CMT Bike Week, 10 hours of bike-themed programming centered around the 2013 Sturgis Rally, kicks off Aug. 18 with new show premiering each night at 8 p.m. ET/PT through Aug. 24.
Filmed at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s two-week event in Sturgis, S.D., the special programming will give viewers an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look into the music, culture and camaraderie that make up this popular festival. Cameras will be on hand to document three separate world record attempts, including Clint Ewing’s death-defying attempt to ride his motorcycle through a blazing 350-feet inferno.
Throughout the week, CMT will premiere four, all-new specials, including Kid Rock: Live From Buffalo Chip, a concert premiering Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Other all-new specials include:
Tunnel of Fire — Hosted by Rossi Morreale, this adrenaline-pumping special highlights the craziest daredevils and stunts that happen at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Motorcyclist Clint Ewing will attempt to break a Guinness world record by completing the death-defying Tunnel of Fire stunt by traveling through a towering inferno longer than a football field. Mike Hughes will strap himself to a 15-foot rocket and launch himself more than 1,000 feet in the air to one-up the legendary Evel Knievel. Additionally, the special will feature front row seats to the Wall of Death where American hell rider Patch McGillicutty will steer a motorcycle around a circular wall at 90 miles per hour. (Premieres Aug. 20)
Biker Battles — This all-new special will highlight the most insane and outrageous competitions that take place at Sturgis each year. Hosted by Big Jay Oakerson, the show will highlight everything from a makeshift bikini competition to a tattoo challenge, bike build and burnout contest and a vertical motorcycle hill climb. (Premieres Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Doomsday Garage — The father and son team of Jeff and Zach are the go-to guys for rides that can do a lot more than just off-roading. They are the leading builders of doomsday vehicles — cars, trucks, buses and boats that are built for survival against all elements and extended escape from civilization. With a crack team of automotive experts, the pair take run-of-the-mill vehicles and turn them into all-out survival machines, building everything from a luxury RV to an armored tank. (Premieres Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Additionally, sneak previews will be provided of several other programs, including:
Orange County Choppers — The world’s most renowned custom motorcycle manufacturer and its fearless leader return in a new eight-episode series premiering on CMT later this year. With OCC revitalized in killer style, the show follows Paul Teutul Sr. (“Senior”) and his team as they reach new extremes resulting in mind-blowing bikes and state-of-the-art drama. (Premieres Aug. 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Tattoo Titans — Red-blooded men and women from across the nation are picking up their tattoo guns and competing to prove they’re the best at what they do in this all-new series premiering later this year on CMT. Each week, four top tattoo artists will face off in a competition designed to push them to their artistic and mental limits as they have the chance to tattoo real-life human canvases in rounds that progressively get more difficult. The artist who can sling the best ink to take down the rest of their competition won’t just leave with bragging rights, but they’ll also be walking away with $10,000 in cash. (Premieres Aug. 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT)
The CMT Bike Week programming also features Dog and Beth: On the Hunt premiering in its new Saturday night time slot on Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The world’s most renowned bounty hunters Dog and Beth Chapman are joined by their son Leland as they step outside their headquarters in Hawaii to unite with bail bondsmen from around the nation as they hunt down some of America’s most dangerous criminals. On this all-new episode, Leland Chapman’s 18-year-old son Dakota wants to join the family business but must first prove himself on a treacherous hunt in the lawless jungles of Hawaii.
CMT Bike Week will also include a special episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown when hosts Cody Alan and Alecia Davis take in all the raucous fun in Sturgis. Catch the week’s 20 hottest videos, in addition to the latest news from Katie Cook in what promises to be a show revved up with adrenaline. The week includes a new episode of Hillbillies for Hire and an airing of Wild Hogs, a movie starring Tim Allen, John Travolta and Martin Lawrence.