While in New York, Greg and I decided to make a trip over to Orange County Choppers. If you're unfamiliar with "O.C.C", they've been featured on the Discovery Channel show "American Chopper". There was an infamous battle between majority owner Paul Teutul Sr. and his son, minority owner Paul Jr., that resulted in Paul Jr. leaving the company.Now, if none of that means anything to you, it's okay. It doesn't mean a damn thing to me, either, as I've never watched the show.
Be that as it may, however, O.C.C. has an enormous facility in the town of Newburgh, so Greg and I decided we'd need to take a peak. Greg's the biker of the family, so he went for the motorcycles. I merely went for the photo ops:
|Here I am in front of Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, NY (photo by Greg Parr)...|
|Being a Jets fan, this was one of my favorite bikes on display...|
|One of the many motorcycles hanging overhead...|
|Here's Greg with "343", built by Paul Jr., to honor the 343 firemen who bravely gave their lives on 9/11...|
|Another of the many motorcycles hanging from the ceiling...|
|Another of the many motorcycles hanging from the ceiling. This one is in the O.C.C. Cafe...|
|Another of the many motorcycles hanging from the ceiling. This one is actually in the O.C.C. Cafe, as well...|
|Don't know what to say about the bike, other than it was begging to be shot from this angle...|
|This chopper was built for Lance Armstrong's "Livestrong" foundation...|
|Another of the many motorcycles hanging from the ceiling at Orange County Choppers...|
|A peak inside the shop...|
|An O.C. Chopper for sale. The price was a surprisingly low $34,000.00...|
|You could buy this one for only $23,000.00...|
Before heading up to the hospital, we decided we should have lunch. What better place than the Orange Country Choppers Cafe?
We took a seat at the bar and ordered up a local brew, and decided on what to have for lunch. In this case, it was some crazy fried BBQ beef concoction called "Beef Rolls", and they were insane. They reminded me a bit of the deep fried Reuben sandwich I had in Tennessee back in June, but different... and quite possibly better:
|The Rib Rolls at the O.C.C. Cafe. Highly, highly recommended...|
It would've been easy to spend an entire afternoon here but, of course, we did have more important matters to attend to. So, we finished lunch, and found our way past the stage and bowling alley (yes, they have both on site), and walked back into the showroom. We picked up the obligatory t-shirts and stepped back into the frozen wasteland that was Newburgh, New York.
If you ever happen to find yourself in Newburgh, or if you ever have to be passing by on the New York State Thruway, this is a worthwhile stop which will satisfy the inner biker in anyone...