Chopper Orange County – How it Started
Orange County was one of the first counties established by the Province of New York way back in 1683. It is best known for West Point, an American Military Academy, and the Orange County Choppers. It is the most popular custom motorcycle shop in the nation and has it’s own program on Television called American Chopper.
Orange County Choppers also known as the OCC is a custom motorcycle shop and manufacture that was founded in 1999 by Paul Teutul Sr. and his son, Paul Teutul Jr. The Orange County Choppers has allowed their business to turn into a reality TV show that is one the discovery channel. The show is called the American Chopper and made it’s big debut in September 2002. The show helped rise shop to fame and now has become one of the biggest bike shops known in the United States.
Orange County Choppers are mistakenly believed as a California based company than a New York based company. Orange County California has been famous from it’s own TV publicity with various movies and shows being based on the area. However, many forget of Orange County, NY. Orange County Choppers has also started a side job as to having a family steel manufacturing company. This would make sense, since OCC is all about custom built bikes. However, the Orange County Ironworks was founded in 1970, way before Teutul began to build the bikes. It wasn’t until the late 1990′s that they moved from the steel business to the motorcycle business. The first bike ever made by the company was called True blue. It made its first appearance at the Daytona Bike Oktoberfest in 1999.
Since then, the company’s popularity has grown. The company was even asked by the United States Air Force to make a $ 150,000 bike called the Raptor. The Raptor bike made its public debut in March of 2005. Raptor is around ten feet long and is modeled after the F/A-22 Raptor and was completed with the United States Air Force Symbols and a riveted gas tank.
The bike also has its exhaust system and rear view mirrors in the shape of jets. The reason why the United States Air Force hired the Orange County Choppers to make a bike was in hopes to reach the public. It was a promotional tool for the Air Force, but it was also great for the OCC because they got Nation Wide Publicity and has become a name around the world.
Orange County Choppers now has it’s name on everything from t-shirts to key rings to the United States Air force. Even though this company has only been around for a little under decade, Orange County Choppers are still increasing their business and sales and have developed a gold-mine business. The Orange County Choppers are so famous, that even after the business dissolves, people will still be talking about the OCC. http://www.chopperlive.com
Ove Marcelind [http://www.chopperlive.com]