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Daytona Bike Week on OCC Choppers

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The most fun I’ve ever had in Daytona. That’s how I’d surmise Day 1 of Daytona Bike Week. By that statement you’d think that I’d either have scored in one of Daytona’s many strip clubs or perhaps better, found $1000 on the side of the road. While both those things aren’t exactly bad, I had an even better experience after a day on two Orange County Choppers. 
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2009 Daytona Bike Week aboard OCC
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After a late night/early morning flight into Orlando we made our way towards Daytona and inside the raceway’s vendor area outside of Turn 4. There, the folks over at OCC handed over the keys to two of its everyday man rides—a classic bobber named the Greenie and its raked-out Original. And it was cold… Like 43 degrees on the dash of our rental car. Yet for some reason in Daytona on Orange County Chopper’s it’s still not that cold.
We took off and headed towards Main Street just a few miles northeast of the speedway. And it was pretty packed. Established businesses along with pop-up vendors did their best to score some dollars from thousands of extra motorcycle enthusiasts in the area. We continued north right through the city and toward the boonies, I still don’t know exactly where.
As we were motored down Daytona’s famous AIA, I gestured to a dude on an old school “SRAD” Suzuki GSX-R to do a wheelie. And a wheelie he did, right over backwards. Bobbing and weaving a 100-plus inch wheelbase chopper to avoid his crashed bike in the middle of the road is just as sketchy as you’d think, fortunately the dude was okay, so we dusted him off and went about our way.
The star of our first day at Daytona. Orange County Chopper s Greenie bobber.
The highlight of our first day in Daytona was being able to ride around on OCC's Greenie bobber.
e veered back west towards the site of the New Daytona Bike Week in Ormond Beach, Florida. We pulled at the vendor area also affectionately known as the Battle Ax. And no it’s not some red neck-like dungeon, it’s just one of the many vendor areas adjacent to the massively huge (even for Californian-standards) retail setups the likes of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona. And that’s when it really started: The oohs and the aahs in regards to one of the coolest bikes to hit Florida’s streets, OCC’s Greenie. Where did you get that? How much does it cost? How does it ride? Do you like it? This is the kind of questions we answered all day. Surprisingly, we also fielded a lot of questions about GoPro’s new Wide Angle Camera that we had rigged on the bikes. I guess everyone’s embracing the digital age.

From there we hit some of the local “entertainment” areas of Bike Week known as the Broken Spoke, Similey’s and Iron Horse Saloon as well as a new one, called the Kick Start Saloon. Three of the four our completely outside, which makes the vibe feel similar to an old high school party only everyone is thirty years older and they all ride loud motorcycles. While the Bobber we were on received the most interest from the folks over at The Broken Spoke, over at the Iron Horse is where the heaviest amount of bikers were at, people were more into the super raunchy, yet totally hilarious dude singing away onstage.
2009 Daytona Bike Week.
The view aboard OCC's Greenie at the Iron Horse Saloon.
Despite temperatures remaining brisk for much of the day, the afternoon’s bright sun kept us warm and you didn’t really notice many complaining about the unseasonably cool temperature. As we headed back towards the speedway to drop-off are awesome OCC rides, traffic increased significantly from earlier in the morning proving that despite my initial apprehensions, of a dismal Bike Week turnout, people are still making it out.
So that’s it from Day 1 at Daytona. Up next is an adventure on Kawasaki Ninja sportbikes as well as some racing action from inside the speedway. And if you’re still thinking of coming down, there is actually some lodging availability still left coming into this weekend. So check it out and watch out for the fuzz on the way in. 

For more on the coverage of Daytona Bike Week, check out Motorcycle USA's 2009 Daytona Bike Week Page.
