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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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American Choppers Marathon

Did anyone else see the american choppers marathon yesterday for Orange County Choppers? I watched a couple of the episodes I missed so it was pretty cool. I was happy to finally see the finished product of the fire bike and what mikey's blues bike turned out to be. Last but not least the apache bike too. All were nice but I do have to say that it sucked that Mikey's blues bike had to suffer a bit with chrome spokes for the rear rim since the rim with the gold didnt spin smooth. That sucked. Not having matching rims on a bike that is that expensive and custom. Have to say I was unhappy.

Also, did anyone watch any of the biker build off with Billy Lane or Paul Yaffe or Indian Larry???? That was pretty good. Highly recommend watching if you missed it.
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Yeah, it was cool to catch up on episodes that I missed.


I can't believe that Billy Lane's bike won again, must be the women stuffing the box(according to my wife). I have to ask myself which bike I'd rather ride, no hot butt for me thank you. It was cool that Indian Larry won though it seems like those are set up for the East Coast guys to win since they are held there. I think Sturgis would be a little more neutral ground.

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Tried doing a reply but it started a new thread for some reason but here is what I wrote.

I didnt get to see the billy lane episode since I was out to dinner but the indian larry and paul yaffe decision sucked. I am not a fan of the old school looking chopper that looks like a toy thing that indian larry built. I thought the yaffe bike was smooth and bad ass. i would have to disagree on the larry taking that one.

on the flip side, billy has some way cool designs. You know the bike he designed that is rimless on the rear tire i got to see that in person out at sturgis. just happened to see it parked on main street when we were walking by. very very cool bike. the footage on tv hasnt done that bike justice.
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i got to catch up on the shows also. about indian larry's bike....i didn't like it. in my opinion, its called retro paint because its from the past. the past should stay where it is!
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yaffe definate had a better looking bike i just dont like indian larry seems like a moron to me. Did you the one with mario andretti in it? It was funny he walked into the guy's shop and said "the first thing i look at on a bike(pointing to the tire) is how far people lean over" He was looking at chicken strips i thought that was funny.
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I saw all the episodes on first run, but still maneged to watch a couple of them yesterday.

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Yeah, Andretti pointing out the chicken strips was cool. The hot ass bike was nice, except for the hot ass. My favorite was the 2,400 HP Bourgis boat, they showed it when Bourgis and Billy did there build off. Did any body see when Billy hit the pot hole, his ass came like to feet of the seat. Billy stuff is more art than the other guys, they seemed more mass-produced. I am pretty sure
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I saw the bikes from the "BuildOff" in Sturgis at the Roadhouse. IndyLry's bikes look like something just thrown together. I didn't care much for them. The others were ok. I do like some of Paul Yaffee's bikes that have that industrial look to them.

Looking for chicken strips???WTF Must have been a sportbike guy. Who cares on a chopper????

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IndyLry's bikes look like something just thrown together.
Really? Oh well, ,my bubble is burst. I was pulling for him because he reminds me of Iggy Pop.


I still say Billy Lane's bikes are crap, I can't believe they don't fall apart on the road.

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Andretti.......must have been a sportbike guy???????

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Andretti.......must have been a sportbike guy???????
Yeah.

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I would have to agree with you gasguzzler. Bourget's bikes look very mass produced. They all have a very similar design to them so it doesnt differentiate them at all. Only thing seemed custom for the bourgett bike was a custom paint job. Billy puts more creativity and thought in i think.
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On thing I have to say for Bourget is that his bikes are ALL his w/excption of the engine. All the others are made up of other peoples parts of something out of the old bike parts collection. Also, B's manufacturing is impeccable and all modern technology is incorporated into his creations. The welds themselves are a work of art.

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My buddy Joe (now rides the gixxer 1000) had a Bourget. Damn thing used to break down ALL the time!
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My buddy Joe (now rides the gixxer 1000) had a Bourget. Damn thing used to break down ALL the time!
Just curious. What broke on it? They look very sturdy in comparison to other choppers on the market.

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I hate to be the odd ball here but Indian Larry's bike was awesome. New biker style just sux, choppers should not be all smooth and perfect, they need to look mechanical and primitive. I will say that Billy Lane does a good job of taking old school looks and improving them with artistic flair, regardless if it's really ridable.

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I hate to be the odd ball here but Indian Larry's bike was awesome. New biker style just sux, choppers should not be all smooth and perfect, they need to look mechanical and primitive. I will say that Billy Lane does a good job of taking old school looks and improving them with artistic flair, regardless if it's really ridable.
Yes, primitive indeed. When I saw his creation up close it actually looked rusted. I wonder how he got that effect? Oh yeah, and the frayed asbestos tape around the exhaust pipes was awesome. He does seem like a nice guy though. I ran into him at the Full Throttle. My bike was parked right up by the stage. Cool.

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I thought the biker build off was pretty funny. I hated both Indian Larry and Billie's bikes. I figured they got more votes because they looked like skuzzy H-D riders. I guess the moral is if you want to build a hot H-D, both the builder and the bike need to look like a burned out POS. Isn't Pauly from Orange County supposed to be in a build off too?

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I guess nobody appreciates old-school choppers anymore. Not that the new styles aren't cool, but it's unrealistic for a person of my means to be able to have one. I'll take a crusty old harley, hack it into a chopped-racked monster and ride it around. I don't want to sweat cleaning my $20K motor that pulls my arms out off their sockets on a trip around the block. To each his own.

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Isn't Pauly from Orange County supposed to be in a build off too?
if he was in one he'd never get it done within 30 days
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im sure most of the votes for billy and larry come from there fans. ask any harley or chopper rider and there going to like billy and larry alot better then the rest. there always will be a different in ideas on new and old school choppers depends on what your style is. i give mad props to anyone who can build a bike in 30days and ride them all the miles they did. most painters cant even paint in that time let alone build a bike.
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I didn't the last few weeks of American Choopers, but from what I hear it is a great show. When Paul JR. and Paul SR. argue, it reminds me of when my family and I owned and operated an auto repair shop, my dad and I always argued for no apparant reason. I guess that may be the part why we now get along with each other. Anyway, that show rocks. I wish I could afford a bike like the Comanche or the 9-11-01 Fire Fighter Bike. I have other great sites that you can check out for great choppers. ?. are you going to Strats tomorrow? I am new to this site and the whole group ride thing, I would like to meet others that like riding as I do. Maybe tomorrow I will see you there??

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I'll really be odd here I liked them all If I could I would own them all, I would But if I had to chose one, just one.....it would be Lane's bike. These really aren't bikes, but sculpture, that you can ride. Every jury furniture show I have entered, I always get a judge commenting, "Looks like a piece of art, but does it function?" Art isn't perfect, it's a visualization of what the artist believes is perfection, and nothing more boring than perfection, it's bland. If perfection is what you seek, buy a Honda.

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Lane does indeed build some nice bikes. The one I like the most so far is a gold colored Knucklehead he did. It was featured in Easy Riders about a year ago. All the controls were custom made and shaped like little flames. The bottle for the oiler was an airlines Jack Daiels bottle tipped upside down. I also like Chica's bikes. Each one is custom fitted to the owner. The guys at S&S put together a beautiful chopper based on a S&S 100 ci Sportster engine this year for Sturgis. It was all done in a silver matte finish. It had that industrial look. Hell, I like em all.

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I am not sure if I am going tonight but if I do show up I will look for you. I am the skinny blond kid on a yeller '99 CBR F4. Maybe see you tonight.

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