RIPPER Magazine Vol.19 <Full Color 128P, Japanese / English>
YUKIO SATO / THE LEGEND OF MOTORCYCLES DEN The trail blazed by the pioneer of Japan’s chopper scene
After setting up Motorcycles DEN in Tokyo in 1978, he made inroads into Hawaii in the 80s and later exhibited original and hi-tech machines at mainland US custom shows, where he gained trophies and glory. It could be said that Yukio Sato was the pioneer responsible for starting Japan’s custom scene, which is now gaining worldwide attention.
Since his accidental death in 1993, he has taken on a mythic aura when some in the industry talk about him. However, that is not what he wanted. Rather, he probably wanted to be honestly judged by the way he expressed himself. For this reason, we are dedicating this special feature to telling Yukio Sato's story, something which should be handed down to future generations.
In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, lies a hot spot called The Boneyard. Toronto photographer Sid Tangerine interviews Eric Michael Marshall, a springer builder currently attracting the attention of chopper riders, about his life and his store, The Boneyard.
DEAR MY BEST MATE
In a London basement in 2004, two hedonists who worshipped choppers, hot rods, and rock ‘n’ roll independently created DicE magazine, known among chopper jockeys around the world today. Dean Micetich and Matt Davis continued publishing together until 2017, when Matt was struck by illness and passed away. What rescued Dean from the depths of despair brought on by the loss of his old friend was the Harley-Davidson Matt left him.
SHOVEL NATION / The Legacy from 1966 to 1985
H-D’s legendary OHV period began with the debut of the EL “Knucklehead” in 1936 and continued through the 17-year Panhead area before moving into the Shovelhead era. Here we have gathered 6 creations that convey the prosperity of the 20-year period before Shovel Nation passed the baton to the all-alloy Blockhead.
RUMBLING WHEELERS 2022
During a break in the rainy season, a bike bash held for the first time in three years
Exploring Tokyo/Nagoya hot spots linked to the contemporary chopper scene