Chopper bikes are motorcycles that have had numerous parts removed to give them an eye-catching style. This type of bike has become increasingly popular over time and is fast becoming a favorite among bike enthusiasts around the world.
In the 1960s, many motorcycle owners began stripping away unnecessary parts to give their machines a fresh new look. They would then weld together the frame, repositioning and restyling it for new use.
Early Life and Education
Dave Chopper was raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania and began playing hockey as a kid. Eventually he graduated high school and attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to play club hockey while also attending several moto slasher events to fuel his passion for motorcycles. It’s during this period at West Coast Choppers that Dave developed the skill of choppin up old motorcycles – something which remains his passion to this day.
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Dave “Chopper Dave” Freston is an accomplished motorcycle builder and fabricator, known for creating bikes that combine beauty, function, and sound engineering. With years of experience under his belt, his skills and reputation have only grown stronger over time.
He became interested in motorcycles while growing up in Studio City, California and began working full time within the industry at Vic’s Custom Cycles in 1989. In 1992 he took a break to attend MMI Arizona to further his knowledge of bikes; after some time had passed he returned to Vic’s.
In 2005, Dave founded Chopper Dave’s Casting Company and specialized in casting both sand cast and investment cast parts. Over the years he also built motors, transmissions, custom fabrication work, as well as machine shop work. His bike builds have been featured at shows like Mooneyes Yokohama, Bornfree, The Horse magazine 2006 Smokeout build-off and Cool Breaker Japan among others.
Achievements and Honors
Chopper Dave is an artist at heart, whether painting custom motorcycles or building one from scratch. His meticulous skill and attention to detail make him a standout in the industry.
His work has been featured in a number of motorcycle magazines such as The Horse, Dice, Hot Bike, Street Chopper and Baggers. Additionally, his bikes have won awards at shows like Mooneyes Yokohama, Bornfree, S&S 50th anniversary build-off and Cool Breaker Japan among others.
In 2005, Chopper Dave Casting Co was founded. They specialize in sand cast parts and accessories for custom bikers as well as motors, transmissions, and machine shop work.
David “Chopper Dave” Freston developed an interest in motorcycles at a very young age. His parents owned bikes back then, in the early 1980s, so he was exposed to them from an early age.
Dave began his career in the motorcycle industry in 1989 at Vic’s Custom Cycles in San Fernando Valley, California. After spending some time at MMI Arizona to hone his skills as a mechanic and builder, Dave returned to Vic’s to craft choppers and restore vintage bikes.
Chopper Dave not only builds and restores his own choppers, but he also crafts custom cast parts. His specialty is sand cast chopper pieces. In 2005, he opened Chopper Dave’s Casting Co. and has been producing sand cast products ever since.
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Dave has always had an affinity for cars and vehicles, which has resulted in him becoming one of the largest custom vehicle builders worldwide. Together with partner David Kiley, they own and operate Diesel Brothers – a popular reality series which began airing in 2016.