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December 14, 2011

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The custom bikes for corporations and rich guys craze may finally be over. Big Bear Choppers is about to tap out.

The owners of BBC, Kevin and Mona Alsop appeared in an episode of a reality television show called Bloomberg The Mentor in early November. The episode was filmed in September. The premise of the show, on a cable network called Bloomberg Television, is to pair the owners of failing businesses with a savvy business veteran. The Alsops were matched with a tycoon named Lyndon Faulkner. They told him how the custom chopper craze had helped them turn their small bike repair shop into an $18 million a year business.

The Alsops also confessed that they needed to sell 10 bikes a month to stay in business but they only had the staff and cash flow to build six. The Alsops also told the world that they have numerous unfilled, prepaid orders for motorcycles. The local paper, the Big Bear Grizzly, has reported that the motorcycle company has unfilled, prepaid orders that date back to January 2011.

Defective Frames And Bad Debts

The company has also received multiple complaints and been sued because of faulty welds in defective motorcycle frames. The Local Better Business Bureau gives the company an “F” rating. BBC “closed for the Thanksgiving holiday” and never reopened.

On December 7 the Grizzly reported that it had “received numerous emails and phone calls from customers who paid thousands of dollars to the custom motorcycle manufacturer for bikes that haven’t been delivered.” The paper quoted one customer who said that losing the money he had paid Big Bear Choppers for his dream bike had “pretty much ruined” his life.

The bike company also owes the city of Big Bear, California at least $147,000 and a local bank more than $100,000. As of December 14, Big Bear Choppers had not filed bankruptcy.

Party Over

The motorcycle business has been gutted by the depression that started in 2007. Harley-Davidson, sold 349,196 motorcycles in 2006 but only 222,110 last year. Celebrity bike builder Jesse James closed his company, West Coast Choppers in Long Beach, last year. James now lives in Austin, Texas. Another well known custom motorcycle manufacturer, Orange County Choppers of Newburgh, New York remains in business and on television.

Even bikers who wouldn’t ride one of Big Bear Choppers’ motorcycles will miss the company. BBC sponsored an annual run called “Ride the Mountain.” The last run was June 11, 2011.

 

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13 Responses to “Back To Reality”

  1. fayettenamhoe Says:

    wow, doesthis mean i can keep on riding flat black with all the dents and scarres in my head, or just pretend that i look the same whith my smelly crotch and worn out laughter

  2. just jim Says:

    thanks sled, back to you for what you done

    Just Jim
    CIB OIF

  3. sled tramp Says:

    To any Iraqi vets out there…given the significance of the day…
    Welcome home.

  4. Not Surpised Says:

    To skunk:

    So the colors of a skunk are????

    You may not be JAQ, but you have the same motives. To come here shielded by anonymity and run your little girl mouth.

  5. skunk Says:

    NO IM NOT JAQ, LOL, IM A REAL BIKER BELONGING TO THE MOST DEADLY MC IN THE WORLD. I WATCHED AS WE ROLLED IN DEEP TO THE EASYRIDER SHOW IN 2005 @POMONA FAIRPLEX. BBC AND HIS ELFS TUCKED THEIR TAIL BETWEEN THERE LEGS AND SHOOK NERVIOUSLY AS WE STROLLED BY THEIR BOOTH. HE HAS BEEN A H.A SUCK DICK FOR A LONG TIME. I DONT RESPECT ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS OR WEARS DEAD & WHITE. PLUS THOSE MOUNTAIN RUNS WERE A JOKE, A PLACE WERE R.U.BS AND COPS ALL CAME TO FLASH HOG PATCHES AND CHOIR BOY MATERIAL. PISS POOR! AGING REBEL, THX FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF MY CLUB AND WE WANT U TO COME RIDE WITH US AGAIN…WINK WINK

  6. Chesty Says:

    Wow… has JAQoff returned as Skunk this time???

  7. sled tramp Says:

    Well, as a sex addict that’s been scorned by a LOT of women,may I add it’s about time the media hasn’t missed that sorta thing…

  8. common_call Says:

    Tig girl

    She’s not there full time actually…James moved to Texas so that his youngest girl could still have a relationship with Ms. Bullock. She still see’s Sunny (James’s youngest with porn star Janine…by the way he is currently paying for her rehab) that’s at least what he stated in his book. Sorry I know so much pointless crap.

  9. TigGirl Says:

    Rebel,

    Ya, I did know about that – it was hard to miss the whole woman-scorned-sex-addict-cheater thing in the media. Somehow it seems odd to me that he would stay in Texas & she would go to NOLA. NOLA is much more “sex addict friendly” although Austin can be quite um, open minded, too.

    Thanks for keeping me in the current century ;-).

    Tig

  10. skunk Says:

    I CAN SEE WHY THEY CLOSED, A HORNY GOLD DIGGIN VP AND A H.A SUPPORT STICKER ON THE OWNERS HELMET! FUCK 81……OH WELL, BIKERS ALLEY IN RIVERSIDE CA AND FREEDOM CYCLES IN YUCCA VALLEY CA, ARE STILL BOOMIN…..CHECK THEM OUT! PLUS THEIR NEUTRAL SHOPS WITH FAIR PRICES.

  11. Rebel Says:

    Dear TigGirl,

    You know he had kind of a messy divorce, right?

    Rebel

  12. The Creep Says:

    I had thought BBC closed it’s doors and turned into Elsinore Choppers (or something to that effect) about a year ago. Guess I had been misinformed.

  13. TigGirl Says:

    Jesse James lives in Austin? Geez, I am so behind with celebrity gossip. Oh well.

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