The Army National Guard “Patriot Bike” made an appearance Monday morning at Smith-Cotton High School, 2010 Tiger Pride Blvd., during a school assembly.
The bike is one of four touring the country, and was built in 2007 by Paul Teutul Sr., and Paul Teutel Jr., (Paulie) of Orange County Choppers fame.
The “Patriot Chopper” was the result of a collaborative effort between OCC and four National Guard soldiers.
The “Patriot Chopper” is the first of three bikes commissioned by the Army National Guard and are intended to be a recruiting tool. Army Guard recruiters display them at rallies across the country to entice potential soldiers to talk with them. Also, the bikes can also convey important messages about safety.
The Teutuls have a history of building patriotic bikes, and have produced multiple theme bikes for several branches of the military.
The bike showcases a minuteman air cleaner. The blade spokes of the wheels feature 3-D inlaid spearheads, representing the seven Army values and an ammunition belt lines the handlebars. Chromed M-4 magazines serve as the struts, and an M-4 rifle is mounted on the side of the rear wheel.
The custom-designed bike was ridden into the S-C gym by Terry Kayrouz of Atlanta, Ga., who commented that, although the motorcyle is street legal, it has only been driven about 40 miles to date. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.