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Old 12-23-2003, 09:38 AM
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American Chopper, the Christmas bike episode

I watch this show to be entertained. I don't particularly like their style of bike building, but the drama of the three Teutuls fighting, yelling and throwing things is just hilarious.
Last night was the episode of the buildup of the Christmas theme bike. Paulie didn't want to participate since the bike didn't respresent what he thought they should be building. Two new fabricators and Mikey built the bike. Typically, it was a bunch of goo gaws hung on the bike to complete the theme.
Aside from the silly looking bike, that show was about the most funniest I've ever seen. It was even touching that Sr. got so involved in the bike for the sake of the kids, all whose parents were victims of 9/11. It confirmed my opinion that most of their comments towards each other are for the drama, encouraged by producers for ratings. Paul Sr. is really just a big teddy bear.
The young guy who paints for OCC did do a very creative paint scheme on the bike. He is very talented. Even Paulie got involved in the final frantic assembly. Mikey did his typical shop clown routine and a very funny characterization of his dad that even had Paul Sr. laughing. It was a good show to watch.

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Old 12-23-2003, 10:04 AM
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I laughed through most of it. I think Mikey is there for the comic relief. Have you noticed that he is now doing most of the narrative.
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screaming bike builders??

Just my opinion, I don't care for the show. Not my style of building. I'd much prefer a couple of friends and a few beers than deal with the tyraids his dad throws. I like a more contemperary style chop.


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Old 12-23-2003, 11:03 AM
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Love the show for the entertainment value, but I much prefer Jesse James' bikes.
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The tall, long, stretched rigid style of Jesse James isn't to my liking, but he is a heck of a craftsman.
I like the BACC/Ron Simms, Arlen Ness and Paul Yaffe styles...all low and fat and way out of my price range. I like some of the Indian Larry old style bikes, also.
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Old 12-23-2003, 12:55 PM
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Damnit, I skipped the OCC for a X-Mas party at my freinds house. Sun-ufabeech. Oh well, I am sure there will be a couple re-runs of it in the next 3 months.


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Old 12-23-2003, 09:34 PM
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Mikey was hilarious last night. The new guys were pretty talented, more so than paulie jr., I think. good metal shaping skills. the painter is very talented, he's a pretty fine artist. Did you notice the protection these guys pit over things when they were welding? I' bet they caught a lot of crap over the punctured tire episode, they looked inept. They have a good thing going with the show, the bikes don't impress me much. dan
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Old 12-23-2003, 09:52 PM
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Lots of sap in here . . .lots of sap!
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best Paully quote from that episode.....

"there's more fabrication in the front fender on the Christmas bike than there is in that whole *bleepin* bike"..... referring to paully jr.s latest....

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My wife and I are working on a drinking game for that show.

for things they say
some examples.
take a drink when Paul Sr. says fabricate or fabrication
take 2 for each time Jr says it.

and others we're working on
When Jr starts off with "my father"
when Sr slams a door

I don't think I would make it through a show
but with a couple good buddies and few good Beers. I sure would try
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Old 12-24-2003, 12:54 AM
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how about,.....

drink when someone sez, "were on a tight deadline for this project" or similar....

the funniest thing i have heard anyone say yet, "shut up Mikey"
2 drinks
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Old 12-24-2003, 04:12 AM
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I love the show! And most of their bikes are impressive for THEME bikes! I mean the fire dept. bike with the maltese cross designed into the wheels, chrome ladders, and that DaVinci (fire hydrant) carb.!!!!! But, for real world choppers, my money is on Billy Lane of Choppers Inc. or Indian Larry. Both of these guys are true hot-rodders on two wheels! Everything is hand made in shop with one eye on classic good looks and the other one on going one step beyond the norm! Ever seen Billy Lane's bikes with no center in the rear wheel? (Psycho, I think) Now that is impressive!
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I enjoy the show but the fighting and arguing gets a little old.

How about two drinks evertime somone starts a sentence with
"To tell you the truth" or "To be honest with you"? You'll never make it through the show. LOL
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I too am addicted to the show. I have one question for you biker geeks; what engine and tranny do they use? They talk about all the other stuff that goes into the bikes but always go to the shelf and pull down the drive train and drop it in. Since the engine is the most important part of any hot rod (bike) what are they using? Are they all the same?

Also more drink keys, "at the end of the day", "in the final analysis".

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Willys,
I believe they're using S&S motors. S&S has been around for many years with their own proprietary big cubic inch motors...Harley V-twin design, but hand built with more hp/torque. There's several companies that make "crate" motors for custom builders and bikes.
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