Posts Tagged ‘orange County Choppers’

Hitting NeutralOrange County Chopper is closing shop in the state of New York and moving to St. Petersburg, Florida. The following came from their Facebook page:

“And so, it begins, the next chapter in the Orange County Choppers story. Ground has been broken at the all-new OCC Roadhouse, Museum and Entertainment Complex in St. Petersburg, Florida.”

During a radio interview with WKRG, Paul Senior added some more commentary on the reason for the move:

“There’s more of a sense of freedom down there. I think I have more of a fan base down there in Florida and the riding season is nine months maybe even ten. In New York, you have a short season, maybe only three months or so. The whole thing makes sense.”

He added politics and taxes played a major role in his decision.

“Sometimes it’s just time for change, you know? Where I’m at in my life, it’s time for change and you feel the freedom in Florida, you don’t feel it so much in New York anymore,”

My Take – The last several years have been extremely hard on the motorcycle industry.  I bet Orange County Choppers have been hurt more than the big guys.  This move will reduce the tax burden and possible other costs.

This is a hard time which requires hard decision.  Good for them for making that hard decision. I hope it works out.


Up Shift – Josh Herrin (racer with MotoAmerica) recently set a world record for the fastest motorcycle elbow drag.  He drug is elbow for about 100 feet (30 Meters) at 100.9 MPH (162.4 KPH) establishing the record!

The idea for this world record attempt came from a brain storming session with his sponsor “Fresh n Lean”.

My Take – Very cool!  It is also great to see a sponsor step up to do things like this in the motorcycle world!


Down Shift – Armed FBI raid on Ducati North America. The FBI finical crimes division raided the headquarters of Ducati North America as well as the homes of some of their corporate leaders. To date, there has been no official statement as what warranted the raid or what is going on.  Ducati released a statement that confirmed that the raid occurred, and that Ducati was fully complying with the government.

My Take – Something that make you go hummmmm.   Is Ducati in trouble or are they the collateral damage from some other party.  Stay tuned.

Ride on, Ride Safe


After being off the air for a few years the American Choppers motorcycle TV show is back on the air. Discovery Channel has brought the Teutul’s back for another run Monday’s at 10PM EST.

If you liked it in the past I think you will like it now. If you did not like it in the past, then I don’t think you will change your mind. This time around, in addition to the shop hijinks, there is a focus on Senior and Junior trying to rebuild their relationship. Scripted or not your call.

As far as the motorcycle builds go, not much has changed…which is a bit disappointing, hardtail and pro stock bikes. The closest they come to something out of the norm was an ethanol (E85) bike. But, Paul Jr. used a standard engine just tuning it to be able to use the fuel. With all the angst out there about ethanol in motorcycles this would have been a great time to do more. Just my 2 cents.

BUT, here is the crux of my problem, and it is not with the show, if you want more motorcycle TV then you need to watch (or record) the show. Without ratings American Choppers will not last and Discovery and other channels will not invest in more motorcycle themed shows.

I for one want more motorcycle TV and, at least once a month, I search the TV listings for motorcycle themed shows. Whether or not I am interested in those shows I set the DVR to record those shows to at least give them a small boost.

Soooo, like it or not please give American Choppers a chance if not for that show but those motorcycle shows we don’t even know about yet by watching/recording.

Fuel for a Rant! Motorcycles and the EPA.

motorcycle vacation new england


WELL…. Pulling out of the B&B and heading south on the Maine coast in a blue sky morning was just a picture perfect motorcycle vacation, too bad it did not last. With Boston and New York on the horizon we were not thrilled with the thought of the traffic that lay ahead.  Our intention was to ride around Boston on I495 and then head south west toward New York. 

Those plans did not really hold hard due to a series of rain storms.  With rain drops the size of small birds smacking me in the face and my glasses fogging up repeatedly we decided to pull off early and find a room… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!  It seems that every hotel along the I95 corridor was sold out!  WARNING….do not travel on the I95 corridor during the summer vacation season if you are free-styling (i.e. no real plan). 

Luckily for us our daughter jumped on the computer and started looking for a hotel while we were riding.  During one of the stops, attempting to hide from the rain, she called and told us we had a room….in Rhode Island. The hotel was about 50 miles away and it was raining hard, sigh.  BUT (insert a choir of angels going AHAAAAAA) all of a sudden the clouds cleared and the rain stopped.  According to the weather radar that was not what was supposed to happen.  Not looking a gift horse (Trojan horse) in the mouth we quickly remounted our steed and took off.  The rain, and some hail, resumed almost as soon as we were checked in.  I really did not ride faster than my guardian angel could fly! 

WP_20170628_09_09_30_ProSeveral band of storms later we woke up to another beautiful morning and the weather radar showed that there was no rain anywhere!!!!!!!! Our new plan was to ride cross county to Hartford, CN then down to Danbury then on to Orange County Choppers headquarters in Newburgh, NY.   

The stop at Orange County Choppers was a blast.  Regardless of your thoughts on the WP_20170628_16_02_47_ProTeutul’s, the bikes they produced during the run of their show are just so cool to look at in person.  Too soon it was time to get back on the road.  Making it to Scranton, PA we stopped for the night.  The next morning we made the push for home. 