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Ryan -rjf5000@gmail.com  December 5, 2009 06:04 PM
Cody Connelly probably benefited the most from the show than anybody if you look at this prospective. Cody started out when he was 15 years old working at OCC as a part time job while still in High School. He started with mowing the OCC backyard and taking out the trash like any other high school kid did for a job. As the years went by he had the opportunity to learn and work with some very talented motorcycle mechanics. Working with creative as well as very talented hard working mechanics like Vinnie Di Martino and Rick Petko, Cody learned a lot from those guys on the terms of fabricating and putting together motorcycles. Not just ordinary motorcycles either, he had the chance to work on many high profile bikes for big companies, actors, and sports stars. Cody later went to mechanics school, motorcycle college, with advantages that most of his other class mates didn’t have starting out, experience and knowledge of building a bike for the years he was at OCC prior. I am even sure Paul Senior probably co paid for Cody to go there. As well Cody learned the ins and outs of how a custom motorcycle shop runs and operates at a young age. Cody as well became an overnight TV reality show since his first appearance on American Chopper. I know he tends to keep to himself and is the most quite in the shop but he was elevated to cult status as a semi regular on hit cable reality show. Like to mention like Vinnie or Rick, they became famous and they didn’t do it by being worthless socialites or dumb arrogant preachy TV reality stars wannabes. So Cody knows what the ins and outs of being part of TV reality show and how to be a positive TV reality star.

Bottom Line on Cody, even though he didn’t make the money that Sr. or Junior made or even Vinnie or Rick, he did come out ahead from being on the show more than anybody on terms of learning vital motorcycle skills, working with talented mechanics, how the business works, the price of stardom and as well how greed, Teutuls, can effect people. He learned that all at a young age which is pretty amazing. Personally I don’t feel that bad for Cody because gained the most out the show and he wasn’t treated that bad from Paul Senior. Senior treated him like a son for the most part, let work at the shop, work with his mechanics, and even allowed to be part of the show at a young age. Rarely if at all did you ever Senior yell or bark at Cody. Paul Senior invested a lot of time and his resources into making a good motorcycle mechanic. I do admit it was pretty cold of Paul Senior to screw him over on the Cody Bike, old school project from season one, they both worked on. Paul Senior said to Cody that was his motorcycle on TV and the motorcycle remains at OCC. What BS.

Vinnie, I do fell badly for because everybody knows he got screwed over on pay and on the work load. Work six days week, do most of the work while Paul Senior sets on his ass in the office and Paul Jr. is off playing around with his girlfriend or one of his new expensive toys. He didn’t ask to be on TV either it just kind landed on him once he started working at OCC. Everyone knows how committed of a worker and how talented he is working on motorcycles. He defiantly should have been paid a lot more than what he was making and giving more time off like having full weekends off to spend with his family. If they would of done that as well leaving him out of Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. shouting fights he would still be at OCC today.

My only question is how the hell can Rick manage to still work there after all these years butting with the Teutuls.

micky mac -vinny  November 19, 2009 11:45 AM
We should get the v force show on tv or combine paul jnr with v force that would rock the boat
MHRoberts -Paul Sr.  October 31, 2009 06:09 AM
After watching the last 4 bikes that have been build on OCC, you can see that Jr was the one that made OCC what it is today! Paul Sr. you should have been fired! Jr is the true Bike Builder.
brewer -jr  October 29, 2009 09:36 PM
they took away what occ was about when they got rid of jr vinnie and mikey.Now the show sucks,Its like watching them build hondas.THE SHOW SUCKS NOW.Sr your an idiot and when your company tanks it will be all your fault.
mandingo -bike shows  October 22, 2009 05:25 PM
Sure miss the real bikemaster INDIAN LARRY!
richard d isonholler -rick  August 30, 2009 09:41 AM
lose him
richard d isonholler -vinny  August 30, 2009 09:38 AM
bring him back u dweebs
richard carlock -to say hi  August 5, 2009 08:41 AM
paul sr.just to say good job on life you did good,i live in ga.now but i stil talk to mike arvanites, wood like to say hi or e mail rchrd_carlock@yahoo.com. e mail if you have time
Nubbies -bickes  July 18, 2009 09:35 PM
Senior, can all the backroom "managers" and make your own decisions. Those idiots in the backroom have forced out Mikey and Junior. I hope Junior Designs and V-Force Customs put OCC into the crapper.
