The Chopper Friends Throwdown

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What is the Chopper Friends Throwdown

The Chopper Friends Throwdown is “Round 2” comeback event to the FXR Friends Throwdown from Arizona Bike Week 2022. What started out as a fun competition between Jason Mook (Deadwood Custom Cycles) and Paul Yaffe (Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation) escalated into the FXR Friends Throwdown which included (in addition to Jason and Paul) Brian Klock of Klock Werks, Jeff Zielinski of Namz Custom Cycle Products, Curtis Hofmann of Hofmann Designs, and Nick Trask of Trask Performance. The whole thing was sponsored by Law Tigers, America’s Motorcycle Lawyers, with Air Levenbaum joining in with his own FXR built by Jason of Deadwood Custom Cycles.

The FXR Friends Throwdown attracted a couple “party crashers”. Flash from Bikers Against Bullies, James Patience of Ground Zero Customs, Steve Reed of Steve’s Garage, Rick Bray from RKB Kustom Speed, Chris Callen of Cycle Source Magazine, and Xavier Mural of Providence Cycle Werks all brought bikes and joined the Throwdown on the ride from Winslow, Arizona to Arizona Bike Week. The ride together was what it was all about, and mission accomplished! After all, it wasn’t about competition, it was about comradery. It was about riding cool custom bikes, brotherhood, and the amazing FXR platform.

All the participants and “crashers” had so much fun, the decision was unanimous to do another Throwdown. But what platform do we build on after FXRs? The choice was simple. Instead of following what was in style or most popular right now, the builders decided to throw it back a little bit and build Choppers. And the CHOPPER FRIENDS THROWDOWN was born.

The Chopper Friends Throwdown has already attracted more crashers. Confirmed crashers to date are Tom Keefer (Franklin Church Choppers), Justin Umbs (Stellar Cycles) and Ryan Gore (Paper Street Customs), and we are hoping for more!

As of now, we have 15 custom choppers assembling in Winslow, Arizona for an epic ride into Arizona Bike Week 2023. The choppers will be displayed in the Chopper Friends Throwdown Coral in the event. As we get closer to AZ Bike Week, more details and events will be released. Choppers For Life!


Who is Involved?

The Master Builders


Paul YaffePaul Yaffe


Paul Yaffe has been designing and building custom motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories for over 25 years. In that time, 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.



Jason MookJason Mook

Deadwood Custom Cycles

Jason truly loves and lives the American V-Twin lifestyle.  To him, it will always be about RIDING the motorcycles.  Making the bikes perform better, go faster, and look cool is his primary focus.  Jason moved to the Black Hills in 2014 from Charleston, South Carolina, where he owned Jason’s Garage Inc.  He owns a ’79 FLH, ’01 Fatboy (Devo’s Bike), ’16 Road Glide, a ’93 FXLR, and a couple custom Shovelheads.  Jason was the tech editor for American Bagger and Urban Bagger Magazines for over three years.  He is a proud member of Hamsters USA.



Jeff ZielinskiJeff Zielinski

NAMZ Custom Cycle Products

Born in June of 1971, right in the middle of the chopper era, it didn’t take long for Jeff to fall in love with 2 or 4-wheeled machines. It started in grade school with picking up old bicycles on trash day and rebuilding them for a hobby. But one day, a family friend came over to visit his dad on a Panhead chopper and the sound of those drag pipes had Jeff hooked. Jeff was 19 when he bought his first street bike. His first Harley-Davidson was a 1996 Softail Custom that he totally customized and began entering into bike shows. Now infatuated with motorcycles, Jeff made his first custom wiring harness in 1998, never thinking it would get the attention of the motorcycle industry. Now, over 23-years later, NAMZ Custom Cycle Products is a globally distributed one-stop-electrical-shop producing wiring harness, electronic modules, LED lighting and hard parts. 



Xavier MurielXavier Muriel

Providence Cycle Worx

Xavier is best known for being a musician in the band Buckcherry – but he has come into his own in the motorcycle industry at his Texas-based Providence Cycle Worx. He’s built a few notable bikes, among them a Pan/Shovel called “Grace” that was recognized as the Easyriders 2019 Bike of the Year, and he has twice been invited to the prestigious Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art Exhibition curated by Michael Lichter.


Rick BrayRick Bray

RKB Kustom Speed

Rick started hitting the custom bike show circuit, and his creations started to gather respect from other builders, and motorcycle industry folks alike. Rick’s bike also began to appear in motorcycle magazines. A few highlights include his win at Artistry in Iron in 2013 for a Shovelhead chopper called “Pala Duro,” then another win at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Show in 2014 for a magnificent rigid chopper he called “Solomon’s Special.” That bike also helped him claim the title of Builder of the Year from our friends at Cycle Source Magazine. He followed that up with the Cycle Source Builders in Motion completion, and then went on to create a wild green Shovel called “One Piece at a Time” for the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-off series, bringing the whole story full circle.



James PatienceJames Patience

Ground Zero Customs

As owner and founder of Ground Zero Customs, established in 2010, James Patience is a one-man operation completing all work required for his custom builds in-house. With over 60 motorcycle and custom car builds to his credit, Patience has developed a unique signature technique and style over his 30 years of experience.




Ryan GoreRyan Gore

Paper Street Customs

With a unique specialty of engineering handcrafted, one-of-a-kind custom parts and machines, Ryan Gore of Paper Street Customs makes everything in-house using domestically-sourced materials. 

With builds showcased across the globe and in magazines worldwide, Gore was selected as a recurring cast member on Discovery Channel’s twelfth season of American Chopper building bikes for the acclaimed team at Orange County Choppers.

Gore’s style comes with a unique touch for minute details and elegant craftsmanship that makes his work recognizable throughout the industry.

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