The 2011 David Mann Chopper Fest, December 11th

The 2011 David Mann Chopper Fest is scheduled for December 11th

The Choppefest was originally the brainchild of David “Huggie” Hansen and when David Mann died in September 2004, the Chopperfest became “much more than a showcase for futuristic motorcycle design”.

The Chopperfest will run from 8 am to 3 pm, with a tribute to David Mann scheduled for 1 pm.

Where is the David Mann Chopper Fest?

Seaside Park

Ventura County Fairgrounds

Ventura, California

You can find a map here.

Lots of photos from the 2010 fest are here

There is a MySpace page, but it doesn’t appear to be kept up..

Contact Info:

Ask for Tory


Fax:  805-644-6448



Here’s a video from the 2008 Chopperfest

Motorcycle, Chopper and Hot Rods Blogs

Some new chopper & motorcycle blogs that I found and like a lot include:

From the United Kingdom we have ………….6.9%………….

This is a nice mostly motorcycle blog.  The guy keeps it simple.  It’s about his bikes, friends and interests.  That’s all.

Lots of pics and stories about his sports bikes and track racing too.

I like this blog enough to join.  Wish I could go to the UK and ride the backroads of En gland and especially Scotland.  Meet some of my old timey Scottish bloods.

Eat The Rich UK is also a blog from the United Kingdom.  It’s solely about Hot Rods and motorcycles after 40 years of chopping up “perfectly good vehicles”.  Cool pasttime!!

Another Shitty Day in Paradise is a blog all about the authors’ shovelhead and custom bike builds after 15 years.

This one is for sale and promises to make hipsters swoon and girls weak at the knees.

I am adding Pipeburns website here just because I really love their hot drag bike!!

This is a 1969 Triumph drag bike.  It’s beautiful isn’t it??

Although I have some Scottish blood flowing in my multi-racial veins, I have always been attracted to the bikes that Irish Rich designs and builds.   I really like his Applied Machete blog too.

“Irish Rich is the owner of Shamrock Fabrication, a “no frills” custom motorcycle and fabrication shop. Rich has been involved with custom motorcycles and hot rods for over 40 years, and is a member of the Sinners, out of Southern California. Rich and his motorcycles have appeared in Street Chopper, DicE Magazine, The Horse, Easyriders, IronWorks, Bigtwin, Jesse James‘ documentary “The History Of The Chopper“, and One World Studios’ “The Harbortown Bobber“. ”

From Irish Rich’s blog:  “A great photo of the ’84 FXRDG Disc Glide. Total production for the FXRDG was 863 units, including 10 FXRSDG’s with the longer Sport front ends.”  Here is Rich’s fxrsdg

Check these sites out, you may find one or two to join or at least keep going back to.

And ride hard but be safe.

Trevelen Rabanal, Artist & Bike Builder

If you are a fan of the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-off series you have seen Trevelen Rabanal in his shoot out with Scott Long or vs Cox and Keino or vs Jesse James.

Trevelen came across as a bit of a hard case with a wicked sense of humor.

Trevelen is an artist and builds some sweet ass bikes.  His biggest influence was his dad, Benji “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Rabanal. who raced flat-track bikes, boxed and surfed competitively in the 50s & 60s.  A lot of folks used (and still use) The Flyin’ Hawaiian nickname.

Twitter him @OGTREVELEN

Here is an interview with Trevelen in his Los Angeles shop, his “laboratory”.

He lost this arm wrestling vs Jesse James.  Good stuff…

In his 2010 interview in Street Chopper Magazine, Trevelen identifies his 70s influences and his love of the Sugar Bear front end.

His Super Company Customs built and modified some wicked Japanese cars and the bikes.  With the decline of the Fast and Furious car craze, Trevelen concentrated on bikes and his appearances on the Biker Build-off series thrust him and his Super Co into the custom bike spotlight.

Super Company Customs website is here.  Nice site.

This is part 3 of Trevelen’s interview about the “Industry”.  Check it out then you can watch the rest of this series on youTube.  I really don’t watch Sons Of Anarchy.  Seems kinda fakeish to me, but I think he broke down and appeared on the show.

Voodoo Choppers and Eric Gorges

No, voodooDr has nothing to do with Voodoo Choppers.  I get asked about that so often that I decided to write a post about Eric Gorges and his Voodoo Choppers.

I fell in love with Eric’s bikes after seeing his Superstition  build on the Biker Build-off series on the Discovery Channel (yes, that thing again).

Gorges did not win that day, but consider this:  He went head-to-head against Corey Ness (yes, Arlen’s son).  Talk about top competition. Cory Ness had bested his dad Arlen and Arlen’s Top Banana had won over the young Roland Sands Glory Stomper.  The top motorcycle building family in the world, no doubt.

I liked Gorges’ bike best, but I can’t argue with the fans voting for the Ness creation.  It was that good.  But it was the first time I did not pick the winning bike from that series.  Damn!!

Besides really liking that bike, I appreciated Eric’s bike building philosophy and bio.

