Auction Of Big Bear Choppers Remaining Assets

Mid-November 2011, Big Bear Choppers, a small custom motorcycles manufacturer, ceased all activities with several clients not receiving the bikes for which they paid deposit and at least 2 delinquent loans. One from First Mountain Babk and another with the Small Business Loan administration of Bear Lake, CA. Balance owed on these loans was reported higher than the original principal.

On order of First Mountain Bank trying to monetize some Big Bear Choppers assets, an auction company called Hilco is liquidating remaining motorcycle parts and accessories, machine shop equipment and vehicles.

Auction is located in Big Bear Lake, CA at the original headquarters. Preview is by scheduled appointment only on Monday April 9th. To schedule an appointment please contact Jeff Goddard:

Bid opens April 10th at 8:00 AM PST. Closing starts on April 12th at 1:00 PM PST. Lots available for online preview from March 14th, 2012. A 15% Buyer’s Premium will be charged on all assets. An additional 3% charge will be added to the Buyer’s Premium (total of 18%) for all payments made by credit card. Sales tax charged where applicable.

As you can see by looking at the auction lis below, there are very few prime motorcycle parts available. For example, no frame, no engine, no transmission… More info on this auction at Hilco Trading.

Machine Shop Tools
2006 Mazak Super Turbo X44, Laser Cutter
Durian Tool P382, Tool Setter
(9) Miller Syncrowave 250 DX, Arc Welders
(2) Miller Syncrowave 250, Arc Welders
Dake 25DA, Shop Press
Scotchman 50LT, Cold Saw
Burr King 760, Belt Sander
K.O. Lee 860628, Surface Grinder
Helmet Engineering “Check Master”, Coordinate Measuring Machine
Suburban Tool “Master View”, Optical Comparator
Abell-Howe 1/4 Ton Jib Crane, Pole Mount
Dake ZIP26, Horizontal Band Saw
Hyster 5,500 lb., Forklift
Toyota 6BRU18 3,500 lb. Forklift
Power Wiring, Transformers and Breaker Panels
Pallet Racking
Tubing Bender, Drill Presses, Metal Stock, Air Compressors and More
Dimension SST

Trucks and Trailers
2000 Kenworth, CAT Diesel 8 Speed, Tractor Trailer with Sleeper
2005 Chevy Silverado Duramax 3500 Crew Cab Diesel Truck
(2) 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500, Extra Cab Trucks
2005 Chevy Silverado Duramax 2500 Extra Cab Diesel Truck
1995 Chevy Silverado 2500
1992 Dorsey 53′ x 8′ x 12′ 2 Axle, Trailer with Hydraulic Lift
1990 US Cargo Incorporated 40′ x 8′ x 9′, Tractor Trailer

Motorcycle Parts and Accessories
Finished and Unfinished Gas Tanks
Exhaust Systems
Front and Rear Wheels
Corghi EM43, Tire Balancer
Chrome Front End Tube Legs
Large Assortment of Seats
Foot Controls
Oil Tanks
Prototype Motorcycle

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37 Responses to “Auction Of Big Bear Choppers Remaining Assets”

  1. 1 Shifter Apr 3rd, 2012 at 8:06 am

    In November, did the Alsop’s abandoned the building taking with them the most valuable parts? To try to start something new somewhere else? Wondering.

  2. 2 GuitarSlinger Apr 3rd, 2012 at 8:29 am

    One of the things I truly despise the most about our current ‘ economic ‘ condition is the plethora of viable and quality small manufactures/businesses like Big Bear etc falling to the wayside : whether I liked/wanted their products or not . The fact is those smaller entities provided us with ‘ choices and as they disappear : so goes our options in the future .

    Honestly if there were even a thread of Conspiracy Theorist in my bones I’d swear it was all intentional on behalf of the ‘ Major’ corporations out there : to rid themselves of our presence once and for all .

    Alas though I fear its just another in a long line of Symptoms of the current age we’re in

    Hang in there all . We’ll get thru this one way or another . But in the mean time get your tails down to your local small place of business you like and at least buy a T-shirt or two to help keep him/her in business

  3. 3 chopmonster66 Apr 3rd, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Guitar Slinger is correct , it feels like big business is trying to rid itself of small competition. that way you have the few to chose from. they have lobbyist to pay politicians to pass laws and rules that benefit them, and beat up the little guy . and the politicians get new beach houses and big vacations and money for there next campaign . KEEP ON FIGHTING LITTLE GUYS!!!!!! WE WILL SURVIVE ……

  4. 4 Raging biker Apr 3rd, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Get a Clue !!! Big Bear Chopper Failed because of the poor management !! Not able to change with the times! Any one can make money in the Good times and many Did and now most of them are out of business. All do to poor management skills.
    Doing the same old thing and expiating a different results. Most people hate change and do not know how to move past what they have done in the past. ” I have alway done this way” is the Kiss of Death to any business. Most small business are ran by one guy that knows every thing and will not look to any one else for New Idea’s.

