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Old 08-08-2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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Default The 10 most influential bikes of the last ten years

They didnt have to be built in the last ten years, but they had to make an impact. This is my top Five and lets have you all fill in the rest.
Others that probably belong here are something early by Shinya from the Zero days. Jesse James cannot be overlooked. Indian Larry. Chopper Daves red version of his pan. I'd love to see some of the HEAVY hitters around here way in on this. Like Irish Rich for example.

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Old 08-08-2010, 01:27 PM   #2
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Thats Funny and Fucked at the same time.
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Sad thing is they have been influential.
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Good one glorydays, but I think you left one out

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Hank Young's Flying Pan.
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Pre Zero Days. This is the bike that woke me up.

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Perfect Bozi! I was looking for that picture.
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:13 PM   #10
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:00 PM   #11
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in·flu·ence : noun


1. the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others.
2.

the action or process of producing effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others:
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a person or thing that exerts influence.

I picked out the following examples of builders who's entire volume of work has changed people's thinking over the last 10 years. It's almost impossible to pick out one example over another to say that this bike is the one that this person built that exerted the most influence on others.

Like my choices or not, you can't deny that you see/saw their styling both immitated and duplicated the most out on the street over the last 10 years, and that's what being an influence, or influencing people's directions is about. In no particular order:



Jesse James: Jesse brought back loud, nasty, anti-social, beautiful choppers in a big way the last 10 years. There must be 10,000 CFL-framed bikes out there. Nobody can say that Jesse didn't influence them in some way when they build their own bikes.



Indian Larry: From the Grease Monkey, to the Chain of Mystry bike, Larry re-infused everybody over the last 10 years with ".....skinnier rear tires, more power, more gears, more brakes, less weight, less rake, less bullshit." to quote him. You're a liar if you say Larry doesn't influence you when you pick up a wrench.



Chica: Chica gave the masses the gooseneck frame again, and the Japanese influence on chopper building. You might argue that Shinya was there first, but Chica brought it to everybody's attention in a big way.



Billy Lane: I'm not a big fan of Billy's style, but you can't say that Billy didn't influence thousands of builders out there over the last 10 years. His wide tires, exhausts, handlebars, sissy bars and gas tanks, and the overall stance of his bikes have been duplicated many times over, even by builders still to this day in some sections of the country.



The Sinners: When Choppertown came out, hardly anybody knew who or what The Sinners were. That all changed (for the good, and the bad) when the DVD hit the market. "Retro" or "period" choppers might have been on the way back, but the Sinner bikes seen in Choppertown definately gave the movement a big push in that direction, and influenced a lot of people in what we see going on today in people's bikes again.

Check the Sinners that have influenced a lot of people's builds over the last 10 years: ChopperDave, Cole Foster, Jason Jesse, Brandon (Brawney) Holstein, Rico Fordry, Kutty Noteboom, Eric Webb, Jeff Wright, Jeff Decker, T-rod, Denver Dan, and some guys that you wouldn't know by name, but you know their bikes.
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Hum; let's put it this way, I'm not influenced nor do I wish to be influenced by most of that!!!

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Thanks for the input Rich. Half the bikes I'm thinking of are Sinners bikes just because thats who happen to build them.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:28 PM   #15
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Lets not get off subject here guys and gals its ---BIKES--- not builders with all due respect given for sure.
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here is one for all of us Triumph guys, the Mike Davis special..
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I would be inclined to include these obvious numbers, although not built in the last 10 years, theyre "heavy hitters"


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I agree with your choice of builders, but the thread is about influential bikes.
I know what the thread is about.....

And, what I said in my post (if you go and read it again) was that because of the sheer volume of influential bikes that each has built over the last 10 years, you can't pick or point to one bike from these guys, and say " THAT'S IT! This is their most definative influential bike they've built in the last 10 years". Almost every bike that has come from these guys has had an impact on what you see on the street, in magazines, and at events not only here in the USA, but all around the world in the last 10 years..

Pick ONE bike from these guys, and tell me it's the one. You can't.
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