Jesse James is one of the most fascinating figures not just in the bike world, but in today's popular culture. Bikes and biking programs have become more popular since The Discovery Channel began running "American Chopper" and Jesse James "Monster Garage." These shows have been godsends for a great number of motorcycle enthusiasts, and eye-opening experiences for many newcomers to the world of choppers. Much of the reason for the success of these shows revolves around the strong personalities involved, and Jesse has one of the strongest personalities you're likely to come across.
Jesse James great-great grandfather was the cousin of the famous outlaw who bears the same name. The current Jesse, however, is an outlaw of a different sort. He got his first minibike at the tender age of seven, and soon biking was in his blood--his first attempts at bike building came as a freshman in high school. One story has it that one time he was trying to craft an exhaust system, and when it didn't come off perfectly, he simply tossed it into the garbage. That perfectionist streak would serve him well later on when he was building his own company, West Coast Choppers.