With only a few episodes left after being canceled, the American Chopper Live: The Revenge has turned into a so-called swan song for series fans. Once again bringing together Junior, Senior and Jesse, as well as introducing Discovery newcomers Fast N' Loud, it's now time to decide who built the better bike. Will Junior take home the trophy again?
Like in last year's episode, fans watched a two-hour lead-in to Tuesday's live episode, allowing viewers to see the process that each of them goes through when building a chopper. And, as expected, Jesse James doesn't disappoint.
Not only has Jesse James returned with another hand-forged motorcycle, but he's decided to build it his own way, with no faux television deadlines to worry about. While the rest of the group had 6 weeks to build their bike, Jesse James had at least 8 and, according to Discovery, just finished, leaving Austin, TX on Saturday afternoon. Last year's critics should be happy that James lowered his rises this time around, making for a more plausible bike ride.
As for Senior, he surprisingly stepped up this time, swapping out his interest to build a barely functioning track-machine "thing" for a twist on an old school bike. The front-end, though large, certainly commands attention, while the gas tank shows OCC stepping out of their comfort zone. Can Senior finally take home a win?
Last year's winner: Paul Jr. Designs
For Fast N' Loud, arguably the most accommodating bike builders, having finished their bike early (unlike James), their approach was to stick to a strict old school design, which admittedly looks better than James' entry for last year. However, with Fast N' Loud being the "new kids on the block," one has to wonder whether the popularity of the others will hurt them.
Finally, Junior returns once again, this time basing a bike on a hot rod for the Susan G. Koman foundation. While some fans may complain about Junior using a charity to tip support in his direction, it's impossible to not appreciate what was accomplished with his flat-black, pinstriped ode to the hot ride style. Hopefully, this time it'll hold more than ¾ of a gallon of gas.
That being said, it's up to you, the fans, to decide who built the better bike. With online options being removed this time around, you'll need to text 97979, including your choice for best bike:
"1" – for Team Junior"2" – for Team Jesse"3" – for Team Fast N' Loud"4" – For Team Senior
You can check out photos of the build-off bikes below:
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American Chopper Live: The Revenge returns Tuesday for a live reveal of the winner.