Tandem Raleigh Chopper
It all started again for me a
couple of months ago when I had a sudden urge to buy a SE
Chopper. I was the youngest of 4 and my Dad had left when I
was 3 and my Mum scrimped and saved every penny possible to
buy me an SE Chopper as I had been after any kind of Chopper
Within an hour of having it, it
was stolen from the garden never to be seen again.
There was obviously no way that
she could afford another one so I went bikeless until I earned
my own money some years later, but that wasn't a Chopper as
they had ceased production some years previously.
A couple of months ago as I said,
I got this massive urge to buy one and did so.
I must admit though that as it had
been completely restored already, I missed the thrill of the
chase to get bits and pieces for it so I decided to look for
A mate then told me that he still
had loads of them that he bought off his mates when he was
younger and asked me to start selling them for him which I
did, but none of them were anything 'different' or special so
I never kept any.
I was flicking through a local
free ads paper and noticed this ad for a 'Tandem Chopper'. I
admittedly thought it was a misprint myself but phoned anyway.
When I found out it was only local
I thought it wouldn't harm to go and have a look and if
it was s**t,then there wasn't far to travel home after a
I got there and had to wait nearly
an hour as he had 'just popped out for a minute to get
some fags' and I was just about to go as I was well pee'd
off when he came back.
He took me to his garage and was
telling me about how he came across it on the way round.
Apparently, his aunt had been to
the factory where the Choppers were made with the intention of
buying two normal Choppers for her two sons. She saw the
Tandem being looked over by a team of Raleigh bigwigs and
somehow persuaded them into letting her take it as she had
decided she wanted it as she thought that it would encourage
her kids to play together more, and off she went.
It was played with for a few years
until the lads bought separate Choppers and then hung at the
end of a dank garage until they needed parts or used it as a
tester for home resprays. That's why the chain guard was
missing as it was never replaced after the respray.
It was passed on to the bloke who
I bought it off and there it hung for over twenty years
until he decided he needed the space and decided to advertise
I got on to some American Chopper/muscle bike
site by accident and left a note appealing for help in
restoring it. I then went off to look at something else and 10
minutes later went to collect my e-mails before I closed down
and was stunned to find I had 47 e-mails already in those ten
Not one offered any kind of help
as they all were wanting to know more about it or buy it which
is what made me realise how special it was.
I've discovered that it was
originally Horizon Blue to start with, with white stickers.
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