laid back -duelsport  July 14, 2009 05:27 PM
I really liked the show when they built the duelsport bike to me it was awsome,As far as the show I think family was the main thing.Looks like 3 guys running a family pawn shop are going to steal the show until the 3 of them can get it together and do what it takes to get rid of the office boys and get vinnie back JMHO
Pastor "C" -Paul Sr.,Paul Jr.,Mick  July 8, 2009 04:17 AM
The end of days is coming and I didn't have a father in my life but if I had one like Sr. I think I'd rather be fatherless. Paul Jr. built OCC up to what it is . I have the Toni Stewart T-Rex great riding bike. I don't understand how a father could turn his back on his children.I have two son's and would never treat them with nothing but love and respect and I get the same. Love and Respect is earned and Sr. has not earned it. If anybody treated my boys they way he treats his it's me they deal with. Dog
oscar -Mediocre build  June 25, 2009 09:33 PM
The show has lost it. Bring paul jr back. Sr should run the back office, while jr and the team get to build good looking bike, not the mediocre bike that are being built. Its a joke ...
Jazbo DePew -Paul sr.  June 18, 2009 08:39 PM
Pal sr. is treeting Paul jr. really bedly. I think he's jellous of jr. and pushed him out. Then sr. doesn't take either boy to Abou Doobi to promote the police bike. Mickey's feelings was hurt real badley. I think that prick in the office crapped on Mickey. Jim did the fabracation on the Abou Doobi bike on that machine. Mickey's feeling was hurt. Those 3 or 4 guys in the office are backstagging Mickey and jr. and in the porcess hurt Mickeys feelings. I hope if jr. gets a busines started that he will give Mickey a job even if its head of secrity or some such. jazbo
JOBY from Philippines -Is it REAL or just TV  June 6, 2009 02:15 AM
This show can really get to you. I switched cable providers and bought dozens of DVD's this year just to catch up on what I have missed since I first watched American Chopper last January 2009. Well, now I have "made-up" ten years in six months and just learned from reading the other comments that Paul Jr. is gone and Vinny and Cody have their own shop. The reason that I like the show is because of the father and son relationship between Sr. and Jr. that I can relate to. Somehow, it really also hits right where it hurts. A couple of months ago, I over-reacted while having a discussion with my father and blurted a "f**k you" to him. Boy was I sorry! He was so hurt with those words that it was only last week that he started speaking to me again. I have learned it is very important RESPECT your father no matter what. No matter who is right. Always. Until you both die. Period. That thing on TV better just be on TV. What a coincidence... fathers day is just around the corner. Thank you for allowing me to share my opinion. I am 50 years old, have been riding for 30 years, currently have an '08 gixer 1000 and an '07 wr450 dirt/supermotard.
Mark -WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!  June 4, 2009 08:24 PM
For all you out there that are bashing Jr.....Wake Up!! I have talked to him in person and he really is a humble guy. Don't believe everything you see on TV. Sr. needs to take a valium and chill out. Jr. was instrumental in inking the deal with TLC in the beginning! Jr. was a huge part of building this empire. I also work in partnership with my father in a business and he treats me with respect....even when sometimes I don't deserve it. The whole family needs to see a counselor and resolve their problems and patch things up...or put Sr. on some meds!!
mike kingi hazel -BIKES  June 2, 2009 05:23 PM
Kevin Ryan -Nonsense!  May 28, 2009 08:33 PM
It's just drama for TV... Paulie is out because the economy is in the stinker and nobody is commissioning bikes right now. People - see through the hype.
