Biker Build-Off

infobox television
show_name = Biker Build-Off


caption =
format = Reality television
runtime = 45 Minutes
creator = Thom Beers
narrated = Thom Beers
starring = Hugh King (Master of Ceremonies)
country = USA
network = Discovery Channel
first_aired = September 28, 2002
last_aired = Present
num_episodes = 33 (including the special)
imdb_id = 0413542

"Biker Build-Off" is a popular reality television series for the Discovery Channel. Created and narrated by Thom Beers, the series was originally conceived as a single special called "The Great Biker Build-Off". The show proved so popular that more episodes were produced in succeeding years, to the point that it was turned into a regular series (and its name shortened to just "Biker Build-Off") in 2005. As of 2007, the program has been incorporated into Discovery's Turbo lineup, which airs on The Learning Channel and Discovery HD Theater.

Premise of the Show

Two reputed custom motorcycle builders from different parts of the country—usually with very different styles of building—each build a unique custom bike in their respective style, pitting their teams and expertise against each other to see who is the better builder.

Format

"Biker Build-Off" was originally an irregularly-grouped series (termed "rounds") of contests that spanned a calendar year. The original "Great Biker Build-Off" was a single competition. In 2003, the second round had three contests, and the third round (2004) had six. In 2005, the program was turned into a regular series in which each round would feature a total of 13 contests each. There has also been a "World Biker Build-Off" special (pitting three international bikers) in 2004.

The Rules

Various aspects of the rules have evolved over the course of the series. When the show became a regular series, the current rules of the "Biker Build-Off" were defined as follows:

"1. Each builder has 10 days to build a working custom motorcycle in his or her respective style."

*They must obtain a framework, engine, and other necessary parts, construct their unique body, have it painted, and then complete assembling the bike and make it operational before midnight of the tenth day. During this build period, the show switches perspectives back and forth between the two builders as they and their respective teams plan and build their bikes.

"2. Upon completion, the two builders bring their bikes to a mutually-agreed neutral location."

* Reputed custom motorcycle master of ceremonies Hugh King (aka "The Chopper King" and co-executive producer of the series) will meet the two builders at the agreed location and declare where the ride will go and where the bikes will ultimately be judged.

"3. When they meet, the two builders and their teams will begin a lengthy ride to a bike show."

* The ride is designed to "break in" each bike and ensure they're both truly road-worthy before they reach the bike show. If a problem emerges that prevents the bike from running, the builder is allowed one hour to repair it before he/she is disqualified. (The disqualification may be waived by the competing builder; several shows have featured instances where the bike would have been DQ'ed but the other builder did not enforce the rule.)

"4. At the bike show, the two bikes will be showcased and a winner decided by an audience ballot."

* Exceptions may occur for specific competitions. A 2007 contest designed to build drag bikes was decided by a best-of-three set of drag races.

Episode Guide

Round 1 : 2002

# Billy Lane vs. [http://www.bourgets.com/ Roger Bourget] : Original run : September 28, 2002

Round 2 : 2003

# Billy Lane vs. [https://www.perewitz.com/default.asp Dave Perewitz] : Original run : September 1, 2003
# Indian Larry vs. [http://www.paulyaffeoriginals.com/ Paul Yaffe] : Original run : September 1, 2003
# Billy Lane vs. Indian Larry : Original run : September 1, 2003

Round 3 : 2004

# [http://www.chicacustomcycles.com/ Chica] vs. [http://www.youngchoppers.com/ Hank Young] : Original run : June 21, 2004
# Cory Ness vs. Arlen Ness : Original run : June 22, 2004
# [http://www.exilecycles.com/ Russell Mitchell] vs. [http://www.thundercycle.com/ Eddie Trotta] : Original run : June 23, 2004
# [http://www.mitchbergeroncustoms.com/ Mitch Bergeron] vs. [http://www.kendalljohnsoncustoms.com/ Kendall Johnson] : Original run : June 24, 2004
# [http://www.hotmatchcustomcycles.com/ Matt Hotch] vs. [http://www.martinbrosbikes.com/ Joe Martin] : Original run : June 27, 2004
# "Best Bike" : Original run : June 27, 2004

World Biker Build-Off 2004

# [http://www.martinbrosbikes.com/ Joe Martin] vs. [http://www.exilecycles.com/ Russell Mitchell] vs. [http://www.scottys-choppers.com.au/ Scotty Cox] : Original run : September 6, 2004

