From left to right: John Shope, Kody McNew, Paul Yaffe, Brian Jenkins, and Len Edmonson.
From left to right: John Shope, Kody McNew, Paul Yaffe, Brian Jenkins, and Len Edmonson.
©2014 A+E Networks, LLC. / Photo credit: Jason Elias

History Channel's Biker Battleground Phoenix Premières July 1

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
Brian Jenkins of Hatred Customs
©2014 A+E Networks, LLC. / Photo credit: Smallz Raskind

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

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