‘American Chopper: The Build-Off’ Ratings Huge; New Show For Jesse James?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:34 pm,

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Despite only 200,000 people voting for the best bike in American Chopper: The Build, many more tuned in to see who would come out on top in the competition between Orange County Choppers, Paul Jr. Designs, and Jesse James.

In total, 4.8 million viewers tuned in to Tuesday’s live show, where Paul Jr. was declared the winner. Proving just how popular the long-awaited build-off turned out to be, the live episode of American Chopper became the second highest-rated episode in the history of the series (that’s including the episodes from American Chopper: The Series).

With these three bike builders delivering such high ratings, one has to question whether or not Jesse James may be lining himself up for an official return to television with his own series. While I’m sure no one will debate the fact that Jesse James was the most outspoken contender of the three (for better or worse), one has to admit that there was something extremely compelling about watching him build his bike.

And since James ultimately came second in the build-off, one could argue that Discovery may have used the opportunity of this competition to test the proverbial waters in regards to whether or not people would be interested in seeing James return to television.

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On top of having his own workshop built onto his house, James would also have a handful of builders on hand from South Austin Speed Shop, which he co-owns of. Viewers may be familiar with the folks from the South Austin Speed Shop, who came in towards the end of the build to help James finish his bike on time.

Of course, with talk of James receiving his own show, one has question whether or not Paul Jr Designs should split from Orange County Chopper and have a show that focuses solely on their work. After all, Paul Jr. did end up winning the build-off…

But could a Paul Jr Designs series survive on its on, without the drama that Orange County Choppers creates? And conversely: what would happen to Orange County Choppers if Paul Jr Designs wasn’t a part of American Chopper? Could it survive on its own?

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  1. hi john here although the tutels make nice bikes enough is enough already i myself would like to see some new builders,i know there is a hell of a lot of them out there give them a chance to show people what they can do given the chance,the tuteuls had there time in the spotlight,i found the old biker buildoffs to be the most interesting,it was always something new,thanks for your time john

    • Hi
      I agree with you But wats the name of the Englishman with the white hair that was in the build off program ( any colour you want as long as it is black ) He is based in America but it’s been that long since it was on I can’t remember his name
      Thank
      Neil Fae Scotland

  2. Paul Jr. is the Justin Beiber of the motorcycle insudtry…. if it werent for big corparations looking to buy worl wide advertising in the form of a motorcycly being built on TV, he would have nothing…

    • I AGREE .
      I think Jr should build a theme bike based on a Motorcycle that you can RIDE everyday like the rest of us who ride rain or shine.
      How about that challenge Paul – are you up for that-

      Vinny

  3. You know, I don’t feel like I need to bring this up because if your IQ is anywhere over 60 you guys should be able to figure this out for yourselves, but if a company pays PJD or OCC to build a theme bike, WHAT THE HECK ELSE DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO BUILD???

    You guys DO realize that OCC actually has plain-jane road bikes that they sell using “off the shelf” parts and what-not right? That the part of the business you see on the show building custom theme bikes is only PART of their business?? PJD, on the other hand, is not big enough yet to keep inventory on the shelf, so for right now they only build bikes when commissioned to do so. What a freakin’ shock that they actually build what they are paid to build…

    Could you imagine what would happen if someone commissioned PJD to make a theme bike and he builds a normal road bike? LOL, I’d pay to see the customer’s reaction to that… But apparently it’s just so difficult to put a bigger gas tank on a bike that no way PJD could figure that out if he builds theme bikes like he’s commissioned to do… *rolls eyes*

  4. I think what somebody here is missing is that JJ builds normal bikes too and even with being out of the game for 5 years, he still makes more money than both of the Teutels combined from the WCC franchise. It’s cool if you like PJD, to each their own, but I’m sure if JJ had the desire to build a submarine bike or whatever, he’d build a way better bike than the Teutels could.

    The point is, Jesse can build a bike…. The Teutels only assemble them.

    Comparing these bikes is like comparing a Brietling Chronograph watch with one of these Big Face Fossil watches that has CZ diamonds on the bezel. The average person is going to like the Fossil better and someone who actually knows what they are looking at will drool over the Brietling.

    The only reason PJD is surviving is because of 14 year olds and soccer mom’s bumping their ratings. Let’s see 15 years from now, if they are still popular and let see how many people are still buying JJ parts. The numbers already speak for themselves.

    If you want to know why JJ’s bike look like the other one’s at bike week, well that because everybody is buying his parts and copying his style. If companies stopped buying theme bikes to get tax write off and adertising PJD would go under just like BBC did.

