Bourget Bike Works has retained K.D. Auctions for an online only auction of its rolling chassis, CNC machines, tooling, parts and accessories. An inspection preview is organized at Bourget Bike Works 21407 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix, AZ 85024 on Tuesday September 17, 2013 from 9 am to 4 pm (PT). Over 400 lots are offered to the highest bidders with closing Wednesday September 18, 2013, 7.30 am (PT)
Roger and Brigitte Bourget divorced in 2005, and since 2009 Brigitte solely owned and managed the business. In 1993, Roger Bourget was the original creator with his wife of Bourget’s Bike Works and imposed at the time a very unique drop seat/long front end custom motorcycle style that everybody at the time could identify as his design. A design copied later by many other builders. Roger at the time was offering the first V-Twin custom bike with a 170-17 rear tire, then the first jackshaft frame with car tire, the first to offer a rolling chassis, the first oil-in-frame/drop-seat chassis, the first jackshaft design with centered drive train for wide-tire chassis and also created and designed the fat 5-speed tranny with Jim’s collaboration. Following the divorce from Brigitte, Roger left Bourget Bike Works in July 2009 and opened with new wife Emily a shop in Montrose, Colorado called Roger’s Bourget Chopper Shoppe.
Since her ex-husband departure from the business, Brigitte Bourget was somewhat struggling trying to maintain alive Bourget Bike Works. It looks like a bad economy since 2008 and the professional absence of a well known original founder and custom builder with strong personality and style took an heavy toll on the business to the point where the business started failing. This year, a BBW 40,000 sq. ft back building was sold off to pay off a bank note. Then, to clear inventory, a big clearance sale of frames, parts and accessories was organized now followed by the complete liquidation of the Bourget Bike Works factory. Complete Liquidation Catalog at KD Auctions.
Added 08/26/2013 at 7.50 p.m. Brigitte Bourget wrote to mention that she will still build a one-off if she gets a request, subcontracting as necessary. Also stated that BBW will sell some accessories and clothing.