Custom Builder Big Bear Choppers’ Kevin Alsop — Motorcycle USA

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Big Bear Choppers Rage 100 Smooth EFI

Custom Builder Big Bear Kevin Alsop

Big Bear opened shop in 1998 and has making a name for itself in the motorcycle world since.

“I do this for fun.”

So said Big Choppers’ Kevin Alsop. The of glass-encased US Patents perched on his is evidence to the engineering aptitude of the man Big Bear Choppers’ success. wasn’t granted those by taking business lightly.

It was a weekend for Alsop and Big Bear (BBC) when we visited. In granting Motorcycle USA an interview and for a quick ride around the with us, Alsop managed to in the city manager of Big Bear as the two finalized plans for BBC’s the Mountain’ rally while a call from Criss manager as the MindFreak star was to town to pick up three motorcycles Big Bear Choppers had for him.

Big Bear Choppers is a motorcycle manufacturer that in custom-styled production choppers and Pro motorcycles. The company was founded in by Kevin and Mona Alsop in Big Lake, California. Alsop is you would call an American story. Hailing originally Australia, he grew up around thanks to his father who was a professional

What started as a job building bikes at a small chopper in Pomona, CA, evolved into a shop run out of a small shed in Big Lake that eventually into one of the most-respected factory-custom manufacturers around.

When asked what to Big Bear’s success, Alsop “Passion, the love of motorcycling, to build bikes that are proud to ride. And pushing the envelope.”

Fenders with paint come back ready to be mounted on the product. Big Bear Choppers itself on doing most of its in-house.

Pushing that is easier to control when you most of your own parts. The that Big Bear Choppers most of its designing and motorcycle in-house is a source of pride for From motorcycle frames to fenders, handlebars, front-ends, controls, primary drives, down to minute details pop-up gas caps are all made by the BBC

What better way to manage control than by doing yourself?

Alsop and his wife who serves as BBC’s Executive are savvy businesspeople who run an efficient by utilizing lean manufacturing derived from the Toyota System. Lean manufacturing there’s not a bunch of excess lying around gathering In its ideal form, the system goods using less of compared to traditional mass less waste, human manufacturing space, investment in inventory, and engineering time to a new product.” Alsop utilizes the Toyota system for lean in every phase of his business, engineering to warehousing to product accounting.

Kevin and Mona to unveil the official MindFreak 5 motorcycle as Criss Angel watches.

Alsop’s success also on his ability to keep his eye on the big picture. Big Bear Choppers was invited to on Discovery Channel’s Biker in 2006, Alsop entered the with the mindset that not did he want to win, but whatever he had to be capable of being released as a new for the BBC motorcycle fleet. Alsop won a stretched-out, heavy-raked chopper Big Bear’s patented Devil’s swingarm with a matching fender and in a build he dubbed After a few modifications to make the street-friendly, the Athena became a of Big Bear’s production line the year.

As far as pushing the design Big Bear Choppers was one of the first manufacturers to utilize SS Cycles’ X-Wedge engine, a revolutionary new with three belt-driven a completely new internal oil pump, and a crankshaft. His forward- thinking is demonstrated by his G.T.X. bagger Alsop experimented with the center of gravity and passenger by adding a 12-inch stretch to the backbone and placing the passenger in of the back tire instead of over it.

Here’s the prototype called Rage that Big Choppers is releasing on the international It features a 21-inch tall front wheel with PM mounted on the end of a long BBC Springer The back end has a 250mm tire mounted in a Devil’s swingarm.

Besides innovations in motorcycle Kevin and Mona have realized that with a domestic economy, the time was to look toward the international The chopper craze may have a crescendo locally, but owning an chopper powered by a big V-Twin is en vogue overseas.

That’s why Big Choppers has recently passed European emission standards. All 18 Big Choppers, including carbureted and EFI meet Euro III certification. has led to a stronger international network of and BBC now has six dealerships in Canada, two in Germany, two in and has branched out into Switzerland, France, South Africa, and

“We realized that making a large investment in time and to obtain Euro III certification was a especially during a recession and crunch, but we are convinced that will pay huge dividends as we stand out as the leader in international for high-end American motorcycles,” Alsop.

Big Bear has created a aimed exclusively at the international called ‘Rage.’ The chopper a clean tank mounted on the stretched backbone. The tank is as as the triple clamp holding the BBC that angle down sides of the bike. The bars are to a BBC Springer fork set out at a 48-degree angle, with a 21-inch billet wheel squeezed in

The 100ci SS SMOOTH engine is by the Wisconsin-based engine manufacturer on specs supplied by Alsop, and to a Baker 6-speed transmission propels the 250mm Avon tire via a chain final The meaty rear tire is on Alsop’s patented Devil’s swingarm, and a chopped rear prominently displays the muscular A cone-shaped, forward-facing air filter off the engine’s right side, to its custom-bike cred.

The motorcycle is similar to one that BBC built for TV Criss Angel as his daily There are a few cosmetic differences, but for the part, the motorcycles are the same. is another demonstration of Alsop’s acumen and his adherence to Toyota’s manufacturing system.

Not only did he a one-off custom for a high-visibility but the prototype laid the foundation for a motorcycle. It is loaded with Big proprietary parts, which them off the shelf and into the arena, and fills a niche in the expanded international market.

Angel was excited as he talked to about the three custom Big Bear built for the MindFreak

Big Bear Choppers Rage 100 Smooth EFI

But don’t think Alsop is about the market right at home. He’s also on a new chopper to debut here in the for under $20K, a magic point that no other Big Chopper to date has been to match. The new chopper is going to be for the working-class guy who wants to own a high-styled without sending him to the poorhouse.

It’s something Alsop has to do for three years.

“It’s black, with raw machined and yellow or silver cad plate. All are US-made,” stated Alsop.

And stretched-out choppers and beefy Pro motorcycles are his forte, Alsop has a need for speed. His father was a after all, so it’s in his We learned this firsthand he ripped off a half-block long burnout pulling out of the shop on our first ride together. in the day he zipped past a ¼-mile line of traffic in the left-hand around blind corners.

to say, we didn’t have the to follow. His penchant for going can also be seen in the project he for SS Cycles’ 50th Anniversary, a sportbike.

Alsop’s ‘Super project bike features a 114 X-Wedge engine and BBC’s primary drive. The high, tank and twin air scoops up front have a Buell-like It has duel fuel cells, the second one hidden under the an extended swingarm with a belt compensator, and a monster front tire.

Ohlins Brembo brakes, a Scott damper, and carbon fiber on the fenders and belt guard add to its credentials. Knowing Alsop, who do anything without ulterior I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Big Bear Sport on the market in the near

With the expansion into the marketplace while still building all the bikes in the Big Bear

BBC’s Kevin Alsop is the of Big Bear Mountain.’ Don’t let the of his bike fool you, thing can lay down the wickedest

there’s little down for Alsop. He and Mona recently to Europe to attend each of the launches and international grand They also traveled to to participate in the 2009 AMD World

When asked about he likes to do in his spare time, he

“I think about bikes. If I’m not that, I’m worrying about

It’s this type of and passion to the art of motorcycle building has established Big Bear Choppers as a player in the custom-production biz. already made a name for in the States. Now he’s got his sights set on his niche in the global marketplace.

Big Bear Choppers Rage 100 Smooth EFI
Big Bear Choppers Rage 100 Smooth EFI
Big Bear Choppers Rage 100 Smooth EFI
Big Bear Choppers Rage 100 Smooth EFI


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