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RIP Dick Dale | Local | News

Dick Dale, pioneer of Sixties twang’n’surf guitar music and one of the first generation of chopper customisers, has died, aged 81 years. In what sounds like the entry in a hipster clothing manufacturer’s blog, Dale and his mates rode their choppers down the California peninsula in the late 1950s and were introduced to the surfing sub-culture. He was often photographed with his 1941 Harley-Davidson Flathead, which featured the dog bone handlebar risers he claims led to a trend that found its most famous form on Peter Fonda’s Easy Rider chopper. RIP, you old dog.