    I feel no sorrow for the Alsop’s, They have No One to blame but their selfs, Not Big Business, No the bad Economy. just their selfs !

  5. 5 Matt Apr 3rd, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Guitar Slinger, I think I know where you are coming from but just to clarify what “major corporations” was Big Bear competing directly with exactly? Given the type and price range of bikes they sold It certainly wasn’t Harley, Victory, or the big 4 from Japan.

  6. 6 Wikked Steel Apr 3rd, 2012 at 11:05 am

    It’s a shame to see a company like BBC go by the wayside. They built some really cool bikes and pioneered the “kit” bike in a way that you could build yourself a damn cool bike and still get a manufacturer’s title with it. Maybe they should have bowed to the trends and offered bobbers, cafe racers and bagger conversions but that was their business decision.
    Shame to see ANY bike manufacturer go belly up.

  7. 7 Diamondheads Apr 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 am

    All you guys are somewhat correct. The problem is both a bad economy as well as bad management.
    It is so true that anyone can make money during a good economy just as it is also true that during a bad economy you must adjust your marketing and products to fit the needs of those remaining that have cash to spend. At Diamond Heads we have changed our marketing in several ways. We stopped advertising with the magazines that did not produce while adding more ads with those magazines that do well for use, we added discounts for customers on our website and we started manufacturing parts for both stock bikes as well as customs. We now offer one of the largest lines of parts available for V-Twins everything from floorboards,dash panels,derby,inspection,timer plates,horns,air cleaner covers,license plate frames and much more. We are constantly adding to our parts line and will not stop until we are the largest manufacture of custom parts made in the USA. All of our parts are available with or with out the diamond cut, chrome or powder coated black. We are also willing to do custom one off pieces for those that want to really stand out. I will not lie to anyone this economy is tough and in large part due to our government screwing all of us every way they can think of. It seems every time you turn around there is a new tax on small business or some new regulation. But we can and will survive and things will get better for all of us soon. Until then stop by our website and check out some of our new stuff or call and ask for one of our new Custom Parts Catalogs. As for Big Bear I don’t know what they did right or wrong other than the fact that the chopper craze has past us but if you are looking to buy some of what is left at Big Bear Choppers this auction could be good for you. I hope those that lost money with Big Bear will get their money back but unfortunately it is usually the banks that get theirs first and the customers get next to nothing if anything at all. Most times during a bankruptcy the trustee will chase down just enough assets so that they and the banks get paid and then the trustee will coast and let all other assets slip away. I hope there is enough of Big Bears assets left that everyone gets their money back or at least most of it.

  8. 8 deadwood1783 Apr 3rd, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Raging Biker, you are correct sir. “That’s the way we have always done it.” That is the all too common denominator which kills off so many small business’s. And then when the second generation takes over a successful small business it very frequently stumbles and falls as well, In business, it is and has always been survival of the fittest. Being able and willing to change direction quickly and efficeintly is more important than ever. I hate to see anyones business fail but that is part of the natural order, adapt or disappear. On the brighter side new companies like Motus for example are stepping in as the cruiser phase passes. I wish them luck and see potential if the price point is not out of reach for the target audience.

  9. 9 Knucklehead Apr 3rd, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Raging biker, I clicked your site and my spyware went nuts. Might want to do some checking. I will also.

  10. 10 bigitch Apr 3rd, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    the issue was: Too many people trying to eat from the same pie.

    when custom cycles became hot, way too many jumped in the mix opening up companies, and trying to provide their ideas of what people liked. but when people bought the one item they needed then there were no more buyers.

    look in your garage. how many motorcycles do you have? how many do you REALLY need?

    it is simple supply and demand. once demand quits, supply got oversaturated and since everybody and their brother were suppliers something had to give.

    if Alsops had kept their prices at a low margin and the company smaller, they might still be around. but they didn’t! they got addicted to one of the oldest sin: GREED

  11. 11 badams Apr 3rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Diamondheads is correct.

