Custom Bagger Monstruosity Being Built For “The Biker Battleground Phoenix” TV Reality Show.

voodoobikeworksbattlegroundphoenixSorry to ruin your day. You are looking at the custom bagger being built by Kody McNew from Voodoo Bikeworks for the TV reality show Biker Battleground Phoenix. How somebody can do this to a motorcycle is beyond my understanding. Exactly what is wrong with the excesses of the Bagger craze. Remember my yearly 2014 predictions where I wrote that extreme custom baggers would reach very soon the peak of non-sense and bad taste before builders and owners come back to more reasonable riding machines.

The good news is, that thanks to a motorcycle reality show where a builder is going to expose the “Custom Bagger Ridicule” to a large audience, we reached this peak. Now, Bagger owners and builders are going to want again Baggers looking like real life motorcycles, not like props for horror movies. Soon will be gone the very tall front wheels (26” seems to me the maximum acceptable), the bodyworks inspired by toys or army tanks and paint jobs more flashy than Christmas trees. What a relief…

68 Responses to “Custom Bagger Monstruosity Being Built For “The Biker Battleground Phoenix” TV Reality Show.”

  1. 1 Homer Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Transformers,..more than meets the eye ! Lol

    This is a decepticon ! Lol

    WTF ??????

  2. 2 Mr Dick Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    A two wheeled motorhome? It’s sad when a bike doesn’t even look good to the people that it should, bikers.

  3. 3 Ilene Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Or…..the public will love it just like the garbage theme bikes from OCC and fuel the trend for another ten years….I think you may be underestimating the level of bad taste the average person has.

  4. 4 Rodent Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I just threw up looking at it.

  5. 5 Chris Johnston Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    OMG. And Yaffe claims and brags to have created this custom bagger trend.

  6. 6 Kerr Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    And shitty bagger magazines are going to put this on their covers. Instant publisher death.

  7. 7 P. Gross Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Halloween on wheels.

  8. 8 Sean Miles Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Baddest bagger ever. Literally.

  9. 9 Kroeter Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    No, not my kind of bike either, but if there’s a market for it then you can’t blame the builders for meeting that demand.

  10. 10 Andy S. Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Sure, these bikes may have saddlebags but they’re not baggers…they are choppers with way too much sh!t on them.

  11. 11 Posmo Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I’m pretty tired of baggers overall and these hideous builds, big 26 and 30 inch tires and reality shows just make it worse. Baggers are for touring. As a canvas for custom work? What looks good about nixes hanging off the tail of a bike?

  12. 12 Kurt From Germany Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    It hurts just looking at it.

  13. 13 TJ Martin Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Ugh ! Fugly , Hideous and Wretched Excess taken to the extreme . And here I thought those DonkCycles were as bad as it could get . Hopefully as the text states .. this is as far as it goes . Any further and I may have to take up knitting !

  14. 14 grmp54 Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Can’t stop looking, just like a bad wreck. Puke.

  15. 15 Mark Hampton Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    What’s wrong with these bagger builders? Disgusting.

  16. 16 Doc Robinson Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    History teaches us that progress occurs when the design envelope is pushed. This certainly is pushing that envelope from both a design and fabrication perspective. I could never afford to buy it, nor would I if I did have a pickup full of disposable income, but this is two-wheeled art and the fact that it can be ridden really should be admired from the perspective of wild creativity IMHO. And don’t forget that those ‘horrible’ OCC bikes had attracted tens of thousands of people in every country to see motorcycles in a new light, whether or not they make Rodent spew his guts or not. 🙂

  17. 17 smithncustom Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:25 am


  18. 18 Matt W. Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Is this the next Goldwing? 😉

  19. 19 JG Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Fiberglass works fine on jet tubs and surfboards . What’s next ?

  20. 20 Jeff Nicklus Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Looks like that “air cooled” motor should receive plenty of air flow…..right?????? Just sayin’ !

