Television gives us a new motorcycle build-off to end 2011:
When? Monday and Tuesday, December 5th & 6th 9 pm both nights
Where? Discovery Channel
December 6th will be a live show in Las Vegas and the winning bike will be revealed.
This event is on the Discovery Channel and the American Chopper series, which didn’t invent motorcycle shows but certainly helped make them famous and set off the biker build-off events and shows of various stripes with the help of the King and the Mayor, Jesse James who did invent bike building television.
The Teutul’s got locked into building theme bikes, some really good-looking theme bikes for like the last twelve years. But the show became all about Senior getting red in the face screaming at Junior. That’s all the show really was until Senior fired Junior. He seems to forget that he fired his own son (again) and says that Paul junior “left” or “got laid off” or “forgot to come back to work”, but he fired Junior.
And after a year during which Paul Senior and OCC prevented Junior from being able to build a motorcycle, the Discovery Channel eventually promoted a Sr vs Jr build-off which Junior won handily and the Discovery Channel pretty much ignored. Seems they had all their chips riding on Senior.
So now we have a three-way build-off. Sounds interesting because PJD then builds some nice bikes and we have Jesse James….a real bike builder, in the mix.
I’m not sure what OCC is building. They seem to spend most of their time on the show bad-mouthing Junior. How long can you do that and what does it have to do with building quality bikes?
Jesse will bad-mouth them both, but he really is a bad boy. Junior isn’t but doesn’t try to be. Senior tries to be but it doesn’t fit.
My guess?? It will be PJD vs Jesse with OCC there for some color and trouble-making.
The winner? Could go either way, but I think PJD could sneak a win here as the underdoggie.
We will be back here for the December 5th show and the December 6th unveiling in my 2nd home, Las Vegas.
I wish they would let the History Channel’s Danny ‘Count’ Koker join in on this building frenzy/fun. That would make for a show.
Jesse James and West Coast Choppers
When it comes to bikes how can you not be a Jesse James fan? For fabrication skills alone both Tuetuls should be scared cuz JJ will not take a back seat. He planned from the start to fabricate every single piece of metal and frame by himself. And that means manual machines. No pretty-boy machinery in this shop.
Check out his photos from the build HERE Nice bike. I sure miss the old Monster Garage days.
A Frisco machine in all its’ glory. Do you know the Frisco bikes? Check out this article. It explains how geography often determines a bike building style. Car building too but thi is about bikes.
And definitely view the interview with Trevelen. Besides being a bike-building genius the man know and lives his history. Right on bbrother T.
And so it is that the old Frisco bikes became the West Coast choppers style all the way.
Paul Teutul Jr and PJD
Paulie was always much more skilled than Senior gave him credit for on the show. I guess partly because it was a storyline in the show or partly because of Sr’s screwed up behavior. But he learned to design and build some nice machines. And even better ones at PJD as early as it still is.
Check his photos from the build HERE
Paul Sr and OCC
Nice show, getting old after a decade even with the split. Lots of talented peeps here though but the “theme” focus limits their growth. Must be hard to work at OCC. Where else can you get the opportunity to build a lot of bikes, get on TV, make tons of money and get a rep of your own. And it tastes so good you can’t leave even though you hate to go to work each day?
Check the OCC Build pics HERE
Jesse James is bringing out the big guns for tonights show
Have you been watching this all fucking day long American Chopper marathon?
I have been in and out all day, but each time I make it in the TV room the Teutul’s are still on. That’s what more than a decade of TV shows will do. plus how it would screw with your head.
I will watch tonight and tomorrow though, because I want to see the bikes…
Two nice bikes and one…whata-ya-call-it. I like the OCC wuteva but it’s not a motorcycle.
So it’s between PJD and JJ.
JJ may be even a little crazier now but there were some funny ass moments.
I follow Jesse on Twitter but somehow I missed the video parody on Jr. Too funny.
I like PJDs bike a lot. The look is amazing and there is only one thing I don’t care much for—the wood in the wheels. I get it and it fits the theme. To me it almost looks more like an old wood boat but that’s just me.
Jesse’s bike is sweet. I would love to ride it. And that red is amazingly deep.
the winning bike was by Paul Jr Designs (PJD). I didn’t watch the entire show last night had some other stuff going on but I did pick the winner after seeing all three machines. check the link above.
All three were good builds but all were so different from design perspective all the way to technical build that it is almost ahmeful to pick one over the other.
I have to hand it to the OCC crew for coming up with something like their Track machine. Amazing, didn’t think they had this in them.
And it is great to see the Mayor Jesse James building motorcycles again. This is where he belongs and he built one sweet machine. Plus he has grown up enough he admitted his ego got in the way a bit. If he had realized this a bit earlier he might have won.
And nice job Paul Jr and the crew for another Discovery Channel Build-off win.
Now maybe we can stop these contrived Sr vs Jr bullshit buildoffs. If Sr can’t admit what his son can do (win?) then take him off television. His shit got old 4 years ago.
Good job to the metal boys and engine tuners on each team!!!
Here is an article from Inside TV. Big TV ratings for the show especially last night (Part 2) so we can probably expect more of these contrivances. It’s the 2nd highest rated episode EVER in the 10+ year history of the show. So…
The article has some good full-size photos for you.