Sitting through the latest American Chopper episodes on TLC is akin to viewing all the safeguards fail at Chernobyl — it’s horrifying, loud, and most likely not going to end well for everyone involved. A while back we saw the beloved bike-builders Vinnie Dimartino and Cody Connelly leave American Chopper and the OCC crew. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but after sitting though some very rough viewing I started to miss those guys who actually built bikes, and I wondered where they went after the show. The answer: across town to form their own bike shop, V-Force Customs.
Still located in Rock Tavern, NY, “Vin and Cod” (as I will always call them) decided to take the pain out of bike building and make a go of it themselves. With a little backing and some well-deserved star power the pair now build custom, two-wheeled creations that sport the V-Force Logo instead of that other brand which shall not be named. Yes, the shop that made them famous, OCC, and the show that surrounds it, appear nowhere on the V-Force site — however, that’s not really a bad thing.
Whether it was a marketing decision, lawyer’s advice, or simply a case of Vin and Cod taking the high road is anyone’s guess. I will say that we wish them the best and hope their business plan is sound and the market snatches up what they have to offer. It’s a tough world for high-end custom bikes right now, but you never know until you try, and these guys are hanging it out there — respect.
V-Force Customs [Website]