Honda Choppers


Five-hundred watts of bass should have the Slammer bouncing.

Three young designers working at Honda Research and Development Americas in Southern California had three months and a limited budget to come up with radical variations on Honda’s VT1300-series cruisers. The bikes had to be operational and retain key elements of the production machines.

Designer Eric Dunshee built the Slammer beginning with a 2010 VT1300 Stateline.

He added a specially designed 23-inch front wheel, ride-height-adjustable air suspension, and the pièce de résistance, a 500-watt, three-speaker sound system including a 10-inch sub-woofer guaranteed to annoy youngins in their souped-up Civics. 

Other mods include a navi/multimedia head, custom bodywork and crossover exhaust pipes.


We would have found a better use for the Ohlins suspension.

Ohlins adjustable suspension, wave brake rotors and Brembo calipers are but a few of the race-ready components Edward Birtulescu used to create the Switchblade.

Inspired by F1 and MotoGP, Birtulescu used a VT1300 Sabre as the basis of his build, and aside from the above-mentioned items, he also switched to a single-sided swingarm and converted from shaft drive to chain.

Wheels are carbon-fibre, as is the bodywork and seat, and the bike is equipped with a lap timer and data acquisition — to keep track of those speedy trips around the block.

Nick Renner went somewhat old school in designing the Furious, probably the most radically altered bike in this trio.


Stretched, rigid and straight-piped; a cop’s wet dream.

Using a VT1300 Fury, Renner took the hardtail route, substituting the rear suspension for rigid steel tubing. A 45-degree rake was achieved by combining a 37-degree steering head with an eight-degree fork angle offset.

Wheels were swapped with a 20-inch rear and 23-inch front, and of course, a chopper wouldn’t be authentic without a straight-pipe exhaust.  

The high-end components used on these machines would indicate that the "limited" budget was certainly generous.

There’s no doubt that these custom bikes are imaginative efforts, but Honda might be a little late in producing these radical concepts; hasn’t the chopper fad faded already? 


  1. Ha Ha Honda choppers what a f… joke no one will make a Pamela Anderson with Mother Theresa.
    Honda should stay on what they do best lawnmower.

  2. How are you going to make a bobber or street tracker with a VT1300?
    These are existing bikes that they customized, not completely new concepts, I think they did a pretty bad a$$ job to be honest

  3. WTF?? I like a Custom Cruiser as much as the next guy (Hey, I like all types of Bikes … I’m a motorcycle guy after all!), but these just don’t cut it … the Chopper thing has been so done IMHO. that Bagger “might” be the best of the 3 … with Bobbers and Street Trackers currently the thing in Customs, you can bet that Honda and the other 3 of the Big 4 will jump on that trend after it has passed too …

  4. The bagger is awesome, who did they copy? I’ve never seen anything like it to be honest? I dont see why you think you couldnt ride the bagger? Its a completely relaxed position from what I see, I’d rock that thing in a second.

  5. The herd may have moved on, but there were fans of the custom before the herd arrived. I like the bikes. Also like that Honda has focused it’s custom line on the 1300 engine. In the custom/cruiser field the idea of engine size was getting absurd. Nice bikes.

  6. Baggers are currently the in thing in the V-twin custom world. Granted it’s a concept, but the Slammer is a very popular design. Priced right, Honda could have something here. Wasn’t the Fury a big seller here in Canada, even after the fad?

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