Biker Battleground Phoenix

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bike-builder reality focuses on rivalries; strong language.

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Positive messages

Showcases the custom-bike-building industry and the competitive culture that surrounds it.  

Positive role models & representations

Some builders used to mentor each other, but now they're rivals.


Cocky, insult-filled exchanges and arguments are frequent.


Crude references to genitals are audible. 


Words such as "prick," "bitch," "damn," "ass," and "piss" frequent. Words such as "f--k" bleeped, but sometimes they're still audible. 


Bikes such as Honda and Harley-Davidson are featured. Logos for Apple, the builders' various custom bike shops, and popular biker venues are prominently visible.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Bike events sometimes take place in bars. Alcohol (beer, mixed drinks) drinking is visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Biker Battleground Phoenix features lots of motorcycle shop talk and high-concept custom bikes but also centers on the rivalries among bike builders. There's lots of strong vocab ("bitch," "piss," and "ass," for example; curses are sometimes only partially bleeped); cocky, insult-filled exchanges; and crude references to men's genitals. Logos for Harley-Davidson, Honda, Apple, and local bike shops and bars are visible. Drinking is sometimes shown at bars and bike shows and events. 

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What's the story?

BIKER BATTLEGROUND PHOENIX is a reality show that features rival custom-bike builders in the Phoenix area designing, reconstructing, and building the most unique and cutting-edge bikes. It stars legendary custom-bike builder Paul Yaffe, his former mentee John Shope, and Brian Jenkins, who rejects conventional ways of bike building. Newcomers Kody McNew and Len Edmondson also join the fray. From designing bikes to showing off at bike shows and redesigning bikes for charity, they spend as much time working on their bikes as they do competing with each other. Fueling their rivalries is a head-to-head bike-building competition among the five builders to see who builds the best bike.

Is it any good?

Biker Battleground Phoenix highlights the culture of the $8-billion-a-year industry, where ego and reputation are as important as money. Although the show reveals the amount of creativity, ingenuity, and hard work that goes into each bike these folks work on, most of the show centers on the animosity among the builders.

It won't appeal to a wide range of viewers, but motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy the shop talk as well as the range of high-concept, tricked-out bikes featured. But the cocky (and sometimes heated) exchanges among these bikers often seem childish and quickly become tiresome. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about motorcycles and motorcycle culture. What are some of the things people expect to see and hear from people who work on and ride these kinds of bikes? Are these expectations based on stereotypes? Do you think TV shows like this one perpetuate these generalizations?

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