WarBikes Premiers Online TV Series Showcasing Custom Motorcycles Inspired by Historic Military War Planes

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“WarBikes - Kickstarting History” is a new online TV series that promises to push custom motorcycle design to places it has never gone before - all the way back to World War II America. Episodes will follow the build team as they explore the unique history and craftsmanship of historic American military aircraft and produce custom motorcycles inspired by the war planes. Based on the venerable P-51 Mustang, initial episodes of the "Gunfighter" motorcycle build are available today at Warbikes.com.

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The whole purpose of this project is to honor the flying machines that helped make America what it is today. If these custom motorcycles can capture an ounce of the spirit of adventure and self-reliance, then our job is a success.

Warbikes LLC today announced the launch of a new online TV series for historic warplane and custom motorcycle enthusiasts entitled “WarBikes™ - Kickstarting History". Shows are comprised of multiple mini-series offering viewers an up-close experience as a build team explores the unique history and craftsmanship behind historic American military aircraft and then produces a custom motorcycle worthy of its namesake.

Viewable today at WarBikes.com, the inaugural WarBikes series – Gunfighter – is based on the Commemorative Air Force's legendary WWII-era P-51D Mustang fighter plane. Shot in high-definition and supported by behind-the-scenes pictures, technical specifications and fan communities, viewers can follow the weekly progress, from inception to completion, and engage the team members with questions and recommendations.

Spurred by a commission from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) to honor America’s proud history of military aviation, WarBikes captures the exhilaration, craftsmanship, ingenuity, and raw attitude of the war planes that the organization preserves.

“The Commemorative Air Force is dedicated to honoring American Military Aviation by bringing the history to life,” said CAF President and CEO, Stephan Brown. “The WarBikes project showcases the history of these great American airplanes in a very unique way, by repackaging their stories in a medium that impacts a new audience. Through these fantastic motorcycles, a new generation can learn of the sacrifices of the men and women who fought for our freedom, and of the aircraft that protected our country. The CAF is proud to offer our vintage war-planes as models for the project, and we look forward to seeing where WarBikes will take our country’s story of freedom.”

The warplane-themed custom choppers are hand-built by Ralph Randolph and his team of fabricators. Based in Mesa, Arizona, Randolph is the owner of Knockout Motorcycles Co., and has built themed motorcycles for companies like Snap-on Tools and Patron Tequila, and celebrities including Lorenzo Lamas and Matthew McConaughey.

"We just try to build great bikes that invoke strong passions in the people who see them. Attention to detail and a love of what we do is the key," said Randolph.

New Gunfighter episodes will be posted to the site every week. Fans are also encouraged to join the WarBikes Facebook Fan page for show updates, discussions, contests and additional information.

The next series to launch this spring - Sentimental Journey - will showcase a motorcycle inspired by the quintessential World War II bomber: the CAF's B-17 Flying Fortress.

“The whole purpose of this project is to honor the flying machines that helped make America what it is today. If these custom motorcycles can capture an ounce of that spirit of adventure and self-reliance, then our job is a success,“ said Executive Producer Duncan Kennedy.

About WarBikes
WarBikes™ is an online TV series produced by Warbikes LLC out of Midland, TX. Executive Producers Duncan Kennedy and Bill Dingus have been working with Ralph Randolph to develop the show since 2008. Together they have put together a team of experts and enthusiasts across the country to help showcase the creative process of incorporating military aviation history into the building of truly one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles. For more information, please visit http://www.warbikes.com, email press(at)warbikes(dot)com, or contact Barry Raskin at (512) 300-9895.

About Knockout Motorcycle Co.
Ralph Rudolph has appeared as a Centerfold Builder on the Easy Rider Centerfold Tour and as a featured celebrity builder on the 2007 Hard Rock Roadhouse Tour. Television appearances also include Steel Dreams TV, the National Geographic Channel, and CMT’s Chopper Challenge. For more information, please visit http://www.ralphrandolph.com or call (480) 279-1734.

About the Commemorative Air Force
Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition, and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has approximately 9,000 members and a fleet of 156 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 74 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, visit http://www.commemorativeairforce.org or contact Autumn Esparza at (432) 563-1000, ext. 2231.


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