Rosemary -I need help  May 23, 2009 08:02 PM
Trying to make my bike look like a battle bike!! need help is any out there have any ideas. I lost my son Jan 1st 2005 on his bike and I have started Riding with Angels Foundation in memory of him and the Foundation will help families that loose a loved one on a bike and can not pay for the funeral. Just in Fl. alone in 07 we had over 500 deaths I know that you don't want to think of this when you get on your bike but we do.I am having a huge bike rally in Jan it will have been 5years with out my son. But we wanted to build a bike together and it did not happen. I want to revile the bike at the grand open. Please help any one!!rosemary@jussmokinfl.com
Bruce from Canada -LOST personality and Talent  May 15, 2009 12:27 PM
Hello, Had a long drawn out fee paragraphs but lost it so now it is short and to the point. Sr some of your advisers in the business need to get a grip and realize the SHOW made the success what it is or was. The family and the interaction of them made the show . Without that you have no show and with no show you will not have a bike shop for long and you also have lost creative talent which happens to be one of your sons and One of the Main reasons YOU are so successfull. Pauly has a gift of making a bike look balanced no matter how far out it is it has to work together . The last four bikes you guys have built are seriously lacking . The 10th anniversary Bike should be a wake up call for you you have union busted the creative talent that make you successfull . The Old deadline screaming and making it look like itwas life or death if it was not ready by noon is getting old SR. The guys Buying the bikes for what they cost do not want to think all you want to do is push out a bike in three days . Junior was the one who always had to put his neck out for his principles of making the BEST bike he could and THAT SAVED YOU FROM MANY BORING BUILDS . Anyway, I really like the show and can relate to all the conflict. Still have a lot of respect for you SR. but you need to suck up the ego. Bruce
JOHN HARNADEK -THE SHOW  May 14, 2009 07:57 AM
show used to be great -paul senior has lost so much weight hes clearly affected bigtime wont admit it though  May 8, 2009 07:36 PM
vinne,cody,paul jr,rick should start there own show and all be 25%owners they would rock and make millions as seniors sales sink slowly.his ego is in the way.he says hes always been a business man and its true but he should have realized what made his company now.he should of kept his employees happy and his show rocking and now hes stuck with a big for nothing shop with slow to no sales.what a business idiot
Ozzy -Paul Jr.  May 8, 2009 08:11 AM
I watched the show with Paul Jr. and his girlfriend purchasing a building to open a Boutique for her. Paul Jr. wants to be involved in her life and decisions they make. But it is so obvious that he seems lost not building bikes. I know in time he will come back home to where he belongs. Paul Sr. is trying hard to let Jr. do his own thing. But he misses him. That's why he asked him to come to the family home to work on a project together. I think that's a great opportunity for them to build a strong father/son relationship.
jm101 -SR  May 6, 2009 08:52 PM
Barry -address  May 3, 2009 08:56 AM
Can somebody please give me the address to the occ bike shop I have a personal letter for them Thanx.
TC -To big to fast  April 28, 2009 08:30 AM
It was great when the show first aired... it was about a family trying to make a run at it. Somewhere along the road they got lost. The show stopped being about building cool bikes and the stories behind them and became an hour long infomercial for whichever company forked over enough dough to have a bike built. If you ask me that was the beginning of the end. They simply sold out. Discovery/TLC should ditch OCC and put on a show following Vinnie and Cody's new shop. People always lose sight of a very simple philosophy - K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid). Everyone who was there in the beginning should have been more than taken care of, afterall they helped make OCC what it became. But alas American Chopper was over run with American Greed... and you can see where that leads - can anyone say Fanny May, Freddie Mac, GM, AIG, guess we can add OCC to that list too.
RCJ -the show  April 27, 2009 01:29 PM
Love the show. I was vey happy when it came back on the air. I see a few think Paul Sr can make it on his own. I agree, he can, he was a milliaire becasue of hsi steel business before the bike thing took off. BUT, he is now a multi-millionaire because of TV. Without Jr. there, there will be no more TV and As money. Paul Jr is what brings in the money as far as TV goes. I do agree that some of the bikes are too long and might be for clowns, BUT, they SELL! It is about profit, not necessary for the small minority of folks that like riding 1940's bikes. It's all abouot look at me folks. And these guys make that happen! Cheers and I hope the show continues. PS: Mikey will always be there because he is 10% owner of the firm.
