Exclusive Jesse James Interview About His American Chopper Three-Way Build-Off With the Teutuls

Jesse James, Paul Junior and Senior duel in the ultimate TV build-off on the Discovery Channel and you are about to decide who is the best builder. In advance of the 2-day TV event (Episode “Chopper Finale” December 5 at 9 pm when the 3 customs will be revealed, Episode “Chopper Live” December 6 at 9 pm to vote and see the winner), Jesse James took some time to answer my questions…ramping-up the smack talk against the Teutuls… A couple of revelations, too.

Cyril. Although I can’t show pictures of your bike before  Monday’s and Tuesday’s episodes, can you explain to my readers your approach for this build-off, what type of bike did you build. Jesse. I just wanted to build a bike purely for myself. I wanted a style and materials that “I” want. At the end of the day I’m keeping this fucker, so I might as well do something that I will dig.

Cyril. How much help did you get? Jesse. Ha! The only real help I had was unloading the truck of raw material coming in the door of the shop. Really I had Bacon with me the whole time helping run parts and this and that. Which I could not have done without him. Jeff Decker and Cole Foster also stopped by for a couple days to help out. It was so great doing this with my friends.

Cyril. Do you think that the bikes you build today are very different from the ones you were known for years ago? Which way? Jesse. I think this is a big step out of my comfort zone. It’s leaner and meaner and uses a lot of materials and skills that I have been afraid to work with in the past. Mostly because I wasn’t that good at working with them. I think I needed to push myself on this build. Just to prove that I can do what I do from my new shop at home. 17 years of having the power and resources of West Coast Choppers in my back pocket. Now that is all gone. Time for me to prove that I was really the driving force behind all of it. I have to admit I was a bit nervous hanging it all out there on my own.

Cyril. Do you have a personal and/or professional gripe with those 2? Jesse. I doubt if I would piss on either one if they were on fire :- )

Cyril. Would you hire any of them in your Austin shop? To do what? Jesse. Absolutely Not. I have 19 y.o. kids at my Austin Speed Shop that would work circles around any one of them…

Cyril. Your definition of a great custom motorcycle? Jesse. Frame, Motor, Trans, Small tank, Brakes and lots of Love. Minus a reference point.

Cyril. Do you think it’s possible that one of them, or both, surprise you with a bike your really like? Jesse. I really wish and hope one of them would build something Bad Ass. Something I would tip my hat too. Sadly I think we all know it will just be more of the same. They really want to beat me so they will be emptying the parts room. Welding as many wings, and scoops, and fins as possible.

Cyril. It seems that it will be a popularity contest more than anything else. Can a bad boy get more votes than 2 “family men”? Jesse. Yeah, Jr. started trying to mooch votes and couple weeks ago. Pretty Lame. I have an idea! How about we show people the bikes first, then ask them to vote.

Cyril. There are ultimately 2 possibilities for you. Tell me why you will win? Why you could lose? Jesse. I think there are actually 3. I think this is my chance to remind people what I really do. I think there is a large amount of people that think I’m famous just because I married a Hollywood actress. I really hope to show people that since Monster Garage ended that I have done nothing but devote myself to my skills. I really think that I am 100 times better now. I hope people see this and that I inspire them to follow their passion like I have.

Cyril. Does the result really matter to you? Jesse. I’d love to win, but if I don’t it will not change my feelings about my bike, not even 1%. It’s a Bad Motherfucker, and I love it!

Cyril. With the result of this competition, is  your return on the Discovery Channel with your own show on the line? Jesse. We start filming an All New Series in January for the Discovery Channel.

Cyril. What kind of TV show you prefer to have? Building? Teaching? Entertaining? Jesse. Bigger Better Monster Garage, Time to Put Discovery on the map again and cut a new Groove in Television.

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127 Responses to “Exclusive Jesse James Interview About His American Chopper Three-Way Build-Off With the Teutuls”


  1. 1 Tkevan Dec 5th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    “JJ has the best details, functional details like stainless steel safety wire on the calipers and other
    important nuts/bolts.”

    Yeah, those are really important. You can tell by all the other builders usin….what? Nobody does that? Not even Harley with their massive interest in NOT getting sued?? Or the Metric bikes that make V-twins look like they’re standing still?? Oh,,, ok…never mind.

  2. 2 D nice Dec 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    To even suggests that Paulie is a builder is a joke, the only fabrication he does is bend round bar!! Enough said bahahahahaha!!!!! Jr and Sr will never measure up 😉

  3. 3 Dave Dec 5th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    ya’ll should just shut the f#%$#@ up. you know all you f#$%&#@er’s are gonna watch the show!!!!

  4. 4 live2rideaglide Dec 5th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Hey Cyril , you did it again. Love or hate ’em you stir the emotions and for a few psychotic tendencies in the biker world. There must be a prozac shortage right now. I can’t wait to see tour blog later this week after the airings. We’re gonna have fun this week. By the Jesse rules.

  5. 5 bean're Dec 5th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I am glad I am no kin to you Bean- I couldn’t disagree with you more- Nice try though.

