Street Legal Production Chopper From Sweden

It’s now 25 years that Peder ”The Wizard” Johansson is manufacturing from his Hogtech shop in Eskilstuna, Sweden pure Scandinavian style chopper frames for enthusiasts all over the world.  Precision handcrafted to tight tolerance frames, built following the old fashion blacksmith tradition of the Vikings, using only high quality Swedish steel, welding, heat treating and cooling in the fixture. All chassis approved by the high standard German TUV organism, meaning a frame quality and integrity well above what is required outside Europe.

Because a few years back some of his potential clients around the world started to express their concerns about the legality in their local country of chopper rake and and of very long forks, Peder decided to build complete Hogtech full blown choppers with for objective to demonstrate that they could be street legal in Europe, the toughest continent for motorcycle legislation. The chopper you are looking at, called “Absolut Chopper” (in 2 versions, The Black Ice and The Icelander) got its European Union Certificate Of Conformity, and being road legal for all Europe it is also in most countries around the world, including the USA. The chopper gets its emission legal motor from S&S Cycle, its transmission from Baker Drivetrain and belt drive from BDL , its electronics from Germany.
The Black Ice is the meanest chopper version with black drive line (Covingtons motor rocker coverswith polished motor crankcase and polished transmission case). Black package includes fork/calipers/hand controls/ headlight/ belt cover/ turn signals/ forward controls  Rebuffinis Comet black grips. Luxury leather seat, Polished S-S parts (H-bar, chain.guard, Licence plate, top motor mount and transmission plate with master cylinder bracket). Spoke wheels with black rim & hub, polished spokes.

The Icelander for touring in mind with a passenger.  The Icelander Chopper:  Natural  drive line with S&S rocker covers. Brushed aluminum parts (hand/foot controls, calipers, lower fork/ triple trees). Plain leather seat/ Rebuffini Ellipse foot pegs. Polished S-S spoke wheels, Satin Stainless Steel parts ( Chain guard, Lic.plate/ Top motor mount, Transmission plate and Master cylinder bracket). Polished Long H-bar & Sissy bar. Wizard Explorer tanks.

Hogtech is also looking for new dealers around the world. (pictures courtesy Huber Verlag and U. Engborg)

28 Responses to “Street Legal Production Chopper From Sweden”

  1. 1 CHOPMONSTER66 Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    sweet rides , love those long bikes .. nothing like riding a nice long ridge for the real feel. become one with the road..

  2. 2 Bonneville´s fastest naked man... Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations from Spain, Peder. You and Andreas deserve the success !!!
    See u soon !!

  3. 3 Bigalyts Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Nice lines, looks well balanced. Front Forks are unique with the quarter round Triple Tree..I don’t understand the Dynamics of the all of the description how the Frame is Built and Made. I don’t know how much Better it is than what we Build in the US. I personally do not think that Riding that Bike more then 3,000 miles a year avg. will make that much difference, in the Frame Specs. I also imagine it is not going to be marketed to sell for $25 G’s in the US. Well since those Issues are not to be overcome by Hogtech……….I’d say Good Luck and best wishes in your new Venture, but take a Number there is a long line in front of you!

  4. 4 Blue Feb 16th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Class and quality, that’s Hogtech.

  5. 5 burnout Feb 16th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Man that’s niiiice and looooooooong!!! (That’s what she said.) Very cool bikes. peace

  6. 6 colemanfu Feb 16th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    H O T! Wonder if I will ever see on in person?

  7. 7 Marc Frantz Feb 16th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Very nice!

    Reminds me of the bikes that Pat Kennedy used to make.

    Cyril, what ever happened to Pat Kennedy? All I could find on him
    are pictures of his bikes.

    Have a look folks:

    Pat always used Tolle, who invented the adjustable rake triple tree many many moons ago. See:

    See y’all in Daytona!!

  8. 8 1550tc Feb 16th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Love to see what the rake and trail is on this bike……………can you ride bikes with this much of a stretched front end in all sates??

  9. 9 bigitch Feb 16th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    but how much is it 40k euros???

    pat kennedy had moved to bisbee az a few year back last i remember.

