The Liberty Bike
As we wandered around the grounds surrounding the statue we saw a glass cabinet with the "Liberty Bike". It was commissioned by CEO Richard W. Stocks, of Gold Leaf Corporation a company that performed restoration work on the Statue of Liberty and maintains artifacts from it. Richard asked Orange County Choppers (OCC) to build a bike dedicated to the statue and freedom. The kicker was they were given a few choice artifacts from the statue itself to incorporate into the bike (a cable that lit the torch became the shifter, for example), and the entire bike was plated in copper from the actual statue.
Orange County Choppers bikes are motorcycles featured on the television series American Chopper built by OCC for a specific corporate or celebrity customer. Theme bikes are motorcycles in which the theme of the motorcycle takes priority over everything else, influencing the frame dimensions, paint scheme, and overall 'feel' of the motorcycle. The function of motorcycle usually takes a backseat to the presentation of the theme, and these motorcycles attract attention solely on the premise of the theme itself. Customer bikes are built for and generally to the specifications of a particular customer. Although the customers typically give OCC creative freedom to do what they will, some clients have a specific idea in mind and expect OCC to reproduce their mental picture literally. Customers use the bikes for promotional purposes at tradeshows or auction them off as a charity fundraiser. OCC was in the business of building custom motorcycles for individuals before it gained fame building themed projects or was featured on television. OCC has returned to that business while incorporating some of the designs that made them famous.
ALL IN ALL QUITE A BIKE