Alcoa man to be featured on motorcycle reality show

Alcoa man to be featured on motorcycle reality show

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After a full day at his regular job, Matt Harris puts in extra duty in his backyard garage with his dad Ed, working on a custom built Harley Davidson. After a full day at his regular job, Matt Harris puts in extra duty in his backyard garage with his dad Ed, working on a custom built Harley Davidson.
"I'm 31. I've been messing with bikes since I was 18 or 19. So I've been around them, but we're not full time. We're regular Joes," said Matt Harris. "I'm 31. I've been messing with bikes since I was 18 or 19. So I've been around them, but we're not full time. We're regular Joes," said Matt Harris.
Discovery Channel's "Biker Live" debuts Monday night. Harris and his crew are one of three teams vying to get the most viewer votes. Discovery Channel's "Biker Live" debuts Monday night. Harris and his crew are one of three teams vying to get the most viewer votes.
If you watch on Monday night, look for "Ducky." It's little Bonnie's plastic duck, which Matt and the crew tried to slip into all the shots. If you watch on Monday night, look for "Ducky." It's little Bonnie's plastic duck, which Matt and the crew tried to slip into all the shots.
By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A lot of people may dream about starring in a reality TV show, but few actually take steps to be in one. That's not the case for Alcoa resident Matt Harris.

He and his "crew" will be in the opening episode of a new Discovery Channel program called "Biker Live" Monday night.

After a full day at his regular job, Matt Harris puts in extra duty in his backyard garage with his dad Ed, working on a custom built Harley Davidson.

Harris's love for motorcycles dates back to his teens.

"I'm 31. I've been messing with bikes since I was 18 or 19. So I've been around them, but we're not full time. We're regular Joes," said Harris.

That will likely change when the Discovery Channel's "Biker Live" debuts Monday night. Harris and his crew are one of three teams vying to get the most viewer votes.

It almost didn't happen. After noticing a casting call on the internet, he called the casting company for information, but was told he was too late.

"I said, 'Hold on lady, just give me a shot. Let me explain myself.' So I got my foot in the door, and then just kicked it on in," Harris said with a laugh. "Next thing you know, Hollywood comes to town and here we are building a bike for TV."

That was in January and for two months, a film crew followed Matt, his father and two friends as they built a bike for the competition.

We can only show you parts of that bike. You'll have to wait for the show to see the entire reveal.

"This series is going to be pretty gritty. There's not going to be a lot of drama or acting. It's really about building motorcycles," said Harris.

He says while the work was grueling, but his kids seemed to enjoy it.

"They were super excited. Bonnie is 2 years old and Kenny is 6, and both understand what's going on.. Bonnie wakes up and asks if a film crew is coming today," he said.

If you watch on Monday night, look for "Ducky." It's little Bonnie's plastic duck, which Matt and the crew tried to slip into all the shots.

Harris says he's happy with the work they did on the bike.

"We're extremely proud. We worked hard on it. Blood, sweat and tears. A lot of time and energy. We have 1,500 hours in this bike."

The bike that will be viewed by a national audience Monday night was made in Tennessee.

There will be a watch party Monday night at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson in Maryville starting at 8 p.m.  The show airs at 10 p.m. and Harris encourages everybody to go to Twitter with the hashtag #BikerLive40Cal to support the local guys.


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