Chopper College Boot Camp

by derek on June 18, 2007 · 26 comments

Chopper College

In the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune, there was an article in the Chicago Magazine about a new business venture located in Harvey, IL called Chopper College.

As many of you are aware, I ride a 2002 Harley Softail and have an interest in learning more about how to maintain my own motorcycle. However, given my recent mishap with installing my new battery maybe I should give up on that dream. 😆

This is where Chopper College comes in and instantly grabbed my attention. The school is run by three guys that have a good deal of experiencing wrenching on motorcycles even if they may be young by some people’s standards. They all have formal trade school training for motorcycles and are building quite successful careers. They have built bikes for some interesting people including bands, tattoo businesses and top politicians.

Right now they are offering a 3 Day Chopper Boot Camp. In this boot camp, you will learn how to build a custom chopper from the ground up. The beautiful thing is that there are no requirements as to your mechanical ability so I shouldn’t have too many problems with my limited skills.

According to their website, they typically meet four distinct types of students.

  • Industry Pro :: You already own a bike shop and work on bike projects
  • The Novice :: You know nothing about building a bike and do not have the skills but are ready to learn
  • Sick of the Rat Race :: You’re in a totally unrelated career but looking for a new career in custom bike building
  • Show Me The Money :: You have skills but lack the knowledge on how to get the most for your money when building and selling bikes

Personally, I fall into a couple of those categories as I would classify myself as The Novice and Sick of the Rat Race. Right now I do not have the mechanical skills but am ready and able to learn quickly. In addition, I am currently in the IT field but would love to have a successful career combining my passion of riding motorcycles with my new skills of building motorcycles.

If you have ever thought of building a custom chopper or are interested in learning more about it, I encourage you to check out the Chopper College website and learn a little bit more about what they have to offer.

Unfortunately their website is really pretty poor and has been loading extremely slow for me. Maybe I should contact the guys behind Chopper College and try to barter my services for tuition to the college, which runs $1150 for the 3 day boot camp.

Speaking of the tuition, right now the $1150 is out of my budget for unplanned expenses so I am experimenting with the *Buy Me A Beer* plugin but I have customized it to allow you to help me pay for Chopper College tuition.


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