Alice Cooper, the King of Shock Rock, showed a less sinister side Saturday at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip by signing the “Nightmare Bike” being raffled off for charity. Cooper, along with Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show owner Ted Smith and bike builder Eric Klenk of EEC Parts & Design, got together backstage at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip before Cooper’s performance last night where the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer signed the motorcycle’s tank and rear fender to sweeten the deal. Proceeds from the raffle will be split between Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center and the Norelli Family Foundation.
Rocker Alice Cooper sits on the “Nightmare Bike” built by Eric Klenk (R) and EEC Parts & Design that will be raffled off for charity with the help of The Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show owner Ted Smith (M).
The “Nightmare Bike” is on display in front of the Rat’s Hole trailer at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads daily during the 2015 Sturgis Rally and nightly at the Rat’s Hole Bar just left of the Wolfman Jack stage in the Chip’s amphitheater. Anybody who enters their motorcycle in either of the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Shows Thursday, August 6, get a free ticket for a chance to win the bike. You can also purchase tickets from the Rat’s Hole locations at the Buffalo Chip for $10 or three for $20. Alice Cooper’s “Nightmare Bike” will be given away in the fall during Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach.
Cooper signed the rear fender and tank of the “Nightmare Bike” to add to its exclusivity.
The bike was built by Klenk and the EEC Parts & Design team out of Longwood, Florida. It is a clean, high-barred Harley Sportster 1200N with a Frisco-style tank EEC fabricated. The crew went over the engine and boosted performance with a new RSD air filter and pipes they made in-house. The motorcycle has also been lowered. The killer half-black, half-green paint, all of it showered in metal flake, was done by EEC’s talented painter Luis Diaz. The paint scheme features two images of the rock icon, a classic top hat-tipping, tuxedo-clad Cooper on the tank and a microphone-wielding close-up on the back fender. The design is complemented by drilled-out bits, from the front fork support to mirror stems to heat shields on the exhaust. Klenk said he’s building three more custom motorcycles for Cooper’s charity as well.
After signing the bike, Cooper disappeared into his tour bus to assume his signature persona for his performance that night at The Chip. Five Finger Death Punch warmed up the crowd with a head-bangin’ act before Cooper welcomed the crowd to his nightmare, running through hits like “Feed my Frankenstein” and covers of Hendrix and The Doors before closing the night out with favorites “School’s Out” and “Eighteen.” The crowd responded with a Chip ovation of motorcycle engines revving in approval.
The prestigious Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show and Black Hills Bagger Showdown takes place Thursday at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads. The entry fee is $35 if you sign up early and $45 day of the show. There will be 16 classes with 60 hand-sculpted Rat Awards up for grabs. The “Best of Show” winner also gets paraded on to the main stage of the Buffalo Chip before Thursday night’s headliner to receive their trophy. For more info, go to the RatsHole.com.