Originally, a motorcycle that has had all non-essential parts removed (or "chopped") to make it lighter and faster. Today, this name generally applies to custom built motorcycles that may have a rigid frame (no rear suspension), an extended fork, and a stretched or elongated appearance.
Slang for a motorcycle that has been stripped (chopped) of unnecessary parts in order to lighten it. Current usage includes the extremely elongated frames popular with custom bike builders, built long and low but without consideration of weight.
refers to a special type of motorcycle that was radically customized to meet the owner's needs and desires, especially the Harley-Davidsons as seen in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. In California and Florida of the 1950s and 1960s, some motorcycle enthusiasts removed (chopped, stripped) all parts which were big, heavy, ugly or not essential to riding, like fenders and even front brakes.