Thursday, May 31, 2012

Last page 1975 dealer catalog

A page full of mostly handlebars. Some of them we always produced a couple of these were purchased. What is interesting is the "direct" mount bars, common now but not back then, a new thing. The folding pegs were a good idea but came far too late to help AEE survive. Basically the moment had passed, growth was waning in the chopper world by 75. The loss of Street chopper to help promote the AEE products was huge loss too. The combination of the splitting of the businesses between Tom and Rose, the interest waning and the loss of a promotional mouthpiece all helped signal the end for AEE. I'd also suggest that the loss of Dave Brackett designing and building parts and prototypes (bikes and parts) had a long term effect.

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