History Channel's Biker Battleground Phoenix Premières July 1

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From left to right: John Shope, Kody McNew, Paul Yaffe, Brian Jenkins, and Len Edmonson.
Better set your DVRs, biker boys and girls. Because A&E's History Channel is taking an in-depth look at one of Arizona's lesser known subcultures. Biker Battleground Phoenix is new reality show that sets out to document the competitive world of custom bike building in the very state known for producing some of the best one-of-a-kind baggers around: Arizona.

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Brian Jenkins of Hatred Customs
premièring at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, Biker Battleground Phoenix will follow the twists, turns, and talents of Phoenix's top motorcycle craftsmen. Featured shop owners include Paul Yaffe of Yaffe Originals/Bagger Nation, John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts, Len Edmondson of Azzkikr Customs, Kody McNew of Voodoo Customs, and Brian Jenkins of Hatred Customs.

Throughout the show, friendships will be forged, rivalries will be made, and viewers will get an up-close and personal look at the skills, struggles, and surprises that go into making some of the best custom baggers in world. Baggers, a particular style of motorcycle, are essentially customized cruisers outfitted with saddlebags and other accessories ideal for touring.

"Everyone will be able to see the ins and outs and what really goes on," says Brian Jenkins, one of the show's stars. "And the drama."

The History Channels chose Phoenix as the backdrop for its new series thanks to its well-seeded reputation for producing signature style baggers. "We're like the capital of the world for these bikes," Jenkins says. "Pretty much it started here and we have set all the trends."

On Tuesday, July 1, at 5 p.m. Dierks Whiskey Row will host a Biker Battleground Phoenix première party with Kody McNew's Voodoo Customs, John Shope's Dirty Bird Concepts, and Len Edmondson's Azzkikr Customs. For more information, visit the event on Facebook or call 480-945-4200.

Dirty Dogg Saloon will also hold a viewing party with Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation at 6 p.m. For more information, visit Dirty Dogg Saloon on Facebook or call 480-368-8095.

Biker Battleground Phoenix airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. For details on the show, visit www.history.com.

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Location Info


Paul Yaffe Originals

2211 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Dirty Bird Concepts

23047 N. 15th Lane, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Azzkikr Customs

22410 N. 18th Dr., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Voodoo Customs

11035 N. 21st Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Dirty Dogg Saloon

10409 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Music

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I am embarrassed and sorry I stayed up late to watch a show from Phoenix. The producers and all involved should be ashamed. One of my favorite places, The Hideaway even looked bad. Epic Fail.


This has to be the stupidest, lame show of the year.


How does a known drug dealing snitch get featured on Biker Battleground?  History Channel must not have done their homework.


The show plays Arizona Bike Builder John Shope as the "tough guy".  Many in this "lesser known subculture" you describe may think otherwise.  A Dirty Bird indeed.

"Evidence available to the sentencing judge strongly supports his determination that Shope possessed at least 9.52 KG of methamphetamine. Police found about 20 pounds of methamphetamine in a safe to which only Shope had access. This evidence would convince a reasonable person that the drugs in the safe and the drugs involved in Shope's conviction were part of a common scheme by Shope to sell methamphetamine. See United States v. Restrepo, slip op. at 4505 (relevant conduct must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, "a sufficient weight of evidence to convince a reasonable person").

Shope also contends that his self-incriminating statements cannot be used to increase his sentence. The guidelines provide that self-incriminating information cannot determine a guideline range "[w]here a defendant agrees to cooperate with the government by providing information concerning unlawful activities of others and the government agrees that self-incriminating information so provided will not be used against the defendant." U.S.S.G. Sec. 1B1.8 (emphasis added). Shope does not point to any promise or agreement by the government with regard to his self-incriminating statements. His plea agreement says nothing about the statements.3 Shope made the statements about the drugs in the safe after being advised of his constitutional rights, and he claims no Miranda violation. We conclude that Shope has not shown error in the use of his statements.

Finally, Shope contends that the district court erred by failing to depart downward for substantial assistance to authorities, pursuant to Sec. 5K1.1. We note that the government did not make, nor did it promise to make, the motion required for a Sec. 5K1.1 departure. Even had the government requested a departure, "[a] district court's discretionary decision not to depart downward from the guidelines is not subject to review on appeal." United States v. Morales, 898 F.2d 99, 103 (9th Cir.1990)."

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