Exclusive. Jesse James Back At The Sturgis Rally With New Custom Parts And Never Seen Before CFL3 Chopper Frame

Jesse-James-FrameWhen a few months ago I told you that in 2013 Jesse James will be back on the rally tour, many of you doubted.

Well, after years of absence, Jesse James is back in Sturgis with a new line of hand-made parts, fenders and a brand new CFL3 frame for your chopper project. Jesse is excited. “Should be fun like in the old days”, the old me.

For his return in the Black Hills Jesse will set up his display at the Full Throttle Saloon only 4 days from Wednesday August 7 to Saturday August 10.

The Full Throttle Saloon is located at 12997 State Highway 34 in Sturgis.

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59 Responses to “Exclusive. Jesse James Back At The Sturgis Rally With New Custom Parts And Never Seen Before CFL3 Chopper Frame”


  1. 1 Funknutz McFly Jul 10th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    How sad and boring…

    Maybe he should make fun of Born Free some more and all the “bolt together”panheads there…

    Desperately seeking relevance isn’t attractive

    Neither is the hard guy millionaire persona

  2. 2 Ray Shaft Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I am intrigued by this frame. Will check it out while in Sturgis.

  3. 3 Shifter Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Why only 4 days? Why the Full Throttle? On Lazelle street would have been easier for us and better for Jesse.

  4. 4 Brandon Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    It’s a good thing Jesse makes efforts to return to the custom industry by doing only what he is supposed to do: parts and bikes.

  5. 5 P. Hamilton Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Show biz has its limits. Welcome back on the tour.

  6. 6 Terence Temple Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    JJ is still JJ. He’s gonna sell a lot of parts.

  7. 7 nitroglide Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Good to hear that JJ will be back where he excels and has roots , custom bike building. The haters and the slugs who have never done anything in the way of building will always be out there. I still say in a fair build off with real bike people judging instead of housewives and accountants doing the judging JJ can toe to toe with anybody. His choppers have always been choppers not lawn mowers or airplanes. Looking forward to seeing the parts.

  8. 8 takehikes Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Jesse is an interesting guy…got his issues. Truthfully he is a hot rod guy in my opinion but he loves bikes too. Ain’t no doubt the guy is a fabricator and then some. The one thing I admire the most is his respect and knowledge of the history of choppers. Wish he would build some classic choppers instead of the fat tired big ass stretched out bar sleds though.

  9. 9 Scotty Wood Jul 10th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    He did tons for this Industry and made many builders in the day some serious $ also!!!!!! So judge how you want! But many can attest to what he did for the custom industry!

  10. 10 Oldernowiser Jul 10th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Looking at Jesse’s frame, I can think of one thing…one thing only….gotta get me a TIG!!!!!

  11. 11 denniswolf Jul 10th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I was told by a very wise man once: “do what you love and the rest works itself out”…..welcome back Jesse. We are looking forward to your latest products and builds…….

  12. 12 Motodavide Jul 10th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    That would suck if Jesse was really bad mouthing born free.some of the best bikes in years have been hand made for born free.i still want to see this frame.my guess is the ginsu frame was the prototype.Born Free is the real deal scene my man.your as out of touch as jr if you don’t realize that.

  13. 13 stevo grimes Jul 10th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    he never stopped building he just shut down operations. He has hone more of his craft and is the reason for all the other builders to be recognized. Jesse James made the chopper cool again, he shall sell just as many parts as he once did. #CFL #WCCAustin #payupsucka

  14. 14 Tommy Jul 10th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Can only say this….. THANK GOD HE’S BACK! And all you negative retards out there spewing your junk out of your mouth, that’s called being jealous because you WISH you could make parts and weld like he can. He’s done more for our industry, show me what you’ve done for us?…..

    nuff said. Long live JJ

  15. 15 Septic the Sceptic Jul 10th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I can weld like he can.

  16. 16 Dave Blevins Jul 10th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Nice looking welds.

  17. 17 Deb45y Jul 10th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    love the welds exposed…..very nice

  18. 18 TexBagger Jul 10th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Welcome back Jesse, welcome home.

  19. 19 Woody's Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Always nice to see people doing what they love.

