Archive for the ‘Big Bear Choppers’ Category

Ride The Mountain with Big Bear Choppers

May 27, 2009

The custom V-twin industry might be comatose at the moment, but that’s no excuse to hang up your party hat. For business may be down, but there’s always them there motorcycles to ride. If you’re so inclined (that’s good mountain humor) why not ride them up to enjoy Big Bear Choppers‘ 7th Annual Ride the Mountain festivities.

The only thing missing are little people. No, wait, there will be little people! The Shorty's Kiss Band is playing.

The only thing missing are little people. No, wait, there will be little people! The Shorty's Kiss Band is playing.

V-twins and other rides will own the mountain resort village of Big Bear, Calif., and the Snow Summit Mountain Resort on Saturday, June 6. This year’s sky-high shindig features the Freak Show Deluxe featuring glass eating, glass walking, sword swallowing and the bed of nails. Also, San Francisco-area rock-a-billy rebels, the Chop Tops, will be kicking some musical ass.

As a nod to its customers, BBC (website here) is hosting a VIP lounge under an exclusive tent next to the factory big rig, with preferred parking, refreshments and a special shirt and VIP badge. On Sunday, June 7, the Mindfreak himself, Criss Angel, will be at the Big Bear Choppers facility signing autographs and flogging his magic.

Lest this seem like a commercial, I’ll add this about Big Bear Choppers: the business is really down in the dumps across all segments so it’s pretty cool to see one of the big boys holding strong with a rally/event aimed squarely at its customers, and riders in general. Knowing how cost-cutting works I’d imagine that this is the kind of event that often appears on the chopping block when looking for cost savings. I tip my helmet to Kevin, Mona and Andy up at BBC for keeping the mountain open for everyone.

Yes, We Do Get Weather in So Cal.

December 18, 2008

If you’re not from Southern California, you know you’ve found yourself smugly giggling when we start complaining about any kind of weather. Well, I’m here to say you’re right, we do complain about rain, snow, cold, whatever. At least I do. The main reason I live in So Cal is to avoid rain, snow, cold and whatever. So this week’s share of steady rain and 40-degree cold has been quietly tolerated.

With that said, our friend Andy up at Big Bear Choppers sent us this up-to-the-minute pic of BBC headquarters way up in the heights of the San Bernardino Mountains.

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We love BBC, but don’t think those are the optimum riding conditions for a Pro-Street Sled. Maybe if you attach a snowboard to the forks, that 300mm rear would act like a tread.

Here’s a profile we did of them in the August 2007 issue of Big Twin Dealer (RIP).