    • Yah, I think it’s a bit of a stretch to compare someone who can barely form a complete sentence to makers of Breitling time pieces… Just sayin’, you guys have too much blind devotion to this idiot…

      When you see Rick beating out a custom shaped gas tank from just sheet metal and you say they cannot build a bike, you’re just being unrealistic. They all know how to build bikes, they just cater to different markets. Pretty simple fact, anyone with a decent IQ can figure these things out. To try to claim that someone who builds custom bikes with a lot of fabricated parts cannot build a normal road bike is just an uneducated response, sorry, but that’s the truth. It’s like saying someone who builds custom hot-rods cannot put together a regular street car. You NEED to have the fundamental knowledge of how to build a bike in order to make a custom theme bike. You DON’T need to know how to make a custom theme bike in order to build a regular street bike. Pretty simple concept.

      I’ve worked with cars for a very long time. But I’m not going to be an idiot and claim that someone who only builds custom theme hot rods cannot put together a regular car, that’s just stupid and completely illogical…

      • Nobody ever said anything about Rick… Your stretching. I o ly said the Teutals can’t build a bike from scratch. I’ve built 6 of my own bikes, with most pieces be bought and modified to fit. This if what either Teutel is capable is doing, not their crews. I do not consider my self a fabricator but by your logic I should be a pro. I’m saying put the 3 of them (not their crews) in a room with a pile of metal and some manual tools and see who gets the most done. Senior may have had his day before but he got too complacent letting people do work for him and now he is an embarrassment to watch because he almost always does everything wrong. I’ve had the pleasure to meet Jr in person and believe me, he’s not the same as he comes across on TV. That guy is a DIVA. Same with JJ, he comes across ass a prick but spend a few hours with him. He’d give some one the shirt off his back. I’m just sayin that people aren’t always who they seem to be….

        • @Tyler

          Uh, Rick is part of their crew, just like JJ’s crew helped him. And I don’t know how long you’ve watched the show, probably not long, you probably just saw this episode because your hero Jesse James is in it, but they actually fabricate a lot of things from things like sheet metal and tubular steel all of the time, yes, including entire frames… He might not have for this build and there are plenty of builds where he modifies existing parts, but there has been several episodes where his design ideas involved parts that do not exist…

          And you still refuse to acknowledge a simple logical fact. How can you build a custom theme bike without the fundamental knowledge to build a normal street bike? Please tell me how. This will be entertaining… :-D

          And about JJ giving the shirt off his back, please, the guy cannot bring himself to think about anyone but himself. I’m sure ALL of them are pricks in real life, including Paul Sr. and Jr. and especially JJ. The guy has absolutely 0 humility and absolutely no desire to keep from being offensive. That’s because he doesn’t care how he affects anyone else. And it’s obvious when you hear him talk just how full of himself he is. And I’m sure the Teutuls are the same… But that doesn’t take away from the fact that in order for them to build custom theme bikes, they must know how to build normal street bikes. Seriously, where do you learn your logic? Or is your blind admiration for that idiot JJ just blocking the critical thinking part of your brain??? :-D

          • I’m a NC Programmer. I write programs every day to machine parts that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I can write programs all day long, but I can run the machines….

            We have engineers that design parts everyday and have no idea what the finished product does….

            Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you have talent. There are tins of musicians that can play instruments like you wouldn’t believe, but can’t write a song to save their lives. On the other hand the are brilliant song writers that can’t play or sing. Just because you understand how to do something doesn’t make you the king of all areas. JR has vision. He doesn’t have talent, that’s what his crew is for.

            I had a boss before that had excellent ideas a good leadership skills, but with the products we made, he couldn’t figure out how to build them. He always said, you don’t have to be smart to be successful at a business, you only have to be smart enough to know that you need to hire people smarter than you and write them paychecks.

            This is what Jr does, he has an idea and pays people to do the dirty work.

            Same with contracting, I design a house and give orders to people on how to build it. That makes me a contractor, not a home builder.

            • @Tyler

              Wow, no offense, but I don’t think I can think of a dumber comparison if I tried. So you’re saying he engineers individual parts but have no clue how the completed product looks like or how it works… Riiiighhhtt…. Makes perfect sense. Well, you’re obviously blinded by your blind devotion to your hero JJ, so there’s really no reasoning with you with simple logic, so keep praising your bff JJ… :-D

              • You’ve danced all around what I originally said. Admit it, whether jr has vision or “basic knowledge” of bikes… He can not complete a bike build alone. Anyone who watches the show can tell that. All I ever said was that jj could and Jr couldn’t. But you’ve avoided as much as you can.