  20. 20 Bowhunterjoe Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I have respect for his skills as a welder and fabricater,I too tig weld,beautifully.i do my motors too.some of us live it and love it too much to be jealous over who made fast money.he didnt make the chopper cool again,they were never uncool.he made the chopper cool to people who don’t weld or fabricate,some who love him don’t even ride.then came occ and it turned into a circus.rediculous candy cane bikes made in a rush for t.v. time,stupid reality shows,bigbear thieves,shit work from popup company’s hiding behind your “industry” hype,the works.then the zit popped and they all went away.and what happened, the true few that were here before are still here.interest and value returned to classic bikes,hand made chops and restored old gold. hill climbers are featured in mags and on t.v. Instead of the candy cane 300 tire bikes.the “industry” really?”thank god” really?the motorcycle scene is just fine,nice to see your stuff but we don’t need chopper stuff at Bloomingdales.you should thank god for BORN FREE, the chopper salt of the earth,we are everyday and won’t go away.i like his mid control design though, I just finished making myself a set.i put speed merchant footpegs on mine.they rule. Don’t talk about it, be about it. Just facts not hate.

  21. 21 industry guy Jul 10th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    and yet people will line up to suck his d*@k

  22. 22 J.H. Jul 11th, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Nice welds. There a number of builders that do exactly what he is doing, except they can paint, build their on motors, and do everything else to put the bike together.. He has admitted that he is coping the Frisco style bikes, made famous by the H.A’s. But then again we all have copied somebody else’s ideas. The biggest plagiarist on the planet is H.D. They call it good business, we call it stealing somebodies idea and not paying for it. The soft tail frame is one example. All though in the end they had to pay for it. I can remember back in the 70′ when the soft tail was invented, can’t remember who did it. The first one had the shocks between your legs(Vincent style). Then they put them under the trans. The mousetrap eliminator was another. 21″ front wheels, wider rear tires, handlebars, especially baby apes, and drag bars with high risers, disc brakes, bobbed fenders, and the list goes on and on. Sorry I see nothing new from him, and maybe that’s good enough..

  23. 23 Terence Tory Jul 11th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I wish he’d build something original and different.Not just the same chopper,over and over and over again.I bet every bike he has ever built is about the same geometry on the same frame jig.Jesse Rooke can do different,why not Jesse finger failure? The “on the edge,man of the street”stuff wears a bit thin.If he wasn’t in Austin,he’d be behind three levels of security in Malibu or The Hamptons.He should go to Japan and learn how to build custom bikes for a while,the Nips are on the money in the cool stakes.I wish him well,but I can’t stomach the whole rehash,rerun and “the legend is back in the house”guff.

  24. 24 DW Jul 11th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Got a source for the claim JJ dissed BORN FREE? I haven’t found anything on that anywhere. I find it difficult to believe that he’d knock a free grassroots homegrown garage built motorcycle enthusiast celebration that continues to blow every other motorcycle show on the west coast out of the water on every possible measure that you can think of whether it is attendance, creativity, sheer passion or entertainment value.

    I’d think JJ would be more inclined to praise BORN FREE for championing the very values and spirit that he has touted for years now. If anything the BF events are the epitome of what OCC and its reality tv ilk are not, and I’d think JJ would be very much in favor of that.

    What else out there can even come close to BF ? The LA Calendar event? Because that event was just downright embarrassing.

  25. 25 Nobody Jul 11th, 2013 at 1:19 am

    It’ll be interesting to see what 9 Fingers has been upto..

  26. 26 Amin Jul 11th, 2013 at 3:10 am

    maaan I wish I can visit there

  27. 27 chopmonster66 Jul 11th, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Good to see JJ back on the road again doing what he dose best CHOPPERS !!! Regardless of what people say about him, he is one hell of a fabricator and businessman ,I must say. And back in 2000 when he did Motorcycle Mainia , it opened Pandoras box to the chopper industry . And put choppers in the face of the world all over again. It was like an run away train full steam ahead. And that made alot of guys rich and brought out the fabricator in many a men.If it wasn’t for that you probably would not have this blog that so many talk shit about JJ on, no offense to Cyril , but that is what started it all again. RIDE HARD AND DIE FREE!!!!!

