Exclusive. Roger Bourget Launches Roger Bourgets Chopper Shop

Many among you wondered where was and what was up with Custom Builder Roger Bourget. After nearly 20 years of being the very creative lead designer and builder of custom motorcycles for Bourget’s Bike Works (BBW), tired of all the stress of the large shop, Roger and his new wife Emily moved to one of the nation’s best riding southwest  locations where they just started Roger Bourgets Chopper Shoppe headquartered in the city of Montrose, Colorado.

Is it a good time to launch a new venture in the custom motorcycle production business? Personally, I think so. Many great businesses have been started during difficult economic times, taking advantage of a a weakened and dull competition, but of course only if you have the balls, the experience, the capital and hundred of new design ideas parked in your mind. In 2012 Roger will officially launch new bagger, chopper and sport bike designs and I am sure the profession can’t wait to see if he will be able to influence again the whole V-Twin industry like he did it with his own designs between 1992 to this day.

To know all about his background, just jump to Roger Bourget. To summarize, in 1992 Roger became the first bike builder to offer a complete rolling chassis to the public, then designing the revolutionary oil-in frame/drop seat style chassis marking a revolutionary change in the style of custom motorcycles offered for sale to the general public. The design was so unique that Roger secured a U.S. Patent for his personal work. In addition to the drop-seat/oil-in frame chassis patent, he also holds U.S. Patent for his jackshaft design, which enabled the drivetrain to be centered in all of Roger’s wide-tire chassis – holding anywhere from a 250-, 280-, 300-, or his own custom 330-series rear tire developed in 2004 in collaboration with Avon.

Between 2003 and 2005, Roger Bourget was producing as many as 800 custom motorcycles out of Phoenix. In 2008, he also created the “Shredder Street Quad,” which debuted at the 2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.  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. But the good news is not only to see a fellow custom builder being back in full force in the business, but also the fact that Roger & Emily Bourget are hiring quite a few collaborators. So, if you are a builder, fabricator, CNC machinist, master fabricator or H-D/custom bike tech and have what it takes to work with a legend in the custom bike world, you can submit your credentials online at Roger Bourgets Chopper Shoppe Employment. I will meet with Roger & Emily in 2 weeks in Sturgis. So, stay tuned for more exclusive news.

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53 Responses to “Exclusive. Roger Bourget Launches Roger Bourgets Chopper Shop”


  1. 1 Hamilton Jul 13th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Welcome back!

  2. 2 666 Jul 13th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    His new wife sure looks a lot friendlier than the previous one !!!

  3. 3 Jeff Nicklus Jul 13th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Welcome back Roger … you were missed. See you guys in a couple of weeks.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  4. 4 Eric Maurer Jul 13th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    never been a fan of his bikes, but glad to see him starting something new. Roger certainly has a unique style and has been an innovator over the past 20 years.

    nice arm candy 🙂

  5. 5 Rick Fairless Jul 13th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Hey Roger, we are glad to have you back in the industry!
    C-Ya in Sturgis.
    RF

  6. 6 bobx Jul 13th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    crashing sucks.

  7. 7 Mike Jul 13th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Looks like a couple of cartoon characters. Boring

  8. 8 Kyle Independent Gas Tank Jul 13th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Roger,
    What did your mom say about getting a tattoo on the top of your head?

  9. 9 Eric Maurer Jul 13th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    holy shit…. is that a tattoo on his head? Lets hope not!
    If it is tattoo’d hair, than mega F-
    But a major A+ to landing the 30 year old tattoo’d hotie for sure !!!!!

  10. 10 1550tc Jul 13th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    a 10 years late mid life crises sure gives you some new curves in life

    get more on yourselves and good luck

  11. 11 David Jul 13th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Yeah there are a lot of weirdo’s living in colorado(not discounting his building skills)…my brother lives there also another weirdo with tattoo’s.Sorry guy’s I just think anybody that does tattoos are weird.WHY? And why that badass school boy scoul…that’s what our high school football boys do to make you think their BADDDD.

    SSDD; David

  12. 12 Dave Blevins Jul 14th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    It will be interesting to see what his new stuff will be…
    Best of luck Bourget, glad you’re still in the game after so many have gone.

  13. 13 Rick Lossner Jul 14th, 2011 at 7:01 am

    @David….I bet you get your @ss kicked a lot in the bars.. lol …

  14. 14 ROGER BOURGET Jul 14th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    TO EVERYONE SUPPORTING US, THANKS. I LOVE THE BIKE INDUSTRY AND 99% OF THE PEOPLE IN IT. THE NEW BIKES WILL BE BADASS, BUT WE ALSO ARE DOING A ROAD HOUSE /BAR RIGHT NEXT TO THE SHOP IN MONTROSE CO. IF YOU HAVE NOT RIDDEN THE WESTERN SLOPE YOUR MISSING OUT. GET OUT SOME DAY AND DO IT, STOP IN AND HAVE A BEER WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU. BY THE WAY THE SMALL PERCENT OF HATERS YOU GUYS ARE HILARIOUS GROW UP GET A TATTOO AND AN AMERICAN BUILT BIKE!!! ROGER

    CHECK OUT OUR INCREDIBLE TATTOO SHOP IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ (WWW.WISEMAGICTATTOO.COM)

  15. 15 Boss Hawg Jul 14th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Welcome back! Can’t wait t see the creativity and the new stuff…New lady looks hot, too!

