Photos: Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on October 22, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 8 at 6:34 AM

PHOENIX -- Arizona will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012, and as part of the centennial event, world-renowned custom motorcycle builder (and Arizona resident) Paul Yaffe designed and built the Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper.

As Scott Pasmore shows us, this chopper is no ordinary motorcycle. It's a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted work of art.

The Copper Chopper will be officially unveiled at the Arizona State Fair on Saturday, Oct. 23. It will then be on display at the Wesley Bolin Building through Nov. 7.

After that, the Copper Chopper will embark on a 17-month tour that will take it to every corner of the Grand Canyon State. As the official ambassador/mascot of the Centennial Celebration, the Copper Chopper will be shown off at major sporting events, fairs, festivals and other major gatherings.

Believe it or not, the Copper Chopper can be yours. You can purchase raffle tickets at the Arizona State Fair through Nov. 7. Tickets are $5, and will also be available at most Copper Chopper appearances.

The Copper Chopper features a 100-cubic-inch engine, a cubic inch for every year of Arizona’s statehood. This 100-horsepower engine has 100 foot-pounds of torque, a top speed of 125 miles per hour and does 0 to 60 in approximately 4.2 seconds.

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