  28. 28 Jesse (not James) Jul 11th, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Chopmonster, never a truer statement has been uttered.

  29. 29 JohnJ Jul 11th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    It is ultimately to inspire… whether you make for commerce or at home… one should challenge yourself. Myself, I built with the intent of incorporating as many different parts from as many motorcycles. I guess you can call it a hybrid others call something else (lol)… but I have won a few shows. JJ inspires. And thanks again to Cyril and other internet motorcycle related blogs. Good or bad… if it’s on two wheels. Gold!

  30. 30 Terence Tory Jul 11th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    chopmonster66.That’s all basically just hero worship.How has the custom world of Christendom done without him for so long with him out of business and in and out of the courts? He’s just one guy of many in the chopper scene. “J ” does not stand for “Jesus’.I hope he does well,but don’t avoid reality by quaffing a stiff draft of personality cult.Become your own hero.

  31. 31 Jesse James Jul 11th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Ha Ha! I love how sensitive all the Born Free Pussies are.

    Have a nice day!

    jesse

  32. 32 Terence Temple Jul 11th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Don’t know what is this issue between Jesse James and Born Free. I was at Born Free # 3 (2 years ago). Although the event is very nice, don’t make the mistake. Most guys, contrary to what most people who didn’t attend may think, don’t ride their bikes from their home/garage to the event. They trail and unload a couple of miles away to ride to the entrance. I was so disappointed. It’s time for the truth to be known. A lot of talented guys, but same problem that in any “high end” custom bike show. Too many bikes not running properly or prone to break down on the road after a few miles.

  33. 33 Shifter Jul 11th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    At least Jesse James is not afraid to say publicly and repeat what he thinks! It’s getting very interesting.

  34. 34 nitroglide Jul 11th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Hey JJ , Whether the hoots are praising ya or bad mouthing ya , at least they aint ignoring you , that’s relevance. Like a friend of mines T shirt said, who was a top fuel Harley racer , ” all that big talk don’t mean diddly-squat , if you can’t back it up “. You hear ( actually read ) a lot a big talk on this blog and others MAYBE SOME CAN BACK IT UP MAYBE THEY CAN’T. But all that big talk don’t mean nothing unless you pull to the line and do something, take the risk to win ,lose and get criticized. It is easy to talk from the cheap seats.

  35. 35 CHOPMONSTER 66 Jul 11th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    T,Troy , I AM MY ONLY HERO. I am not going to set here and talk shit about anyone , not even you, but the facts are the facts look them up it is all history.

  36. 36 Tony Sorano Jul 11th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Well, let’s check the frame and the parts to see if Jesse is still the Jesse of 13 years ago. Not interested by anything else.

  37. 37 Bowhunterjoe Jul 11th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Your ass is sensitive ,must be the Chinese workwear. Ha ha, tuff guy

  38. 38 Bowhunterjoe Jul 11th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    kidding aside,I got nothing but respect for Jesse.i am from a doityourdamself family and grew up in a motorcycle dominated world.jesse’s bikes were always cool, but nothing new to families like mine and our friends.choppers were in our world already thank you.its comments by guys like tommy that kill me.build your skills man.when you make parts yourself that someone famous is selling for two grand it’s better than drugs. Be the man who makes it, not the sucker who paid up.its you guys who suck not jesse.i am going back to work, take it easy.

  39. 39 Charles Greenwood Jul 12th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    39 comments. JJ is still popular!

  40. 40 Heavy Metal Jul 12th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I’m indiferent but if Jesse is back to building then that will make Jesse worshiper’s happy. The welds on the above picture look undercut to me but what would I know, I’ve only been tig welding a short time(40 years)

  41. 41 Terence Tory Jul 12th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Heavy Metal.Yup I had a fleeting thought that the welds looked pretty but not textbook perfect.But what would I know I’m only experienced and qualified in laying a bead for as half as many years as you HM.The top weld on the main tube appears to be way undercut.

  42. 42 calif phil Jul 12th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    A frame that nice should not be painted. I hope JJ gives the MC industry a much needed cash infusion like after the first motorcycle mania film.

