First Meeting With Vinnie & Cody

Vinnie DiMartino and Cody Connelly, founders of V-Force Customs, made their 1st public appearance in Cincinnati since leaving the popular television series “American Chopper” with OCC. Hey, I am flattered: they wanted a picture with me and told me that they read my Blog. When they appear at Daytona Bike week February 29, 2008. DiMartino and Connelly will begin a year-long rally tour with their new custom bike built under their new brand name of V-Force Customs. I wish them the best.

15 Responses to “First Meeting With Vinnie & Cody”

  1. 1 Chop Net Feb 4th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Vinnie. Stay in shape. Lose weight.

  2. 2 Jack McIntyre BIKERPICS.ORG Feb 4th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I have spent a decent amount of time with the guys recently and the attitude is not about looking back at all but moving in a new creative direction. They are great to talk to, friendly as can be, and will do well. No question about it. I have posted my recent visit to their shop (60 images or so) along with some portrait shots of the two just goofin’ around. I also added a gallery today of a limited amount of VTWIN EXPO images. There is only just so many pics you can take at an expo…


  3. 3 Nicker Feb 5th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    They we’re among the only reasonable people on that TV show.
    Oh ya, there was the Rick(?) kid, they shoulda taken him too.
    I wish-em luck.


  4. 4 Chop Net Feb 5th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    It’s good to see young guys with too much fame acquired too fast (good for them) respect veteran builders like Cyril. How are they going to use their notoriety? They cannot disappoint. Impatient to see their first bike in daytona.

  5. 5 HWGTHNG Feb 5th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Vinnie & Cody,

    First off “good luck”. Second: Luck has nothing to do with success. You’re starting a new business in tough times. You have “Iron horses” falling all around you. This may be a blessing in disguise and if it is you need to seize the moment. With that company closing its doors (or should I say barn doors) there will be some pretty good talent searching for employment, and there bad times can turn out to be your good times (There’s a name for your first bike “Good Times”). More than anything you need to watch your pennies at a time like this. A mentor once told me if I watch my pennies the dollars would take care of them selves (he was a ruthless bastard, – – – rich but ruthless). Also remember that if you take this “inch by inch” it’s a cinch.

    Find a few celebrities to build a bike for that represents what your product is “cool & tough”. Get someone like the ROCK. He demands respect while at the same time represents the tough guy. Build one for JAY LENO to use as a signature bike on his show for a charity (people love charities) to be auctioned off. As Adam Sandler once said: Go on you can do it.

    Best of luck men


  6. 6 A 1 CYCLES Feb 5th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    met vinnie for the first time this weekend..straight up decent guy. and he remebered my name the next day..more than i can say for most. pleasure metting you guys and i wish i had your p.r. rep. no product as of yet but yourselves and you were posted up in at least three sponsors booths that i marketing marketing! its not always about the motorcycles..but eventually you will have to produce and im sure it will be good. good luck and see you in daytona.. 3 weeks.omg

  7. 7 Rodent Feb 5th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    A couple of real hands on builders, good luck, you are the best

  8. 8 ray c wheeler Feb 5th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Had the pleasure of meeting Vinnie this week end , thanks for taking a few minutes , you are very talented and have the industries blessings .

    Only one direction to go from here , up .

    See you at the S & S 50th , if not sooner .

    My respect and best wishes for a successful business adventure ,
    ray c wheeler

  9. 9 Cj Hanlon Feb 5th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Seems there were a lot of us that had the opportunity to meet and encourage Vinnie and Cody in their new adventure at V-Twin Expo. With the marketing of the new venture and notoriety of leaving OCC, i can only encourage you guys to keep your head down and do the stuff your good at…building cool bikes and growing a business.
    As we discussed, you’ve made your move, now don’t blow it. Good luck! C’ya’ll in Daytona.
    Guilty Customs

  10. 10 Bigwoody Feb 5th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Congrats Vinny, hope you and Cody make it.’
    Amazed at high tech compomponets that were thown at you.
    5 angle laser Jets, custom wheels, wheels, bars, and frames.
    Ho[pe you make it.
    Glad you took a stab at fame..

  11. 11 Feb 6th, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Shout out to A 1 Cycles, I am the PR guy for V Force Customs, so get a hold of me thru my site and I would be glad to talk with you and thanks for your kind words.

    Jeff Bartucci

  12. 12 sam fairbairn Feb 8th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Vinnie and Cody, I am a older fan of yours and I live in the southisland of New Zealand.You probably have never heard of the place but I can assure you that you have had a good fan base on the american chopper show the only thing being How did you ever put up with the Tutels nonsense??? They behaved and acted like pigs or animals and I am very proud of you guys to take the step and go on your own and im sure that you will do well Stick to your own pricipals and im really looking forward to seeing you do well Your fan Sam

  13. 13 gustian Feb 12th, 2008 at 10:19 pm


    I’m with Nicker.
    They were about the only ‘normal guys’ I saw at OCC. How they ever could hold so long in that madhouse….

    And Rick,always doiing his thing in total silence. He should get out off there also…..

    Vinny & Cody, all the best, and let see what you are worth…..

  14. 14 ANT Feb 22nd, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    These guys will probably be around long after OCC leaves the scene.

  15. 15 Little Big Man Nov 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Vinnie & Cody
    Good tyo know that business is going well and you are getting everything together – I don’t have to wish you luck as you have all the skills you need to make this business work.

    I am from Manchester, England and they don’t have bikes like Americans do here – I can only dream of riding your kind of bikes.

    All the best

    Little Big Man – Manchester England

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