2982.6 miles from Virginia to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Niagara Falls to Lake Placid, Bar Harbor and back.  Even with all the rain we endured this was a great motorcycle vacation.  If you have not stepped up to long distance motorcycle touring it is something you should consider for your future.  What you feel, see, and hear while riding your motorcycle is so much more intense and impactful then riding in a car. For me it is being in the movie not watching the movie through your windshield.



As a topic of discussion on a recent “The Dawghouse Motorcycle News Rants and Racing” podcast, which has been around for more than six years now, we debated American Motorcycle Icons.  More to the point, just what are those icons?

To be defined as an American Icon we said it had to be:

1) American (duh)

2) Most if not all motorcyclists know about it.

3) A large number of non-bikers know about it.

Using that as a starting point we quickly realized that a lot of things that bikers might assume are iconic really aren’t.  For example Indian Motorcycles, a classic American bike (Check), most motorcyclists know that Indian is back (Check), non-riders…we think not so much.  You can check this yourself by asking a non-rider/follower what they think of when you say Indian.

Some of the others that were discarded included:

Rolling Thunder

Tail of the Dragon

Supercross (and, sadly, American motorcycle racing in general)

We also debated Sturgis and Daytona, I wanted to include Sturgis as an icon and Phil was adamant that Daytona Bike Week was much more famous then Sturgis.  Again, both are 100% pure American motorcycle events (Check) and most if not all bikers know about the events (Check). But will enough non-riders know about either of these events to rise to iconic status.  I say yes for Sturgis and Phil said yes for Daytona, but he is wrong of course! ☺

Soooo just what did we decide were true American Motorcycle Icons?  Excluding Sturgis and Daytona (because we agreed to disagree) we came up with the following American Motorcycling Icons:

Harley Davidson

Evil Kenivel

Hells Angels

Orange County Choppers

Surprised you with the last one?  Well consider this; the Teutul’s and OCC have been on television, in some form, for nearly 15 years.  OCC products have been in major stores like JC Penny and Wal-Mart.  The OCC brand is on all kinds of stuff even a roller coaster.  Which brings us to the icon requirements:  American made (check), do most if not all bikers know about OCC (check) and does a large number of non-riders know OCC…based on sells of merchandise (check).

Also, sadly, I think that Evil Kenivel’s status as an icon may be fading.  I am sure that most motorcyclists are still aware of his all-American daring deeds but as for the general public as a whole, less and less know who he is year to year.  In another generation he may have to come off the list.

Think any of those are wrong?  Did we miss something you think rises to the level of iconic? Sturgis or Daytona?  Let us know what you think.


KTM gets a very rude welcome in Germany

Remember Nub the painter from OCC shows?  

Robbie Maddison in a Bowler Hat surfing the Thames River 1960 style????

A 1927 Harley Davidson Side Car Racer up for sale.

100 years ago 2 sisters rode across the American Continent now 100 women are recreating


With the dearth of motorcycle related TV shows we can count on OCC to pop back on our sets. Love it or hate it OCC is coming back this time on the A&E Network.

While there is nothing on their website I have seen several adverts for the new show. You can check out the OCC-American Xtreme Facebook page for a little background.

The most obvious change from the older OCC variants to this Xtreme version is …. There is no Paul Jr in the cast. It looks like all the other regulars are back including Senior, Rick, Nick, Jason, and Jim Quin. Paul Jr’s brother Mikey is listed as part of the cast as well, which is good as Mikey always puts a spin on things that you might not expect.

But that is not the only big casting news Rusty Coones, late of Sons of Anarchy, is on the show as well. Guess the producers think the show needs another bit of spice. Rusty has a long past with motorcycles beyond SOA to include owing his own bike shop and running with the Hells Angles.

I have loved and barely liked the different OCC shows. Regardless of your thoughts on the Teutuls at least we get some new Motorcycle TV.

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The latest version of Paul Teutul Senior’s television career premiers tonight on CMT. Orange County Choppers will, based on what I have read and seen, will follow the same route as the previous incarnations of his shows.

From the CMT website about tonights show: “GAF, the largest manufacturer of roofing in North America, approaches Paul Senior about building a bike for them. The only issue is they want it built in time to give it away to a veteran at Sturgis, which is only two and-a-half weeks away”



Apparently Paul Sr. will be back on TV building and riding motorcycles. County Music Television (CMT) while premier the latest incarnation of Orange County Choppers beginning this November.

I am not sure of the actual start date has their Orange County Choppers website has two different dates listed.On the website, at the top right corner it states the show starts November 16 while the “next airing” box tells us that it begins November 2nd. So “check your local listing” to find out when it will run in your area, but my best guess is the 16th.

CMT describes the show this way:

“Follow the world’s most renowned custom motorcycle manufacturer and its fearless leader, Paul Teutul Sr. with his team as they reach new extremes resulting in mind-blowing bikes and, of course, state-of-the-art drama.”

My prediction is that it will be no different than American Choppers or Sr Verses Jr. I predict that I will watch the dang thing and that I will like it despite not wanting to.


Vinnie DiMartino

Vinnie DiMartino was an integral part of rise of motorcycle TV.  He was on American Chopper and Orange County Choppers: Senior vs. Jr and was a great “character” to both shows.

I have always been interested in what was going on around Vinnie and this article explains what he has been doing post Senior vs. Junior.