BILL B CT -All good things  April 24, 2009 01:59 AM
As always all good things will end. Greed,pride,and ego's have taken it's toll on the show. The best part of the show was having hard working men building bikes. Now its a show about the new homes each of the boys have and the old mans million dollar home. New cars and trips the average guy can only dream of taking. While all this wealth was being built Paul sr forgot his roots. Paul jr should have been a partner. Vinnie should have ben given his just rewards for loyal service. Mikey is at least not on the public payroll he can't hold a real job.The bikes, at best, are nice but the show was about the family and the issues while building the bikes. It was a nice show Paul sr but pride comes befor the fall...
Kathy Zeller -up-date to Paul Jr'a firing  April 22, 2009 08:18 AM
When will we see what happens. I watch all the time. What I don't like is watching show 1 of 2 and then 2 is on many shows later. What's up with that? I would like to see all three in counciling.
Tim -Family  April 20, 2009 06:04 PM
I live right by OCC and these guys are just a bunch of clowns. It's all an act for TV. The ratings were going down so they needed to add some drama back to the show to get the rating back up. This show has turned into a joke.
bryan frasure -need to work  April 20, 2009 12:01 PM
i wood like to have a job with yall.
jim -occ  April 20, 2009 04:33 AM
i think it was a stunt if you go on there website thay have made a video ov them going to see a shrink and takin the piss out ov themselves. i bet thay make up in the next show! im from the uk and seen all there shows so hope thay get it sorted out
e bookout fixit4unme@msn.com -occ  April 17, 2009 05:24 PM
loved the show from the start but they need to have more choices not all chopper you cant turn unless you are on a 4 lane road something that appeals to a larger group paul jr is what made it what it is today paul sr is the back bone but with out all the other talent there in the side lines they would have nothing and divorced men like me that cant even make it with child support can only dream of any kind of bike all my family is dead so keep the family together as long as you can it wont be there forever
Mike Roberts -Paul Jr Dismissal!  April 17, 2009 07:10 AM
I think everyone is missing the point, paul Jr should have been treated as a partner and not an employee. Paul sir thinks he's the only one that made this company what it is today. The truth is without Jr, it would still be a small shop in New York. You guys make a GEAT team, so kiss an make up! Paul Sir make your son a partner, not an employee.
OneNewfie - that is pronounced as ONE - NEW- FEE -Programming and Customer Builders  April 16, 2009 09:50 AM
I have been watching the show since they were featured on a build off a long time ago, and since the "Teutals" have gotten their own show ego's have been flying off the walls more than their tempers. Since Jr. and Sr. are so much alike they will NEVER get along. Both of them need to put their attitudes somewhere else and think about just building bikes and making their customer's and audience happy again. I am VERY happy that Vinnie and Cody have gone their seperate ways from OCC because those two have what it takes to become great workers and have no ego problems. I hope that they get recognition for what they have done for OCC, who knows, maybe Cody and Vinnie will get their own show. I think that OCC has made their money, it's time to move on, people tend to get a little seperated from reality when they've made too much money. Family can never be replaced, Jr. your father will always be your father even though you don't agree with him and his ways. Respect him for the person that he is. I have said my say, I hope that OCC changes for the better and get Mikey working for goodness sakes, instead of bothering the people that are trying to put a bike together. The best of luck to everyone!
Ken -Paul Jr.  April 15, 2009 07:48 PM
Doug -Sr. should get rid of the other son & then retire!  April 14, 2009 04:28 PM
I'd like to know why lazy #ss Mikey is still there!? Paul Sr. said he may need to trim the fat at the shop Mikey should've been first for both reasons! What does he do besides screw-off & interupt people who does actually work there? I think Jr. & Mikey just act like your typical spoiled rich kids!
Hammie -Sr. and Jr.  April 14, 2009 01:09 PM
Paul Sr. is a joke when it comes to bike building. This last episode when he tries to level the tank without having the frame level is the tip of the iceberg on his abilities. Senior is so threatened by Paulies talent that he just picked at the trivial nonsense until they both could no longer stand it. You would think that a good employer would recognize when someone works thru the night and not just pick when he's late in the morning. I wish they made a show around Paulie and Vinnie and dumped the idiot old man. I don't need to see the drama, I like to watch them build bikes.
