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User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

Hey guys, for those of you that know about choppers.

I´m pretty sure the guys in the US knows about American Chopper the TV series.
I was watching it last night, and they had a really old show on, where they made a Santa bike. While making the bike, they were in a really small shop, quite cramped I must say. THen, later the same night, they were doing the Shelby 500 bike, witch they were doing in a bigger shop, and then they moved to a new and really big shop.

Thing is, what´s their story, how did they become so sucessfull, etc etc.

I´ve been on their website, but it doesn´t say much, so, could you experts here enlighten me?

Thx

Happy Holidays


Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

They got big from the TV show. That led to many more orders for their bikes. The got a lot of great publicity from the 9/11 'Fire bike', built in honor to the NYC Firefighters killed featured in one of the earlier episodes. I believe the father had a metal fabricating shop and liked chopper bikes for many years, then decided to go into making chopper bikes part time, got a good rep, then into full time and it just grew from there. Then they were approached by the Discovery Channel to do a 'reality show' as they had the unique family personality (Mikey is the coolest of them all of the family). I would also note the company is based about 60 miles/100kms north or NYC in Orange County New York State.

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

They moved into a big, new shop a little over a year ago.

http://www.zjstech.net/~library/4249/OrangeCountyChoppers.jpg


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

That is absolute trash TV and the whole family is a bunch of losers although they make great bikes. But i couldn't drive one over here cause the German TÜV would puke all over the place and never certify it!

Regds
jush



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

Quoting Jush (Reply 3):
That is absolute trash TV and the whole family is a bunch of losers although they make great bikes.

bit of a contradiction no? and please i love the show and all but i really beleive most of the dramatics are just bumped up for the camera... Really and im sure your family is the certified best family in the world..... i think not.



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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2365 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

The workshop is about 10 miles from SWF, in a town called Montgomery, NY.

Like all "reality" shows you only see what makes good TV. There are a whole host of other guys working there, that you will never see. In reality the guys in the show don't actually do much work now, it's all filming the show and doing public appearances.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):
I believe the father had a metal fabricating shop and liked chopper bikes for many years, then decided to go into making chopper bikes

100% correct!


User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

They make some creative bikes, but I would not call them good. Good, to me, means you can ride it all day, on multi-day trips, with a high degree of reliability. If you tried to ride some of those stretched, raked montrosities, you would be just as likely to have a back spasm as have any sort of fun.


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User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

yeah, thx for the info guys.
About the family, well, Paul&Paul are pretty much as me and my dad, with me working and him complainting all the time, but it´s a different sotry.

About their bikes, for me it´s much more for showing then it´s for riding. They don´t look confy for a long drive. I love bikes, and their´s are great, with some really nice details and lots of creativity, but just don´t fell good to ride, leg and arm position are too streched, wich get tireing after a short while.

Anyway, thx for the info guys

happy holidays.



Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

The small shop was downstairs and then the larger one was upstairs. That got expanded but they still managed to grow out of it and then moved into Montgomery I think so.

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

I agree, the customs bike they build are eye-candy not something to drive coast-to-coast with.
Discovery puts it right in their tag-line, "AC the Osbournes of Discovery channel", anyways I like it.


User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1000 times:

OK, they have really grown.

LAst night they showed the X-mas special part II, when they built a side car like a santa car...and they also buy Mikey a new truck in this show.

Then, on the 2nd part of the show, they aired Shelby´s Bike part II, where everybody has a Hummer H-2....

Guess business are going great for them .... lol

Happy Holidays



Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5857 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 996 times:

love the show, nothing wrong with a bit of family bonding whilst building some of the best damn bikes i've ever seen...Jush, you ever heard the saying, the family that plays together, stays together! Kristin is a hottie too!

looks like a pretty close family unit to me!



a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 981 times:

Absoluetly love the show, even if it is fairly obvious that a lot of the Paul Sr vs Paul Jr/Mikey stuff is just added for the show. IMHO, the Santa bike was a nice special treat for the kids, but I think that the Black Widow Bike is the best. Btw, their website is http://www.orangecountychoppers.com/ , which also shows all the bikes made, including several for celebrities.

User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5857 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 976 times:

only other show that i enjoy as much as American Chopper is Nip Tuck, that show is absolutely brilliant! we don't get it down here so i have to resort to d/l the episodes off limewire.


a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineBoeing Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 950 times:

Quoting Jush (Reply 3):
That is absolute trash TV and the whole family is a bunch of losers

And yet you watch it.  Yeah sure


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3653 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Way over hyped. If you want to see true crafstman, see Jesse James of West Coast Choppers. Orange County are assemblers. They go buy parts, tank, wheeels, frame, etc put it together and clutter it up with doo-dads. If the doo-dads dont quite fit, they get a big mallet and make them fit. Makes me cringe. Watching Paul ride makes me cringe as well, he clearly spends more time standing next to the bike than riding it.
Jesse James on the other hand is proficient on all facets of bike building. Watching him roll out two tank halves out of a sheet of metal is watching an artist. His bikes are clean and uncluttered. A true rider as well.


User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 928 times:

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 15):
Orange County are assemblers. They go buy parts, tank, wheeels, frame, etc put it together and clutter it up with doo-dads.

In the newer episodes they do have the equipment to make frames, wheels, and exhausts themselves. And that guy Rick makes tanks for the bikes.



Don't give up don't ever give up - Jim Valvano
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 897 times:

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 13):
only other show that i enjoy as much as American Chopper is Nip Tuck, that show is absolutely brilliant! we don't get it down here so i have to resort to d/l the episodes off limewire.

There were ads for Nip tuck on Foxtel today.


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