Atomic Trent on Bobbers and Choppers
A Talk with the Experts...
BobberRepublic.com has invited a number of motorcycle experts and Bobber artists to give their opinions and personal views on Bobbers, Choppers and other custom bikes. Not with the intent to find alignment (nothing lost if we do or if we don't) but rather to deepen the subject.
On this page we got Mr. Trent Schara, owner of Atomic Custom from Edgewood, New Mexico, United States.
Trent, a.k.a. "Atomic Trent", is originally from Helena, Montana, where he grew up with motocross, hot rods and muscle cars. In the Marines he got his first Harley, an '83 FLH, and after leaving active duty in 1995 he moved back to Montana and started building bikes and hot rods on the side while working full time. In 2003, Trent quit his job and moved to New Mexico to start Atomic Custom.
Trent: "An Atomic bike never puts form over function. I build bikes to be ridden. No fads, no fat tires, no nonsense. If you like traditional motorcycles - something that won't be out of style next week, that isn't a dime a dozen - I would love to work for you."
Trent builds his bikes all by himself, and he takes tremendous pride in his work and his name.
And the beautiful thing is, while Trent builds bikes that are worthy of any show, collection, or even a museum of industrial art, Trent will do with his bikes what bikes are made for in the first place:
Photos by Gary Griffin
Trent on Bobbers
What makes a Bobber a Bobber?
Trent: "To me a bobber is a basically stock bike with a few parts removed. Front fender either removed or cut short. Rear fender unhinged. Nothing fancy, just the way a bike should look."
Do you ever use the expression "Original Bobber"?
Trent: "No, I dont really use terms."
Photo by Gary Griffin
Trent on Choppers
What makes a Chopper a Chopper?
Trent: "To me, a Chopper is a full custom Harley. Usually a stretched/raked frame and extended front end are mandatory! Crazy, out of control and hard to ride!"
Do you ever use the expression "Original Chopper"?
Trent: "No, but if I had to define an "Original Chopper" it would be a survivor bike, unchanged from the time it was built. No updates, just coool as the day it was built."
Do you ever use the expression "Oldschool Chopper"?
Trent: "Good Lord no! hah."
What does your favourite Chopper look like?
Trent: "King and Queen seat, 15 over (or more) front end, 40 degrees minimum rake, 4-6 inches of rise and stretch in the frame. A molded peanut tank, tall sissy bar. Panhead fired by a mag... Yeah... Thats a Chopper!"
Check Out Atomic Trent:
If you'd like to get to know Trent a little better, please don't hesitate to visit his Atomic Custom website:
Photo by Gary Griffin
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