Gorges builds custom cars too.  In fact, that is where he learned to work the metal.

More photos here from the Biker Build-off.

Where is Voodoo Choppers??  Plus a phone number.

22705 Morelli Dr.
Clinton Township MI 48036

Gorges has a blog.  And he is on Twitter @Voodoo_Choppers and @ericgorges

He has so many KILLER bikes in his albulm it is unreal.  Almost hard to look at all of these bikes at once.

Matt Hotch and His Custom Choppers

Matt Hotch has been building custom motorcycles since he was 16 years old!

He has wowed the chopper world as a grand champion on Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-off series. As far as I am concerned, matt designs and builds the BEST bikes around. And, yes that is saying a lot, but check out his bio and check out his bikes. Amazing shit.

The Discovery Channel video is here.

Not only do the lines of his bikes flow, but he takes risks. BIG risks in his designs. He sees things the rest of us could never imagine. Not without his help anyway.  Thanks @matthotchdesign

You see his designs in action and just thing “How the hell…..”

Matt won TWO biker build-offs in a row in 2004 & 2005.  When he built his 2004 bike he was just 24 years old and a self-taught welder and metal fabricator.  Shocked the hell out of me when I saw his first bike, Chingon and listened to his design theories.

How many bike builders do you know that design and build their choppers all alone??  In a 10,000 squared foot shop?  By alone I mean he does it all except build his motor and tranny.  Everything else is his and he has no help.  Zero.  He works alone.  OK, you get it now so I’ll shut up.

It’s difficult for me to pick the Top bike builder or the Top bike in the world.  I know therre are so many bikes I have never seen and so many builders I know nothing about.  Not to mention all of the up & coming genius who are 5-10 years away from the top.  But for my money, Hotch may build the best bikes overall that are out there.  And he is as young as those “up & comers”.  Choppers or dirt bikes racers or cruisers, Matt seems to be able to envision and build them all.

You have probably seen his Vincent racer that sped on the Bonneville Salt Flats.  Hotch did not win with his Vincent, losing to the notorious Roger Goldammer, but what a hot beautiful racer this is.  Here is an interview.

BiketoberFest vs BiketoberWest

I know you folks know all about the annual BiketoberFest held in Daytona Beach, Florida each year.  In October, of course.

Well, today while watching the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off series the announcer was telling us that the bikes were going to be judged at the BiketoberWest rally.

Here is the 2010 BiketoberFest.  Looks like fun, sun, sand, water, hot chicks, hot bikes…..

My brain heard (!!) “Fest” and I couldn’t figure out why they were riding down the coast of beautiful California.  Where the fuck is Florida, I asked myself (??)

Of course it was just my asshole filtering system and I just misheard (again).

So, I looked up Biketoberwest on the net.  Great idea I thought.  But why hadn’t I heard of it before, being a Californian loving all things bike.  To my dismay there really isn’t any info except about the bikes built and judged specifically for Biker Buildoff.  In 2004!! 

Nothing before, nothing since.

As always with the Biker Build-Off series, the 2 bikes were amazing and from two top bike designers/builders.  Always hard for me to pick one over the other but I agreed with the crowd this time.
A short video of the Hank Young vs Cole Foster build-off is here.

A series of pics of both bikes are here on the Discovery Channel’s website.

Biketoberfest has survived in Florida for many years and continues to thrive.  Peeps love it and have a great time.

It was originally developed to increase tourism at Daytona Beach during their off-season.

Question for readers:

Was BiketoberWest solely developed for the Biker Build-off series??  Did it fall apart because the show was filmed and sayonara bikers?  Or was there something else going on here?

Does anyone know?

The American Chopper Orange County Chopper Mercedes-Daimler AMG Motorcycle

Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers and ...

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I like the American Chopper series about Orange County Chopper (OCC), now on the Discovery Channel.  I like  the shows variants like Sr vs Jr etc too.  So now it is OCC & PJD.  Any other letters to throw in there??  Oh.  Right.  RPD.  Rick Petko Designs.  That was a nice touch they put on Rick’s bike.

I’m not a fan of Paul Teutel Sr’s, he is an ass and the inter-family squabbling got old for me a long time ago.  But I still watch and enjoy the Orange County Chopper bikes even without Paulie Jr.

Because at least Sr has Rick Petko.  Dude’s a bike building genius.


September 19th Intervention & update:

So now it is looking like Rick Petko is tired of Sr’s fucking around with him and will quit/move over to PJD.  We will see what happens tonight because they kept teasing us last week but it did not happen.  Now is tease #2.  I used to know a girl like that.  Used to.

Anyway, OCC will really suffer if Rick leaves don’t you think?

Seems like just a quiet, competent guy that just gets the job one and doesn’t give you any trouble.  Rick could work for me any day.  And he would be happier at PJD.

Course it is always hard to tell how real these “reality” things are.  Is it off the cuff or is it scripted?

Your “sneak peek” tease is at this link.

