been no mention of the word "fashion".
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As a teenager in the mid 80s I worked at an independent shop. Sometimes we'd see radical 70s chops that had seen better days. I remember Arnold at k and k in vegas told me the trend towards outrageous high pipes stemmed from laws against open exhausts and the guys would use tall sissies to attach the pipes
I remember those guys at K&K, I was just a kid and largely ignored....
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:08 PM   #30
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Hey oldtimers, ...
Do any of you guys have old pictures you want to share or maybe just share your different opinion with us?

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Old 05-05-2015, 06:35 AM   #31
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Not a personal pic but, one of Dave Mann's early works,
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Like many Dave Mann pics the above is based on reality. Those guys were the El Forastero MC and in the center is Tiny Breuer. Those sissys were real and somewhere I have pics of some of them. I need to dig in my archives.
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Not a personal pic but, one of Dave Mann's early works,
I think the name of this one was my old gang, for those that may not know Dave Mann was an El Forastero, on the far left is Tom Fugle just behind him is Gray Cat, to the far right is Dan Jungroth and behind him is Skip Taylor and as VonWegener said Tiny is in the center. Tom and Tiny were the founding members of the El Forastero's and Dave painted a lot of the early days of the club. here are some pics.
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I think it had a lot to do with area that your from as far as sissy bars are concerned, the Midwest seems to have been known for the tall sissy bars and pipes, Ed Roth went to the Midwest for info when he was writing his little book on how to build sissy bars. I do believe that they my have come from the drag bikes as we would always seem to have copied that style here in the Midwest.
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Here's a pic of Tommy Smith riding the Saint back in the 50's I believe he was 15 or 16 in this pic.
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It was a pretty weird fad where things got a little carried away and form took over from function, but I have to admit that I thought I looked pretty righteous riding down the road with my ol' lady laying back against a three foot high bitch bar with her legs wrapped around me. Righteous man, righteous!
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I believe that's a myth. All CA has ever required is proper footrests for passengers.
yes, and D.O.T. past a law that required all 1969 model bikes to have a grab handle...(which looked gay as hell).
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Here's a pic of Tommy Smith riding the Saint back in the 50's I believe he was 15 or 16 in this pic.
That is a sweet Knuck.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:34 PM   #39
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Way back when, I also recall hearing them called "sissy sticks" and "panic bars". Were these regional terms, or just terms that came and went until "sissy bar " stuck as the near official name. We all called them "bitch bars"
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... where are the Midwest guys out there? Any more pics?
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