As announced here on April 24, Zach Ness and his crew spent the last months building custom bikes to be featured in a new National Geographic Channel series called “Let It Ride.” In the show, Zach and his boys build bikes on inspiration or when a client comes to them with a specific request, either resurrecting dead bikes or creating from the ground up high-end budget bikes.
The team consist of: Cameron Smith, walking motorcycle encyclopedia and eccentric bike hunter, digging up the lost and hidden gems Ness needs.; Bryan Simpson, the lead mechanic, afraid of nothing when it comes to building the perfect beast ; Justin Lynch keepping the team on schedule, fielding rapid-fire parts requests and putting a tight lid on the budgets ; Jim Jennings, a fabricating friend who can shape and bend any type of metal on the planet.
“The hardest part of making this show is not being able to keep the bikes!” jokes Zach Ness. After the jump, I list the schedule and summarized content of the first 3 episodes.
Let It Ride: Rockin’ Wheelies. Premieres Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
When a stunt rider from the YouTube sensation “Harley Wheelies” group commissions Zach to build a bike, the challenging, big-ticket job comes down to the wire — pushing Zach and his crew to their limits. This monster of a motorcycle needs to be finished in two weeks for the next “Harley Wheelies” video shoot. The problem? The bike Zach buys is just a pile of old parts. Tensions rise as the deadline looms and the Franken-bike refuses to come together.
Let It Ride: Flat Track Trouble. Premieres Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
After a crash-tastic lesson in flat-track racing, Zach’s on a quest to convert an ancient Harley Sportster into a flat-track race bike. This challenging build leans heavily on Jim, the tater tot–loving lead fabricator. Normally very low-key, Jim starts going off the deep end when his beloved measuring tape goes missing. If that isn’t enough, Zach turns up the pressure by adding a high-profile project to the mix — customizing a Victory for a premium Red Bull event with BMX bike champ Corey Martinez.
Let It Ride: British Invasion. Premieres Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
When Zach decides to expand his horizons by turning a vintage Triumph into a classic Bobber, his British bike choice drives his builders to the brink. Cameron scores a coup by finding a couple that not only wants to buy the Bobber, but also wants to commission a customized Harley. However, the pair needs the bikes in time for the big Hollister Rally, meaning that this tough Triumph has to be in tip-top shape on the double-quick. Tally ho, lads!