CEDAR CITY - Stinger Custom Cycles usually takes six months to a
year to build a motorcycle for one of its high-end clients, like
But this week, partners Dawn Norakas and Butch Mitchell started
one they'll have to build in 10 days.
Original Productions crews started filming Monday for "Biker
Build-Off." Producer Brian Knapp Miller said the show is typically
on the Discovery Channel, but it will move to TLC after the new
year. The episode starring Stinger Custom Cycles will air in late
February or early March.
Executive producer Hugh King picks two shops to compete in a 10-day
build-off for the show. Miller said Monday was Day 1 in a competition
against another high-end bike shop from Ohio.
After the bikes are complete, the shops take them to a rendezvous
point, which will be California in this case, to show them off.
Show attendees will vote on the bike they like best.
Norakas is heading up the project, working on a custom motorcycle.
"I'm pretty excited; it's flattering, " she said. "I'm
nervous as hell and I don't want to lose. "
Mitchell agreed it's fun to be on the show.
"I think it's great they picked us, " he said.
Because they only have 10 days, it took a lot of planning and organizing
to become efficient enough to take on the project.
"We've planned a lot of stuff out, " he said.
Miller said it was an easy choice to pick Stinger Custom Cycles.
"Dawn (Norakas) and Butch (Mitchell) bring us to Cedar City,
" he said. "Bikers apply to be on the show. They usually
All builders who make it on the show are professional, well-known
shops with big clientele, he added.
Norakas said they don't get much local work; it's all from traveling
around to motorcycle shows and magazine features. Stinger just does
custom work from the ground up.
She normally works with a crew of four, but she invited Andy Funderburk,
who helped start Stinger, to join the crew so they could get the
bike done in 10 days.
Norakas started Stinger with Mitchell, who already owned a drywall
business and Club 900 in Cedar City.
"This is my hobby, fun business, " Mitchell said.
Norakas said she's not uncomfortable working with the cameras because
she gets interviewed a lot as a female biker.
"It's kind of nerve-racking because they won't let us play
the radio, " she said with a smile. "(It's not a big deal
because) we have so many people who come in and watch us anyway.