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Jesse James, American Outlaw; a Review

Jesse James, American Outlaw
Jesse James, American Outlaw

I just finished reading a book by Jesse James the founder of West Coast Choppers, and the ex-husband of Sandra Bullock titled “American Outlaw.” This is my review of the book.

First off I have written several articles about Jesse James here on the Biker Law Blog, you can read them by clicking here now.

I will first off say that before I read his book, the only thing I knew about Jesse James is what I saw on TV, and read about him.

I respect any person who can build a successful business on their own. After Jesse James married Sandra Bullock I think all of us bikers realized hell, we are all not so bad after all are we. We too can reach for the stars just like Jesse James.

When the details of his affair went public, it kind of took the wind out of the sails of a lot of bikers.

So it was with trepidation that I bought his book in Kindle format and proceeded to read it. I was hoping the entire book would not be about just Sandra Bullock.

The beginning part of the book is about James’s childhood in Riverside, CA, which to be frank, sounded like it sucked quite a bit. Although James was dirt poor as a kid just like my family was, he came from a broken home, and had an abusive dad. It turned out to be an interesting read I must say. My childhood was not even close to being as bad as his sounds in the book.

I am guessing that James had some help actually writing the book.

The book then went on to discuss Jame’s time in High School, his criminal activities, and his first experiences with girls. As an attorney at law, I cannot relate to James’s criminal activities. He talks about stealing cars, strong-arm robberies, burglaries, etc. If everything he talks about in the book with respect to his criminal activities is true, it blows my mind that he managed to get out of it without going to prison. He does state that he spent some time in Juvenile Hall.

James talked about his getting into playing Football. This is something I related to in the book. I played years of pop warner football before playing high school football. James talked about the fact that he became a star in high school and if it was not for going to juvenile hall, he may have went to a major college.

In college he tore his knee and it ended his football ambitions. For me, a torn knee ended my football ambitions much earlier in the 11th grade.

The book then goes on in detail to discuss how James went to Washington to weld ships, became security and a body guard for top rock and roll bands, and eventually started West Coast Choppers.

James talks about going to work for Boyd Covington the famous hot rod builder, and then starting to build fenders in his garage, which eventually became West Coast Choppers.

James then went on to discuss how he got into reality TV, married his first love then divorced her, married a porn star then divorced her, then the Sandra Bullock fiasco.

He left out the details of the extra marital affairs which wrecked his marriage to Sandra Bullock.

He did go into detail on his therapy in a rehab after the revelations that wrecked his marriage.

I give this book a thumbs up. I learned a lot about Jesse James from his book. Mind you, I do not feel sorry for him. He is a self-made millionaire in his own right. Losing Sandra Bullock sucks, but it was his own fault.

This book will let you know about the man and is certainly not boring. It is real good reading.

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney, and Biker Lawyer, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © June 11, 2010

Jesse James Charged with Vandalism in Long Beach

Jesse James of West Coast Choppers and Monster Garage fameToday, Jessie James has been cited for vandalism by the Violent Crimes unit of the Long Beach Police Department after approaching and threatening a celebrity photographer parked across the street from the location of a West Coast Choppers Place press conference. The actual incident took place on March 25, 2010.

It is alleged that James blocked the photographer’s car with a motorcycle and yelled at him through the driver’s side window as a friend struck the car’s windows with a knife and slashed three tires. It was all caught on video.

The photographer was also cited for stalking James, but it’s the celebrity that took the biggest hit.

The photographer never would have been there, of course, if news had not broke a few weeks ago that James had been unfaithful to his movie star with Sandra Bullock – his wife of five years this July – with a variety of women.

Then came the photos of Jesse James posing as Adolf Hitler – years before meeting Bullock – and the questions of possible neo-Nazism were not far behind.

I hope Jessie James gets some treatment for anger management while he is in rehab. He is lucky because this incident could have been much worse if the photographer was actually struck with glass, or had a heart attack or something like that.

A quick outburst of anger has ruined many of men’s lives.

Jesse James must be thinking that it was nice while it lasted. However, I have a feeling that he is going to be OK.

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Another Woman Claims 3-year Affair Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James; I have coined a new phrase; Tiger Woods Syndrome.

