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Old 08-02-2006, 03:03 PM   #1
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News So an old friend of mine gets a TV Show!

An old friend that I used to hang out with and build custom VW bugs with is getting a TV show building choppers...

July 18, 2006, 2:42PM
Television show to spotlight talents of motorcycle builder
Roman Blum's Willowbrook shop will be featured in 13 episodes

By TODD HVEEM
Chronicle Correspondent

Roman Blum is living proof that dreams really do come true.

The 35-year-old Blum, who grew up with a love of skateboards, cars and motorcycles, decided to open his own motorcycle shop RB Customs about four years ago.

Now, Blum and the motorcycle shop are about to hit the big time.

Blum has just started taping a reality television program for the American Bikers Series.

"I am very pumped up about this," Blum said. "The show is going to be about what goes into building a bike."

Sandi Newmark, director of public relations for Platinum Television Group, said the media company is excited about creating the half-hour reality program.

"We at PTGTV are very excited about this show," she said. "We are hoping it will be similar to the Choppers show, but we are going to put our own twist on that.

"We do educational TV," she said. "This is an offspring of that. It certainly is going to promote RB Customs. But we are going to be very informative, as if you were in the shop watching the show. It is our version of reality TV."

Blum said there will be 13 episodes, which will be filmed at RB Customs, 9779 Mills Road, and PTGTV, located in Deerfield Beach, Fla. He said the show should go into syndication in the second episode and start airing on television in September.

"What the show is going to be is a mythbuster to what you see on TV now," Blum said. "On TV now, these guys build bikes that cost $200,000, then go out and ride them. They edit out all the work that goes into it.

"I am to going take 30 days to build a bike that normally takes four months to complete for different private groups and Fortune 500 companies. It is not a theme bike. I like short, simple and to the point.

"It is all about dependability and rideability. You really can't just get on the bike and ride them. This shows what is involved in building a bike. I am going to buy the parts, put it together. It will involve machinists, electronics and welders. A lot goes into it."

Once the bike is finished, it will be displayed in PTGTV's lobby to promote its educational TV shows. It also will be featured at major sporting events in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Newmark said.

"As we narrowed down our search for the right builder, it was apparent that Roman Blum and RB Customs were a perfect fit for this project," said PTGTV president and CEO Doug Scott.

Besides the bike, viewers will see day-to-day details as well as one-on-one interviews that take them behind the scenes to view the production through the eyes of a custom builder.

RB Customs, which is located near the intersection of Texas 249 and FM 1960, is a 6,000-square-foot facility.

"I build my own sheet metal, my own wheels and my own frames," Blum said. "We don't do any production bikes. We have a big facility and a cool show room with a lot of eye candy."

Blum was a manager of Four Wheel Parts Wholesalers and ASC Car Stereo before deciding to open his own business.

"I have been around a lot of perfectionists in different businesses," Blum said. "I picked up on people's traits. I am a well-rounded, do-it-yourself kind of guy.

"I guess my creativity is

kind of what breaks me apart from everybody else. I come up with cool, innovative stuff that is not overly expensive and it works. Plus, I build cool bikes. They don't all look alike."

Blum, who likes to shoot pool in his spare time, also does custom paint jobs and wide-tire conversions.

"A lot of people have pulled together to make this happen," Blum said.

"The persona of choppers is really cool. There is a lot of diversity. It is not your typical bike. And this won't be your typical show."

For more information, check out Blum's Web site at www.rbcustoms.com.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:11 PM   #2
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His shop is about 2 miles from work.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:16 PM   #3
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All of these chopper shows are BS IMO. They cut out huge parts of the process. Yes you can build a chopper in a week w/ all the right supplies and tools, but those shows dont show a fraction of the time actually put into and the thought behind each custom one off. I have built 2 bikes so far and I am working on my 3rd now. Although I have had it together and taken apart 6 times now it is a continuous project, always changing something repainting this or polishing that. Congrats to your buddy but I'd rather shoot myself in the foot then watch another reality show.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:23 PM   #4
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Isn't this concept alraedy been done with "Build or Bust" on TLC??
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:40 PM   #5
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Isn't this concept alraedy been done with "Build or Bust" on TLC??
Wasn't that on speed tv?
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:44 PM   #6
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Or Discovery??
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:46 PM   #7
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Or cartoon network??
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:49 PM   #8
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Lifetime? (sorry...couldn't help it)
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:50 PM   #9
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All of these chopper shows are BS IMO. They cut out huge parts of the process. Yes you can build a chopper in a week w/ all the right supplies and tools, but those shows dont show a fraction of the time actually put into and the thought behind each custom one off. I have built 2 bikes so far and I am working on my 3rd now. Although I have had it together and taken apart 6 times now it is a continuous project, always changing something repainting this or polishing that. Congrats to your buddy but I'd rather shoot myself in the foot then watch another reality show.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:53 PM   #10
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All of these chopper shows are BS IMO. They cut out huge parts of the process. Yes you can build a chopper in a week w/ all the right supplies and tools, but those shows dont show a fraction of the time actually put into and the thought behind each custom one off. I have built 2 bikes so far and I am working on my 3rd now. Although I have had it together and taken apart 6 times now it is a continuous project, always changing something repainting this or polishing that. Congrats to your buddy but I'd rather shoot myself in the foot then watch another reality show.
6 times, with repaint...make up your mind dude. OCC does it once.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:55 PM   #11
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Isn't this concept alraedy been done with "Build or Bust" on TLC??
There was some guy on one of those shows that used to work where I work. He used to ride in on his bike that he built on that show.
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:01 PM   #12
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I'm always curious what brings in folks from outside TXIC to come into TXIC and stir up ****.
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:50 PM   #13
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His shop is about 2 miles from work.
It's a really nice shop cool stuff.. You should roll by there some time.
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Old 08-02-2006, 05:04 PM   #14
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I'm always curious what brings in folks from outside TXIC to come into TXIC and stir up ****.
Cuz he drives an EVO!!!!
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:19 PM   #15
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Cuz he drives an EVO!!!!
not just an evo... an evo with three "/"s...

what exactly is an evo five with three "/"s?
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:30 PM   #16
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DUh, its the special edition Evolution Vee Forward Slash Forward Slash FOrward Slash

Too much to fit on the trunk, or shall i say Rudder, so its simply V///
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:36 PM   #17
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I went to his website. His style is on the "Ordinary" side.. But some folks like that.. I like to see a no name get ahead. it gives hope for the younger generation to not stall out and settle for someone else's bullish design.


Props to him.
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Old 08-02-2006, 07:09 PM   #18
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crap ive never seen a show like this before....hey at least the guy gets to do what he loves and have the rest of the world watching it while he gets paid.
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