    Vision, business acumen and ubiquity are necessary evils in ALL business even more so in an emotionally driven / service industry.

    BBC rode the crest of a wave like many “chopper” companies did during the last trend’s cycle( look way way back in the Street Chopper mags from the late Sixties and there were tons of little companies, mostly in CA making parts which are no more.).

    People in the know recognize that BBC was ultimately an unsustainable organization; the wreckage it caused was unfortunately the seedy underbelly of business.

  12. 12 Jason Hallman Apr 3rd, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Pigs get fat Hogs get slaughtered. Whether you liked them or not they had a good niche porduct. A snowball rolling down hill is tough to stop and it usually gathers more mass on the way down the slope. There is a certain point that a machine gets too big to turn off. Kevin and Mona were promised things that could not be delivered from not only suppliers but also from distributors. There is always going to be monsters out there like the soul-less folks at Harley that work as they may to squash smaller manufacturers like Big Bear, but this is a classic case of: “careful what you wish for cause’ you just might get it”. Bottom line: Big Bear Choppers was still a small company by definition but it was too big to shut down with any dignity. Paramount Cycles, West Coast Choppers, Kim Suter any of these guys could pick up where they left off in a better time and start doing their thing again. Kevin allowed his company to get too big and that is his biggest mistake.

  13. 13 Boss Hawg Apr 4th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Seems some of those here above have forgotten what put Kevin and Mona in the spotlight to begin with. It’s as simple as not doing what you say you are going to do and taking from others what is not yours…then telling the world it is.

    No where is the balance of equipment?

    Where is the monies taken for orders and deposits?

    Boss Hawg

  14. 14 MotorcycleMarc Apr 4th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    God Help The Entrepreneur – in good times and bad. Running a business is tough. It’s tougher if your stupid and/or unqualified. Credit goes to all who have the balls to try it. But better have reserve capital as back up…good luck to the businessman/woman. We can all use some of it.

  15. 15 Will Apr 4th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Companies, whether large or small, are run by people. Many forget that people create their own problems.

    The case with the Alsop’s are no exception. In the end, may they get what they deserve.

  16. 16 Scot Apr 4th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Stop feeling sorry for these clowns. They screwed so many on their way towards the top and now they’re getting what they deserve. Everybody seems to forget all of the bogus lawsuits BBC waged against other bike builders. Where did that money go?

    The victims here are the customers that are out their deposit, not BBC.

    Karma is a bitch.

  17. 17 Just my opinoin Apr 4th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Treat your vendors well, treat your customers better, answer the phone, and return calls, pay your bills, hold off on the over spending, and you have NO karma to fear.

    BBC brought this on themselves and judging from the amount of trucks purchased, living in excess was no issue if it was on the company dime.

    Let ‘em rot, but meanwhile, I think the people who lost their deposits should each be handed a truck…PERIOD!

  18. 18 E. Blastowicz Apr 4th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    For the reasons above, If there was only 1 company deserving to fail, it was BBC. Sorry for all those who lost their money with Kevin & Mona Alsop. I don’t think they will be able to start again a business in the motorcycle industry. Good.

  19. 19 Lightnin'Larry Apr 4th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I totally agree with Boss Hawg, Will, Scot, Just my opinion and E. Blastowicz! The Alsop’s are crooks plain and simple as well as arrogant @$$holes and deserve to have this happen to them! Hope that those that gave them both full payment and deposits for bikes never delivered will end up with the last laugh when both Kevin and Mona end up doing 15 to 20 for fraud in a Federal prison and having to repay all the money!!

  20. 20 bigalyts Apr 4th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    These People had a Million Dollars worth of promotion from a TV Show that featured one of his WACKY Priced Chopper that he was touting and pitching the Bike at Guess $180, 000. I know the show was geared on the Rich and Famous and High End Toy’s. When they Showed His operation and Business Plan and he never mentioned that he Builds a Real Word Line of Bike’s that start at $20 Grand. When the show aired the economy was in the Shitter as well.

  21. 21 Brutus Apr 4th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    With all their wrongdoings to clients and members of the industry, nobody is going to cry for their demise. The Alsops left the building…Gone.

  22. 22 RUB Apr 5th, 2012 at 4:30 am

    is Mona still wearing that nasty weave ?

