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Old August 23rd, 2005, 11:08 PM   #16
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Whether you enjoy the format or not, those are some talented and gifted folks. I like the water lathe. A local machine shop here has one and it's just wild to think you can get water pressure high enough to cut steel like it's butter, but it sure does and very accurately too, thanks to CNC. Fun to watch!

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Old August 24th, 2005, 07:47 AM   #17
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American Chopper is one of my favorite shows on television; I've been watching it for years now....and to be perfectly honest, I don't have the slightest interest in motorcycles whatsoever (and I guarantee I wouldn't ride one). But I love the craftsmanship, the fabrication, the ideas, and the beauty of the things they make, and I really can appreciate the process they go through. But mostly, I like the soap-opera-ness of the show. LOL! :-P

As for the scripted one-on-one interviews, they don't bother me a bit. I've always assumed they were scripted to move the storyline along WITHOUT having to resort to v.o. narration. If you go back and watch the first couple of one-shot docs (before American Chopper was a regular series) you'll notice that they have a v.o. on them, and it almost acts as a barrier between the viewer and the on-screen subjects. The non-narrated shows are more "real" but could easily be hard-to-follow; IMHO the scripted one-on-one interviews provide that linear functionality without having to resort to narration.

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Old August 24th, 2005, 03:24 PM   #18
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I like the show, but as a rider, I would hate to ride one of those customs for any distance. They are hard tails mostly with no rear shock. Good for slow cruising the blvd for women on a Friday night, bad for your kidneys and back.

The only one I saw with a rear shock was the police special for NYPD.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 04:51 PM   #19
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I have several friends that are motorcycle riders (mostly harleys), but one friend in particular had a hardtail S&S chopper with ape hangers that he put 27,000 miles on in two years.

So it's not that they can't be ridden; it's just a question of how committed you are to riding the bike. LOL!
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Old October 6th, 2005, 07:28 AM   #20
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How could anyone watch this show and deny that we share common ancestors with gorillas?
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Old October 6th, 2005, 09:27 AM   #21
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I remember reading that Hal Roach, who directed the Little Rascals back in the 30s, did so by telling the kids to make faces that they what worked out a name for ahead of time. So he would give a kid a direction like, "OK Alfalfa, make the bratty face" and that's how he got them to act as much as they did

I wonder if they have the same kind of system on American Chopper "OK now tell us what your concerns about this bike are . . ."
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Old October 6th, 2005, 09:45 AM   #22
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I haven't watched this show in over a year. I guess I grew out of it.

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Old October 6th, 2005, 11:35 AM   #23
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I love American Chopper. We get it over here in the UK on Discovery, currently on its third series and on the Gillette bike...

There is a spin of which is called Southern Chopper, Man I can't stand that program, yet itís in the same format, and produced by the same people. Maybe itís their accents I just can't adjust to.

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Old October 6th, 2005, 12:00 PM   #24
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I wondered what A.C. in the O.C. would play like in other countries...

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Old October 10th, 2005, 01:49 PM   #25
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I haven't watched this show in over a year. I guess I grew out of it.

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Because you're watching the O.C.?!? Tell me it isn't so!
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Old October 30th, 2005, 10:46 AM   #26
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Orange County in New York is where American Chopper is filmed.

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Old November 2nd, 2005, 07:00 AM   #27
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How could anyone watch this show and deny that we share common ancestors with gorillas?

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Old November 3rd, 2005, 01:02 PM   #28
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I love American Chopper. We get it over here in the UK on Discovery, currently on its third series and on the Gillette bike...

There is a spin of which is called Southern Chopper, Man I can't stand that program, yet itís in the same format, and produced by the same people. Maybe itís their accents I just can't adjust to.

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Old November 19th, 2005, 01:53 PM   #29
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American Chopper - Behind the scenes special!

Well, if you ever wanted to know what goes on behind the cameras at OCC, you can find out Monday night at 10 p.m. on Discovery. I saw the Sony Z1 being used a few times as well as the larger broadcast cameras. Discovery repeats its programming later in the evening if you miss the first run.
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 08:06 PM   #30
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American Chopper Discovery Promo Outtakes

http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/am.../outtakes.html
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