American Chopper: Can anyone upset Paul Jr. in tonight's Live Build-Off?

All of the bikes revealed last night on Phase One of Chopper Live: The Revenge were pretty awesome to look at, and the Fast N' Loud guys even drove their bike from Texas to Vegas; but, there was one clear fan favorite, even before the voting began.

The American Chopper: Live Build-Off began last night, and thus far, in contrast to last time around, no one appears to be limping behind the competition, as far as the actual bikes are concerned. However, there is one builder who is the clear fan-favorite.

Team Senior

The guys at OCC were determined to do a better job this year than last, although, honestly, the contraption they built last year was pretty darn cool—it just wasn’t a motorcycle and, come on, Senior, it was a motorcycle build-off. This year, however, the OCC team not only built a motorcycle, they even went an extra step and machined the frame, rather than buying something new off-the-shelf—something we don’t often see from the OCC shop, so that was a nice turn. The final product was pretty cool, especially if you like the full-on aluminum look. Regardless, the OCC final product was about 1,000 steps up from last year’s entry—great job, guys. But, unfortunately for Senior, he doesn’t have the fan-backing to win this competition, no matter how nice his entry may be. Sorry, Senior.

Team Jesse

Jesse James, by his own admission, kind of laid down on the job last build-off, and turned in a rather ordinary entry. There’s little doubt, really, that Jesse’s motorcycle was superior to Junior’s last season when it comes to just straight-up riding, but, it was pretty plain and common. The impressive thing about Jesse, however, is that he is able to step up to the challenge and admit that he fell down on the job last year, and really put his “skill set” to work this year on something unique. It did take him longer—i.e. he broke the rules—but, hey, it’s a TV build-off, right? It will be okay. Regardless, Jesse turned in a pretty awesome-looking entry, and, as the “outlaw bike-builder” learned last year, that is the name of the game in this competition when it comes to a bike: looks. However, when it comes to ultimately beating the competition, even looks won’t get the job done. This competition is mainly about popularity and, although Jesse was the man with the fans at one point in his career, he has lost his fan base along the way, and has just never been able to regain it. Sorry, Jesse.

Team Fast N' Loud

The Fast N’ Loud guys, Richard and Aaron, are the rookies this year, and they have led the way in pranking. Regardless of where they fall in the voting, they should get a trophy for being the winners in the prank wars. Flying the banner to advertise for help at Jesse’s garage was just priceless—a lot more creative than OCC and PJD, just setting things on fire and blowing them up. And, Junior’s retaliation video against Gas Monkey Garage, well, if "PJD Studios" is ever going to get off the ground, he’s going to have to do a lot—a LOT—better than that. But, their motorcycle entry? Well, first of all, it is beautiful; love the colors. And, the guys actually RODE their bike from Texas to Vegas, so viewers know that it is more than a piece of art—although, to be fair, Discovery Channel sent the following tweet during the first night of the Build-Off:

Update: #TeamFastNLoud's bike did not start during rehearsals today. Aaron had to roll it out on stage. Will it be ready tomorrow?

Unfortunately for the Gas Monkey Garage guys, building a rideable bike is secondary to, well, popularity. Very few people will vote in this competition based on what they believe the actual merit of a bike is, or whether or not it can be taken out on the road and ridden. In fact, most viewers probably prefer it to just be a piece of unrideable artwork, if that is what it takes to bling it out. And, who is more skilled at building unrideable, blingy artwork than Paul Jr.? Sorry, Richard and Aaron.

Fans Love Paul Jr.

Regardless of how impractical his bikes are, Junior has the voting audience locked up when it comes to popularity. Why that is remains a mystery, but it is undoubtedly true: Fans love Paul Jr. And, they will vote for him, regardless of how goofy his bike looks, or whether or not it can actually be ridden. So, this year, given the fact that he built a bike that looks pretty decent—except perhaps for the silly steering wheel “handlebars”—and that it could probably be ridden, were he not afraid of getting it dirty, it is likely that Junior has this competition locked up. Right or wrong, Junior plays to the audience; he knows what they want to hear, knows what they want to see, and he knows how to bring them over to his side. He realizes that the bike itself is not even a part of this competition. Fans will be voting for their favorite builder, not their favorite bike, and that, barring an unlikely upset, will be Paul Jr.

Stay tuned.

