New Season of Discovery’s “American Chopper” Features Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Bike Build

Paul Teutel Jr. introduces audiences to a bike inspired by “The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling!”®

Sturgis, SD – The successful Discovery Channel series that brought America Paul Teutul Jr. and Paul Jr. Designs is back. The first episode of American Chopper, “Welcome Back,” aired Thursday, March 1 with a review of the family’s tumultuous past and an introduction to their current projects. Paul Jr. offered a few glimpses of his latest project, a Sturgis Buffalo Chip-inspired custom bike.

“The Buffalo Chip is all about music and motorcycles,” said Paul Teutul Jr. in the first episode. “The real inspiration for the Buffalo Chip bike is South Dakota, The Old West, Deadwood and the Black Hills, that whole entire area, and I thought it would be cool to roll in some earthy elements like nickel and copper.”  

In the episode, viewers see Paul Teutul Jr. meet with Sturgis Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff on site at the Buffalo Chip to discuss the project. Teutul then returns to his shop to begin the build. He discusses his desire to build a muscly old-school bike with spoked wheels and half tanks. A montage at the end of the episode teasing future episodes allows for a few glimpses of the finely crafted finished product at the unveil in the Buffalo Chip’s SpeakEasy Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

The episode can be viewed online at this link:

The Buffalo Chip project will come to a reality in Episode 2 later this spring. Episode 2 will air on Discovery Monday, May 28. Check local listing for air times.


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