It's possible that there's a great idea for a game buried somewhere in the Discovery Channel's hit reality TV show American Chopper. Each week the Teutul clan's members, Paul, Paul Jr., and Mikey, scream at one another while working against the clock to design and build a custom chopper. If there's a decent game to be wrenched out of this concept, however, Activision's American Chopper isn't it. Lacking both the volatile charm and the compelling technical details of the series, it's little more than a halfhearted racing game that features some appearances by characters and from locations you've seen on TV.
You'd think a game based on a TV show about building custom choppers would focus on, say, building some custom choppers. Well, in this case, at least, you'd be wrong. A bike-building thread runs through American Chopper, but it's so simplistic and disconnected from the rest of the game that it feels like an afterthought. At the end of each chapter, you get to add a couple of parts to your bike. For instance, your first two decisions are between solid and skinny front ends and a chromed or ribbed motor.
Are the differences between the available equipment purely aesthetic? The game doesn't say, and since the parts don't feature any relevant stats, the choice is completely guesswork. You do eventually get to show off your custom bike, but given the game's license, there's no excuse for such a lame customization feature.