Sandra Bullock and Jessie James
Jessie James and Sandra Bullock

**** 4/28/10 UPDATE – Sandra Bullock has filed for divorce. What would you do if you found out your spouse was sleeping with multiple partners?

LOS ANGELES – California

At least three women have come forward claiming to have had an affair with Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James, and a fourth is said to be considering her options.

Attorney Gloria Allred says she’s representing the fourth mistress — “a beautiful model and business woman” who says she “had an intimate 3 year relationship” with James.

That relationship reportedly ended just weeks ago.

“He pursued her and he had strong feelings for her,” Allred said in a statement.

According to Allred, “She is in the process of trying to decide if she will come forward.”

Allred added that the woman has “hundreds” of texts, e-mails and photos to back up her story.

Tattoo model Michelle “Bombshell” McGee was the first woman to come forward alleging an affair with James.

Us Weekly reports that James, 40, would regularly post Internet ads looking for “hot, tattooed biker chicks with big boobs,” and then invite the girls back to his West Coast Choppers bike shop in Long Beach.

James’ infidelity has been an openly-known secret among employees at the bike shop, the magazine says, adding that James “gets bored” when Bullock is away.

A second woman, stripper Melissa Smith, has claimed she had a two-year affair with the celebrity biker starting in 2006.

Like McGee, Smith is heavily tattooed.

Smith has said that after she traveled to California to meet James, they began a sexual relationship that continued for two years.

A former high-level, female executive with the bike shop also settled a sexual harassment claim against James and West Coast Choppers for $725,000 in 2007, while he was married to Bullock, TMZ is reporting.

Gloria Allred, whose firm represented Deann McClung, is refusing to comment on the allegations.

McClung, who kept several suggestive emails, said that between 2006 and 2007, James repeatedly made sexual advances, which allegedly included sexual acts, the site reported.

TMZ reported that McClung also claims she kept a T-shirt with evidence of a sexual encounter with James.

McClung eventually quit and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit.

In the settlement documents, James reportedly neither admitted nor denied the allegations.

James apologized for using “poor judgment” and asked his family to forgive him following revelations by McGee that the two had a year-long affair while Bullock was away filming “The Blind Side.”

Jesse James reaches out to his wife Sandra Bullock after Affair Allegations are Reported.

academy award winning actress Sandra Bullock Jesse James has issued a public apology to his wife, academey award winning actress Sandra Bullock, and his three kids.

He is taking full responsibility for their troubles.

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James have been married for five years. They met on the set of Jesse James TV show Monster Garage.

Michelle “Bombshell” McGee alleges that she had an affair with Jesse James for almost a year.

“There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me,” James said in a public statement. “It’s because of my poor judgment that I deserve every bad thing that is coming my way.”

Bullock was selected as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1996 and 1999, and was also ranked #58 in Empire magazine’s Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. She just won a Best Actress Academy Award a few weeks ago.

Bullock has cancelled an appearance at a European premier of her latest movie citing personal problems, and has reportedly moved out of the family home.

Although James insists that the vast majority of the allegations against him are not true, the marital situation does not look good.

Michelle McGee has also provided more evidence of her relationship with James by posting text messages that were sent to her by Jesse James.

The text messages only made the situation worse. In fact, McGee went so far to discuss details about his body parts in a recent magazine. However, she is the other one to blame in this sad situation. It appears that she may have ulterior reasons for publicizing the affair.

Jesse James had it all. Just four nights ago, Sandra Bullock was praising him in the public spotlight. She has been by his side on during numerous trials and tribulations.

Jesse James of West Coast Choppers and Monster Garage fameBullock moved out of the Los Angeles home she shared with James and his kids after it was revealed that her husband had the affair with the tattooed model. The tattoo model works for an adult website. She said their affair blossomed on the first night they met.

Jesse James and Monster Motorcycle Reality TV Shows

Jesse James is the CEO of West Coast Choppers. The company builds custom-made motorcycles. James is the current host of “Jesse James is a Dead Man” on Spike TV and former host of “Monster Garage” on the Discovery Channel.

James is the owner of the Cisco Burger restaurant. It opened on April 28, 2006 and is located just down the street from West Coast Choppers. The 1950s style hamburger stand is named after his beloved pit bull who recently passed away. The restaurant features Angus beef burgers, low-fat burritos, organic vegetables, and biodegradable wrappings.

