Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, the motorcycle shop owned and operated by venerated bike builder Paul Yaffe, used the opportunity of the 2016 Arizona Bike Week motorcycle rally to celebrate 25 years of designing and building the best and most sought after custom motorcycles, parts and accessories in the world.
Yaffe opened his first custom shop, American Legend Motorcycle Company, in 1991. Today, 25 years later, while not operating out of the same location, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation (together with Paul Yaffe Originals) is recognized as one of the preeminent custom motorcycle and parts manufacturers in the world.
“It all started with a love of motorcycles and a curiosity and desire to see what could be made of them,” Yaffe said. “I never would have guessed, when I first started experimenting in the mid-‘80s, that it would lead to where we are today.”
Yaffe has enjoyed one of the most storied and influential careers in motorcycle designing and building. In the past 25 years he has won many awards, contests and honors, including three “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” awards at the famous Oakland Roadster Show and two “Builder of the Year” and three “Trendsetter of the Year” honors from Easyriders magazine. The subject of more than 300 magazine articles and profiles, Yaffe has also been featured on Discovery Channel’s popular show “Biker Build-Off” and the 10-episode docudrama “Biker Battleground” on the History Channel, as well as dozens of other nationally televised shows on networks such as NBC, Travel Channel and Speed TV.
Bagger Nation was also the starting point and sponsor of the 6th Annual Hamsters Charity “Dry Heat” Run, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars when combined for Lifescape Children’s Care Hospital. Riders joined fellow Hamsters Arlen Ness, Donnie Smith, Nick Trask and Yaffe, among others, as they welcomed a special guest for this year’s charity run: NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, making his first Dry Heat run.