The new season of “Criss Angel Mindfreak” has a new star. “It’s really a big piece of jewelry,” says Kevin Alsop, co-owner of Big Bear Choppers while looking at the finished chrome skeleton bike custom built for the famed illusionist. The bike is the MF-6 The Enemy.

Big Bear Choppers opened shop in 1998, building upscale production choppers. The Big Bear Lake company’s bikes, which range in price from $20k to $100k, have been featured in Easyriders, Big Twin, American Cycle, Street Chopper and more. Big Bear Choppers won the Biker Buildoff on Discovery Channel in 2006.

Big Bear Choppers also hosts its annual Ride the Mountain bike run each June, which includes a poker run, vendors, bike contests and concerts. Last June, Criss Angel made an appearance at Ride the Mountain, followed by an autograph signing that had people lined up for blocks.

Alsop delivered the skeleton bike to Criss Angel in Las Vegas, where Angel lives, films his reality TV show for A&E and performs a Cirque du Soleil stage show, “Criss Angel Believe,” at the Luxor Hotel. Sin City is already home to Angel’s other Big Bear Choppers bikes, some of which are enshrined at the Luxor and Circus Circus hotels on display.

The skeleton bike is the eighth Big Bear Chopper Angel owns, but this one is different. The intricate design is Angel’s brainchild with its genesis in a picture of an old chopper with a skeleton fashioned out of sheet metal.

The illusionist known for walking on water, levitating and cutting himself in half will ride the bike during season six of “Criss Angel Mindfreak.” From there the bike will adorn the entryway of Angel’s Vegas home.

To create the bike, Alsop discovered a foundry in Georgia able to cast a full stainless steel replica of a skeleton. The beautifully-crafted bones arrived loose and Alsop started creating Angel’s Pirates of the Caribbean dream bike.

Aside from the Greek crosses and Angel’s signature A’s, details range from a knife through the bike’s backbone (which functions as the gas cap), steering wheel skull with light-up eyes and chrome chain swingarms that wrap around bones holding the seat.

Angel found Big Bear Choppers when his brother bought a bike three years ago. Angel contacted Big Bear Choppers and started buying. Two bikes into his collection, he got to know Kevin and his wife and business partner, Mona. “He turned out to be a good guy and a good friend,” Mona says. She makes no bones about it.

Big Bear Choppers is at 41922 Fox Farm Road, Big Bear Lake. For more information, call 909-878-4340 or visit www.bigbearchoppers.com.

Contact reporter Arrissia Owen Turner at 909-866-3456, ext. 142 or by e-mail at aturner.grizzly@gmail.com.

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