About Roger Bourget – Roger Bourget’s Chopper Shoppe

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Destiny Found

It was 1992 when Roger rolled up the doors of his three-car garage and began designing his own brand of motorcycle frames. He invested in a CNC mill and small lathe and started making proprietary billet components to go along with the frames.  Roger became the first bike builder to offer a complete rolling chassis to the public, which took off like wildfire.

People went crazy when they saw Roger’s frames – attracting more than his share of press, including the inaugural edition of Quick Throttle magazine with his monster rear car tire bike on the cover.

This once hobby had become a full-blown career, and now a shop was an absolute necessity. In June of 1993, Roger officially incorporated his first company and rented a real space. The rest is history.

 He quickly outgrew his first three shops, he built and occupied a state-of-the-art 36,000-square-foot facility and then added another 38,000 square feet.  Between 2003-2005, Roger’s shop produced as many as 800 bikes a year out of Phoenix. Roger’s creativity and talent generated many different styles of custom motorcycle frames and parts, including Roger’s signature design – the oil-in frame/drop seat style chassis.

The oil-in frame/drop seat style chassis marked a revolutionary change in the style of custom motorcycles offered for sale to the general public. In addition to the drop-seat/oil-in frame design, Roger Bourget also developed the first jackshaft design, which enables the drive train to be centered in all of Roger’s wide-tire chassis – holding anywhere from a 250-, 280-, 300-, or the custom 330-series rear tire.

In 2004, Roger struck a deal with Avon Tyres (U.S. division) to manufacture an exclusively designed tire for Roger’s chassis. He wanted the biggest DOT motorcycle tire that could be made. Just to be sure they’d commit to the idea, Roger volunteered $50,000 for Avon’s tooling and RD, so they could together come up with his dream tire.

The outcome was the 330-17 tire, which first appeared in his old company’s 2005 line and started the “Super Fat Tire” craze that continues today.

With a dissolved marriage with his ex-wife / Vice President and no support with new designs, Roger’s visions were no longer heard by his company so he began to isolate himself in the back of the shop.  As the first decade of the new millennium drew to a close, Roger again found himself most often in the back of the shop where he solitarily pursued his dream designs.  This is where he completed his last designs before his inevitable departure.

  Roger left with his final bike design which he rode to Sturgis and also in the Charity Ride for Kids which Roger and his friend John from Deadwood Tobacco started in 2007.

Roger was the original designer of the quad, which debuted at the 2008 SEMA Show Las Vegas.  The quad earned rave reviews and is one of Roger’s proudest creations of all time.  The prototype featured four 330-series tires, the same power-to-weight ratio as a Bugatti Veyron, acceleration of 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, and a top speed of around 175 miles per hour.

Roger’s wife Emily drives the Street Quad prototype to this day.

Shifting Higher

After nearly 20 years of building bikes for his old company and tired of all the stress from the large shop, Roger and his new wife Emily moved to one of the nation’s best riding southwest Colorado – where they incorporated Roger Bourget’s Chopper Shoppe (launched July 2011). Located on the main street in Montrose, CO, Roger has established his latest fabrication, CNC, and service shop with a show room to display his custom creations.

Roger Bourget’s Chopper Shoppe will feature five new bike designs in 2012.  They are preparing to launch new custom baggers geared toward customizing your current bike, fat tire street bikes, sport bikes and other special projects.  The business runs limited production numbers, with Roger playing an instrumental, hands-on role in every project.

He is committed to keeping the shop small and personal so he can get to know each of his customers and dealers and get back to having fun again.

Roger and Emily are now expecting twin boys who we all know will have bikes in their blood and will carry on the Bourget name living on to build bad ass customs in their lifetime.  When Roger and Emily began living in Colorado and enjoying their new life in one of the nation’s best riding areas off the beautiful “Million Dollar Highway ” they saw thousands of bikes all summer.  With the closing of the local Harley shop Roger saw a need and wanted to fill it.

UPDATE:  Roger and Emily Bourget have now welcomed their twin sons Clutch Cam Bourget to the world.

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