In 2000, the Discovery Channel made the documentary “Motorcycle Mania,” which chronicled the life of Jesse James. The show motorcycle mania was the beginning of the great motorcycle reality show bonanza of the early 2000’s.

Michelle "Bombshell" McGeeThe Discovery Channel approached James with another offer to host a new show called “Monster Garage.” The features him and a crew of mechanics building modified vehicles under short deadlines.

James later established Payupsucker Productions, under which he produced shows like “History of the Chopper,” and “Iraq Confidential with Jesse James” to name a few.”

He also appeared on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. Each celebrity played to raise money for a favorite charity. James selected to pay the “Long Beach Education Foundation.”

Jesse James has built up a large following of motorcycle enthusiasts, bikers, and average people.

California Biker Lawyer and Motorcycle Accident Attorney, 2010

American Chopper, the end of a 10 year Saga

American-Chopper-Cast
From left to right, Paul Sr., Mikie, and Paul Jr. of American Choppers

Well tonight the last episode of American Chopper was aired and after a 10 year run, the show is finally over.

On August 13, 2012 I paid a little visit to Orange County Chopper and you can read a little post about it by clicking here. I will post extensive video on my trip to OCC later on.

The gist of this article is about the American Chopper show.

I will admit, I have watched the show for the past 10 years and have written several articles about it here in the Biker Law Blog. If you want to read my previous articles go to the search box on the top of the right sidebar and type in American Chopper. A list of the articles I have written will appear.

No matter what you or I think about the motorcycles Orange County Chopper and Paul Junior Designs built over the years, you have to admit, these guys out lasted most of the bike builders that I have become familiar with over the past decade. There is a long list of motorcycle builders including Jesse James who basically disappeared, all the while, Orange County Choppers and American Chopper continued plugging along.

I am not sure if the show was cancelled or the players did not want to be on the show anymore, it seems to me that their entire operation revolved around the show. Who knows if Orange County Choppers and Paul Junior Designs will survive without American Chopper? Maybe the Discovery Channel will do some kind of spin-off.

I am going to miss watching these guys build bikes. What is ironic is that I am I am sure all of you have gone though many things over the 10 years that American Chopper had its run.

I think that the years 2000-2010 consisted of one hell of a biker and motorcycle popularity craze, which the bad economy and other factors has ended. I have seen many acquaintances that I have ridden with over the past 10 years die in motorcycle accidents, disappear, or quit riding motorcycles.

So at least to me with American Choppers going away, it also signals an end of an era to me in my personal life and so on.

The good news is that the biker and motorcycle scene is still going very strong, albeit not as strong as years past. I am going to miss watching America Choppers and the dysfunctional family behind it building funky motorcycles. I am sure they made a small fortune over the past 10 years while entertaining us all.

Good by American Choppers.

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By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, © December 18, 2012

Custom Motorcycle chopper sales crash in tough economy; now may be the time to get a deal if you can afford it.

Allen Dixon of Central Florida Choppers on the Biker Lawyer BlogThrough the open door at Central Florida Choppers near downtown Orlando, Allen Dixon can hear the rumble and roar of motorcycles traveling up and down Interstate 4.

It is, after all, Bike Week, and Dixon makes his living building motorcycles.

But right now, he isn’t building many. The recession has sent the market for choppers — long, raked-out custom cycles with Harley-Davidson-style engines and tall “ape hanger” handlebars — straight into the Dumpster.

“The $40,000 and $50,000 bikes are gone for now,” said Dixon. 46. “If anyone is buying, its bikes in the $20,000 to $30,000 range, and there’s very little of that right now.”

The downturn has also affected the used market. “Most guys are trying to sell their bikes. I can’t build you one for what they’re selling theirs for. I’ve got one in here right now — the guy probably paid $25,000 for it, and he said if I can get $10,000 for it, sell it.

“A lot of shops — a lot of shops — have fallen by the wayside. But we’re still here, still have the lights on. We’re struggling, but we’re still here.”

Many of us got an introduction to choppers 40 years ago with the release of the film Easy Rider, which had stars Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper biking across the country, for a while with Jack Nicholson squeezed on the back of Fonda’s bike.

Those bikes were built by California customizer Ben Hardy from retired Harley-Davidson police cycles. Hardy also built some of the bikes used several years earlier in The Wild Angels, one of a series of drive-in movies based loosely on the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang that helped cement the idea that chopper riders were nonconformists at best, and trouble at worst.