OK, back to the original post…..

September 20th:

So from last nights show it looks like Rick was not actually “quitting”, but talked about working with Jr for a couple of weeks.

Course, if he proposes that to Sr he may find his ass on the street.

I didn’t chance to watch the whole show, so I’m not sure what actually happened…..


Sr is like many type A guys and ex-addicts.  Driven and passionate but still treats their family the way they did when they were drinking and using.  Like shit.  And so we see him fighting with all of his sons.  Mostly the show shows the SR vs Jr crap, but the middle son that runs the steel business and Sr stopped talking for like three years.  Even when the grandchildren were born, Sr would not talk to, go visit or even talk about them.

That’s some fucking screwy thinking boy.  Screwy indeed.

But the family has opportunities that they might never have had without Sr.  His personal drive, that screws up his relationships, gives him the ability to succeed in almost every business he has dipped his toe into.  Without Sr where would his boys be??

I thought that I had seen all the shows by now, but today I saw the Mercedes Daimler AMG build.

What a beautiful bike, and then at the simple unveiling the Daimler folks brought out a wooden cycle they designed and built in 1885!  Amazing.  Senior drove it and got to go a top speed 7 MPH.

The Orange County Chopper Mercedes-Daimler AMG Bike

Did you know Daimler invented and built the first motorcycle?  For some reason I was thinking it was a different company, but the Mercedes bike makes sense.  This article calls their bike the first “true” motorcycle.  I guess the ones that came before this 1885 bike were more like motorized bicycles.

Mercedes should build bikes now, especially AMG choppers.  Sweet.

Chica Custom Cycles

Chica is one of the great motorcycle buildersof our time  and has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-off series.

Chica’s Custom Cycles website is here.

Chica has a blog too, it is here.

Not only does Chica design and build some truly wicked choppers, he sells his own tins, wheels, modified frames, etc.







The shop is in it’s 15th year mof building great bikes.

Contact Info:

7522 Slater Ave., #126, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 U.S.A.
Phone: 714-842-9587           714-842-9587
 Fax: 714-842-9087

Here is Chica’s shop.







Chica is originally from southern Japan and started out as a Honda mechanic who had a passion for Harleys.  Now he builds old school choppers with modern technology.  So they ride well, easier to maintain and all the modern doo-dads.

Let’s look at bikes!!




















I really like Chica’s choppers.  Great designs, yes.  But for me it’s how the design is carried out.  And these bikes are honest choppers and they flow from front to tail.  Nothing seems out of place and nothing seems to be added just to catch your eye.

Things are on the bike for function sake.  But they look beautiful too.  Beauty and function?  That is sweet.

Check this beast out.  I need to ear up just to look at it.  Some serious pipes.














If you are in SoCal or visiting Los Angeles go check out Chica’s shop.  Say hello and score yourself a sweet bike or wheels or just a T shirt.  Have fun.

Flyrite Choppers

Flyrite Choppers is primarily a great parts store, specializing in quality frames for bike builders.

They have been in business for ten years and say “our frame, your dream”.  Nice!

I would post photos but I respect their decision to attempt to prevent that, so I will give you links instead.

But on their website they have some great photos of their customers choppers.  Unique and beautiful.  Check the fantastic saddle on the flat mustard colored bike. It’s in the bottom row of photos. It seems to have a NOS bottle attached next to the rear wheel.  I really like the flat mustard paint job too.

The bike here is nice.  But the Rat Rod in back is quality stuff fo sho, in the middle of the 2nd row.

Check Page 2 of the customer bikes, the photo in the middle of row 1.   This toddler has a better chopper than me!!

Great work on all of these choppers guys (& gals….and toddlers too).

So if you are looking for frames or parts, or just like to check out chopper sites, stop by Flyrite Choppers.

Twitter them @flyritechoppers


Denver’s Choppers in Las Vegas—Mondo

Well, actually Denver’s Choppers is in Henderson, Nevada.


1010 Stephanie Place, A1 * Henderson, NV 89014



Map & driving instructions are here.

Denver Mullins is gone now, much much too soon.

But Mondo is still there and still building wicked sick choppers old school style.  Plus they sell their revolutionary springer front ends.  Where would the chopper world be without them??

Mondo has been designing and building his choppers with Denver’s Choppers since 1967!!  That’s almost 45 years of motorcycle building.  Wonder is Mondo knows how many bikes he has built?

On the website there is a great David Mann painting of two of Mondos bikes that were actually build 30 years apart!

Mondo truly is the Godfather of Choppers.  And new builders are still learning from him.

Next time you are in Las Vegas stop in Mondo’s shop  say hi, &check out his bikes.

Mondo had a sweet chopper they built for the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-off series when he went head to head with Indian Larry.  Two legends, maybe the two best chopper builders EVER.  Indian Larry won that one with his amazing chain frame cycle, but Mondo built one sweet looking machine.

Unfortunately Indian Larry is no longer with us.  Say a prayer for Denver Mullins and Indian Larry.