                • @Tyler

                  Avoided it? Doesn’t saying that he knows how to build a normal bike pretty much cover saying that he can do it?? I’m confused… Are you just nit-picking at the lack of the word “alone?” I’ve seen Jr. perform just about every task in the bike building process at least once at some point in the many episodes that have aired. Of course he’s been too lazy to actually do them all in one shot, but I don’t see how he COULDN’T if he’s done it before just separately…

                  And even with a team, PJD seems to always have a limited timeline for their builds, so if you’re saying he can’t build a bike alone within the time he is given, I’ll have to agree, I don’t think he’ll be fast enough by himself, but just like anybody else, when you’re on a tight schedule, you rely on a team and you delegate responsibilities among them. This is just more basic common sense that I would expect you to have and don’t expect that I need to explain it…

                  And you act like JJ didn’t have a team with him either? Even he knew he needed a team to complete the build in the time he was given. At least Jr. acknowledged his team while JJ was too busy praising himself and how “he” built the bike all by himself, how he’s so much better than everyone else because he went to Israel to learn blacksmithing, and how Discovery Channel sucks because he’s not on it while his team was there going “um, care to give us some credit??” But I’m sure he’s really a nice guy, keep worshiping your hero as much as he worships himself… This is really getting pointless…

          • I’m a NC Programmer. I write programs every day to machine parts that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I can write programs all day long, but I can run the machines….

            We have engineers that design parts everyday and have no idea what the finished product does….

            Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you have talent. There are tins of musicians that can play instruments like you wouldn’t believe, but can’t write a song to save their lives. On the other hand the are brilliant song writers that can’t play or sing. Just because you understand how to do something doesn’t make you the king of all areas. JR has vision. He doesn’t have talent, that’s what his crew is for.

            I had a boss before that had excellent ideas a good leadership skills, but with the products we made, he couldn’t figure out how to build them. He always said, you don’t have to be smart to be successful at a business, you only have to be smart enough to know that you need to hire people smarter than you and write them paychecks.

            This is what Jr does, he has an idea and pays people to do the dirty work.

  5. Paul Jr. is simply what made OCC what it had become. He will do the same thing to his own shop. While I found the differences between the father and son compelling tv, I never had much doubt it was Jr.’s vision that made the company great. OCC started to lose its edge when Sr. brought in Jason Poole to use computer aided design to help illustrate the bikes. The design process became stale. He complained that Paul wasn’t around more. Well, he really didn’t need to be around. Sr. basically eliminated Jr’s job of designing the bikes. The bikes were becoming “cookie cutter bikes” that could be drawn up in a few hours. As long as the client liked the design they went with it. As far as Jessie James is concerned, he is a good bike builder no doubt, however, he is a “biker”. He is in tune with “biker” attitude and style. Those who ride everyday can identify with him very easily. It’s like he’s one of them. He knows this. He exploits this too. He is not dumb. His philosophy is to appeal to the “biker’s” out there because there is simply more of them. Paul Jr. is a designer first. Yes, he has made a good living designing bikes, but I am sure he could design anything. Example; coleman grill, dog park, clothes. The bottom line is Jr. is as talented as Jessie in the bike department. Jessie may be able to fabricate more, but his bikes are made to impress himself. Jr. can design the unimaginable for his clients and they impress everyone.

  6. Jr’s solo show will last 4 episodes and done. Jr maybe the better designer but he’s humorless. Sr is an ass but he’s got a sense of humor. Without each other AC wouldn’t be on the air.

  7. The show American Chopper is all about theme bikes. That doesn’t mean that Paul Jr. won’t be building production bikes, as time goes on. As we all know, Paul Jr. built production bikes when he was with OCC. Remember the Split Back. It was a traveling bike. As far as JJ having his own show, if you want to hear bad language,go to a biker bar. Other than that, I don’t know why Discovery or any other channel,would give JJ his own show.

  8. Is Jesse James able to put a sentence together without using the word like at least 5 times. What an illiterate

  9. you guys need to suck it up and remember GOD FAMILY COUNTRY nothing I can say better

  10. you have proved it, dumb is cool. thank you

  11. Jesse was rite cake decorator

  12. Jesse builds real things, things that are cool and work. He is a smart and funny guy and his team is intelligent and capable. Just by viewing 5 minutes of the first episode of outlaw garage I felt his show was WAYYYYY better than what american choppers has become. American choppers is DONNNEEE, the chicken is burnt to a crisp. Those bikes are paper weights, just publicity for companies, the employees are extremely lame, and there is absolutely nothing to discover on that show. Nothing to learn, discovery itself is really in a slump with these junk reality shows. But jesse’s show isn’t half bad at all.

  13. Jesse James show is way better than those other guys. He builds way cooler stuff and he is interesting to watch

  14. I have the 2007 Web Bike Prototype that was built on “American Chopper” the series Season 4 Episodes 5 & 6. The bike is for sale on ebay; take a look if you’re interested!

    2007 American Chopper OCC WEB BIKE PROTOTYPE Bike Built on Discovery Channel

    Item number: 281107989581

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