As a rider myself, I'm pretty surprised by the depth of the criticism of the OCC bikes and other similar bikes. To me the bikes have a certain appeal to certain people. I'm OK with that. Those bikes are not my thing but I still respect them for what they are. Just like I respect other bikes from your Harley Sportster all the way to your Suzuki Hayabusa. For many people it's not about how many miles you can rack up in one sitting. For some, it could be just an aesthetic/scene/culture thing. For others, it could be how fast you can go in a 1/4 mile. And for others, it could be how fast you can nail that corner while dragging your knee.
I fall into the sport biker category currently. But yet many people are surprised that I'll go on rides with cruisers and tourers. There are also times, I'll go out to have a little fun on the twisties. With the bikes I have, which are meant to perform at the extremes, rider comfort for long rides were never a design consideration.
Also within the sport bike circles, there are those that ridicule one of the bikes I own as just under performing and paying a premium for the name bike. For those that haven't figured it out yet, the brand I'm referring to is Ducati. I have a 09 Ducati 848 along with an 04 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. While I still enjoy my 10, hence why I still have it in my stable, the 848 is just a different animal. While I'm not as fanatical as other Ducati owners, I understand the passion they exhibit. For the people that poke fun at Ducs, they'll never get it unless they actually own one.
I think most "Riders" will agree with you. You like your kind of bike, but respect what others like and ride as well. Were I have enjoyed American Chopper, they really have moved away from Bike building, to family drama.
Choppers aren't my thing at all, I do respect the workmanship, both metal and paintwork that it takes to create them though, and enjoy watching the creation of them, from Idea to working model.
I always preferred Biker Biuld-off, as that showed some really, really skilled people. Imagine Jr with a 10 day deadline, now that would have been a funny show.
Some of the Fanatics of a certain bike or those that hate a certain bike style have to be careful sometimes. I started out with a RD350 2 stroke oil injected, moved to a CB900, family hand me down, traded for a Fj1100, moved to V65 Sabre, that I still have. Always enjoyed my Yamaha TDM850.
From Day one of Riding, I always put down BMW's. NOW I own a BMW R1150GS and absolutly love the thing, and it will be very hard to pry it from my hands. Heck I even wave at Ducati riders as they aren't that bad.