Fans can vote today via text for their favorite bike/builder. Voting information is available on the Discovery Channel Chopper Live website.

The winner of the Chopper Live: The Revenge competition will be revealed tonight live in Vegas. Fans can tune in beginning at 9/8c on the Discovery Channel.

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

Image: Discovery Channel

Comments

Submitted by mcurb (not verified) on
Senior's bikes are built by a committee - if a horse were designed by a committee it would look like a camel. Jesse James built a modern bike that is certainly not a chopper - it actually reminds me of a cafe racer. Very innovative but kinda ugly. Fast and Loud built a pink chopper WTF? Why ruin any chance of winning the prize with such an awful paint job? Jr's bike has an organic wholeness to it. You can see his vision and it very pleasing to the eye. On top of all of this, Jr does not talk smack, and he is very polite. If you do not think people admire those qualities, think again!

Submitted by asphalt (not verified) on
Jr has vision which in big part made occ. Sr was always about quick simple and get it out the door... simply put hes a business man looking for bottom line. Gas monkeys think this is a HD rebuild competition and cry about resourses. And jesse should be disqualified because he spent to much crying and smack talking than building

Submitted by wildman (not verified) on
3rd place goes to Paul Sr who machined a sportbike, 2nd palce to Jessie who built a sportbike awesome but still a sportbike. Winner and championship goes to Paul Jr. who built a customized chopper. How GasMonkeys were allowed in the competition with a rebuilt Harley is beyond me, I thought you had to build a bike not refurbish

Submitted by Brad (not verified) on
He was very cocky! But can back it up! Didn't like the bike that much but he is a true craftsman! The two pee we Herman look a likes suck! Sr is getting to eat a lil crow! Jr. Is class no cursing and keeps it clean and shows this in every show! Happy for him!!!!!

Submitted by harley58glide (not verified) on
These guys built a kick ass ride able bike from scratch.The rest used someone else parts like building a tinker toy. What good is it if you cant ride the dam thing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
“These guys built a kick ass rideable bike from scratch” What guys? The Fast N Loud guys didn’t. They took an old stock Harley took off the saddle bags and did some tweaks to an old HD and painted it hot pink. How is that “building” a bike? As for rideable, it was rideable when they bought it and I would hope they would not screw that up. HD’s have been rideable from the start.

Submitted by Crispy Critter (not verified) on
I don't understand where you got it was a "given" PJD would win. They did build the better looking scooter though. A build off is a beauty contest after all. I have watched Am Chppr from the start and there was a time when I didn't like Paul Jr very much. He was designing and Vinny was doing all the work. Getting away from his father was the best thing he could have done for himself. He is now a responsible, polite and gracious individual. He has shown more class and respect in the last couple of seasons while his father still hasn't grown up. Sr build looked really good until you got to the front end. I liked FnL build, hey choppers started out as reworking what was already built, not as built from scratch. As far as JJ... I have never met him. I watched Mnstr Grge when it was on a few years ago, never liked the impression I get from the guy. Now when his show cone on I turn the channel. He has talent...he sure can toot his own horn that's for sure. He's good at working with his hands and his mouth, but sometimes (more often than not) you need to show some class and shut your mouth and let your hands do the talking instead.

Submitted by Saved of (not verified) on
I agree with crispy critter, I watch for entertainment, unfortunately, if JJ was actually mad at monkey guy, then that's to much Like professional wrestling for me. I enjoy the monkey garage show, I think it's funny and I like The bike they built, it's really only the bike I would own and drive of all three anyway. Those stretched Harley's are a joke on the road, real world driving anyway. Jesse's burned out, his passion for funny tv Is gone, that's to bad. I used to think he was cool until he went crazy and started to believe all the people around him that tell him what he likes to hear. Davedog

Submitted by Saved of (not verified) on
I agree with crispy critter, I watch for entertainment, unfortunately, if JJ was actually mad at monkey guy, then that's to much Like professional wrestling for me. I enjoy the monkey garage show, I think it's funny and I like The bike they built, it's really only the bike I would own and drive of all three anyway. Those stretched Harley's are a joke on the road, real world driving anyway. Jesse's burned out, his passion for funny tv Is gone, that's to bad. I used to think he was cool until he went crazy and started to believe all the people around him that tell him what he likes to hear. Davedog

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