American Chopper - The Series - Parts 4 to 6 (DVD)

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American Chopper - The Series - Parts 4 to 6 (DVD)

Challenges the barriers of motorcycle design and fabrication. Features episodes four to six.

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Review of "American Chopper - The Series - Parts 4 to 6 (DVD)"

published 18/04/2007 | piggypine
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Being kept busy by 4 kids and the summer holidays!
Pro Reality t.v at it's best. Watch the creation of custom bikes.
Cons If you dont like motorbikes it's not for you.
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"American Chopper- Bikes at their best."

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Ive always loved motorbikes (I know I dont look the type) despite the fact Ive never been on one and certainly wouldnt be brave enough to learn to ride, so when I stumbled on the American Chopper series on the discovery channel I was immediately hooked, I think the combination of the amazing creativity and design of the bikes combined with the sometimes hilarious warring between the family has kept me addicted to the show.

However since moving into my own home and being unable to afford the luxuries of sky tv I am limited to watching the series on dvd (I do have the first set in the series and will review it as soon as I can find it!)

The series is set at Orange County Choppers, owned by Paul Teutal Senior, a motorcycle company specialising in Chopper motorcycles and custom designs. We follow the crew which includes Paul Sr, his sons Paul Jr and Mikey and their colleagues Rick and Vinnie as they build custom bikes for special clients such as Will Smith, Lance Armstrong and the New York Jets. Being a family buisness things dont always run smoothly and there are often heated exchanges between the 2 pauls as their ideas clash. It is reality tv meets documentary and spawned many similar reality documentary series such as the West Coast Choppers series.

First for those who have never heard of American Chopper or OCC, heres a little back ground info.

Based in Orange County, New York OCC started as a sideline to the family's steel manufacturing enterprise, Orange County Ironworks (founded in the 1970s) In the 1990s, Paul Sr. began manufacturing custom motorcycles as an extension of Orange County Ironworks and in 1999 he founded Orange County Choppers. The company's first bike, "True Blue", was debuted at the 1999 Daytona Biketoberfest.

Paul Sr-
Born May 1st 1949 Paul Senior founded both the Orange county ironworks and Orange County Choppers. The former US Marine and Vietnam War Veteran is famous for his short temper and clashes with son paul.

Paul Jr-
Having co-founded OCC with his father in 1999 Paul jr is is the chief designer and fabricator of OCC, prior to that was head of the rail shop at Orange County Ironworks. Paul has control of all creative aspects of the custom builds and is also a talented stell worker.

Mikey is the youngest of the Teutal boys (including another brother Daniel) he started working for the company as a secretary and custodian(basically he took the bins out occasionally) he is the shows comic relief, alway making jokes and being light hearted. Mikey has become the show's most popualr character and has even merchandised "Mikey for president" t-shirts.

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The DVD set is split into 3 discs each featuring a different themed bike

Mike Teutul is one of paul Sr younger sons, he made his first step into the world of custom building with his blues themed chopper. Being a novice and having little experience in bike fabrication mikey was supposed to be helped by Paul Jr, but he grows fed up with his brother's lack of help or interest in the project and enlists the help of other OCC members to create his unique bike, Paul jr's lack of interest causes upset at OCC especially with his father Paul sr who needs the other staff to concentrate on their own work instead of doing Paul jrs.

Being a huge blues fan Mikey designed the bike around blues music, the bulk of the bike was obviously blue, the wheels were spoked with gold spokes and their inside edges featured musical notes. The paint work also features the images of various famous bluesmen such as B. B. King, Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, and Gatemouth Brown.

Of course there is one major flaw in the plan of building Mikey a bike, he has yet to pass his cylce test!

The OCC crew head off to Daytona bike week(the biggest motorcycle event in the world) taking the beach by storm, they spend 10 days enjoying the event and showcasing their incredible creations.

While the younger OCC members prefer new style choppers and custom fabrication Paul Sr is of the old school and likes the old school style bikes. In this episode he takes young crew member Cody under his wing and the pair design and build an old school chopper together.

