The Bikes of Heavy Rebel

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Let the comment hate begin. No kick stand, air ride suspension drops the frame to the ground. It’s a mostly hand-built machine and love it or hate it, it was built by a talented guy. This is a prime example of taking the rat rod idea and investing more time and money into than the genre ever intended. Complete with Corona bottles as fuel gauges and a turbo housing as an air cleaner, it was entertainment.  It was also fun to stand and see how many people said, “oh wow, it’s turbo charged.”



Back Yard Bagger, of Winston-Salem, built these two bikes for the new TV show, Biker Live. The white bike actually does have a turbo charger. The front wheel is massive and the white-wall is not the tire, but a part of the wheel. They both also have air-ride suspension that drops the frame to the ground. We liked the fake patina paint job better than the metal flake #25 bike. The gas tank on the green, white bagger featured a unique leather and aluminum insert. The crew was thinking outside the box on some of these pieces.

  • Paolo

    Crazy stuff!

  • Davidabl2

    Re the BMW rig…. It’s not uncommon for the most interesting bikes at a show to be parked OUTSIDE the show.

  • Timothy Gray

    Some insanely talented paint artists out there… I always love the bikes done by small time real artists and skip the big company “customs” that all tend to look the same.

  • William Connor

    Yes I would ride the BMW. Some of the other stuff not so much.

    • eddi

      A lot of that stuff is art that happens to have wheels and an engine. The BMW is something on my “make a million” purchase list. Right at the top.

  • Mr.Paynter

    I continuosly lust after a bike-with-sidecar rig. I have no idea why, I just think they’re cool.
    Ural’s are available here but only the base/tourist models, on top of being pricey.

    I have considered a Royal Enfield Bullet with side-car but it really would eb a Sunday toy so my finances are best focused elsewhere.

    • Justin McClintock

      Indeed, I’m in the same boat right now. That said, I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old. When they get a little older, they’ll be the best reason I can think of for a sidecar.

      • Mr.Paynter