In 2000, Mark Cooper was rounding up parts for a Honda chopper he was customizing (that bike is the red Jammer velvet ride pictured on this page). After scouring the Internet for parts and other Honda chopper riders, he came up empty-handed— nothing but a few pics of Hondachoppers and one or two people who wanted to connect. He was sure there many other Honda chopper enthusiasts out there-- all looking for the same thing— a place to share ideas, parts, knowledge, and brotherhood around these CB750 SOHC-based choppers! There just wasn’t a single place for them to gather.
In 1995, Mark had started a successful website built on a similar idea—for the first bikes he loved— the Suzuki GS models from the 1980’s (www.thegsresources.com). GS Resources has continued to grow and is still a very busy place, even today.
On November 10, 2000 Mark launched the first web pages of www.hondachopper.com.
Unlike many other motorcycle sites at the time, Mark included a forum and Community section right away. As the membership grew, the Community section of the website snowballed right away with people from all over helping others build their CB 750 chops. Month after month, people logged on and it soon became a very busy place. Pretty quickly, Mark realized he was in need of some help to handle the day-to-day operation of the site, so he invited a handful of dedicated guys to help moderate and keep the site and forum going in the right direction. He called this group of moderators the G.O.T.F, an acronym for the Gang Of The Four. As of this writing, there have been 47 GOTF members inducted and 13 of those remain active today, some for almost a decade.
After seven years of managing the day-to-day operations of the website and forums, Mark decided the time had come to turn the reins over to someone else. He was busy at his new job and about to raise a family. That didn’t leave a lot of time left to dedicate to the ever-growing Hondachopper community.
On December 21, 2007, Mark turned the keys over to ChuckDV (Chuck DeVuono) and Lowridertommy (Tommy Summers) to run as they saw fit. Since then, Hondachopper.com’s membership has continued to grow, topping 6,000 members by 2009.
Mark lives in Seattle, Washington and to this date there is only one member from these 6,000 plus members that have ever met Mark face-to-face. Mark was at a swap meet in Seattle when he saw a guy with a HC.com t-shirt on. That was Lilinau (Dave Russell) and Mark introduced himself. Some of us have talked to Mark on the phone, but Dave's the only one that can vouch that Mark is a real person. Kind of a D.B. Cooper mystery sort of thing.
Today, Chuck and
Tommy are responsible for the day-to-day operations at Hondachopper.com
and are well-supported and kept in line by the loyal GOTF members. So..
thank you Mark Cooper for initiating the Best Damn Website On The Planet