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Raleigh Chopper

Raleigh Chopper

The Raleigh Chopper designed by Alan Oakley became one of the most sought after bikes in history. Early Choppers were on sale in the late 60's but shot to fame in the 70's when every child (and some adults) wanted one. The bike was characterised by its high back and long seat and motorbike rear wheel and was probably the first bike to have a centrally positioned gear shift.

Raleigh has recently put the Choppers into production once more.


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Do You Remember Raleigh Chopper?

Do You Remember Raleigh Chopper?

  • Anonymous user
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    What a great bike this was! I had a blue 5-speed in the mid 70's, and no idea of how lucky I was to have this weird bike. It was style, form over function all the way. Speed not so much, but the long handlebars made for good sprint times, as you crank side to side, standing up, from the starting line to the finish line. Take it anywhere far, though, and it tired you out. If you were willing to push it, though, my Chopper was an off-road champ compared to anything else available at the time. Many great hours riding up and down trails, taking jumps few others dared.
  • Lesloid0
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    I feel really lucky to have owned one of these during my childhood, I loved it. My partner who is just 40 is having a midlife crisis and wanted another chopper but instead of waiting for one to come up at the right price on a well known auction site, he's gone and bought an American chrome-tastic Lowrider that is so difficult to ride and he looks like an absolute plonker on it. BIG UP the chopper I say, old one's are the best!
  • Anonymous user
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    I had a red Raleigh Chopper in about 1978 with the T shift,(looking back, pretty dangerous), but the one I really wanted was blue with a round shifter that looked like a cars. And handelbars that adjusted. BTW, The picture above is of a modern Raleigh Chopper. An original photo would be good
  • Anonymous user
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    The greatest bike there ever was - I had a silver mk 2 in 1977 ( wasn't the ltd edition though ). I still have one on the wall in the garage, the kids think it weird looking. Remember kids "this bicycle is not constructed to carry passengers" yeah right
  • Anonymous user
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    I never had one, my mum said they were 'too dangerous' :-( I've recently bough one as a box of bits and restored it and am planning on doing C2C on it www.purplechopper.co.uk
  • Anonymous user
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    My Chopper is fully restored in red and is up for sale due to another V W project. Tim. Any one Interested.
  • Anonymous user
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    I never had a chopper as akid my best friend had one and would let me ride it . I have got 5 now one to ride one mint and 3 to restore. I must still be a child at 55years. Is there something wrong with me?
  • Anonymous user
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    I had an orange Mk1,was a hand me down from my mum's friends son.I had lots of fun with it,when I pulled skids it sounded like a car but rapidly went through tyres.I passed it on when I finished with it but wish I still owned it!
  • chopper782010
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    I have still got my Mk 1 Chopper I vaguely remember Swapping my scootec for it when I was about 9 cos even then it was the cooolest bike around although there were loads of other choppers around at the time and not many kids liked them for practicality I thought it was the ultra cool transportation of the eighties next to my Raleigh burner and skate board. roll on Choppers into the millenium. chopper782010.
  • Anonymous user
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    great bikes, pure 80s!