Motorcycles and Choppers

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Behind the Scenes at Supercross

What does it take to put on one of fastest, high-flying motorcycle races in the world?

Can Popping a Wheelie Land You in Jail?

Calm down Evel Knievel. Popping those wheelies could get you in in trouble with the law.

Which Is More Dangerous: Motorcycles or Cars?

The CarStuff guys barrel full throttle into the answer in this podcast episode.

Regulation Works: As Motorcycle Helmet Laws Ease, Injuries Increase

Helmet laws protect motorcyclists from face and head injuries — the state of Michigan just proved it by getting rid of them.

10 Motorcycle World Records

Motorcycles are thrilling enough as they are, but these record breakers have a need for extreme speed and adventure. If you thought doing a wheelie for 200 miles was impossible, think again.

10 Good Beginner Motorcycles

Everyone wants to burn rubber on the road, but you'd better make sure your equipment suits your needs and skill level.

Are motorcycles really more dangerous than cars?

The open road has its allure — and its inherent risks. But are two wheels really deadlier than four?

Can doing a wheelie break your motorcycle's drive shaft?

Shaft-driven bikes have their advantages. The ability to drive on one wheel without risking injury — to rider or vehicle — is not among them.

Can motorcycle jackets save your life?

When you hit the pavement in a crash, a tough outer layer designed to protect your vulnerable parts doesn't hurt. And some jackets can help you avoid crashes in the first place.

Do loud pipes really save lives?

I am biker. Hear me roar extra loudly, so you don't hit me with your car. It's a safety feature, see?

How important are motorcycle boots?

How important are your feet? If you value them, invest in solid protection. Here's what to look for.

What does stretching a sportbike do?

Extending a motorcycle's frame gives it a new look. Done right, it also gives a drag racer a down-low advantage. You should look into stretching your sportbike.

What is the world's fastest motorcycle?

Motorcycles are all pretty fast, but one reigns supreme. Hint: It has a jet turbine engine.

What should be in your motorcycle tool bag?

Don't your motorcycle bag so light you end up stranded and helpless. Before leaving home, learn some basic repairs and pack these essential tools.

What was the first outlaw motorcycle club?

Few but notorious, bikers with criminal tendencies started getting together formally in the 1930s. And though they might have been hellish, they weren't in the group you might be thinking of.

What’s the safest type of motorcycle helmet?

Choose equipment that protects all, not just part, of your head. You kind-of need the whole thing.

American Chopper: A Shocking Retaliation

Continuing the longstanding tradition of pranks at PJD, Cody gets his hand on a zapping device and uses it to "startle" Pete.

American Chopper: High-School Memories

After examining a stock muscle car they plan to customize, a gleeful Paul Jr. and Vinnie take it out for an eventful test-drive.

American Chopper: Making a Dream Car

As the PJD Muscle Car comes together, Junior sees his stock-car pencil sketch develop into an unbelievable dream car.

American Chopper: SUPER Charged

Vinnie leads the installation of the PJD muscle car's super charger, which will take it from "fast" to "holy BLEEP."

American Chopper: They Want Answers

After Paul Jr. mysteriously holes himself up in his office for days, a curious PJD team -- led by Mikey -- demands answers.

American Chopper: Black Widow Restored Aftershow

Find out if Junior was surprised by Nub's hesitation to paint over the OCC logo, and whether being famous has made it hard to do certain things around town like go to the gym.

American Chopper: Approximates

The OCC shop must contend with contractual issues and the definition of "replica" in their latest build.

American Chopper: Fill the Diaper

Vinnie describes running into Mikey's apparently extremely effective "fill the diaper" roadside fundraising attempt for the March of Dimes.

American Chopper: A Lotta Purple

In honor of their branding, Junior designed a purple bike for the March of Dimes.







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