The Chopper Culture is alive in Myanmar
When I entered the country of Myanmar ( it used to be called Burma), I came in contact with some of the local biking crowd. These were my kind of guys. They built and rode their own bikes and really stand out in a crowd. In a country where the Communist government is very strong and have many restrictions, this is not always a wise decision. They not only didn’t care but even formed a motorcycle club called The Eastern Eagle. The government would not even let 3 or more of their club ride together and one time up until a few years ago. That is just one little part of the difference in cultures here. Another is the availability of aftermarket parts. Basically their is none. When I mentioned EBAY, I found out that the government restricts money transfers leaving any of these avenues out. When these guys want a custom part, they either have to have it smuggled in or buy it off the black market ( after someone else smuggles it in). The other option is just make it themselves and that is what they usually end up doing. That is exactly what they did here.
Billy and Warren lane started making their wide rear tires for their bikes back in the late 90′s ( way before Choppers Inc came about) because you couldn’t buy a wide rim. Here they did the same thing by using and automobile rim and punching the spoke holes and then making a custom spool and adapting it to the Honda hub and brake.
I really liked the lines on this chopper. I liked it even more when the President asked me if I wanted to take it for a ride. Not sure what the law is here concerning foreigners and motorcycles but I jumped at the opportunity. Here is the video with some of the riding highlights- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBBpKZiuTkQ&feature=youtu.be
Going for a ride, I didn’t get time to shoot much of this Yamaha that was equally note worthy-
These were like the jeeps that were in my motor pool in Truck Company back in my Marine Corps days so I felt a special attachment to it but then they led me into another area where more goodies were waiting.
I picked out the one that I would like to come back and finish, Bean’re style. This Honda Rebel chopper. Oh yea, plenty of good times here and proof the the chopper culture is alive in other parts of the world.