The gold rush in the mid-1800s transformed San Francisco into a world-famous metropolis and the city became a gateway for a continuous wave of immigrants. In the mid-20th century, San Francisco entered a turbulent era. It became the epicenter of civil rights, anti-Vietnam War and flower power movements and in tune with these counter cultures, the city attracted beautiful, radical Choppers. As you know, San Francisco then ruled the surrounding Bay Area and became a mecca for custom bikes, but not many people know that from the golden age of the 1960s, there were Asians riding Choppers. After meeting one young Asian biker, Vallejo-based cameraman Ken Nagahara started uncovering the unknown Chopper history that had been buried in time.
With the construction of a freeway net running across a vast land and going with the times, the Panhead had to adapt to a new style of transport. H-D exerted their best technological knowhow and made big updates many times. The remnants of dreams dreamt by engineers back then remain engraved in our hearts.
1969年の創業以来”Bringing you the finest in American-made products"を提唱し、世界中のチョッパージョッキーを熱狂させるプロダクツを供給。米国最大のH-D用アフターマーケット・メーカーに成長した今も、ほぼ全ての製造工程を自社工場で行うCustom Bikeの名門。ネバダ州カーソンシティにある総本山への潜入取材が、遂に実現せり───
Guardians of Old School Since the company’s founding in 1969, Paughco has provided products that make Chopper jockeys around the world go wild under the motto “Bringing you the finest in American-made products.” They are a legend in the custom bike scene and even as they have grown to be the biggest maker of aftermarket parts for H-D in the U.S., almost all production happens in their own factory. RIPPER reports from the company’s headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.
名古屋大須のVISE CLOTHINGが20周年を迎えた。往年のバイカーのスタイルに魅せされた店主·宮川佳己が己のフィルターを通し再構成したバイク乗りのアパレルは、本誌読者ならもはやお馴染みだろう。 Old Schoolを標榜するチョッパージョッキーが、自らの軌跡をここに振り返る───
VISE CLOTHING 20th Anniversary Special
VISE CLOTHING in Osu, Nagoya celebrated a 20th anniversary. Our readers are probably familiar with their biker clothing reconstructed in the style of the store’s owner and vintage biker style lover Yoshiki Miyakawa. The old school advocate and Chopper jockey looks back at his journey.
V.A RIPS / CUSTOM BIKE SELECTION
You’ve Seen It All Now─ The Wonderful World of Choppers!!!
・1972 H-D FX / HAUNT MOTORCYCLE ・JP RODMAN / S&S PANHEAD RATONIAN RAIDSTER ・1968 H-D FL / STANCE ・1938 H-D U / KOSHIRO DAN