    Boss Hawg

  16. 16 howard kelly Jul 14th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    you said it properly Cyril–influence. Roger had the fat tire craze beat by 5-7 years when he built his first car tire bikes back in the early 90s. Centering the engine and using a jackshaft made for a much better handling bike–well as good as a car tire bike could handle–but you were not constantly counter steering the bike to go straight as a result.

    he took chances with styling and design and set trends in the industry

    Glad to see Roger back and looking forward to what he builds

  17. 17 ROGER BOURGET Jul 14th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    HOWARD, THANKS. YOU ALSO HAVE DONE ALOT FOR OUR INDUSTRY AND DESERVE A STRIPE FOR ALL THE YEARS YOU HAVE PUT IN. I WILL NOT DISAPPOINT MY OLD AND NEW FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS, BY THE WAY DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE TO RIDE THAT BIKE!!!!!! HAHAHA ROGER

  18. 18 Kevin Alsop Jul 14th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Good for you Roger best of luck bro, F the haters

  19. 19 David Jul 14th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Haters…..Who said I hated anybody….I just think your Weird If you have to have your body covered with colorful cartoon drawings……for what reason? Do you have to do it so someone else will say”heh look at that guy or girl” surely you dont stand in front of a mirror all day. So it’s just Vanity afterall.

    SSDD; David

  20. 20 KAOS Jul 14th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    @ David, just because we are not like you doesn’t make us weird just different from you. Tattoos aren’t for everyone, many tattoos are memorial pieces or have deep meaning behind them. it takes all kinds to make the world go round, so don’t judge people if you don’t know them.

  21. 21 Tom S Jul 14th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Great to have you back on the scene Roger. Your stuff rocks.

  22. 22 Manhattan Choppers Jul 14th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Man shes a true doll!!!!! Good for you.. all the best for the 2 of of you and you have always kept it real the few times I saw you.. Best of luck at sturgis Roger…

  23. 23 Kyle Independent Gas Tank Jul 14th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Wow! Actually I wasn’t trying to be a hater. A lot of you know Roger and I go way back and I did know his mom at one time. A nice woman who cooks some of the best Tamales I’ve ever eaten. Was just wondering what her reaction was, damn. As for 666,if you ask Anyone who has owned their own business, who has their back. It’s their wife! I know Brigette and I will say she is one hell of a business woman and she had Rogers back from day one.
    Peace Out!
    Hey Kevin, you’re right I still hate you!

  24. 24 ROGER BOURGET Jul 14th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    TO (KYLE INDEPENDENT GAS TANK)
    HEY KYLE YOU HAVE BALLS TO EVEN POST ON THIS SITE. I WASNT GOING TO GO HERE BUT NOW I HAVE TO. REMEMBER WHEN I TOOK YOU IN, YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT A V-TWIN WAS? I TAUGHT YOU HOW TO BUILD MOTORCYCLE SHEET METAL AND YOU WORKED FOR ME FOR HOW MANY YEARS? WHEN YOU QUIT WITH NO NOTICE AND STOLE ALL MY PATTERNS AND TOOLING TO START YOUR SHOP, KINDA STRANGE YOU WERE BUILDING GAS TANKS WITH NOS BOTTLES IN THEM THAT EVERY ONE KNOWS I DESIGNED THAT!!! I HAVE A PICTURE OF YOU KNEELING IN ONE OF MY SHOP PHOTOS TO PROVE IT. AND WHEN YOU GOT YOUR MAGAZINE ARTICLE YOU GAVE SOME BULL SHIT STORY ABOUT HOW YOU LEARNED YOUR TRADE. LIKE BRIGITTE YOU BOTH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SHIT WITH OUT ME PERIOD…………….YOU BOTH SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND WHINE LIKE YOU DO.
    ROGER BOURGET DAMN THAT FELT GOOD!

    PS MY MOM LOVES MY TATTOOS

  25. 25 1550tc Jul 14th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Guys get a WWE ring set up at desperado junction and have it out …… Conrad can be the referee

    WITH NO DISRESPECT TO THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS BUT ………….Arguing on the internet is like competing against a special olympian, sure your going to win but YOUR still a loser for competing against one LOL

  26. 26 JOHN Jul 14th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    i want to hear the argument ….lets get the truth thats what a blog is for. i don’t even think 1550tc could make the special olympics wtf did his first comment mean?

