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Custom Builder Spotlight: Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation

The custom motorcycle world knows Paul Yaffe as one of the elite creators of amazing motorized masterpieces. That’s because Paul is more than a builder or fabricator, he is truly a designer. He would be just as at home designing a better toaster or blender as he is with making magnificent motorcycles. His talent is in creating a look that is just completely “cool.” He can’t help it.

To create the ultimate immersive experience for all levels of bikers, riders and gear heads, High Seas Rally will be cruising with a crew of awesome custom bike builders who will host talks, show off their work around the ship and spark some exciting new entertainment on the cruise. Each month we throw a spotlight on one of our amazing builders who are bringing some of their awesome motorcycles to display on the ship. Paul is our featured builder for March.

Prodigy by Paul Yaffee
Prodigy by Paul Yaffe

I’ve had the honor of knowing Paul for close to 30 years. I remember when he started his first custom shop in 1991. It was called American Legend Motorcycle Company and soon became Paul Yaffe Originals. Paul hit our Easyriders Bike shows with such awe-inspiring bikes as “Prodigy” which was featured on the cover of the magazine.

In fact, over the years, Paul has taken home three “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” awards from the famous Oakland Roadster Show. Easyriders magazine was proud to give Paul two “Builder of the Year” and three “Trendsetter of the Year” awards. Yaffe’s gorgeous custom creations have been the subject of over 300 magazine articles and profiles.

Paul Yaffe Originals went beyond just building high end custom bikes, Paul designed truly unique parts and products for Harley-Davidsons. From mirrors, grips, and pedals, to handlebars, gas tanks, fenders and frames, you could put a little Yaffe magic on your ride. He even created “roller kits” for complete choppers.

The Phantom by Paul Yaffe
The Phantom by Paul Yaffe

When reality TV discovered custom bikes, they naturally came knocking on Paul’s door. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Great Biker Build-Off series where be built a stunning bike called “The Phantom” that shot 30-foot flames from its custom exhaust. He was also featured in 10 episodes of Biker Battleground for The History Channel as well as dozens of other nationally televised shows for NBC, Travel Channel, and SPEED TV.

When the chopper craze waned, Paul quickly reinvented his company, creating Bagger Nation which builds amazing custom touring bikes and produces parts, products, and accessories to allow you to take your stock bagger from mild to wild.

Always first to volunteer to help out with charity causes, Paul has built custom bikes to be auctioned off at the VQ Biker’s Ball in Daytona to support the Broward County Boys & Girls Club and the Children’s Ride supporting the Seattle Children’s Hospital. In his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, he has sponsored the annual Hamsters Charity “Dry Heat Run” supporting Lifescape Children’s care Hospital.

High Seas Rally is proud to have Paul Yaffe aboard this year’s cruise of the Caribbean. Come meet Paul and check out all the weight he lost to get back into cruise shape. “I went on the cruise a few years ago,” he says. “I seriously had the time of my life!” But Paul recently put on his cruise togs and realized that he needed to shed some pounds before getting near naked with thousands of his best friends. “I decided to start a weight loss challenge and you can check out my ‘cruise shape’ videos at www.baggernation.com.”