• Jul 19, 2007
click above image to view more pics of OC's E85 Chopper

As the saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." So when the Orange County Chopper crew was asked to come to Iowa and build a custom bike to help out Join the Ride Iowa, the result was understandably corny. The first things you'll notice are the soybean and corn paint job. The edamame paint is unmistakable, but It also has what they refer to as a corn head "scoop" and exhaust pipes that are said to emulate the tubing on an ethanol plant. Built to support the Iowa Farm Bureau Renewable Energy movement and show off Iowa's place as the 4th leading supplier of energy in the nation, this custom bike also incorporates other renewable fuel sources.

The big yellow gas cap clearly shows that the bike is powered by an E85 motor. Apparently that's a first. You'll also find the E85 logo on the air cleaner cover. And if that's not enough, the wheels were designed to resemble the blades of a wind turbine. A nod to Iowa's livestock industry comes via the, surprise, leather seat. Well, it does have embossed animals on it.

A custom chopper built by the Teutels will always draw some attention, especially if Sr., Jr., and Mikey are around to promote it. In this case, the cause seems a bit outside their normal sphere of influence. But if it helps people think green, what the heck. If you happen to like the looks of this bad boy, it will be raffled off to raise money for Join the Ride Iowa. Tickets are $10 and it looks like there's a $50,000 cash option should you have no place in your barn for a corn-fed chopper.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      All its missing is a John Deere logo. The combine styling cues are totally silly. Give the theme bikes a rest!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good idea, stop doing the main thing that keeps them in the spotlight.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OCC makes the ugliest bikes I've ever seen!
      • 7 Years Ago
      OCC doesn't build bikes, they assemble them. Jesse James builds bikes.

      Anyone with some fairly deep pockets could build an OCC bike by ordering parts from the back of Easy Rider's Magazine. Everything they put on their bikes can be found in catalogs, minus the occassional custom tank.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's not entirely true, now they make some of their own frames in house.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My comments were based on their not-building everything, but, simply bolting it together. 99% of their theme bikes are essentially kit bikes. Order up a Santee frame from the back of this month's Easy Rider, grab a Custom Chrome parts book, and you too can have a bike like what you see on American Choppers.

        West Coast Choppers builds everything. OCC assembles everything.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I get tired of people hating on OCC for their success. Yes they used to build all their own stuff, and they have components that they buy. Yes they have million dollar water jet machines and pipe benders, etc. So what? Just because success allows you to do these things doesn't make you any less of a builder.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mikey must of had a hand in this design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know what a corn head looks like, two uncles and a grandfather are farmers. This bike's pathetic attempt barely resembles a corn head.

      Three pointed sticks barely qualifies, and I've never see a combine that handles only three rows at a time.

      A food staple being used as fuel raises the cost of fuel, since corn is more starch-rich than sugar-rich, and not very efficient at creating alcohol.

      Using Corn for fuel raises the price of corn. Somewhat good for corn farmers, but bad for livestock farmers, and promotes lack of crop rotation or variation. People grow and sell less wheat, hay, soybeans, or other crops, in favor of getting more money from Corn. Not rotating corn with other crops will also tend to deplete plant nutrients in the soil over time. Pesticides and fertilizers to get every last bushel possible also has effects on the water table, which I also drink from.

      food producers, and anyone else who uses crop or livestock products sees their cornmeal and livestock feed prices go up significantly, which drives up the price for meat, milk, and other foodstuffs that are dependent on corn, or the livestock dependent on corn. Even soap, that uses beef tallow in the process of manufacturing, is seeing price increases.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm starting to wonder if OCC is just an elaborate prank.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That has to be the dumbest looking bike I've seen in my entire life.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought the copper "Liberty" chopper from the first season or two was also E85-capable...?
      • 7 Years Ago
      sorry, the term is hygroscopic, not hydroscopic, which means to attract and retain water or humidity. Generally something bad for a combustion fuel.
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