With cameras rolling and fans screaming, Criss Angel popped out of his Bentley to a rousing ovation from the crowd gathered at Big Bear Choppers.
Vegas came to Big Bear Lake last weekend, as entertainer extraordinaire Criss Angel was in town to pick up three Big Bear Choppers created by BBC’s Kevin Alsop and crew. Fans of the factory-custom motorcycle builder and Criss Angel lined up early for a chance to be the first to get an autograph from the popular TV icon and motorcycle enthusiast. The block-long line stretched down Fox Farm Road as they waited anxiously for a chance to meet the MindFreak star.
“What’s up Big Bear? Wow, what a turnout. I want to thank everybody for coming out to Big Bear Choppers, the only name in choppers. I’m here to pick up my Season 5 motorcycle,” Criss said.
The main attraction of the day sat hidden beneath a shiny black cloth in front of the Big Bear shop, tantalizingly out of view before Kevin and Mona Alsop slowly revealed the custom motorcycle under the cover.
“Right now, this is the big moment I’ve been waiting for, this is the official Season 5 Chopper.”
As Alsop pulled off the tarp, “Wow, wow, wow,” is all Criss could say.
And who could blame him. Stretched out a purported 10.5-foot with its air-ride suspension lowered to the ground, the jet black chopper is stunning. The tank is broad and angular, with a pronounced ridge running down its spine. The
The official MindFreak Season 5 motorcycle is destined to be on display at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Vegas. Of course, only after Criss gets to take it out for its maiden ride.
spear-tipped Dyna-style billet front spoiler at the bottom of the downtube is offset on the rear by the fine tapered tip of the back fender and the point of the modified Devil’s Tail swingarm. A huge 23-inch billet wheel up front is balanced out by a 300mm meat out back, with the shiny twin stack of cylinders in the form of a BBC-S&S engine sandwiched in between. Short, chromed-out open pipes shooting down the left side sit just below a forward-facing ‘Heavy Breather’ style intake while the left side houses BBC’s proprietary primary drive. Of course, it’s got to have the MindFreak touch, so the primary has a mondo Criss Angel logo on the side cover, MF13 in gold inlay on the front spoiler to go along with blood red demons on the rear fender.
“If the batmobile was a chopper, this is what it’d look like right here,” Criss said.
“I wanted each chopper to be completely different than the other. This one is really radical, really extreme, (bottom photo) while this bike here is a bit more classy,” said Criss.
After the unveiling of the official MindFreak Season 5 motorcycle, the acclaimed illusionist got to see his second surprise of the day, a custom-painted Big Bear Choppers Paradox. Criss wanted a motorcycle that “reflects my live show, Believe, at the Luxor.” The paint is both comical and macabre, with magician-white rabbits scattering about on the tank and fenders, joined by flying doves and winged, black top hats. The front fender shows Criss’ feet dangling below a stage’s red curtain as he levitates above ground, while the rear fender has a cool painting of the MindFreak star with a cast of gothic characters.
“It’s magnificent; it’s just a piece of art. All of his motorcycles are just amazing pieces of art, but this really captures the essence of the show,” Criss exclaimed.
And while the first two motorcycles were destined to be displayed at the Luxor, the third will serve as Criss Angel’s daily rider. The bike sports a more conventional chopper design, with a tall steering head, heavy rake, and a Springer fork. The tank sits up high, with orange tribal flames streaking down its sides that match the paint of the fenders. Black straight bars angle down from the motorcycle’s
Criss Angel was all smiles after receiving his three new motorcycles from Big Bear Choppers’ Mona and Kevin Alsop.
tall neck, and a low seat height drops the rider behind the bike with just enough room to see clearly over the bars. The dark visage of the bike is broken by shiny chrome five-spoke billet wheels and a chromed-out BBC-S&S powerplant. Criss looked like a kid at Christmas as he rotated between sitting on all three bikes.
“It sucks to get a chopper on your day off, doesn’t it?” Big Bear’s Alsop said jokingly.
Afterwards, Criss hung around to sign autographs for hundreds of enthusiastic fans. The Criss Angel merchandise was flying off the table as fast as people could grab it. Shorty and his canine companion Hercules hung around after the group he manages, Little KISS, performed at the Ride the Mountain Rally the day before. Shorty and his crew have been guests on MindFreak in the past, including a hilarious skit where Criss keeps giving live birth to little people. As a gag gift, Mona Alsop brought in a tiger cub to surprise the MindFreak star. The cub is owned by local animal trainer, Randy Miller, whose Predators in Action show has been featured in numerous movies.