  27. 27 Brenda Fox Jul 14th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Right ON! Back with the Survivors!
    Wishing you much success

    SURVIVORS Rock!

  28. 28 Kyle Independent Gas Tank Jul 14th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Ok here we go,
    Did You teach me any thing? No I’ve been tig welding since I was 19. Worked with Porsche race cars since I was 19 also. Do you know how to weld? No you don’t. I never stole a thing from you and you know it. I don’t remember you building the first nos tank on a Saturday. I went to say goodbye to my father in law who was dying from cancer for 2 days,went to work from the airport, got my ass chewed out for only building 4 sets of sheet metal instead of 6.(first weeks notice) worked 72 hours in 6 days before Sturgis. I was shorted hundreds of dollars on my check, and You Screwed me on the bonus after you sold every bike while you were there.( second week notice). A notice is earned, and you two sure as hell didn’t earn one! I used to work 65 hours a week for you, and you still screwed me over. If you want to bag on me here on this site go ahead, I have a lot more I can say about the World famous Bourget. I’m sure alot of people would like to hear more .It would make your new prospective employees think twice before going to work for you. And what tooling did you have? You were cutting up fat bob tanks when I left, you had No tooling and you know it. But I keep forgetting what you say is the truth, because you are Roger Bourget.
    Peace

  29. 29 David Jul 14th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Damn ….. Does Roger not know his Caps Lock button is on….Or is he just mad and YELLING about having to pose for that grusome picture….I looked at his web page and he looks like a normal smiling guy there.Must have been better times……Before Kyle left……HaHa.
    Good Luck with your venture there in Montrose but I’ll bet there are some great tattoo removal places in Denver if you ever have a mind to.

    SSDD; David

  30. 30 Hamilton Jul 14th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    In this economy, support all custom builders with ideas. And it includes Roger Bourget. Kyle, if you have a beef with Roger, resolve your issues outside Cyril’s Blog or you are going to be kicked out. It’s the not the place for personal fights.

  31. 31 Jc Jul 15th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    My brother and I were talking at the shop not long ago trying to figure out where our inspirations and motivations came from. No one in our lives, when we were children, were into cars, bikes, engines, fabricating ect for us to pick up the passion from. We knew when the passion started but never discussed why. Anyways, after meeting some guys in our lives that taught us a lot about bike and the brotherhood it creates we found ourselves engulfed into a passion that still runs strong today.
    After settling back in Texas in 1996 we started a project building a friend a bike. Back then we found these killer drop seat frames built by a guy named Roger Bourget. We worked with his crew and got one into our makeshift shop and built an absolutely sick bike off this chassis. If you haven’t put it together yet, what I’m saying, going back to my brother and my conversation is we realized that our love for the killer drop seat bikes that we build today are a direct decendent of the influences of Mr. Roger Bourget. Now, I won’t lie and say that his later creations had an impact on us this way but I will say Roger has had the largest influence on us to date. That frame…those days… Kicked us in gear.
    Later when the biker craze hit, we found ourselves hating the direction of the industry and realizing we’ve been doing this for so long it was time to build what we wanted. When Motorcycle mania 1 aired we saw our calling. We weren’t inspired by Jesse but rather Motivated by him to turn these passions into reality. So, thank you Roger for doing what you did (and not realizing it until now). And thank you Jesse for putting your chuck taylor in our ass to start our company Three Two Choppers.
    We wish you great luck in your new venture and life and look forward to meeting you and shaking your hand.
    -JC

  32. 32 1550tc Jul 15th, 2011 at 1:02 am

    J life is too short to get serious especially on here of all places…… so let me explain and answer your question

    wtf did his first comment mean?

    Guys are Rodger and Kyle to me both good guys……get a WWE ring …….well that is a a wrestling ring like in the WWE….its on tv on mondays nite, adjust your TV’S rabbit ears for good reception 🙂
    …set up at desperado junction and have it out…….that is Jeff N’s venue/lot in Lead SD during Sturgis bike week

    …… Conrad can be the referee…….He is Jeff’s son, one of the more intelligent and entertaining guys on here!!

    The only guy on here with a DELETE key is Cyril so folks have fun!!!

  33. 33 J Jul 15th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    He is an incredible builder Im glad he’s back……. breath some life into the industry again I cant wait!