The Old school chopper is based around a Harley Davidson replica frame. Detailed in deep maroon with gold leaf accents the bike has an 88ci (cubic inch) pan head motor that delivers 40 horsepower through a chain drive to the back wheel. It features a springer front end, sportster style tank, old style ape hanger handlebars and foot clutch/suicide shift(such traditional features do not often feature on OCC cycles)

Cody had previously designed a green old school chopper for a client and being his first bike was sad to see it leave, in a nice moment when we see Paul Sr soft side he takes Cody aside and tells him the Old School bike is his, he hands the youngster the keys before telling him in a slightly more manly fashion to go and make sure the bike is cleaned.

Named after the RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter, The Comanche Bike was designed by Paul Jr, its construction took longer than their usual customs as Paul jr wanted to make the bike truly unique, representing the helicopter in every inch of the bike. He spent time around the real thing, gathering information and inspiration for his project.

The Commanche Chopper was debuted at a major cycle event in which the family made their entrance by flying in on a Bell 206 helicopter, however the bike experineces some problems before even leaving the truck and only Vinnie is there to fix the bike. Vinnie manages to call in a few favours and gets a crew together, in the last seconds Vinnie and the crew get the bike started up.

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The DVD set comes in an outer card sleeve and has a 4 fold style card case, open it up like a greetings card and then fold out the left and right flaps to reveal the 3 dvds.

The set has a run time of 350 minutes in total
Certificated- E(excempt from classification)
Sytem- 4:3
Sound- Stereo

The 3 disc set is available in store and online from £20, store such as Virgin, HMV and online stores like Amazon and Play stock this DVD set and others from the series.

Other DVDs available
-American Chopper the series,inle dvd's featuring a different
bike each time
-American Chopper the series parts 1-3(series titles go all the
way up to "parts 22-24")
-American Chopper complete first season
-American Chopper complete second season
-American Chopper complete third season
-American Chopper PS2 game

As this set is part of a larger series and features a television documentary it has no special features or bonuses.

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I love the American Chopper series and while my favourite bikes are not featured on this particular set I still enjoy watching it. Out of the bikes shown on these DVD's the Commanche bike has to be my favourite purely because of the work and attention to detail that went into making the bike, however each of the bikes is a work of art and seeing their creation from concept to finish is fascinating.

Episodes wise, they're all very enjoyable. It is good to see Mikey featured more while making his bike, he's a great character that always handles situations with good spirit. There is a great part in his episode where the design of his choppers seat has been made wrong and features just his fathers face instead of his and Mikeys, after a heated arguement with his father Mikey lightens the air with a gag about breaking wind on his fathers face everytime he rides the bike. It is also good to see the group out of the workshop and enjoying Daytona bike week, the usual stresses of work and deadlines are gone and they are able to relax and enjoy themselves.

The Commanche episode is definately the best as far as seeing the work that goes into a bike, from start to finish absolute care and attention go into making the bike a perfect representation of the helicopter, Paul jr spends alot of time with the original helicopter and researching to ensure he gets all the details right, I was fortunate enough to see this bike at a festival a few years ago and it is a fantastic creation, just as impressive in real life as on screen.

Naturally being a reality series there is alot of focus on the relationships between the crew members. I think we can all identify with the idea of dissagreements while working alongside family and the strain it will have on relationships. It is interesting to see how they resolve their issues and how each member copes differently with the conflicts that arise. While the arguements get heated they do not get out of hand and always resolve themselves one way or another, inevitabley they are down to difficulties with production of the bike and the time restrictions on the order.

If you are a motorcyle enthusiast and like choppers in particular then you'll love this show, equally you'll enjoy if you love seeing how things are created, just be prepared to see an equal measure of the human side as well as the mechanical. You dont have to be a bike rider to enjoy the series as I am proof to, I love it and have never been near a cycle.

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  • vampiresthirst published 05/05/2007
    Great review, i love that show. Take care
  • octavio.teixeira published 03/05/2007
    I love bikes too, great pictures!
  • RICHADA published 25/04/2007
    I actually hate bikes - but this review was superb and well deserving of my E - I'm surprised it hasn't been awarded with far more. Richard.
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Challenges the barriers of motorcycle design and fabrication. Features episodes four to six.


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