Synopses & Reviews
When a motorcycle has been built from the ground up, stripped of anything not needed for speed, power, and striking looks, and draped in rich colors and chrome, it has been transformed into a chopper. What was once considered an outlaw ride has now become a luxury item and a mainstream obsession. In "Choppers: Heavy Metal Art, author Mike Seate explores the many styles of choppers and bobbers and the builders behind them. The book is divided into several sections based on style or type of chopper, with each section devoted to the builders who follow a similar style and philosophy. Some builders are established names in their field, while others are up-and-comers rocking the chopper world with their far-out ideas and new spins on a classic style. Photographer Michael Lichter, who has photographed choppers for "Easyriders and several other magazines for nearly three decades, provides stunning studio images of the featured machines as well as portraits of their creators. Raked, lowered, and tricked out, Choppers: "Heavy Metal Art belongs to anyone who loves chopper style!
Booklist, April 1, 2007
“In their debut series for young people, the go-to publishers for automotive enthusiasts gets it right. These lavishly illustrated single-subject books, which include ‘Corvette’ and ‘Chopper,’ will be hot commodities with younger kids as well as car-obsessed teens.”
Note: The series is one of ten selected by the American Library Association as the year’s top non-fiction picks launched in the last 12 months.
American Authors Association Web site, May 2006Reviewed by the Associate President“I personally recommend this book for all young male readers and those who are still young at heart! Choppers is given the American Authors Association’s highest rating for young readers – FIVE STARS!”
MPN, August 2006
“Targeted at readers ages 10 and older, Choppers and Harley-Davidson dish up all the details on the coolest bikes on the planet in a colorful, informative, easy-to-read format that’s exciting and engaging for young readers (dad might even pick it up, too!).
“In Choppers, bike builder and author Mike Seate immerses kid in the history of choppers and bobber with this book full of fun facts and wonderful full color photos."
Strip it of anything not needed for speed, power, and striking looks, then drape it in rich colors and chromeQand suddenly a motorcycle becomes a chopper. What was once considered an outlaw ride has now become a luxury item and a mainstream obsession. "Choppers: Heavy Metal Art" explores the many styles of choppers and bobbers and the builders behind them. 0-7603-2053-5$40.00 / MBI Publishing
About the Author
Mike Seate is a journalist living in Pittsburgh, PA. He began riding motorcycles at the age of 16, and 26 years later, has still not bothered to learn how to drive a car. His columns on city living appear three times each week in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and he has written hundreds of feature stories and opinion columns for motorcycle enthusiast publications, including Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Super Streetbike, Street and Strip, Classic Bike, Motorcycle News, Long Riders, and IronWorks. Mike has written a number of books, including Choppers: Heavy Metal Art, Technochop, How to Build a West Coast Chopper, Outlaw Choppers, Jesse James: The Man and His Machines, Suzuki GSX-R, Choppers, Streetbike Extreme, and Two Wheels on Two Reels.