  34. 34 jim h Jul 15th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Greetings Mr. Bourget,
    Best of luck in your new venture, great to see you still keeping the dream alive.
    I purchased one of your amazing bikes in 02′, from RJ at RR cycle, Manchester, NH. I drove to
    Phoenix from Boston to attend MMI in 09′, stopped in a few times to meet you and see the
    shop, but didn’t have any luck. I’d love to work for you at your new shop, realizing of course
    that competition is fierce for any position. Most of my experience is in general machine shop.
    I emailed my work history to you the other day and applied for a cnc position, but any
    position would be great.
    Well, very best wishes for your continued success,
    and, thank you Cyril, for having this awesome page,

    jim harkins

  35. 35 Mark Jul 15th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Good luck on your new venture. If anyone complains let them start their own venture and see where it goes.

  36. 36 Greg Jul 15th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    More overpriced “yawn”…

  37. 37 Eric Maurer Jul 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    sounds like The Days of our Lives to me.

    is it just me or is everyone bucking for the next American Chopper (again!)

    Good luck to ANYONE and EVERYONE in this industry in this economy. Stop slinging mudd and start producing (AFFORDABLE) bikes and parts. We will all be better for it.

  38. 38 Jeff Nicklus Jul 15th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Eric,

    “Affordable” …. is a relative term! What may be affordable to one person is completely off the financial charts to another. As a business owner one must look at the projected demographics of a product/customer base and then stay within those boundaries. When one fluctuates from those “boundaries” is when you get in trouble. It is impossible to be all things to all people so why waste your time and money trying? That is an effort that can only result in failure.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  39. 39 burnout Jul 15th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I have the tendency to listen to builders who are STILL IN BUSINESS!!! peace

  40. 40 Fredp Jul 16th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wow, will this get interesting,now! Roger back in the biz, fully energized, new location, new ideas, living the dream. BBW (bourget bike works) fading into the sunset. Only problem when you name your old company with your last name, the ex-wife will have some decisions to make now.
    Come to think of it, Jim Nasi Customs is the same town, always thinking new ideas, well known, (ready for a new location?) well respected, HMMM? That would be a good collabroration. Well, that’s my thoughts anyway. Good business head, (Bridgett) great designer (Jim N.)

  41. 41 Woody Jul 16th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I’m still shaking my head that anyone would give a shit about what a bike builder looked like. Thought we had gotten past the small stuff.

  42. 42 Tim Hanlon Jul 18th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Kick it in the ass Roger, I always admired your drive. If there is one guy that can pull of a new venture in this crippled industry and economy it is you…..

  43. 43 drew Jul 19th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Space people

  44. 44 mike corbin Jul 19th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Good Luck Roger..

  45. 45 Rick Peyton Jul 19th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Glad your back, Roger. Your bikes were some of the coolest made. To hell with the haters & dumbasses. Good luck and I wish you all the best, man. Very hot woman you have there, BTW.

    RP

  46. 46 Sugar Bear Jul 19th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Best wishes

  47. 47 Conrad Nicklus Jul 21st, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    1550TC,

    Thanks for bringing me into this!! LOL… Lets make it a UFC match, I put money on Mr Roger winning this deal!!

    Now, onto the next subject, I thought Independent Gas tank company was out of business and sold their designs off???? I may be wrong but need to know here….

    Conrad

  48. 48 paul Aug 17th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    welcome to montrose

  49. 49 John Huss Sep 5th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Just came across this site and I will have to say that I’ve been riding a Bourget for 4 years and I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to see what you come out with. Just remember to think about us little people when pricing them. after 4 years I’m still upside down on my bike but not complaining, I love it.

  50. 50 joe bianchi Sep 7th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    dude wats up??? glad to see you landed on your feet. cant wait to see the new stuff!! i heard your goin to be a dad again.congrats.were is montrose?i still got my superbowl pic up. great luck..

  51. 51 bigalyts Sep 8th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Roger I am glad to see that you married this time for looks and not Love. It sucks when you fall into the Love trap and it little by slowly disappears. Then it all turns ugly. This new one looks great Roger! I bet you will Build this Wife a Quad that Flies! Lol.

  52. 52 Philip Jan 10th, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Looks like the fall of Roger Bourget I bought my 2003 Fatdaddy from the old Roger Bourget I respected and admirded ,I now feel cheated and that my bike is has deprecitated and I have lost my respect for the name
    I would never have bought anything for this cat . 50k is a lot spend . I still like my bike but not as much because the name I am not proud of anymore
    Roger image is everything and for me I am really dissapointted in this new image of yours

  53. 53 Marcos Antonios Kalaitjakis Jan 29th, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Well come back Roger I am your biggest fan of your bikes since 2001 when I got my first bourget , I am really very glad to see you starting something new. Roger certainly you have a unique style and you an innovator over the past 20 years. I am looking forward to get my hands on one of your newest creations soon. If there is one guy that can pull of a new venture in this industry it is you my friend .
    Best of luck in your new venture, from me and my three boys Manos (13 ) ,Constantin ( 13 ) and Jason ( 12 ) they your fans too it’s really great to see you still keeping the dream alive.
    See you soon let’s kick some ass .
    Marcos Antonios

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