In the world of custom motorcycles, good old American
standard has more then enough builders to keep even the most patriotic
reveler riding in glory. However, there is another dog in the yard nipping
at the heels of the all-American chopper; that dog is called Metric.
In the late 1990’s, Sam Nehme, looking to build custom motorcycles in the
most cost effective way possible, made a decision. Although, at the time
most of his friends thought it was a joke, Sam decided that metric was the
way to build his custom bikes, so he purchased Broward Motorsports when they
were going out of business; then formed BMS Choppers as a sister company.
Sam Nehme “Why Metric and not a Harley? Everyone thought it was a waste of time, ”
recalls Sam. Holding true to his convictions, he believed that, if he
started out with a Metric motorcycle, he would get a less expensive
motorcycle to build, as well as a more reliable bike, so that is just what
he did and it turned out he was right.
BMS Choppers specializes in customizing stock metric motorcycles.
Motorcycles like the Yamaha V-Star, the Road Star, the Warrior and the Honda
VTX 1300 can all be seen in all their custom glory at BMS Choppers showroom,
located at 4101 Davie Road EXT. Davie, Florida.
Adding to the great line of custom metric choppers, Sam has jumped the next
hurdle by making available all the parts and accessories necessary to bring
any stock metric motorcycles to life.
As proof that a metric chopper can stand toe to toe with any American
standard custom bike, BMS Choppers and Sam Nehme have won several
prestigious awards, such as First Place – 2006, Las Vegas-Peoples Choice
Award; First Place-2006, Board Walk-Best of Show and First Place-2007,
Daytona Bike Week-Best in Show, just to name a few. Sam also won First Place
in the Metric Revolution TV series – Build off.
The most impressive; however, was in 2006 when BMS Choppers made history at
Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach Fla. It was the first time in 38 years, they
ever allowed a metric motorcycle to enter and compete in the competition,
and it won! Sam Nehme, the owner of BMS Choppers, was the first and only man
ever to enter a metric cruiser to compete against American machines in Rats
Hole’s prestigious over 1000cc Super Radical category and win.
Because the requirement for the Metric Revolution Biker Build-off deadline,
with the help of Ron Tilson, Sam’s head machinist, and a fabricator
“Jonesy,” the bike Nehme-sis, which should have taken a year, took only
six-months to build.
“The inspiration for the project came to me because we were wanting to win
the competition against 10 other well known builders”, Sam told me. “We had
to go extremely sick to beat everyone else!”
I am sure we haven’t seen the last of Sam’s, BMS Choppers, or custom
metrics, taking the lime light right out from under the good old American
The next time you’re at a stop light and you hear the rumble of a sweet
custom coming up behind you, watch out it just might be a BMS Chopper custom
metric coming to take a bite out of you.
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