  6. 6 Mike-J Dec 5th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    This has been a long time coming i’m so glad that JJ called out Sr & Jr. Jesse has been my favorite for a long time, but i really like some of the bikes Jr builds. From watching tonights episode i think that the winner will be out of Jesse or Jr, cause Occ has went to crap as far as building bikes since Jr left.

  7. 7 Vivian Dec 5th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Sr’s bike should be out ,because it is not consider a bike for this build off.I like Jess’s but I will have to go with Jr’s.I believe this is his best one so far.

  8. 8 jake g Dec 5th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I think Jesse is a wash up that builds only for his own taste not everyone likes his bikes either. only people that think there bad.If it wasn’t for TV a lot of people wouldnt know him either. or his old school choppers that you see on rvrty conor as far as Im concerned he’s a loser who as an ego that thinks people should worship him he;s as aroagant as his name sake jesse james I laugh at you your washed up dud even after you braged you built your bike with the help of a dozen friends to bail your no talent but out of the fire

  9. 9 Texas Slim Dec 5th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Jesse’s motorcycle is by far the best. It is a work of art. Jr’s bike looks simple, and it is actually rather ugly. Sr’s machine is a joke. I honestly think Sr. knew he had no realistic chance of winning this contest, so OCC came up with something purely for entertainment.

  10. 10 nathan metcalf Dec 6th, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I think as far as fabrication it’s got to go to Jesse. As far as a vision has got to go to Paul Jr. Paul Sr. proved he has the means available to build anything.

  11. 11 Tin Shack Dec 6th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I watched the show last night…………Jesse actually built a bad ass chopper, very nice……………….Sr., ……….tracks?? WTF?………………….Jr., should add a footnote to his bike giving credit to Roger Goldammer for the original design (the 2004 BTR3), or at least get sent to the principals office for blatant plagiarism.

  12. 12 PureChopper! Dec 6th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I saw the Bikes last night on the Monday night show and Jessie I love yours! I love it for it’s purity. It’s what a bike was, is and always will be to me.. a bad ass machine…
    I saw the other bikes, well one isn’t even a bike not sure what it is, maybe a snowmobile? the other looks like my sisters bicycle when she was ten years old. I think the only thing missing is a barbie emblem. It’s like taking a Ferrari and putting chinsy things on it after a while it just so over done it’s loses it beauty. I think anyone could assemble parts. It takes a craftsman to make it from scratch.

  13. 13 PureChopper! Dec 6th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I’m sure the purists will vote in tonight but it might not be enough to beat the popularity of the Tuetlus. JJ, I’m sure Indian Larry is looking down and laughing his a– off knowing you are still representing what Choppers really are. A chopper was and is a representation of the person riding it. What is cool about a chopper is that its a one of a kind built by the owner. Its not a mass produced assemblage of parts from a catalogue. Jr builds a tank, two fenders and waterjets logos, anyone could do that. Senior should stick to his old school roots, if he did, he would have never gone wrong. I respect them both but they have strayed from the purist view and I don’t consider their work the same as a true chopper fabricator. Its just in a different realm.

  14. 14 PureChopper! Dec 6th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Hey discovery channel, keep the shows to building and not the soap operas they became with OCC. I just want to see guys taking raw steel and making something inspiring out of it, rather than the dysfunctional family matters that detracted from the OCC. I liked OCC at first, but zoned out after hearing the petty ignorant ravings of a Dad who should have bitchslapped his whinney lazy ass ingrateful son. I see that every day in real life, Why should I tune in to see it on TV..
    Wake up Discovrey channel!!!

  15. 15 Red Jay Dec 6th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I too, thought of Indian Larry when I was watching that episode last night….miss that guy!! There were a couple of the original Biker Build off that were capitivating and made this show look kind of a joke.

  16. 16 PureChopper! Dec 6th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    When I think of Choppers, It’s names like Indian Larry, Billy Lane, Jesse Jame!!!! Choppers were the antithesis of a mass produced bike. Once you mass produce a chopper ala the Teutuls it no longer carries the true Chopper mystique. Indian Larry would have never mass produced a bike nor would any of the other true master builders.
    Like I said I respect the Teutuls for what they accomplished, I just don’t include them in the same fraternity of Chopper builders as the purists.
    enough said…

  17. 17 eric Dec 6th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    HEY Jesse James…….
    You most likely will not read this comment, but when in the filiming of the build off I noticed you said ” IT LOOKS LIKE SATAN WOULD BE RIDING IT” …..OF COURSE YOUR CUSTOM BIKE. WOW SATAN IS YOUR LEADER AND WHOM YOU VALUE…………..THINK OF THIS IF YOUR LAYING ON YOUR DEATH BED , GOD FORBID, WHO WILL YOU PRAY TO ……SATAN….YOU GIVE HIM GLORY ..WHY…IF YOU ARE ON YOUR DEATH BED , WHO WILL YOU CRY OUT TOO SATAN, OR GOD……ITS NOT COOL TOO HONOR GOD, WHO HAS GIVEN YOU LIFE…………………………….YOUR NOT COOL FOR LOVING EVIL…………EVIL IS DEATH, GOD IS LIFE..
    ERIC

