I just sat down to the TV and flip on the Discovery channel and wouldn't you know it OCC just came on. Their building a bike for a fan. Cool I thought. Not 3 minutes later they show the winning fan's entry video. He's probably around late 40's. This guy looked like a typical "bad boy" image biker, with iron cross T-shirt, Paul SR long mustache, tattoos down his arm.
"I go to every single biker event, every run, every bike week, I'm one of the guys you see in the back that doesn't have a motorcycle. I dress the part, I look the part, I even have a motorcycle chain tatoo on my arm and another motorcycle tatoo on this arm. Basically, I do everything but own a motorcycle."
Off goes the TV. After 3 minutes into the show I couldn't stand another minute.
The show is awkward enough to watch, and now this is the guy who gets a "custom" built bike?
This guy portrayed something that drove a disgust inside me.
Its one thing to go your own way, its another to pretend your someone your not by your own choice.
If this is the same re-run I have seen a couple times, this guy HAD a bike and lost it due to personal situations.....I don;t consider that guy a poser....
...I could be wrong....maybe you are referring to a different guy.....
This is clearly turning into a "lets bash on OCC and even HDs" thread......
WHat I cant figure out is why so many people get hung up on the "practicality" aspect of bikes.....
I would venture to say that the number of people here who use their bike EVREY DAY is lower than the number of folks who ride for pleasure......I ride EVERYDAY rain, shine, 100 degrees or 10 degrees and I have found ways to make my bike practical...saddlebags, windshield, heated gloves, handguards, etc......And there are those on this forum who ridicule folks with shields, etc .....I dont care...my bike is custom tailored to MY situation.
From a practicality standpoint, my bike is as practical as it needs to be for my commute....but as in everything else, another's experience may be different.
The majority of the VTXs here are stock....sure, we have lots of chrome gizmos, maybe even running a CT on the rear.....but they are mostly stock...stock performance (pipes and air filters dont really count as huge mods IMHO)....they are NOT "custom" bikes...they are modified stockers.
Our bikes are "reliable" because we are still, at the core of each of our bikes, retaining the enginnered-in reliability......engineering that balances performance and form with reliability.....
The OCC bikes are no different than any other CUSTOM vehicle.....they are built with form in mind.......Same with Jesse's, same with Indian Larry's, etc....NONE of the custom bikes are really all that practical...they are made to make you say "WOW". They sometimes have smaller gas tanks...or harder suspensions...or extreme rakes.....or no lights.....or many lights.....I watched the "Metric Revolution" final show last night.....not one of those bikes could be considered "practical.....the 100 mile trip they took doesnt prove "practicality. But they were AWESOME machines and feets of designing and engineering artistry.
We dont buy bikes to be practical. We buy bikes because we like the feeling of the wind on our face and seeing the road zip by beneath our feet.....
If you want practicality, buy a Prius.
You dont have to like OCC or in fact any of the other bike builders....but understand that not everyone likes a stock bike...some like to push the envelope.
And if anyone thinks they are riding a "superior" bike well they may well be.....but remember that each one of us has a different definition of "superior". :wink: