DEKALB 100 Commemorative Chopper
The DEKALB brand has a reason to celebrate in 2012 as itmarks its 100th anniversary of commitment to the American farmer byconstantly innovating and proving with performance.
On January 20th, 1912, eleven northern Illinoisfarmers got together and formed the DeKalb County Soil Improvement Association,linking the DEKALB name to a legacy of superior performance and unsurpassedinnovation. Nearly 100 years later, thosesame founding principles of DEKALB are still in practice, providing farmerswith strong roots, strong stalks and strong yields through high-performing, leadingindustry genetics that they can be confident in planting.
Throughout 2012, one way DEKALB is celebrating its centuryof performance is by partnering with another high-performance brand – PaulJunior Designs from American Choppers
: Senior vs Junior, featured on DiscoveryChannel
. The result will be a commemorative, custom designed DEKALB chopper,featuring a 1912 style board-track design to celebrate the past 100 years ofDEKALB innovation.
Custom DEKALB chopper
The Chopper was unveiled at the 2011 FarmProgress Show and will go on a year-long tour. The online auction for the bikewill start in January 2012 and conclude in April with all proceeds going to theAmerican Red Cross
. The winning bid willbe announced at the at the 2012 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.
· TheChopper is scheduled to make 14-20 appearances across the country, fromNebraska to Ohio and from Wisconsin to Florida. Stops include county fairs,conferences, machinery and crop shows and other agriculture related events.
- Antique board-tracker design to reflect 1912 motorcycle style
- Useof nickel-plating to reflect bike construction of 1912, as opposed to using allmodern-day chrome
- Thefamous DEKALB winged-ear serves as wheel spokes
- Wood-themeddetails to represent the wooden agricultural crates used in 1912
- Antiquestyle tractor seat to add to farmer appeal
- Rain-flappersas exhaust covers
American Chopper: Senior vsJunior (Paul Junior Designs)
· Theconstruction of the DEKALB commemorative Chopper began on July 11, 2011 andwill be featured on two episodes of the American Chopper: Senior vs JuniorDiscovery Channel program, running October 17and November 7, whichreaches more than 160 countries/territories, spanning 35 different languages.
· Theshow can be watched in over 85% of the country.
· AmericanChopper was selected to be Discovery’s first show put into syndication in 2008
· PaulJunior Designs and the American Chopper show have a large following in theUnited States.
DEKALB® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. ©2011 Monsanto Company.
The picture to the left is the chopper at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. This bike was a huge attraction to the many people that was at the Farm Show.
All of the proceeds from the auction of the bike will be donated to the American Red Cross. Through this auction motorcycle enthusiast, and chopper collectors will be fueling not only their love of a lowrider, but also the recovery efforts of rural America.
Be sure to check out there fan page on Facebook.
The above picture is from the Dekalb website. If the reader is wondering as of Saturday, February 18, the current bid on the bike is $57,300. I know it is a lot of money but remember that this could just help keep that small family farm in the family instead of it becoming a commercial tract for a factory or in to small .05 tract into a subdivision. Yes I know factories help keep American employed and we all need houses. But why can people or companies use land that already has a structure built on it? Why does a company need a plot of land that grows corn, wheat, soybean or even has cattle grazing on it?
Yes, I am a ole farm girl. I admit it. I grew up on a farm and I have never left it. So just remember the next time you get behind that combine, tractor and planter or what ever the implement. Because without farmers there would be no food.