The infamous Orange County Choppers (OCC) is a custom manufacturing business that produces motorbikes based on their client’s specifications.
It should be worth mentioning that they’re most well-known from their reality TV show American Chopper, which followed them around their workshop, showcasing their antics and their rather explosive ways of handling disagreements.
We like to imagine that Paul Sr. And Paul Jr. Are having a disagreement about if they’re a bespoke manufacturing company or a make to order business. Spoiler alert, they do custom manufacturing, meaning they’re bespoke.
Maybe you only recognize them from famous memes floating around on the internet, so let us explain who they are.
The OCC guys design and manufacture unique custom motorcycles for enthusiastic bike lovers and businesses. Their clients are mainly based in the US, but they do also ship bikes abroad.
They claim to have no limitations to what they build. They have manufactured lots of different styles and designs in the past including motorcycles, trikes, sidecars, electric driven and diesel-powered bikes.
Their tagline boasts: You Dream It, We Create It
Their customers are also kept in the loop during the process, from concept until its completion.
This actually touches on one of the biggest benefits to becoming a custom manufacturer, however, we’ll explore this a little later.
For now, the OCC is the perfect example of a business that practices bespoke manufacturing. As each bike is different and completely personalized to the client’s requests.
The bikes are built from scratch, based on a blueprint which has been designed either by the customer or by OCC staff after receiving the “wish list”.
So, for example, in season 2 the Gold Leaf Corporation commissioned OCC to build a custom bike to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty using repurposed material from the centennial restoration of the monument.
The bike comprised of:
- A shift lever fabricated from a section of cable used to carry electricity to Miss Liberty’s Torch;
- The handlebars design were inspired by the monument’s crown;
- The front fender and rear swing arm took inspiration from the structure’s interior; and
- The DaVinci designed carburetor resembles the statue’s torch and even lights when the motorbike is running.
A legitimate one-of-a-kind motorbike.
This is obviously quite an extreme example of a product created from custom manufacturing, but it highlights the projects which a company can become involved with if they provide bespoke services.
Does this help you understand what is bespoke design? If not, drop us a comment and we’d be happy to explain more.
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But we’re going to move on and examine the benefits a small manufacturer could find if they too became a bespoke manufacturer like the fellas at the OCC (with hopefully more… composure).