Orange County Choppers
S&S Cycles' President Brett Smith took the stage with Paul Senior and Junior to celebrate the unveiling of the OCC Bagger, the first motorcycle with a rubber mounted X-Wedge engine.
kickstarted the 2008 Cincinnati V-Twin Expo with a premier party Friday, February 1 to celebrate the introduction of its two new production bikes, the 2008 Pro Street and the 2008 Bagger. Not one for frivolities, Paul Teutul Sr. wasted no time in ripping the veils off the two newest members to OCC's production line for a receptive audience of journalists and industry reps. In a tempestuous period where other small custom production houses have had to scale back, OCC continues to barge forward, bumping its bounty of production bikes to six in four different styles - a bagger, bobber, Pro Street and its flagship choppers.
The bold black bagger was an instant hit with the crowd. Front to back, the sweep o f the bike is very balanced. It starts with a small, bat-wing styled front fairing and continues with smooth rounded dual tanks that flow into the wide black leather Danny Gray custom seat. It is punctuated by wide Corbin Fleetliner bags that mirror the sweeping arc of the rear fender and are highlighted by decorative chrome strips. The art deco design of the bags continues in the chrome accents of the oil tank and then gives way to the shiny chrome Baker Six Speed transmission and 117 cubic-inch engine.
The mill OCC chose for its Bagger was the talk of the night. Inside the Bagger's Rolling Thunder
frame is S&S Cycle's innovative X-Wedge
engine rubber mounted to the frame. While OCC isn't the first manufacturer to use the earth friendly mill, it is the first company to rubber mount it to the frame.
The 2008 OCC Bagger has a sweeping smooth symmetry, front to back, that is accentuated by the capacious Corbin Fleetliner bags on its backside.
"It's been something we've wanted to do for a long time. Teaming with OCC seemed like the natural thing to do," said S&S Cycle's President Brett Smith.
The front end features a single disc brake on a custom chrome billet wheel of OCC design. The black inverted telescopic fork is tucked in tight to the twin downtubes of the Rolling Thunder frame, so handling should be fairly keen for a big bagger. The front fairing is fork-mounted but is fairly unobtrusive so it shouldn't hamper handling. It's got a small smoked front windshield that might not offer tons of protection from wind buffeting but looks pretty damn cool. Inside, the fairing houses twin speakers so riders can utilize the iPod port built into the bike.
The back end is dominated by the big Corbin bags. The Fleetliner set-up is claimed to feature 40 liters of storage per side. Each bag features a spring-loaded latch pin that pops the door open slightly when the release is pulled. They are rubber sealed and have a full lining to keep all your goodies nice and dry. The bags also conceal the bike's pipes, which run underneath them so that all that's visible is an oval-shaped exhaust port. Underneath it all is a 240mm Metzeler, wide enough to keep it custom but still small enough so that handling isn't totally compromised for aesthetics.
OCC added some more muscle to its production lineup with the release of its 2008 Pro Street power cruiser, aptly dubbed 'Sweet Amber.'
Until Paul Jr. comes up with a name, the bike is just referred to as the OCC Bagger, but that should change as soon as they start rolling out of the garage. OCC's Sales Manager, Mike Burkhouse, estimates that the bike will sticker for around $50K. Despite ringing in on the high end of the bagger range, the amount of attention the motorcycle garnered at the trade show the next day after its debut indicates that even at that price it's going to be in high demand. Baggers are hot commodities. It also carries the OCC badge, and love them or hate them, they are one of the most marketable names in the biz right now.
And while the Bagger has yet to be designated a moniker, Paul Jr. proudly introduced the 2008 OCC Pro Street model as 'Sweet Amber.' It's easy to see how the power cruiser got its name. With a shiny Springer fork leading the way, a monster S&S 124 cubic-inch engine sandwiched in a tubular Rolling Thunder frame in the middle followed by a 300mm backside, it's a sweet lookin' ride. The second part of the equation in earning its name comes from the ample amounts of amber paint in the color matching fenders and tank.
Considering the OCC crew had a tight three week schedule to finish the build that included a last minute switch of frames, the end result is a sweet combination of adrenalin inducing power tempered by plenty of chrome and steel.
At the heart of OCC's 2008 Pro Street motorcyle is a monster 2032cc mill that we had the pleasure of testing when we rode its Splitback chopper back in October and attest to its tire-spinning prowess.
Sweet Amber's 45-degree S&S engine is the same one that drives OCC's Splitback model. With 2032cc of power running through a Baker RSD Six Speed tranny, it will have no problems spinning the 300mm Metzeler ME880 rear tire. The mill impressed me after I rode the Splitback chopper when I got a chance to test OCC's first wave of production bikes, and with the lower stance and tighter rake of OCC's Pro Street model, it should pull like a mule and handle better than the raked out chop.
With the ultra-wide tail, OCC uses an industrial-strength double tubed swingarm to handle the beast. The rear end has a hidden shock design that gives it the rigid look without the hemorrhoid inducing ride. A single disc anchors the backside stopping power, while the wheels are again OCC originals. The pipes swoop down and run low in the same fashion as the bagger. I've heard the rumble 2032cc of power puts out in the Splitback and suspect these pipes are likewise going to really growl.
The front end gets a heavy dose of chrome from the Springer fork, swept back chrome handlebars, control housings, grips, mirrors and headlight. The custom billet front wheel is 21 inches tall and slender at 120mm. The full length front fender has engineer's Jim Quinn touch, with small cutouts on the side topped off with the aggressively-designed amber and black paint and red tribal pinstriping.
Before the doors even opened to the Expo, we already had one party under our belt, Friday night's premiere of OCC's newest additions to its production line, a bold bagger and a beefy power cruiser.
The bike has plenty of small styling accents that complement the design. Small bullet-shaped turn signals are mounted forward-facing on the fork and aft on the swingarm. It has knurled foot pegs and forward controls that tie in to the burly stance of the power cruiser, in contrast to the floorboards of the OCC Bagger, which fit the style of that bike better. OCC badging is embossed on the primary cover and linkage and the coil cover has the signature OCC Dagger Shield prominently displayed on it. But these small reminders that you're riding an OCC production bike don't come without a price. Burkhouse estimated Sweet Amber's MRSP to be in the $40 grand range.
The juggernaut that is OCC shows no sign of slowing down. They are getting ready to move into their almost 100,000 square foot World Headquarters on March 24. For a backyard garage pop and son outfit that first visited the V-Twin Expo in 2001 as virtual unknowns, they've enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. They could barely make a move on the floor of the Expo without constant requests for photo ops and autographs. Fame does not come without a price, but that one fan you turn away could possibly be the purchaser of the next OCC production bike, so it's a fine line to tread. But the Teutuls continue to walk the walk as they push their empire forward.
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