Hello from the states. I'm just a fellow muscle bike collector seeing what all is going on across the pond. Don't own a Raleigh Chopper yet, but sure I will in the future. Have been collecting American musclebikes for 6 to 8 years now and have owned more than 150 in that time frame. Presently around 9 or 10. Mainly collect bikes made by Murray, but have owned bikes made by Schwinn, Huffy, Coumbia, and rollfast. I am a member and moderator on an American musclebike sight and from time to time a Raleigh Chopper pops up that we need a little help in figuring out. Hoping I can intrigue a few of you Raleigh experts to join and help out. If interested, here is a link to the sight. It is legit. musclebikeforums.com/ I have enclosed a pic of my favorite American made bike that I once owned but have since parted with. It's a 1969 Murray F5 Eliminator Mark I 5 speed. Hope to learn all I can about the Raleigh Chopper and to meet a few new friends. Be seeing you around. Good day, Kenny.
Hey Kenny, I have joined your forum in relation to a CCM Marauder that someone is trying to rebuild. This site is mostly a social networking forum to arrange meetings on a regular bases where most of the discussion takes place. The Raleigh Chopper was sold around the world & we don't know how deep the rabbit hole goes with different original versions appearing here regularly that brings a new definition to the term rare. There are no surviving Raleigh internal documents & we are left with serial #'s & hub dates. Choppers are graded by their serial #'s, the earlier the better. With my testimony & John Brian's confirmation we have just now been able to determine the first delivery date in North America. There are so many unanswered questions & speculation about this bike that seem to have stopped John's Musclebike History in its tracks.
Thank you. John Brain has been a very valuable asset to the bicycle community and hobby as a whole. We too hang on his every word because of his thorogh methods and fact based proof that he supplies in his articles. The particular Chopper that I was referring to was a recent craigslist find. The bike appears to be a Raleigh Chopper, but the front chainring and the rear spoke protector look nothing like a Chopper part. It is belived to be an asian copy instead of the real deal. Are any of you guys familiar with any "fake" Choppers?
Sorry for not getting back sooner. Chopper copys... don't really hold much interest or value other than "hey there's another Chopper copy", except for one... the CCM Marauder. I am trying to now determine what was available for sale first, the Chopper or the Marauder without success. I cannot get serial #'s for CCM in the late 60's that seems to be a recurring problem with other manufactures for that time period. Maybe with the influx of baby boomers the #'s just got out of hand? The Vintage CCM Club doesn't seem to have much interest or knowledge in musclebikes. I will ask around at the Brantford show to get to the bottom of this. Have you ever seen a Marauder? Thats one nasty musclebike. Even larger than a Chopper it fits an adult quite nicely & with one of the most comfortable banana seats in the business. And the styling speaks for it self, the only thing nicer is an Columbia SS in my opinion but it wont take an adults weight stock.
Post by seadragonpisces on Oct 13, 2011 10:30:25 GMT
Just joined up on recommendation from Phil of the VCC. I am into Cruisers and have 1 (and getting another next week), so would like to chat about Choppers, Cruisers and maybe come to the odd meet/ride if thats possible. Hard to find forums on these kinds of bikes in the UK so hopefully I have found the right place.
Good evening, I joined the site a couple of days ago as I have bought a couple of Mk2 choppers over the last few weeks and I am starting to restore them. I want to end up with a nice fully restored bike to have on display in the house, and another tidy-ish one which I can ride without worrying too much about ruining. The first bike I bought was pretty cheap but, predictably enough, is not as good a bargain as I thought it was when I bought it. I have plenty of work to do.
I never owned a Chopper as a kid, but many of 'the bigger boys' did where I lived and I always wanted one. I spent a fair bit of time drooling through the window of Day's bike shop in Potters Bar, who were the local Raleigh dealer. I recall what I'm pretty sure was an an SE in the window, with the SE advert on the handlebars, and also a red 'standard' one. I wouldn't have minded either ! By the time I was old enough to ride a chopper BMX's were the thing to have and Choppers and Upside Down Chopper Framed Bikes were ridiculed (you know how cruel kids can be) so although I still loved the chopper I had 2 choices, either get a BMX, or get beaten up in the playground !
I had forgotten all about Raleigh Choppers until a few weeks ago when a chance sighting of one took my back to being 10 again, and I decided I had to have one this time around.
I hope you don't mind me sharing my childhood memories. Excuse me rambling on a bit.
Great site - I haven't explored it fully yet, but have already found plenty of info and useful stuff. Thank you.