May 14, 2007 – V-Twin Report

Company Behind TV Show Launches Production Lineup
The company behind the “American Chopper” TV show is launching a production line this summer.
Orange County Choppers will unveil the lineup of four distinctive models in July. The v-twin company told Powersports Business that it will have an initial dealer network of 12-15 this year, with the intent on growing the number of dealers in 2008.
Dealers will be asked to floor three or more bikes, which will have a MSRP ranging from $29,900-$51,900.
The company says it’s expecting to produce 40-60 motorcycles for this range of models this year, with the intent of building 100 or more the following year.
Orange County Choppers says it’s working with a number of established v-twin companies on the new production bikes, including Metzeler Tires, S&S Cycle, All-Balls, HHI, Baker Transmissions, Primo Belt Drives, Danny Gray and Mainstreet.
The lineup will feature: The Splitback, the line’s flagship, featuring a distinctive, wrap-around gas tank that will have a MSRP of $51,900; the Softail, a chopper with a MSRP of $38,900; the Greenie, an old-school bobber with a MSRP of $29,900; and the Web, with a MSRP of $42,900.
For more information on the production bike lineup, visit
Big Bear Choppers Introduces New Model for 2008
Big Bear Choppers (BBC) recently finished prototyping a new V-twin bike with touring features.
The Grand Touring X-Wedge (GTX) is a stretched ProStreet bike that BBC considers a weekend getaway vehicle. A touring version will be coming later on.
The GTX will be rolling out in BBC’s 2008 model year fleet. It will be available starting November on dealership floors.
One of the proprietary and unique characteristics of the GTX is the position of the passenger sitting in front of the rear wheel. This seating position places more weight in the center of the vehicle to produce better handling and comfort for the operator and passenger.
Other key features include an additional auxiliary fuel tank, totaling 6 gallons, which is located under the seat next to the large capacity oil tank, and of course the high volume fiberglass bags.
S&S Cycle Planning Seminars at L.A. Motorcycle Show
S&S Cycle will be conducting V-Twin Performance Tuning Seminars at the 16th Annual 2007 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend July 14-15.
The event, dubbed as the biggest custom and high-performance street and sport bike event in the U.S., will be held at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach, Calif.
Along with running the S&S Cycle World Championship Horsepower Dyno Shootout exclusively with a Super Flow Dyno, S&S Cycle president Brett Smith and his staff will be be on hand to answer attendees’ engine and performance questions.
For more info, go to bikeshow.htm.
Rucker Performance Showcases New Chopper Look
Rucker Performance, a designer and manufacturer of custom American muscle, chopper and pro mod motorcycles, announced mid-year model changes and a new custom look on the Gauntlet chopper.
Rucker Performance has incorporated new design queues on the Gauntlet to emphasize its long, lean lines and a more hand formed, custom fabricated look. The Gauntlet features a hand-fabricated drop seat design, providing a low center of gravity and better handling, stability, comfort and ergonomics for the Rucker Performance customer.
“The Gauntlet has the powerful performance, excellent maneuvering capabilities and sleek design that customers are looking for in a custom chopper,” said Bill Rucker, founder and CEO of Rucker Performance.
The company has converted the final drive to a 133 tooth belt drive. Boasting a 300 series tire, the Gauntlet has 54 mm inverted forks, right side drive, fully polished 124-cubic-inch S&S engine and six-speed transmission.
Customers also can add an extreme paint package, selecting from more than 40 colors and the ultimate in unique graphics.
“The Gauntlet’s smooth lines flow throughout the motorcycle because of our design queues such as the new sheet metal styling and extreme paint package,” said Carl Tyndell, director of design at Rucker Performance.
Additionally, customers can choose from a variety of custom wheels, controls and exotic seat skins. Buyers can be custom fitted and measured for riding position, foot controls, handlebar height and pull back at the Rucker Performance factory.
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