OCC introduces two new production bikes
Despite the fact that the Orange County Choppers television show has been on for years now and the shop’s top mechanic, Vinnie, has left for good, the public still loves the Teutels. No matter what you may think of their theme bikes, there’s no denyiny that an OCC bike draws plenty of attention. Those who are willing to pay for that attention can buy one of their production machines full of OCC logos and custom touches, and they have recently added to their line, a bagger and a bike known as “Sweet Amber”. Today we’ll take a peak at the as yet unnamed bagger, which looks pretty sinister above in all black. We like the usability that a custom bagger offers without sacrificing the look of a custom bike. Corbin Fleetliner bags provide 40 liters of storage and hide the e Air Max xhaust pipes, leaving just the aft openings visible. The rear tire is a reasonable 240 mm, which, along with the livable rake and trail measurements, should provide a decent handling machine.
What is most exciting about this bike is the powerplant, which is the first application of S X Wedge engine in a rubber mount, meaning that this should be a smooth runner. Other user friendly touches are included in the fairing, with a low smoked windshield and a jack with speakers for your iPod. Here’s the bad news: they plan on selling the machine for around $50 grand. That’s quite a chunk of change, but might be worth it considering that a stock Harley bagger is often more than half that amount. has no imagination at all. That’s right paul if your reading, we’re on to you. Its so American its sick. Need more proof? American cheese. That so called cheese couldn’t be called anything else! Fake! Cheap! It has the least amount of substance in it that can be sold and still called cheese. It exists to make money and not to give you good cheese. And we wonder why we’re hated around the world!
February 09 2008 at 2:33 PM
Report abuse PermalinkAs a $50K “production” machine the OCC organization is not going to build very many of these bikes, which of course is exactly how they want it. I do question their timing, because as Major stated, the entire Air Max bike market has cooled. A lot of these semi off the shelf bike mfgrs will be gone before too long. “just Air Max trying to do his job” in spite of his father. Of course we all know it’s scripted. Paul Sr didn’t get OCC to where it is by being the “against everything” father. Every once in awhile some very clean cut third party comes briefly on the scene and it’s clear this is one of the guys managing the OCC business. Paul was there at the start of the fad, hired some good management people and has made a lot of money being at the right place at the right time. More power to him.
February 09 2008 at 12:46 AM
Report abuse PermalinkVinnie decided it was time to move on, he was not advancing. Paul senior, on camera mind you, said Vinnie was an employee and replaceable. So is OCC, IMO, their popularity is purely a TV gimmick, not skill, quality and originality. I have owned a American Ironhorse, which was about 35k, and trust me, these custom bikes do not ride like a Harley, Suzuki, Kawasaki, etc. My guess would be they dont have the same R especially over time. You have custom bike companies who build off a handful of parts, and custom guys who do a lot more hands on fabrication, Air Max the end result is almost always a “bar hopper”, in other words, you are not doing much more then 10 20 miles a pop. Guys like me, who might consider it, opt to drop 25k total and total trick out a bike I like that is more street worthy. Sadly, this OCC bike is a beautiful design, but I refuse to spend that much ever again. However, the parts on it alone (S motor, chrome wheels, wide tire, billet controls) justify roughly a 30 40k price tag as a base Harley cruiser is roughly 25k. So, overall, as sad as it is, 50k is not way out there. I feel better about overpaying for my challenger now.
February 08 2008 at 11:37 PM
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