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Hot Bike eclipses Street Chopper

Come the 1980s, Hot Bike was a key factor in supporting the aftermarket companies' attempts to become successful in selling all sorts of custom parts to consumers. This was very apparent during the “digger” era where builders and businesses were more than happy to make a wild motorcycle with just as much “show” as there was “go.” These bikes were very popular at bike shows, as their garish paint and plating amazed both old and young. During this time Hot Bike also supported classic bikes and had their fair share of new-model road tests as well. The mid-1980s saw in influx of custom motorcycle magazines, and it was at this time publisher Tom McMullen decided to combine both Hot Bike and Street Chopper into one publication.

hulk hogan hot bike

Hulkamania running wild on us.

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harley-davidson 1961 panhead chopper

1961 Panhead we ran in the Jan.`85 issue. Choppers were still popular but the digger era had come to a close.

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hot bike pro street

Pro Street-style bikes were on the rise bolt-ons were starting to make their presence felt.

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hot bike november 1984

Hot Bike November 1984: Not even the custom bike industry escaped the pleather craze unscathed.

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harley two motor drag bike

Crazy-assed Freight Train dragger bike

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1986 harley-davidson fxr review

Previewing the FXR back in 1985.

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hot bike street chopper february 1983

Hot Bike Feb. 1983: Change started in `82 when Tom McMullen ran Street Chopper and Custom Cycle as the magazine's title. By the time the February 1983 issue came out, that had changed to the Street Chopper/Hot Bike combo on the cover.

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Hot Bike 1983 Street Chopper 1983

April, 1983. Note that Street Chopper hogs most of the title. Not for long, though.

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hot bike street chopper january 1984

Hot Bike January 1984: Motor guru Nigel Patrick and his drag bike.

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Hot bike feb 1984 Street Chopper feb 1984

Hot Bike February 1984: Hair bands weren't the only ones in chaps...

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Hot Bike August 1984

Hot Bike August 1984. By this time, Street Chopper is completely gone from the title.

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Hot Bike September 1984

Hot Bike September 1984

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Hot Bike August 1985

Hot Bike August 1985

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Hot Bike October 1985

Hot Bike October 1985

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Hot Bike February 1986

Hot Bike February 1986

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Hot Bike April 1986

Hot Bike April 1986

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Hot Bike November 1986

Hot Bike November 1986

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Hot Bike March 1987

Hot Bike March 1987

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Hot Bike May 1988

Hot Bike May 1988

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Hot Bike May 1988

Hot Bike May 1988

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