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''The Anti-Venom is the bike that kicked it all off for Paul Junior Designs. The idea of the Anti-Venom was taking it full circle. We're starting a new company: PJD. We're bringing all the old people back into the fold. We're creating a team,'' said Paul Junior. ''The way we did the gas tank, the rear fender. It was somewhat reminiscent of the past but it definitely had a whole new vibe to it. The idea that this bike is ours. The wheel web inserts were absolutely ridiculous. The things coned out. They were three dimensional. They bolted into a high gloss black wheel — and they looked like real webs.''
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''We were given an opportunity to work with such an amazing car company,'' said Paul Jr. ''Then there's that competitive atmosphere that's built in. OCC is building a bike for Cadillac, and we're building a bike for Cadillac. We wanted to nail the rear section of the bike so it was identical to the rear section of the car. I know if we pulled that off, everything else would fall into place. We were able as a team to prove some things.''
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The Christopher Reeve
''I think one of the cool things about the Christopher Reeve bike is that there are a lot of paraplegics out there that probably rode bikes at some time in their life, and who are obviously no longer able to do that. The way that that bike was designed, without help from anyone else, you could get on that bike, push the button, and you could go down the road,'' said Paul Sr. ''There were a lot of things about that bike that were experimental. You needed a ramp; you couldn't have a clutch; you had to have a hand brake. But the end result is that someone who is a paraplegic could get on that bike by themselves.''
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The David Mann
''The David Mann bike was a special bike. David Mann was a guy from the early 60's who drew bikes, and they were shown in Easyriders magazine. Looking back, that guy was a hero to me,'' said Paul Sr. ''We made sure that bike really represented his artwork. We basically went through old magazines, and tried to incorporate a lot of the different styles into one bike. David was pretty sick at that time. We were hoping that we?d be able to unveil the bike to him but he passed away just before we could. The unveiling was down in Florida with his wife there. It was very emotional for her. The bike is still in our shop. It's definitely one of my favorite bikes.''
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''The Eragon bike was kind of early on in the game, and we were starting to do some really impressive stuff,'' said Paul Sr. ''The bike was supposed to represent a dragon. It was a stretched out bike, springer, front end. One of the cool features on the bike was on the down tube; we replaced it with a double-edged axe that was used back in that time. We had a seat made that was like a saddle. We had mesh that was incorporated around the exhaust. There were a lot of cool things that I liked about that bike.''
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''We gave the Jet bike a very military feel,'' said Paul Jr. ''I wanted the gas tank to be very stretched out. When you stretch the tank and you've got the front end reaching out, you start to create this visual movement. It felt like it was moving forward, like a jet would be. You didn't have to be a fan of motorcycles to appreciate this jet theme.''
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The Gears of War
''We built this amazing war machine that fits only in the video game [Gears of War] and almost doesn't make sense when you see it in person,'' said Paul Junior. ''It really bridges the gap between fantasy and reality. The end result was a wow factor for even people who are creative. They look at it and are just completely blown away by it.''
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''This is the company that gave me the opportunity to be in business. They were our first client. They stepped up and they made it possible at a time where people didn?t really know if we could do it.... They took a shot, and the end result was this awesome Geico Bike,'' said Paul Junior. ''We used the (Geico) lizard as creative. Again, one of the early paint jobs that Nub did for PJD and he just knocked it out of the park. The tail coming around the side, this great Geico-looking tank on there... What can I say? You only get one first customer and Geico was it.''
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''What's special to me about the Make-a-Wish bike is that we got very involved with this foundation,'' said Paul Senior. ''Making the bike, we got the kids involved. We had them put their handprints on the gas tank and all over the bike. It was a really hard situation knowing that these kids may not be back again. It meant a lot to me to build them this bike.''
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''The Yankees bike was one of my favorite bikes because my mom was the hugest Yankee fan in the world. It's more about her than me or even the Yankees,'' said Paul Sr. ''The bike screamed Yankees. It had their baseball uniform on it. And I think one of the more unique things was that the exhaust looked like a baseball bat. The bike was signed by all the Yankee and it's in the Orange County Choppers museum today.''