  18. 18 bjj Dec 7th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    If the whole idea of the show was to drum up interest in starting a new bike-off series, I think they accomplished that. Not all , but just look at all the simple minded a-holes who made simple minded comments above. Wow, take the f word out of the mix and you have jj the gay, so called burned out bike builder. Old man Paul Sr. has about as much class as jj. Wow, that’s saying alot. Paully seemed to be the classiest and I’m glad he finally stood up and got in jessies punk ass. Although, I’d say he needs to get off the theme thing. Overall all the comments before and after are kind of scary. Man there are alot of weak minded morons out there. BE CAREFUL!! Look at the one above. Even Jesus Christ got in on this fiasco, disguising himself as a guy named Eric! Also. somebody mentioned bitch slapping somebody. That was the only good comment I could relate to, because if Paully would have bitched slapped jj, we would of all saw what a phony dried up over the hill punk he is. Other than that it was a good show! HA!HA!

  19. 19 dwm Dec 7th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    It’s just a show! Life goes on, bills keep coming

  20. 20 cp Dec 7th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I’d have been more impressed with JJ’s claim of “built to ride” if he could actually see where he was going without having to peek over to one side of the bars. The fabrication they showed was impressive, but it looked miserable to ride.

  21. 21 PureChopper! Dec 7th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Well I saw the show and of course Junior won. At the end I’m sure everyone noticed JJ going over to Senior and whispering in his ear. I’m sure he said, “it’s all good television”…. keep those ratings going. There’s an old saying “Talk about me good or bad, just keep talking about me”
    If it were a love fest no-one would watch it.

    Junior wanted to come of as the classiest.. ha! If he had any class he would have thanked his father for giving him the opportunities he now has. Yeah yeah he builds his Theme bikes and they are impressive, but without his father he would not have been there in the first place.

    And we Americans love to watch this stuff. We admire people and put up on pedastals only to rip them down and watch them burn. I look at all the shows that have come about on Discovery., TLC and the like,. They start out great, and then they descend into the drama of destructive relationships… and we watch till our eyes pop out… A sad commentary on America, we use our folks, soak them dry and maybe call them once a year to wish them happy thanksgiving…

  22. 22 steve Dec 8th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    jesse, you’re an errogant retarded piece of shit. you are definately not as great as you dream of being. your bike isnt anything special or new at all. you are not the only one that bends metal. and it was quite obvious through the FILMING and VIDEO proof that you had A LOT more help than unloading materials. you are a fucking loser and u need to take a breath of fresh air so pull ur blown up head out of ur own asshole. if you have a show on discovery, you wont put anything on the map, you might make them lose ratings! discovery has been on the map and would never need your help. especially if your help was supposed to gain them ratings. you would probably do as good at that as you did at winning the build off. the one that you didnt that is. once again you are an errogant piece of shit

  23. 23 Chuck Dec 13th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Man, the posted comments on this blog are as impressive as the show! It just warns my heart to see so many by actual chopper purists who understand the true talent and craftsmanship displayed by Jesse James. In hindsight, I guess I didn’t see a lot of these type of comments on other blogs mainly because true craftsmen tend to have better things to do. IMO Jesse’s entry one HANDS DOWN not only because it looked killer but I can also appreciate it’s overall durability and functionality. In an attempt to be as objectionable as I can, Junior has some degree of skill but his creations just strike me as glorified, over-priced Easter eggs that are certainly not meant to be ridden. IMHO his entry (along w/ his recent 9-11 tribute bike) was another example and when I found out that the “gas tank” was purely cosmetic, I lost what little respect for it. I wasn’t feeling the gaudy tires either. Senior truly undermined the whole event w/ his entry and I must admit I can understand and respect that. But I suspect that he’s a purist at heart and if he had put some effort into constructing something along the lines of one of his old school projects or even his POW bike, the whole affair would’ve been that much more genuine and not so much of a mockery. Jesse has as much celebrity status, money and resources as the Teutuls but for some reason doesn’t let them water down his work ethics when it comes to building bikes. The fact that Junior won the “sympathy vote” just goes to show that collectively the general American public doesn’t really know what it wants and that’s sad. I find it hard to believe that there are that many people out there who would actually want a $100K motorcycle just “decorating” their garage…INSANE!!!

  24. 24 Chuck Dec 13th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    To everyone who read my post – please excuse my typos. I’m at work and didn’t take the time to proofread! LOL

  25. 25 Chuck Dec 13th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    @ Eric – Dude, get a grip! Obviously JJ was speaking “figuratively” when he made the Satan remark. Hopefully you aren’t as narrow-minded and sensitive as your post suggests. Going off the subject a bit, truthfully none of us know for sure whose worthy of His glory so we can do w/o your mountaintop speech. Man! There’s always one. LOL

  26. 26 benny Feb 13th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    you people must not watch the show or part where jesse the junkie said he builds his own bikes he called in ten other guys how lame to say that on television and then have to go back and say he couldnt do it lmao

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