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In motorcycle parlance, a dresser is the complete opposite of a chopper.

Whereas a chopper is a spartan, stripped down to the essentials version of a motorcycle, a dresser goes the other way. The chopper guy put a seat on his bike that was barely a seat pan, an inch of foam, and a leather cover.

The dresser guy bought an oversized couch-like one, with more conchos and fringed trim than the wardrobe collection at a Bon Jovi concert. Instead of removing things like crash bars and hard bags, the dresser adds to it. Crash bars are the perfect place to hang lower fairings, which gives you a glove box and more storage down by your legs.

Body trim? Yes please. MOAR.

Accents? Absolutely. Chrome inserts for the dash? Indeed. Huge batwing fairing with a giant windshield? Of course, it makes sure your hands aren't affected by wind chill, even though you do have the wires coming out of your handlebars allowing you to attach your heated gloves. Flags? The US flag, and a POW flag, perhaps.

Cigarette lighter? Yes! Or a USB power connection, CB radio (back in the 1970s), hard bags, tour pack, tour pack luggage rack, maybe even a trailer hitch with a small trailer. And of course, at the end of the gigantic antenna that you have on the back for your radios and CB, a fake raccoon tail. Intercom system for you and your passenger so you can talk while riding. Armrests for the passenger, backrest for the driver.

Headlights? One's nowhere near enough, let's light up the front and back like a Japanese long-distance 18 wheeler. God forbid you get a short in the wire, your wiring diagram might as well look like the internal schematics for the i7 processor.

There's nothing more offensive to the chopper pilot than a "land barge" of this sort, but again, it's your bike, run it the way you want. The chopper guy might find it easier to get to his engine in case of a breakdown, but the dresser guy is far less likely to be swearing in the midst of a blast of near-frozen rain, as well as probably having things like a tent and sleeping bags, and clean clothes packed away as opposed to the chopper guy only being able to carry a spartan bedroll and the barest of tool kits.

But then again, there's always been tension in the motorcycling world between the richer guys who basically think of motorcycling as two wheel RVing, and the guys who came back from the war and liked to drink and fight and preferred the bare essentials and nothing more.

The ne plus ultra of the touring bike world was the Honda Goldwing, referred to as the "lead-wing" because of the sheer weight and immensity of the fairings, body panels, options, luxuries, and so forth. Harley Davidson makes the "Ultra Classic" touring model, often referred to as the "Geezer Glide" because it's usually older riders, sick of the demands on the body of the chopper deciding finally to ride with some amount of comfort and storage.

But hey, the bulk of riders are at least doing the "bagger" route, adding hard bags and some kind of front fairing these days. There's always been a pendulum swinging back and forth between the over-adorned, and the Spartan, and right now we're looking at the former more than the latter.

The ones really winning out on this here though is the dealers, who are ecstatic at the sound of cash registers ringing up extra bits and pieces left and right.

To go the other way, see chopper.