I went from a Budgie, my very first bike that I remember taking the stabilisers off and learning to ride around the village cricket pitch, straight to a second hand Chopper at 6 or 7 years old. Looked pretty funky but it was too heavy to pull wheelies on and it had that mad "power lever" gear shift - you'd often have to look down while travelling at high speed to change gear - which felt rather dangerous. To be honest the Chopper wasn't a great bike beyond its unconventional appearance.
It was a hand me down I received as well from older brother, in fact all bikes where, it wasn't until I was 18 and working i could afford my first brand new bike. oooh doesnt sound to good that crash but spooky that slope being called Dracula (lol)
I'm holding out for a Grifter
Had a hand-me-down one from my brother (purple from memory) - had no brakes, which was great as I (what seemed) 360'd in the air down a (what seemed) 45 degree downhill slope called 'Dracula' by the local kids (oddly outside an old people's home). Landed on my head so the colour of the bike might have actually been fluorescent pink in reality - can't remember... I did bounce though 8) Actually learnt to cycle on a Commando owned by a friends neighbour. Think my blood still paints the fences of houses in Southgate - London XD
It's not a Chopper but this thread makes me think of this video. The most well-used bike in the world. The chainset looks pretty similar though to the modern Chopper.