Another middle of the road offering from Hugh King
Hugh King presents the third installment of his Motorcycle Mania series, which focuses on motorcycle builder Jesse James and the ins and outs of running his business, West Coast Choppers. In this third episode, King chooses to focus more on the personal life of James and the turns his life has taken since he exploded on the scene as an international celebrity.
We follow James on a year+ long journey as he builds what he says will be his last chopper, a bike made mostly from hand shaped copper. In between the bits on the bike build we also follow James as he falls in love with, marries, gets beaten up by, and divorces his girlfriend Janine. We get to see more of James as a person, to see all the pitfalls his fame has brought him, and we get to see how he handles the latest crisis in his life.
If you're a huge motorcycle fan, then the pickings are slim here. It is interesting to see how James handcrafts the gas tank, fenders, and oil tank for his bike out of copper sheets. The finished bike itself is then ridden with friend Kid Rock on a tour of Mexico as both James and Rock attempt to escape, even for a few weeks, the rigors of fame by traveling somewhere where they are hardly recognized.
An interesting view of the inner workings of Jesse James, and fans of the first two Motorcycle Manias will enjoy it, but for those of you just looking for "Biker Buildoff" type action will be disappointed.
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