  10. 10 nicker Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Put drag bars on it and it looks like something Carlini was building in 1970


  11. 11 Kiwished Feb 17th, 2011 at 3:32 am

    40k euros is about $54K at todays exchange rate. To build a street legal chopper in Europe costs big money, lots of tests and a bureaucratic nightmare, plus the governments want their cut every step of the journey. Its a brave company to go through the expense hoping to sell a few bikes to recoup a bit of the money shelled out.
    I seem to remember Pat Kennedy building bikes that looked like Swedish bikes not the other way around! Hence the forks etc from Sweden.
    Good to see the Swedes still building long bikes, cool!

  12. 12 Peder "The Wizard" Feb 17th, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Hello all Enthusiasts !
    Thank`s for all response to our new projekt. Been 2 tuff years with all testing and bureaucracy.
    For more tech info see our web, Me and my love made a World Wide tour 93-94
    on a rigid, long fork chopper. Crossing Europe, Asia, Australia and North America 30.000 miles (45.000 km). Still married and got 4 boys, these bikes are build for riding and we use them daily (Summers). “Absolut Chopper” will only sell by dealer network, please check with a dealer near you.
    Take care and ride safe ! Peder “The Wizard”

  13. 13 Wiz Feb 17th, 2011 at 4:16 am

    That’s a coupla Groovy lookin’ scooters! See, since I’m only half a wizard [I know it can be done, just ain’t got all the bugs worked out yet. Still moppin’ up the water from my last go-round with my Majic Wand {anybody remember the Sourcerers Apprentice from the 1940’s Walt Disney’s “Fantaisia”?}] I go by the name “Wiz”.

  14. 14 Duckman Feb 17th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Looks good! How do you get it to be street legal with no front fender, no turn signals and no mirrors? Here in Holland we need to put all that stuff on to get it registered, and then ofcourse we take it all off again…

  15. 15 RedBeardedWierdo Feb 17th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Oh Sweden, how I am so fond of thee. Great heavy metal music, and awesome chops.

  16. 16 Axleplate Feb 17th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Hogtech is always about quality . Much inspiration for my shop . Glad to see this move . Best of luck . Hardtail Choppers Forever . Jg

  17. 17 Larry R Feb 17th, 2011 at 2:20 pm


  18. 18 cwglide Feb 17th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Beautiful work Peder. Still amazes me of you and your wife riding a rigid around the world back what 20 yrs ago? Well we were all young then but how bout now?.. lol. I got to comfy on my dresser, I could not hang. Best of luck to you Peder and the Hogtech team!!! You all do great quality work and it shows

  19. 19 krugger Feb 17th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    High quality work,as usual !!!

    Very tastefull bike Peder and very rideable!

  20. 20 Peder "The Wizard" Feb 18th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    It feels so good with all this comments Folks! I`m touched.
    Well Duckman, we do the same. These bikes is only missing mirrors and front fender.
    (Deliver`s with this do). If you look close there is the new Kellerman rear light/turns on and past the test !!

  21. 21 Quint w/ Feb 18th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Nice Art! Good Luck!

  22. 22 Peder "The Wizard" Feb 18th, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Krugger, I`m convinced you and I among others considering performance and driveability first.
    To mix that with design is a great challenge.
    CW, I will write about the World tour on facebook soon before I forget it so you will get more details.
    Hope to see you all soon !

  23. 23 nuno maroco Feb 20th, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Incredible choppers, very original and autentic, quality work and maybe the most important street legal.
    Good luck .

  24. 24 Calif Phil Feb 21st, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Just looking at the pictures you can tell this is a quality bike. Long live the chopper!

  25. 25 RogerG Feb 21st, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Thats a daunting task building bikes of that nature to conform over there …. to do it and build a great looking bike at the same time deserves respect ! Congrats guys.
    Cheers Roger G

  26. 26 road rash Feb 21st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Keep it in Sweden, don’t need any more bullshit builders who build bikes that looks like a big dog…

  27. 27 Russell Feb 21st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Roadrash – Peder and Sweden in general was building cool chops years before Big Dog was even a ‘kin puppy. What we don’t need is any more bullshit bloggers!

  28. 28 ger Feb 21st, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    cool bikes as always of luck..

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