Reno -Show  April 13, 2009 12:46 PM
I have watch the show since first one. It has come along way, also a big part of peoples lives. It kind of sucked when it charged channels, then not on at all. It was cool to see it on again.(April 09). Newburgh, N.Y. old stomping grounds. It is cool to see OCC make it. Now living in VA. and knowing of Lee from Lynchburg it puts a new look on show. I hope it continues. The show is a group, not just one person. It is just good to see it on again. Go OCC !!!
ED -Paul Sr. and jr.  April 13, 2009 12:42 PM
Paul jr.get real you are the bosses son dont for get it.You act like most bosses kids when they work for there parents.Paul sr. take jr. back.
ronzorelli -Paul Jr and Vinnie...  April 13, 2009 12:22 PM
Vinnie and Cody appear to be doing just fine with their new business, V-Force Customs. I doubt they'll come back to OCC after being treated the way they were by the T-team... www.vforcecustoms.com I really don't feel sorry for Paul Jr. If he's not really a partner and it does not look like he is, and he has a contract he gets paid by, the least he can do is actually ABIDE by his contract since it's legally binding. Show up at work when you're supposed to, if your contract dictates that's what you need to do. Grow up little boy.
Jimbo -Last words Sr.  April 13, 2009 08:19 AM
Say years from now, your time has come. Would your last words be, "If my son wasn't constantly late, I could have built 3 moe bikes." I don't think so. Family is precious, savor it, while you can. . Jimbo
Cleversson -Message  April 12, 2009 08:50 PM
Mr Paul senior,without Paul junior the show doesn't worth seeing. Now the show suck!!!! Shame on you old bastard.
BARRY PARKER -BUSINESS  April 12, 2009 02:41 PM
tim lyons -american chopper  April 12, 2009 01:49 PM
hope paul jr. and vinnie get together for something exciting
Sam C -I forgot 2 things  April 12, 2009 09:15 AM
Reward Rick. His talent is terrific and he deserves and earns whatever you pay him. Get a quality, effective business development manager that can take OCC through the hard times. PS: I'm available
Sam Cohen -Paul vs Paul vs Mickey vs OCC  April 12, 2009 09:12 AM
Bottom line all of you put away your oversized ego's , remember that family comes first, you've got an enormous future if you pool your talents, get Mikey to contribute productively, delegate specific directions to Paulie Jr., Paul Sr. take a step back and work in the background to manage the important stuff, Paul Jr. grow up and realize that a business is only as good as its' talent. Paul Jr. if you agree to contract terms then you need to set an example and follow the rules. Someday the empire could be yours but only if you set the foundation now. These are my words of wisdom or not!!!
Laurette -Paul Jr. fired???  April 11, 2009 12:01 PM
Without Paul Jr, the show will not be worth watching! Paul Sr. is talented of course; but Paul Jr. makes the show worth watching with his skills, his talents, and his creativity! The two halves makes one hell of a show! If Jr. goes, I go!
Ray -Paul Jr dismissal April 11,2009 07:48 AM  April 11, 2009 07:57 AM
It's about time Paul Sr that you get back to the old style bikes. With Paul Jr. all the bikes look like the same old shit. Clowns should be riding them. You got rid of your baggage that was riding on what YOU started and he seemed to forget that. So get down to building and I hope you don't bring that little whinner back or my days watching OCC are gone.
babytger -Paul Jr.  April 10, 2009 04:41 PM
First you all let Vinnie move on and now Paul Jr. is gone. What is going on? Come on Paul Sr. get your act together and make up with your son and try and get Vinnie back.
BILL E. ERNEST -OCTOBER2009 bikeweek  April 10, 2009 08:55 AM
Is Paul jr. be here. How is he doing, or is it not true he ain't with orange county choppers any more. You better bring him back, our i wont watch you any more.
erasmovilaça -erasmovilaça@yahoo.com.br  March 22, 2009 07:58 AM
ian haywood -bikes  March 20, 2009 01:06 AM
wicked follow and watch all your programmes love mikey well funny