This was also when Japanese-built motorcycles began to make major strides in the business of building large motorcycles. As owners sought to customize their motorcycles, the chopper industry grew, but promptly receded to the point where only dedicated chopper owners kept the business going.

A major resurgence came in 2002 when American Chopper debuted on the Discovery Channel, featuring the bike-building Teutul family from New York. Television also made stars of other chopper builders, including Jesse James, who founded West Coast Choppers in his mother’s garage in 1992 and is now a major personality married to actress Sandra Bullock.

Now, American Chopper has been canceled, the Teutuls are involved in million-dollar interfamily lawsuits, and Dixon feels the pain.

“The motorcycle market is flooded,” he says. “That’s the honest truth. But there are still a few guys out there who want to ride something special.”

That’s where Dixon comes in. He and the customer design the bike in advance.

“It’s something we create together and make it one of a kind. Sure, you can go down to the store and buy a motorcycle, but if you ride it to Daytona this week, you’ll probably see hundreds of bikes just like yours. The only difference is the rider and paint.”

Owning something no one else has appeals to John Argall, a cabinetmaker and chopper rider: “To design something myself and see it built, and know that no one else has a bike like it — that’s what I like.”

Argall’s bike, which Dixon built, is red with black trim — skulls, mostly — and is powered by a V-Twin S&S engine.

And unlike a lot of chopper riders, Argall rides his regularly, not just on weekends. “It’s comfortable. After all, it was built especially for me, so everything fits just right.”

Central Florida Choppers is obviously good at what it does: Trophies from motorcycle shows line the walls of the office.

Likely adding to the challenge for chopper builders such as Dixon is that Honda and Harley-Davidson have entered the chopper market — sort of, at least.

Two years ago, Harley introduced the Rocker, a raked-out, chopper-looking motorcycle that started at $17,295. And in 2009, Honda introduced the 2010 Fury, which has the V-Twin engine that looks like a Harley motor, plus lengthened front forks. The Fury starts at $12,995, and Honda offers about $3,000 worth of options and accessories.

Bikes like those, Dixon says, are merely amusing to dedicated chopper riders. “[They’ve] been trying to look like us for years, copying the look, the sound, everything. Honda will sell as many Furys that all look alike to anyone who buys them.”

And they are selling, says Kirby Mullins, owner of Seminole PowerSports, a Honda dealer.

“Its heck of a buy for $12,995,” he says, “and you have Honda reliability and a warranty backing it up.”

Also, the wheelbase of the Fury — the distance from the center of the rear wheel to the center of the front wheel — is just short enough so that many insurance companies don’t consider it a true chopper. Insuring a chopper, Mullins says, can get expensive, largely because many of them can’t be repaired easily with off-the-shelf parts.

Mullins agreed that the motorcycle market in general — the chopper market in particular — is going through some tough times.

“I’ve never really understood the chopper market,” Mullins says. “It seems like a lot of people have spent $30,000 or $40,000 on a custom chopper, then a year later, they’re trying to sell them for $15,000.”

“It’s like the boat market,” Dixon says. “No one really has to have a boat, unless you make your living fishing. And no one really has to have a chopper.”

But some people want one anyway, and for those customers, the door is still open, the lights are still on at Central Florida Choppers.

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Legendary Custom Hot Rod Builder Boyd Coddington is Dead at the Age of 63.

Car Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez discusses the death of custom hot rod legend Boyd CoddingtonCustom Hot Rod builder Boyd Coddington has died here in Southern California; he was 63 years old.

Many people might wonder why I am writing about this on the Biker Law Blog, well I have admired Boyd’s work for many years, and he built great cars. Many people recently became familiar with Boyd Coddington on his reality TV show “American Hot Rod,” however in the custom car and hot rod world, Boyd Coddington was a local and national legend.

When I heard that he passed away last night at Presbyterian Hospital in Whittier, I was shocked. He was definitely on top of his game. I do not know the cause of his death, nor has it been announced.

Many fabricators were trained by and/or came out of Boyd’s shop including motorcycle builder Jesse James, and customizer Chip Foose.

Southern California and the world will truly miss this legend.

Boyd Coddington, Rest In Peace!

By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2008

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