My Pillow Inc. Chopper

American Chopper September 4 "The Build is On"

On this episode of American Chopper, Rick ties the knot, Jr. rocks a faux hawk and Sr. drives a dump truck through the wall to make room for his new restaurant. But perhaps the biggest surprise of the episode came before the show even got started. We are no longer watching “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior” - According to the opening credits and my DVR, it’s just “American Chopper” again. Does this mean we’re still watching Season 4, or is this Season 7 of the old “American Chopper”, or should we just simplify things and call it Season 10?

Whatever season this is, there was plenty going on. It starts out with Sr. still pushing for a joint project between OCC and PJD for charity. Jr. (probably correctly) sees this as a recipe for trouble given that the two are still not able to have a conversation without breaking into an argument. Even though Jr. seems pretty firm about his decision, it’s hard to ignore the dramatic irony in an episode titled “The Build is On.” My guess is we haven’t heard the last on this topic.

Regardless, OCC isn’t waiting around. They are busy building a bike for themselves to promote their new OCC cafe, with plans to open up three such theme cafes. At first the concept seemed a little random. But after some thought, I realized the idea is a riff on the Hard Rock Cafe only they will have choppers on display instead of music memorabilia. Could be fun and definitely better than keeping all their bikes in a warehouse collecting dust.

American Chopper April 23 "No Cameras"

This week on American Chopper Jr. builds a bike for a ballplayer and Sr. finishes a bike for a pillow maker with a '70s 'stache.

Two time World Series winner Aaron Rowand (#33) wants a custom motorcycle and is a big fan of Jr.'s Black Widow bike. At the time of filming he was signed with the Miami Marlins, but on March 29, 2012, he was released. So now he has a lot more time to ride.

Aaron drops by the shop to check in on the build and gets measured for his custom motorcycle. I'm sure everybody including Jr. was thinking of decorating the bike with baseball diamonds, and I really liked the idea of leather baseball stitching in the tank. Aaron, however, wanted a much more subtle baseball theme than a mascot clown bike. While he's there he signs a few autographs for the kids and wins the World Series of wiffle ball.

OCC is still building the My Pillow Bike, which will be an era correct 1970s themed chopper.

Sr. tells Rick, "As long as we're on the same page, you get to do your own thing." Rick and Rob decide to paint the bike retro blue to match Rick's sports drink and then immediately paint the bike black. By the time I start thinking, "Hey, what happened to the blue?" Sr. is spraying the bike with silver flake because apparently you can't screw that up. Next comes the candy blue, and it starts to look like sea shells. Then Rob actually starts painting on fish scales. Now the 12 foot long bass boat is complete.

Drop in a Panhead motor from S&S, and once Sr. figures out which way the wheel goes on, the bike is ready for a test ride. When is the last time you saw an actual, real chopper with a 40 over front end complete with Z bars riding down the road? Radical. But how do you turn?

American Chopper April 16 "A Meeting Is Set"

This week on American Chopper Sr. builds an era correct chopper out of the '70s and Jr. digs for gold.

Lisa and Mike from My Pillow, Inc. drop by OCC for a custom pillow bike. They show off a cool new pillow that will hold its shape even with a 12 pound head. Unfortunately Jr.'s head is more like 18 lbs. I'm thinking Jason will make the pillow bike cloud like, but it turns out Michael Lindell wants something straight out of the '70s. Sr. should just sell him one of his classic bikes he's got laying around his garage museum. The company requests a 1970s bike with a long, long springer front end, and at 12.5 feet long it's twice as long as my bike! It's even longer then my boat. According to Sr. for the geometry to work on the '70s bike, it needs wide handle bars for something that radical.

At PJD work on the Newmont Mining bike continues. The engine cover was born out of solid 2 inch thick billet aluminum and mined out on the CNC machine to give it a terraced look to match the features of an open pit mine. But why is Paul Jr.'s logo in the middle of the engine cover? Jr. wants gold, gold, silver, and more gold. I'm wondering how this will compare to the Gold Donald Trump bike.

Meanwhile, Vinnie and Rick meet up for lunch and hope that it won't be long before they're building bikes together again.

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