    Over & Out,


  21. 21 Mike Sundell Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Well said, Doc. I agree fully. Is this particular bike for me? No, but then again it isn’t supposed to be. The builder is expressing his creativity much like an auto makers creates a concept car. I think it creates interest for the specific manufacturer and paints that manufacturer as different from his competitors. With Voodoo Bikeworks, they’re pushing the boundaries and good on them for doing so, especially where a competition is concerned. Would I ever buy a bike from Ron Finch? No, but then again I know him as an artist which is the whole point to begin with. The bike above may be over the top, but it makes me interested in what Voodoo is up to, which is the whole point as well.

  22. 22 hk Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    There is subjective art and then there is the point where its not art but simply bad design.There is nothing redeeimg about a 350 HP engine attached to a 30 inch slab of billet.There is no elevation in style here ,its the same 1992 ground effect mini truckin look that people got over when they stopped making pulsars and aztecks.This is what is wrong with society when everyone is willing to give an A for effort .not to mention the back end has nothing to do with the front .It’s a 1983 bad movie complete with actual jet sounds .IMO.

  23. 23 Mack Jul 24th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Quick ,.someone harpoon it before it breeds!

  24. 24 mike Jul 24th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    It isn’t done yet, so I’ll refrain from piling on. I doubt that anyone is really going to think this is the height of bagger styling. Kody’s shop built a bike that took the top spot at a Sturgis show last year, but not everyone loved the styling, and it’s not the type of bike that generates a lot of cover articles.

    Lumping VooDoos bikes together with all the other bagger builders is a little like saying Jesse James is no different than OCC, because they both build choppers. Some of you guys get a little hysterical at times.

  25. 25 Boomer Jul 24th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Where does the left leg go?

    This might just go to prove there is a point where too much is just too much.

    An air cooled motor needs air flow. It should be interesting to see how it is accomplished on this build unless this bike is only for show and not go.

  26. 26 Greeko Jul 24th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Mike. I don’t think that OCC did worse than Voodoo BikeWorks with this horror.

  27. 27 Brian Jul 24th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Mike Sundell pretty much nails it. I hate baggers but i find this bike interesting. theres a lot going on there. Its a one off custom which is not intended to appear normal or be useful. its intent is to stand out which it does. its as ugly and as appealing as the new roadglide which most of you will all hail as the most beautiful harley ever produced. It probably doesnt help this bikes cause that its built by one of the most douchiest builders ever depicting on a build show either. But hey that makes good tv i guess?

  28. 28 Tobby Jul 24th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Anybody notice Yaffe’s small wide wheel? Might just be the beginning of the end for the BigWheel cartoon bike trend. I hope he pulls it off. Only Nixon could go to China.

  29. 29 Steve Carr Jul 24th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    It all went too far about a year ago!

    Steve Carr

  30. 30 USAYGO Jul 24th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  31. 31 richard Jul 24th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    It appears that the builder got his inspiration from the victory vision.

  32. 32 Doug Jul 24th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    yaffe’s small wide wheel? that makes zero sense for a motorcycle.

    all of these trends are for artists & builders that need to work harder to get to the next level of imagination and build execution with the basics of bikes. The trends are not helping them in that regard.

    Excessive rake – a crutch for not being able to excel at the basics of design and building
    Excessive stretch – a crutch
    Excessive wide rear wheel – a crutch
    Excessive tall front wheel – a crutch

    This banter applies to any design & art. Mother Nature illustrates an inherent sense of balance yet complimentary asymmetry (tough to do). Proportion is key too, which contributes directly to that difficult goal of balance. i.e. referring to the picture of a face of a woman next to a picture of the same woman with her face made to be identical from side-to-side. The manipulated photo looks unattractive.

  33. 33 Pinhead Jul 24th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Ugly yes, not my style but it’s a show bike built to get trailered around and be extream as possible. Take it for what it is supposed to be a eye cetching show bike. I do know a little about this bike the power train is awsome and not air cooled.

