Jesse James to Reopen West Coast Choppers
Monday, February 11, 2013
Custom bike builder Jesse James announced on Twitter that he is reopening West Coast Choppers, the business he started back in 1993 while working out of his mother's garage.
It’s one of those weird days. While Pope Benedict XVI was busy announcing his retirement, the self-anointed ‘Pope of Welding’ announced his return. Saying it’s “Time to put my Colors back on with Pride,” custom motorcycle builder Jesse James has been busy on Twitter
today announcing the return of West Coast Choppers, the business he started in his mom’s garage way back in 1993. James honed his metallurgy skills to the point where his custom motorcycles and CFL frames were in high demand. Thanks to stints on TV on programs like Discovery Channel’s Motorcycle Mania
and Monster Garage
, James turned WCC into an empire.
Alas, empires fall, and James closed his Long Beach-based West Coast Choppers in November of 2010
, moved to Austin, and focused on building hot rods at Austin Speed Shop. But motorcycles are in his blood, and since closing the doors on WCC, James’ bike building skills have still been in the public spotlight thanks to two different “Biker Build-Off’s” against the Teutul clan.
To coincide with James’ announcement about the return of West Coast Choppers
, a new WCC website is up and running. Right now the only items available are a line of new apparel and a gallery of former builds, but rest assured that James is taking orders for new bikes and a fresh line of WCC products is sure to follow. Until then, we leave you this post from WCC's Facebook
I have read each and every one of these responses on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and FB. I can honestly say I am totally blown away. I have always said that West Coast Choppers is more than a motorcycle shop or a logo or a Place or a TV show. It's a state of mind, and a way of life for me. I have to say some of these responses made me tear up, and made me smile. I also loved all the old friends who... chimed in that helped along the way. So thankful for each and every one of you.
Over the years I have had many opportunities to sell West Coast Choppers, but all of this confirms in my heart that I will never let it go.
It is part of me.
Out of all the responses this one received on Tumblr sums it up pretty good.
"West Coast Choppers first came to my attention with the Discovery Channel ‘Motorcycle Mania’ series. This was one of the first times I had ever seen a mouthy, tattooed, take-no-shit man taken seriously and given real respect for being the best in his field.
This has inspired me as a mouthy, tattooed, take-no-shit man to get a degree for automotive, learn to weld and am now working in R&D as a welder/fabricator for a big custom exhaust company.
Even more than the amazing work ethic and dedication to quality, I respect that Jesse James is still just a regular guy that makes mistakes and owns up to them. And through it all, marriages, paparazzi, and everyone trying to vilify him for anything and everything they can, he still is dedicated and protective of his family.
Jesse James and West Coast Choppers are the pinnacle of the motorcycle, hot rod and welding world. Every day it gives me something to strive for. Be yourself, do your best, and f*%k you, I’m not gonna take your sh!t.”
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