Jesse thought he was gonna win no matter what. He wasted time and energy with the porno cake, shooting silouhettes of Jr, giving the Sr doll to this dog to chew up, parodying Jr's video. Typical adolescent-like behavior.
1) Any of the ten or so bikes of his shown on Discovery.com would have done better in the competiton. If you looked at those bikes, there were some innovation in the wheels and paint. The shape of the chrome frame is something he had clearly done many times before - especially the high front end. Jesse just took an existing design and simplified it.
3) He claimed during the build to be building it all by himself, and he said it again during the actual competition. Funny, I saw an assistant for the whole show, and he had to bring in an entire crew to get the bike done (not withstanding the fact that he used a pre-built engine). Jesse basically got on stage and lied to America. He damaged his brand, IMHO.
The fact that he hand built the frame (fenders and tank) is great, but the frame is not an entire bike or concept. Whether a person hand-builds a front end or designs it in a computer and sends it off for someone else to manufacture is insignificant. The latter just shows that they have more tools and have more time for the fit and finish.
4) Jesse and others have claimed that Jr or Sr couldn't build a bike themselves. Again, often the team concept provides more inspiration and ability to get a final vision. Each person can do their part at which they are best. The term 'Jack of all trades, master of none' comes to mind.
5) Senior built an electric powered zero turn horizontal seating snowmobile, not a bike. His team went too far out of the box and someone needed to do a sanity check and rein them in. If Senior had built any of the project bikes shown on the show, Jesse would have come in third.
There are a lot of Jesse supporters out there, but he gave minimal effort on this competition.
Edited by V'ger, 25 December 2011 - 01:15 AM.