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Hanford Bike Builder Accepts Discovery Channel Challenge

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Rick Bray makes a living building race cars but motorcycles are his passion.  In 2013 the Hanford bike builder had his biggest breakthrough so far in his career.  A red custom built motorcycle put him in the winner's circle at the Las Vegas Bike Fest, Artistry in Iron.  He beat out 19 other artists considered to be the best in the nation.  

Bray's latest challenge is from the Discovery Channel.  He has five weeks and a $15,000 budget to create a work of art on wheels.  In the first two weeks the motorcycle is taking shape and he says it will be ready for paint in one week.  Bray's bikes are simple yet striking with chrome and all the fine detail.  Everything is handmade including the wheels.  He says the toughest parts to make are the frame and the forks.  "That's what sets the whole bike up.  If you start with the wrong stance you might as well start over.  It's gotta start with a good frame and a good set of forks."

Bray usually only makes one motorcycle per year.  That's why the Discovery Channel five week commitment is such a challenge.  "You don't see anything like this around here.  It's pretty cool were involved.  We're really honored to be a part of this.  It's special.  We're taking it serious."

Bray is only taking on two artists from Northern California in the Discovery Channel competition.  He says being invited is just as good as winning.  His episode will appear on the Discovery Channel on June 16th.  He and his two competitors will showcase their motorcycles and then viewers will decide the winner with voting on social media. 

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