  34. 34 tommy666 Jul 24th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Lot’s of work went into making this thing ugly. Too much over the top.

  35. 35 LoneRider Jul 24th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Not my or anyone I know style! This arrogant kid will think it is the greatest thing since the V-Twin was invented. This takes ugly to the highest level, and it is years past time to return to sanity.

    Baggers have a great usefulness and I ride mine all the time. This monstrosity is not ride able, useful, this thing looks more like a Japanese Sportbike some one designed just before going back to fifth grade PE. This kid will not have a business if he continues making monstrosities like this. Yess Cyril we have gone past the point and need to return to useful baggers what they were designed for originally comfortable long distant rides and room for clothes, and stuff.

  36. 36 mkv Jul 24th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Ahh that’s more like it. This is the stuff I like to see

  37. 37 Eric Jul 24th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    But in the end the show and the bike will make him famous nobody wil remember the bike that won baddest bagger but they will know who voodoo baggers is and he will sell tons of Tee shirts and get rich

  38. 38 steve Jul 24th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    if you have been watching the show you would probably agree this design reflects this kids attitude…

  39. 39 James just another Crazy Kiwi Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    It looks like a giant purple frog tried to swallow a Penny-farthing

    See what happens when you take the wrong coloured pill in the morning……..

  40. 40 HAPPY Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Funny I took the same pill, is that why it looks good???

  41. 41 Jeremy Struck Jul 24th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Eric. Nobody gets rich selling tee-shirts. And anyway, nobody is going to buy tee-shirts as ugly as his bike.

  42. 42 Danny Rohr Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Cyril Huze being one of the most influential persons in the custom motorcycle industry, after such a publicationy, I think Kody Mc New’s career is over.

  43. 43 pj98rider Jul 24th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Clownish and just plain ugly,

  44. 44 Pinhead Jul 25th, 2014 at 2:56 am

    The only thing worse than douche bags on TV is a douche bag at home not doing anything and yet have such strong opinions of what others do.

  45. 45 Jeff Duval Jul 25th, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Cyril, yours is a very good and informative blog but you should stop giving credence to that sort of shit…

  46. 46 Jeff Duval Jul 25th, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I meant that SORT of shite; bad emotions got the better of me 🙂 !

  47. 47 Wilhelm Jul 25th, 2014 at 6:51 am


  48. 48 RUB Jul 25th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Love the “wing” on the back ! Form meets function . Rumor is , 1 cycle is already working on a knock off version ………………………………;-)

  49. 49 Smittydog Jul 25th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I agree with Kroeter,baggers seem to be the thing right now.

  50. 50 Eric Jul 25th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Jermey was once told by Dave perewitz not everybody can by my bike but everybody can by a tee shirt were do you think occ made there money tee shirts .

  51. 51 paparay Jul 25th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    who wants to ride their bike all day and then spend all night cleaning it and God forbid you chip the $4000 paint job

  52. 52 Patrick Gaffney Jul 25th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    What is happening to this end of the motorcycling world?
    Do we really need this type of crap on TV. What barn will
    they find these piles in 20 years? You can bet they won’t
    be worth near what they spent to build it. The only pieces
    worth rebuilding will be the engine and driveline and toss
    the rest.

  53. 53 raincheck Jul 25th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    If this is VOODOO’s bike why does sign say Misfits on the wall? Is this show possibly designed to promote Shope’s new Indian add ons?

  54. 54 Woody Jul 25th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    WCC, OCC, Chopper Inc. etc. all made a ton of money selling tees. As for the bike, once we got to the current state of cartoon big wheel baggers does it really matter what level an individual one has sunk to? This too, will pass. ☺

  55. 55 Richard Hughes Jul 25th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Whatever this is, it’s under construction so I wouldn’t pass judgement yet. What is truly pathetic is all you whiners bellyaching about what anyone chooses to build. How about you mind your own business. Never thought bikers would turn into such pussies.