  23. 23 Ben Apr 5th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Deadwood 1783, you are correct in saying that those who don’t adapt will fall by the wayside….unless you are Chevrolet or Chrysler or any of those banks that we repeatedly propped up because they were to big to fail. I have no quarrel with anyone who is smart and driven enough to have big sccess in whatever there gig is. I would love to be one of them, what angers me is that those who have the success and the appropriate lack of integrity can hire lobby and buy legislation that makes the world friendly for them and not their competition (the ones that cant afford lobby). If you think it’s not happening, ask yourself this, ‘how many small independant hardware stores are there in your town’? or plumbing shops or anything that gives honest value for your dollar?

  24. 24 Mike Infanzon Apr 5th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hmmm. Might be worth the drive over to check out the items. I tried to look on the Hilco website but couldn’t locate the auction. Anyone find it?

  25. 25 Lightnin'Larry Apr 5th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    @ Mike Infanzon,

    Here is a link directly to the acution page.

  26. 26 Jeff Nicklus Apr 5th, 2012 at 12:19 pm


    Try this:

    I looked at the equipment and I have to say they (Big Bear) have not taken very good care of anything …. looks like the bank has a whole lot of nothing! I really like the picture of their gooseneck trailer with the roof of the trailer caved in!

    Over & Out,


  27. 27 H. Bradford. Apr 5th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I suppose that the Alsops didn’t leave empty handed (somebody mentioned in a former comment under a former article that they saw them loading stuff when leaving their building) and left only machines with a lien on them and junk they could not carry with them.

  28. 28 Sparsky Apr 5th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Big loss for the bank. Bet they will have difficulties to auction half of what is left.

  29. 29 Lightnin'Larry Apr 5th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    @ H. Bradford,

    “I suppose that the Alsops didn’t leave empty handed (somebody mentioned in a former comment under a former article that they saw them loading stuff when leaving their building) and left only machines with a lien on them and junk they could not carry with them.”

    If I were the bank and knew that the Alsop’s took everything of value that they could carry I would have the Fed’s at Rage Hard’s front door demanding that any and all equipment, parts and/or bikes taken from the Big Bear Choppers facility be immediately returned for auction! As well as placing both Kevin and Mona in a matching set of handcuff’s!

  30. 30 Steve the producer Johann Apr 5th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    As for company bankruptcy – The big O bailed out GM and Chryseler for one reason – they contained union workers the back bone behind the Demcratic machine. As for the Banks and Wall street bailouts, just look who sits on each parties cabinets – yep you guessed it, they all come from wall street as the chairman of the Fed to begin with (no he isn’t on a cabinet he is just head of our monetary system!)

    As for small companies of every kind we have no union workers so we get no bail out on the public dollar, thus we have it much harder. Tough econs are hard on everyone, worker and owner alike. Wages go down or are held steady while our cost of living goes up, its hell. But I know in the end we will make it though to live another day.

  31. 31 Boss Hawg Apr 8th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    To all of you that have lost your deposits and monies.

    You have been smoked by BBC with Rage Hard stepping right in with KA on the payroll.

    Boss Hawg

  32. 32 MCBill Apr 9th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    From the Big Bear website…

    “Ragehard Choppers Inc was established in November 2011 to fulfill an ambition and continue a passion of it’s owner to bring the brilliant range of Big Bear Choppers to the global Motorcycling community and to continue to evolve and set new standards of excellence in design, engineering and value with new models that will keep Ragehard Choppers ahead of the rest for many years to come.
    The Company has employed a number of former key employees of Big Bear American Made Choppers and has retained the services of Kevin Alsop, the creator of Big Bear Choppers, to create this new range of cutting edge motorcycles and to continue to evolve the Big Bear Choppers into a new generation of market leading production Motorcycles”.

  33. 33 NoSled4Me Apr 9th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Kevin and Mona Allsop, whast a couple of douchebags. I nwouldn’t even think of doing business with them or anyone connected to the scammers. Rage hard, what a joke.

  34. 34 ScottM Apr 10th, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Hello All,
    As you know, BBC is now out of business (Kinda).
    If you have given them a deposit on a bike and havent received anything back or any kind of
    compensation, you may want to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
    That is also the case if you have a recall bike that has not been fixed.
    For them to go out, and resurface under another name, or company, that is something they will handle, but only if multiple complaints are made.

  35. 35 Boss Hawg Apr 10th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Isn’t this right in the face of those that lost money on deposits

    Please contact us at 909-478-7788 email resume to

    Boss Hawg

  36. 36 RAZ Apr 15th, 2012 at 7:19 pm


  37. 37 ScottM Apr 17th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Raz,
    I may have one for you.

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