Top 12 Orange County Chopper theme bikes

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Top 12 Orange County Chopper theme bikes

Posted by: TimothyT on: 10/14/2010 08:36 PM in Motorcycles [ Print ]

Last I checked I could count over 210 theme bikes built by OCC both on and off air. Finding the top 10 was no small feat and we had to go to 12. With that many theme bikes, many of the theme bikes look average and many are just over the top to the point of being fugly.

Here are our favorites, let us know your thoughts in the comment sections and vote for your favorite in the poll!

12: OCC Commanche Bike

Designed and fabricated by Paul Teutul Jr. the bike was inspired by the RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter. The Comanche Bike was debuted at an event to which the Teutuls flew in on a Bell 206 helicopter, an entrance which required major set-up, leaving Vinnie DiMartino, the engine’s original builder, Joe, and others to fix massive problems with the engine. In the last seconds (quite literally), the crew got the bike started up, and released it to the public with great success. The B2-Stealth bomber should be here, but because of the ridiculous sized tank, it ends up on our Top ten fugly OCC theme bikes instead .

11: Paul Jr’ Dream Web Bike

Paul Jr. decides it’s time to build himself a bike, but not just any bike. Taking some design cues from the Spider-Man Bike and the Black Widow, he sets out to create an original web-theme bike. You might remember the episode as Paulie finishes the Web Bike, while Rick and Vinnie get the opportunity of a lifetime and take a ride in an F-16 in Syracuse, N.Y. Meanwhile, Mikey, Senior and crew pitch in to create a new sign for Orange County Choppers.

This bike came out beautiful even with the loud green and often had people wondering where the gas tank was.

10: US Army Bike

Here we go again with yet another bike that seems to have dropped off the map, if you will. As theme bikes go, this is a home run. The bike is perfectly designed, obviously using the military green as the base color.

Nice looking camouflage seat, subtle rims, great looking fenders and tank. The extras go on from there, most noticeably the rear mounted assault rifle, rear bag and other extras that give the bike a rugged off road look. THIS is how you do a theme bike without over-doing it.

They had quite a few other military bikes that didn’t work as well including the Patriot bike, U.S Air Force bike and a few others.

9: Abu Dhabi Police Bike

OCC lands an important international client as they are hired to build a bike for the Abu Dhabi police department. Seeing a good business opportunity, Senior travels to the Middle East in an attempt to expand OCC’s international reach. While we are not big fans of the old school style, this one works.

The colors are great, the old school scheme works and the handlebars and front fender deserve a nod. That said, the wheels seem uninspired and over the top.

8: Caterpillar Bike

To begin the build and design of the bike, the Teutuls traveled to Peoria, Ill. to visit Caterpillar headquarters and proving grounds where they test drove several pieces of Cat equipment. Of course, it was all for the sake of research, so that they could create a bike that would truly and artistically represent Caterpillar. This is another bike that seems like it should fail but again it does exactly what a theme is supposed to do; demonstrate the brand.

They took a chopper and gave it a real, rugged look and the Caterpillar colors. The wheels work, the fat rear fender works and the exhaust is the perfect touch.

7: Gillette Bike

Who would think a razor would make a cool bike? Not us. But it works. The chopper’s design is sleek and streamlined, like the razor, and features chrome metal work with black and electric green accents. A key feature of the razor, the bright green 3-D button that activates micro-pulses of the shaving cartridge, is positioned prominently on the chopper’s rear fender.

Gillette Co. was scheduled to auction off this chopper on eBay in 2005. The motorcycle was valued at about $250,000 and the proceeds of the sales will go to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.

6: I-Robot Bike

I, Robot star Will Smith visited Orange County Choppers to share his view of how the bike should look. Orange County Choppers used exclusive development artwork and sketches of the robots provided by the film’s producers to lay out a sleek, futuristic, robotic looking bike. Finally, the Teutuls presented the bike in a red carpet affair for the premiere of I, Robot.

This bike also makes an appearance in the American Chopper 2: Full Throttle video game, although it is referred to as the ‘Future Bike’. I don’t think we have ever met anyone who didn’t like this bike.

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A collaboration between technology giant Intel and the custom bike gurus at Orange County Choppers, this wild one-off chopper was built in order to celebrate Intel’s 30 year involvement in embedded computing (which refers to non-desktop, laptop, or mainframe applications.) The bike features a ruggedized control unit built by Black Diamond Advanced Technology which incorporates digital gauges, integrated audio and video systems, GPS navigation, and wireless connectivity. Cameras replace rear-view mirrors, and the bike doesn’t need a key because it uses fingerprint recognition technology to distinguish its owner.

Just as impressive as its technology is the chopper’s V-Quad engine (inspired by the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5300 that powers the bike’s computer system.) Built by Nelson Engineering, the powerplant is essentially two conjoined V-Twins, and produces an astounding 250 horsepower. A massive 240mm front and 300mm rear tire round out this ambitiously constructed bike. Sure, I am a geek at heart, but this bike came out awesome and original.

4: Siemens Bike

The first electric bike made by OCC. They said in their press release that they wanted to build this unique chopper to raise environmental awareness and reflect what the 69,000 employees of Siemens USA are doing to help America stay on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s green economy, Orange County Choppers built the Siemens Smart Chopper over the course of a month.

Siemens also developed a compatible Smart Grid-ready charger which communicates with the utility to enable charging when the electricity is most affordable. We think this is a unique theme bike and actually looks pretty cool too.

3: Black Widow Bike

Paul Teutul Jr. was the primary designer and fabricator on this bike. The Black Widow Bike was the bike central to the first two episodes of American Chopper. This bike was the first sign to fans of American Chopper of Paul Jr.’s obsession with spiders and spider webs.

In recent episodes he did not seem too excited to actually see a real spider. The bike inspired other motorcycles including one of their production bikes and even Paul Jr. first new bike in his new shop.

The Fire Bike was created by everyone at OCC, the project holding more emotional weight with its ties to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was, as Paul Teutul Sr. put it, not just an Orange County Chopper, it’s a New York City Chopper. This bike follows Orange County Choppers around to most of their shows and is consistently a big hit.

The chopper was built as a tribute to the firefighters who died in the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. The custom paint job features the number 343 on the rear fender, representing the number of firefighters who died while saving civilians that day. It also features, as the very last part attached to the bike, a piece of steel that was recovered from Ground Zero.

Paul Jr. welded the piece, which resembles a large rivet with the end opposite the head very jagged, onto a bracket made from diamond plate which was then attached to a cavity on top of the gas tank. This was done when the bike was presented to the firemen at one of the New York fire stations at the end of the episode.

1: Lawless Drag Bike

They built an electric drag bike. Not much else to say. Breaking the rules is what you expect to see when building an expensive theme bike but this takes it to new boundaries. On October 7th, 2010 OCC and Lawless announced that it had broken the previously held quarter-mile record for a battery-powered motorcycle. The historical accomplishment was recorded at Virginia Motorsports Park located near Petersburg, VA on September 24, 2010.

Legendary drag racer Larry ‘Spiderman’ McBride rode the 363 volt, 4000 amp electric bike to a 7.469, 177 miles per hour quarter-mile pass shattering the existing world record of 7.82 seconds at 168mph. Love them or hate them, you have to give them credit for this one. Here is the video:

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