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No Senior revenge, Paul Jr. wins American Chopper: Live Build-Off

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Once again, Paul Jr. was the build-off victor, taking American Chopper: The Revenge last night, and Gas Monkey Garage followed in second place; but what about third and fourth, and the percentages?

As predicted, Paul Jr. won the second American Chopper: Live Build-Off. Taking the live show right down to the wire, the runner-up, Fast N’ Loud was announced, then the winner, Paul Jr. It was disappointing that the third and fourth place rankings were not announced, however, nor were the voting percentages.

It was not surprising, of course, that Paul Jr. won this popularity contest; that was already a given. The interesting part of the contest was who the fans would choose to be the runner-up. Early in the night, it was obvious that the Gas Monkey Guys, Richard and Aaron, had a large contingent of fans in the Vegas audience—larger than Jesse James or Senior. And, while that did not necessarily mean that they would carry second place in the nationwide voting, that did prove to be the case.

To Build or REbuild?

Some complained that Richard and Aaron “rebuilt” their motorcycle, and did not “create” a bike, and, therefore, did not deserve their spot in the competition. But, fortunately, there is no competition rulebook for American Chopper: Live Build-Off that indicates that a bike has to be an unrideable piece of artwork to qualify. Moreover, considering the Gas Monkey Garage bike, Fred, was built and rebuilt from the ground up—even the motor was rebuilt at the Gas Monkey Garage, not simply bought off the shelf and placed in a ride—and considering it was the only bike on the stage that was proven to be a rideable bike—they did ride it from Texas to Vegas, after all, while the other teams hauled their bikes to the contest—Team Fast N’ Loud more than deserved their place in the competition. As one anonymous Huliq reader commented:

There was one chopper on the stage, FaL boys CHOPPED the frame to alter the stance of the bike and BOBBED the bike by altering the fenders, ie: small rear fender, no front fender. Making the bike lighter, faster and WAY COOLER than it was designed. It was CHOPPER BUILD OFF, not custom bike build off.

And, ultimately, as the Gas Monkey Garage guys tweeted after coming in second:

Well, we stuck to our word. We beat JJ with a pink bike!

That they did.

Who Finished Third and Fourth?

Still, it would be nice to know who finished third and fourth, and seems odd that Discovery Channel did not announce those places, as well. Just speculating, it seems likely that Jesse came in third and Paul Sr. finished fourth. At the time of this writing, the only “place” listed on the Discovery Channel website was Paul Jr.’s win. Would Paul Sr.’s entry deserve a fourth-place finish? Absolutely not—look at the work that went into the OCC bike this time around. And, Jesse's bike was shiny but kinda weird--in fact, it looked like he may have taken a page from the Paul Jr. book of motorcycle building. But, again, popularity—or lack of it—would seem to indicate that Paul Sr. once again landed in last place. Perhaps that is why the full results were not announced? An attempt to protect Paul Sr.’s dignity? But, realistically, he could not have really expected to win this competition. Whatever the bike, he just does not have the fans to win a fan-voted competition. Additionally, what fans Senior does have are likely not to be the ones who go around texting all day long, and that was the only way to vote in this contest.

Sound Off to Discovery Channel

So, did the right team win? Or, in fact, as some fans have complained, did ANYBODY deserve to win? Why or why not? And, should Discovery at least release the final results—including the percentages—on the Discovery Chopper Live website?

Sound off below.

UPDATED: Fast N' Loud winners of the Build-Off prank war

Image: Discovery Channel

Video: Discovery Channel/Chopper Live: The Revenge


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
PJD definitely has the visual artistic style cues for modern TV viewers right, the FAL design was true chopper style, the JJ bike is beautiful but just confusing to me as in what exactly is it suppose to be?, the Paul Sr. design was really messed up by that huge, non sleek front end that totally conficted with the rest of what looked to be a beautiful design. I voted PJD just because it looked so artistically beautiful and complete. However, I'd probably like to own the FAL bike most.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The OCC bike had the potential to be a great design. Maybe they rushed the design of the front end? I agree that once they put the front end on the whole thing was ruined. It was just awful. It got worse once they took it out for a road test... the scale looked funny with a rider on board and the poor design of the front end became even more evident. It's a shame because the aluminum frame with the hanging motor and swing bar was fantastic.

Submitted by Paxton Crissey (not verified) on
was a nice bike but to much over board. and like said jr fits and makes what he does not bulk it up or scrunch it together or but agree with them on the fast and loud group to win 2nd cus took old parts to make sdomething new is cool.

Submitted by jerry north (not verified) on
Paul Jr. has the unique ability to combine form and function into true works of art.He deserved to win,he is a real artistic genius!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i agree Paul Sr's front end is a bit heavy. Though i do think that if his bike was featured more to the early part of the show it would have gotten more votes. I waited until I saw each bike before i voted. This was unfair to Senior.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Had Sr and crew not used 'drawings' but instead created on the fly like the other guys you would have seen more if it. We were able to see the other bikes being build from the ground up ASAP. I agree the front end was too much, but in the end - Jason doesnt have the artistic skill PJ has and the last few OCC bikes have been lackluster to say the least.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This show must have been voted on by more people who know nothing about motorcycles. LaF was a good vote, but Jr. as 1st is bs as all he did was put a motor in a prebuilt frame and add car parts. JJ and Sr. were much more creative.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The show is geared towards fans of the SHOW. I dont think a requirement to vote was that you were a motorcycle mechanic, rider or work in the industry. PJ had the most creativity and build a gorgeous bike they fabricated. JJ is stupid for wasting time to make a frickin frame lol only to have his 'creation' not run, nor look good or original - it was a small, blinged out attempt at a speed bike. Senior needs to get rid of Jason - no artistic skill, same stuff shines through in each design and its getting old. F&L, good bike if you like that style, like Jesse said, 1995 called and they want their bike back!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Sorry people are missing the whole concept of this bike building. Its not bike part buying and putting together, its the same bike he always builds with different fenders, tank and handle bars, and someone else molding and painting it. At least Jessie makes every part of his bikes, and it not only looks good but can go farther than just around the block. If I bought a bike for what Jr. wants for it 50 to 80 grand it better go more than 20 freakin miles on a tank of gas, tha'ts not riding.


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