  43. 43 Badams Jul 12th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Born free got too big this year. Used to be rad in signal hill like a block party. There is a sense of irony in more more more in a subculture all about less. Or maybe this years deal was just more of the less? Confusing. On the JJ tip, i embrace the skills and balls to takes to go back to the roots knowing judgement is abound. Judgement by those who haven’t been into the belly of the Hollywood beast and come out the other end alive. Make cool parts and bike man, inspire guys like me when I saw ur deal in 98 at bike week before I moved to SoCal and really went deep with Bacon and Rico.

  44. 44 Moose Jul 12th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    an artist can still be an ass hole

  45. 45 Terence Tory Jul 13th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Moose,I wonder if he’ll end up talking about fame gained and lost with Leif Garrett together in refab? I hope he’s got a new bike to ride around Sturgis,because right about now he’s just riding hardcore hardtail hype up in them there black hills.He’s like much Oscar Wilde,and likes people talking about him for attention.(Damn ! I’ve fallen into his trap ! ! ! )

  46. 46 Joe M Jul 13th, 2013 at 2:02 am

    fuck born free and fuck jesse james…. how’s that? One is a gathering of hyper-sensitive 70’s biker fashion larper instagram bikers on evo sportsters with coffin tanks and rabbit ear bars(WTF), and the other is a mouth-breathing meathead that peddles his shitty chinese sweatshop trinkets to fat walmart-dwelling proles.

    some of us were here before jesse james, and some of us were here before born free. Fact is, some of us don’t need, or care to, subscribe to some manufactured lifestyle… Some of us just like riding motorcycles.

  47. 47 Zipper Jul 13th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    So Joe M, tell us how you really feel about JJ & Born Free. PS. I have seen better welding. Paint it. Even better heavy powder coat. ..Z

  48. 48 Roadside Marty Jul 13th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Joe M said it best..”Some of us just like riding motorcycles”

  49. 49 RUB Jul 15th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Jesse James > Joe M just sayin

  50. 50 J Jul 15th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Sweet welds, stubby….

  51. 51 nicker Jul 17th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    To all you “I can TIG as good as that” heroes.
    Just remember “down-hand” is one thing.
    However, your always out-a-position on a tube……. 🙂

    Just a reminder
    -nicker-

  52. 52 Terence Tory Jul 18th, 2013 at 12:20 am

    nicker,Not if you have a proper rotating welding jig.A qualified TIG welder in not a hero,but a professional.

  53. 53 Chris Jul 21st, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Jesse James is a pole smoker. He likes to act all tough guy and then cry like a bitch on TV. Seriously what a bunch of wasted talent.

  54. 54 Steve McDaniel Jul 26th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    In life we all learn from our mistakes I came to dripping springs because of the riding in thisbpartnof the world Jesse is here now and the Martin bros I hope they make it an even better place. What we really need is a strokers Dallas here That would be great

    Smokey

  55. 55 John Aug 6th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I just saw Jessies new CFL in Sturgis . Looked like a Bill Dodge knock off to me …Anybody else think do ?

  56. 56 Dee Aug 6th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hey some guys rode their bikes all the way to Born Free 2years ago . I don’t know about this year but maybe you didnt get around to every builder .

  57. 57 10 pm Aug 12th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Jesse James has been known to knock off from others for years. Especially his old shop foreman, Bill Dodge of Blings Cycles, who actually builds customs, with original ideas. Asshat.

  58. 58 KingAce Oct 23rd, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Shoah! Strange turn of events no? A bunch of dumbasses. They like what they like then when other people like it too and it gets popular- they don’t like it anymore and they have to change what they like to remain underground and alternative!! Lol!!! It is evident in the biker and rockabilly community. Get a clue you think you are underground and different but the reality is YOU ARE TRENDY! And you all look the same too!!!! That’s why I don’t care for anyone under 55 years of age or are extremely weird because they truly don’t give a shit about what other people think!!!

  59. 59 Terence Tory Oct 23rd, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    KingAce.It sounds like you like the close company of old men and normal people.That sounds like a recipe for a good party.Send me an invite,I’ll bake a cake.

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