Round 4 : 2005

# Jerry Covington vs. [http://www.scootershooterz.com/ Warren Vesely] : Original run : January 11, 2005
# [http://www.martinbrosbikes.com/ Joe Martin] vs. Shinya Kimura : Original run : January 18, 2005
# [http://www.rookecustoms.com/ Jesse Rooke ] vs. Ron Finch : Original run : January 25, 2005
# [http://www.exilecycles.com/ Russell Mitchell] vs. the Detroit Brothers : Original run : February 1, 2005
# Indian Larry vs. [http://www.denverschoppers.com/ Mondo] : Original run : February 8, 2005
# [http://www.chicacustomcycles.com/ Chica] vs. Mike Pugliese : Original run : February 15, 2005
# Cory Ness vs. [http://www.voodoochoppers.com/ Eric Gorges] : Original run : February 22, 2005
# [http://www.youngchoppers.com/ Hank Young] vs. [http://www.salinasboys.com/ Cole Foster] : Original run : March 1, 2005
# Billy Lane vs. [http://www.amenmotorcycles.com/ Mike Brown] : Original run : March 8, 2005
# [http://www.kendalljohnsoncustoms.com/ Kendall Johnson] vs. [http://www.thundercycle.com/ Eddie Trotta] : Original run : March 15, 2005
# [http://www.hotmatchcustomcycles.com/ Matt Hotch] vs. [http://www.strokersdallas.com/ Rick Fairless] : Original run : March 22, 2005
# Arlen Ness vs. Roland Sands : Original run : March 29, 2005
# "The Ulimate Chop" : Original run : April 3, 2005

Round 5 : 2006

# Billy Lane vs. [http://www.exilecycles.com/ Russell Mitchell] : Original run : August 7 2006
# [http://supercompanycustoms.blogspot.com/ Trevelene] vs. [http://www.centralcoastcycles.com/ Scott Long] : Original run : August 14 2006
# Mike Metzger vs. [http://www.larrylinkogle.com/ Larry Linkogle] : Original run : August 21 2006
# [http://www.bigbearchoppers.com/ Kevin Alsop] vs. Ivy Tosclair : Original run : August 28 2006
# Roland Sands vs. [http://www.rookecustoms.com/ Jesse Rooke] : Original run : September 4 2006
# [http://www.vegascitychoppers.com/ Ell Pitts] vs. [http://www.hd-performance.com/ Harold Pontarelli] : Original run : September 11 2006
# [http://www.walz-hardcore-cycles.com/ Marcus Walz] vs. [http://www.prughdesign.com/2007.html Michael Prugh] : Original run : September 18 2006
# Detroit Brothers vs. [http://www.twistedchoppers.com/index.asp Jason Kangas] : Original run : September 25 2006
# Gypsy Charro vs. [http://www.kc-creations.com/ Kim Suter] : Original run : October 2 2006
# [http://www.paulyaffeoriginals.com/ Paul Yaffe] vs. [https://www.perewitz.com/default.asp Dave Perewitz] : Original run : October 9 2006
# [http://www.cctrikes.com/ Craig Whitford] vs. [http://www.zeeldesign.com/Contenu.asp?Id=1 Mike Long] : Original run : October 16 2006
# [http://www.kustomcycles.com/ Brian Klock] vs. [http://www.handbuiltmotorcycles.com/ Jason Hart] : Original run : October 23 2006
# [http://www.hotmatchcustomcycles.com/ Matt Hotch] vs. Roger Goldammer : Original run : October 30 2006

Round 6 : 2007

# [http://www.lachoprods.com/ Gard Hollinger] vs. [http://handbuiltmotorcycles.com/index2.html Jason Hart]
# [http://www.indianlarry.com/ Paul Cox & Keino] vs. [http://supercompanycustoms.blogspot.com/ Trevelen]
# [http://www.chicacustomcycles.com/ Chica] vs. [http://www.evilspiritengineering.com/ Micheal Barragan]
# [http://www.fullerhotrods.com/pages/index.aspx Bryan Fuller] vs. [http://www.westburyhotrods.com/ Greg Westbury]
# [http://www.stingercustomcycles.com/ Dawn Norakas] vs. [http://www.leroythompsonchoppers.com/ Scott Webster]
# [http://www.departure.com/ Andrew Williams] vs. [http://www.comptoncustomdesign.com/ James Compton]

ee also

*Build or Bust

External links

* [http://turbo.discovery.com/biker-build-off/biker-build-off.html Official website]
* [http://turbo.discovery.com/biker-build-off/episode/episode.html Official Biker Build-Off Episode Guide]
* [http://community.discovery.com/eve/forums/a/cfrm/f/605109981 Official fan site]
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* [http://del.icio.us/tag/BikerBuildOff "BikerBuildOff" tag on del.icio.us]


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