  56. 56 Blackmax Jul 25th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I agree with Cyril that somewhere, somehow, this Big Wheel thing has got to stop !!!
    Let me make this perfectly clear I am NOT a fan of this bike !!!!
    It’s a caricature of a bagger !!! And a bad one at that (Just my opinion)
    Now, it is a piece of art or expanding the boundaries/pushing the envelope
    Beats me ?? And as someone stated above, even if I had all of Bill Gates’s money, I would not buy it !
    But does that mean somebody else won’t ?
    Hey Kody, is there a buyer for this thing or not ???
    As I always say, “One man’s dessert is another man’s garbage”
    If there is a buyer Kudos to him/her, but I would not buy it
    Just one guy’s (and apparently a lot of other people’s) opinion

  57. 57 Badams Jul 25th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Best thing about this trend is the surplus of efi motors and 6 speed trans that will wind up for sale while everything else goes to the dump.

  58. 58 G.O. Jul 25th, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Knda scary lookin’…Id like to see it run when its done…if it can…

  59. 59 MDSPHOTO Jul 26th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I’ve been recovering from surgery and watched the first few episodes of the show form bed. While I used to think Paul Sr. was a tool, these guys egos and total lack of self awareness make him look like father of the year.

    Assuming there is any reality to the show, this Cody guy put his painter on a short deadline due to his poor planning and blames him for not having time to paint pinups on the bike and detests the eyes he painted. Then when the bike owner shows up he claims he told the painter to do the eyes! Worse yet throughout the show he claims missing the original deadline is not his fault and blames everyone else around him. Sorry, as the business owner he need to step up and take accountability and stop passin blame around.

    The guy working out of his garage actually building a bike, while maybe a little too laid back, is the one I would root for to win this bogus contest.

  60. 60 trike lady Jul 27th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    How about a program with women bike builders (not the children of a famous daddy bike builder) who started their own business, where the women actually design and build their own bikes. I’d like to see something different for a change.

  61. 61 chicagojohn Jul 28th, 2014 at 4:01 am

    What the hell is going on in Phoenix? Yuck!

  62. 62 JohnJ Texas Jul 28th, 2014 at 9:06 am


  63. 63 Wilhelm Jul 29th, 2014 at 5:32 am

    The longer I look at it, the more it looks like mating bullfrogs to me.

  64. 64 Randy Jul 29th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    What ever happened to clean, comfortable touring bikes. You know the ones that served a purpose, of simply riding in the wind over a long distance.

    I have nothing against art, (and that is about what these bikes are, like it or not we have to give them that). But art is not what I want to ride 400 miles to Sturgis, or to simply take a roadtrip.

    Yeah, I’m a traditional type of guy, I like my bikes that way, and yes I do some customizing to them. But please, please keep them functional.

  65. 65 Eric Jul 31st, 2014 at 9:30 am

    The bike is finished is run by a turbine eng that’s why it has full body kit looks good all finished

  66. 66 Black Vision 50 Aug 10th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    You know, it seems that every time someone comes up with something futuristic that breaks from tradition and is different there’s a big backlash. Arlen Ness himself a famous bike builder was criticized for designing and building the Victory Vision. Big, bulky, space aged, you name it they called it but the bike was very comfortable and well built. The remarks were very similar to these that I see below. Yet in Southern California they call it the Vision the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles. It takes a forward thinking type of designer to build something such as this. I really don’t know this company other than what I see on biker battleground. I believe it’s a shame to criticize someone’s dream and creativity. I commend Voodoo Bikeworks on their extraordinary vision. I mean really know bagger is a small bike.

  67. 67 Ed Aug 11th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    the best comment was the thing looks like a victory vision knock off ,lol a jet turbine has no place on a bagger to start with . it is not a funtional design. its laughable with its circus clown wheel up front. build a bagger lose all the dam skulls in the paint ant make a beautifl bike thats funtional

  68. 68 Rob B. Aug 27th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Just saw this on TV. What a turd.

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