Join us on a trip across the States to see the custom bikes and big name builders from television…
First stop, Daytona Beach Bike Week. Who’s that you’ve spotted? Russell Mitchell from Exile Cycles! He talks to us about how he got into bike fabrication and explains his unique style. Next, Billy Lane from Choppers Inc. works on a new bike live on stage! Then we see the original Orange County Choppers bikes… Black Widow Bike, iRobot Bike, Fire Bike and the POW/MIA Bike and many more.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Next stop, Confederate Motorcycles, to see the bikes in action and speak to Head of Design, J.T. Nesbitt, about the style and quality that make these bikes so desirable. Even Brad Pitt owns one! Then we meet Glen Banquier, a custom bike builder who has built a replica 1939 Brough Superior with a modern engine!
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Then on to San Francisco to catch up with Arlen Ness, who talks about his beginnings in custom bikes and how his style has evolved over the years. Then his son Cory, equally respected for his bike building skills, tells us about what drives him to create such beautiful machines. We also get to see the bikes they built when they faced off in the Great Biker Build-off 2005!
Finally we arrive at the Grand National Roadster Show at Pomona, where ‘America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle’ Award is to be judged. And look, there’s Jimmy Shine plus Matt Hotch, winner of the Biker Build-off 2004, with his 2005 entry, both of whom take the time to speak about their careers and the amazing bikes they make.
Chopper fans the world over will relish this celebration of art by top designers.
"Chopper Kings is an unassuming Duke-produced and presented programme, and excellent quality. If you want celebrity endorsements, look elsewhere. If you want to see staged engineering for the benefit of the camera, you won’t find it here.
If, however, you want to understand more about the process, where custom motorcycling is heading next, how it got where it is, and begin to feel as if you know the people involved without the spin or sound bites, I’ve not seen better. Thoroughly recommended."
Andy Hornsby, Editor, American V.