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Old 05-17-2003, 07:04 PM
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As I sit here watching American Choppers on Discovery Channel I wonder how many of you watch this show. I dont know what it is, but it is just awesome. If you have not ever seen it, I would suggest checking it out on Saturday and Monday night. Might be on some other times too.

For those who have seen it, what is your favorite bike thus far. I have to go for the the Jet bike.

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Old 05-17-2003, 07:21 PM
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Being a Harley guy, i watch it all the time. The dad is a real azzzzz! But i think it is alot for show. They do crank out some nice stuff.
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Jet bike! Im' not in to bikes but I do like good craftsman ship and to wach a man or woman make something out of all most nouthing I like. I wish they had a show where they did HotRods.Not this stuff they have on tv now with all there store bought stuff! You know where they bring in some junker and bild it up frome the grond up doing all that fab, work and swet like they do on American Choppers. Chuck,,, <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" />
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Yeah, I am not into bikes a whole lot, but the fabication and engineering skills are amazing. Along with the quality and it is just amazing.

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Old 05-17-2003, 08:43 PM
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I like the show, the crap dad and pauly give each other keeps it interesting. as far as the building of the bikes, I see them buying fenders, tanks, and working on them to customize, a lot of their stuff is bought. Motors, trans, etc along with the other parts. they then send those parts to a bodyman, for paint or powdercoating, wheels custom made by a jobber, sure the stuff is nice and imaginative but how much is really built in the shop by themselves? Pauly has a great eye for the custom looks, they do assemble neat looking bikes, I'd like to see the out of shop parts and labor bill. It would be interesting.all in all a neat show. Dan
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Hey, did they ever show the finnished "Fire Bike"? I saw the tank being made but never the finished product. How do you guys like the other brother, Matt? That guys a nut. Paul Sr. kills me when he gets all angry and turns red.
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A lot of the stuff is probably a put on for TV, but I think the show is way better than Jesse James with his attitude. Here is the site where you can see the bikes. http://www.orangecountychoppers.com/occ/default.html

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I like to watch it but I think the Dad is a real *rick with his kid. Always complaining at him even when he stays half the night and comes in a little late the next day. I think I'd get to the point where I'd tell him to kiss off. If you know so much do it yourself. I'ts your business you stay til 3:0o a..m. and finish it.
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Haven't had cable for awhile, no time, but used to love "Junkyard Wars", I think it was on either Discovery or A&E.
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Its a cool show and by far better than west coast choppers. Pauly actually puts some thought and a peice of himself in every bike he builds with pride. I also love the fact that someone other than myself has finally found the power in theme bikes/vehicles! I've never ever had the want to shake someones hand from a tv show or movie, but I'd definatly like to offer my respect and admiration to Paul. One more thing about that family is they must have be brought up on corn because they are all tree trunks!

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[quote]Originally posted by dinger:
<strong>....as far as the building of the bikes, I see them buying fenders, tanks, and working on them to customize, a lot of their stuff is bought. Motors, trans, etc along with the other parts. they then send those parts to a bodyman, for paint or powdercoating, wheels custom made by a jobber, sure the stuff is nice and imaginative but how much is really built in the shop by themselves?..... Dan</strong><hr></blockquote>

Dan,

I could not agree more. I have seen the show several times, and the craftsmanship(not workmanship) is not really that impressive. All the coachwork(tanks,fenders, sheetmetal) is done elsewhere, no critcal structural manufacturing is done in house, and there isn't really any highly skilled metalwork going on. All that MIG welding sheetmetal, then using filler to cover it up...I wouldn't do that in my shop, and certainly not on film!

Someone above posted how they liked to see them making a bike from nothing....how is that? They start out with the finest foundation possible. A well-engineered rame/fork/swingarm/powertrain/etc.

I would be impressed if they started with 5'x10' sheets of steel and DOM tubing....haha.

How about a shop show of Marcel DeLay's shop? Handformed hot rod bodies...Kugel's Muruc roadsteres, Boydster I&II, Smoothster, all the Foose designed cars....now that man and is son Luke are CRAFTSMAN!
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everytime i have seen it on, i flip over to watch it and it is ALWAYS the jetbike episode, i have never seen any others.
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My favorite has got to be the spider web bike!
That thing is awesome!
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Well, I would agree with you to an extent Sirspeedy. I was a bit disappointed to see that they dont build their own frames and fenders. They claimed on one show however that it is their design, but they have someone else build them to increase their production ability. It makes alot of sense. They are making cash hand over fist because of the volume they are able to output. If you look at it in a business mind, it makes sense and is a very smart move.

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yea the guys an ***** but it is a sweet show. but i have noticed also how they get most of their parts. when they do the specials on like Jesse James he makes everything by hand except the motor.
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