Part of my job at MO involves producing videos, and the cumulative views of the videos I’ve participated in probably totals a pretty big number – perhaps more than 20 million. And yet, despite all that moving-picture glory, there’s still a thrill from being seen on television.

It’s been nearly five years since I was last seen on TV when I was a guest judge on American Chopper Live – The Build-Off that aired on the Discovery Channel in December, 2011. It was the most-watched show among men in America that night, garnering nearly 5 million viewers, and it was amazing to find out that so many of my non-motorcyclist friends saw me on the show, demonstrating the wide reach of broadcast television. Read about my experience on live TV by clicking here.

Now the Discovery Channel is about to get another boost in the ratings, as I’ll be seen this Monday, August 29 on a show called Biketacular. It’s a one-off show that highlights the 20 most significant motorcycles of all time, and I was one of the “experts” selected to comment on why the bikes in the show are so important to the history of motorcycling.

There are are couple of caveats. For one, this being a show that will air on the Discovery Channel, Biketacular contains a fair bit of self promotion. So you’ll be seeing more interview time with stars from the network’s “Motor Mondays” shows than you will from me and the other experts. Also, don’t be surprised when you see a bike from American Chopper franchise selected as one of the 20 bikes, which I can assure you wasn’t on my personal list of significant motorcycles of all time.

Regardless, the show should be fun to watch despite the self-imposed handicaps. Tune your TV to the Discovery Channel on Monday evening!

  • Old MOron

    I don’t own a television, so I’ll miss your starlight. I’m not surprised that American Chopper is to be honored, but I will be surprised if you don’t manifest some sort of twitch or facial tick when the announcement is made.

    Hey, speaking of ticks and twitches, don’t forget to credit all of us MOronic “influencer commenters”. Ha ha ha! http://disq.us/p/153e3t2

    • Ian Parkes

      Well, I’m surprised. Very disappointing that producers of a show that brings in experts and expects to have some credibility for its selection would suck up to the network in such a mealy-mouthed, knob-gobbling way. Yuk. Hope you took a shower afterwards, Mr Duke. I shall watch it but I’ll fast forward over the offending item.
      To see how it should be done, where presenters’ views are exclusively their own, see Top Gear – the UK version (much less shouty). Caution: this show was wildly successful everywhere in the world except the USA.

    • DickRuble

      Five upvotes for not owning a television. Are you even on the grid, or do you have to pedal to type in your comments?

  • JMDonald

    Regardless of the fame and fortune Mr. Duke has attained (this current television appearance being emblematic of the industries respect he commands) he still has time to remember and thank the little people. Looking forward to the broadcast.

  • Kevin Duke

    And if you’re impatient or don’t have a TV, it’s available for viewing here: https://www.discoverygo.com/harley-and-the-davidsons/biketacular/

  • Ian Parkes

    Great souvenir pic by the way!

  • Old MOron

    Hey I just noticed “Take 3”. How many takes did it take for you to get it right? :-)
    Or maybe the three takes represent one for each: left profile, right profile, frontal.
    http://motorcycle.com.vsassets.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Biketacular_feature-633×388.jpg

    • Kevin Duke

      Just pauses for changing tapes and batteries, not because I didn’t have more gold flowing out of my mouth. :)

      • DickRuble

        Tapes?.. are they still filming on VHS?

  • Mahatma

    Damn the region coding to hell!

  • DickRuble

    Wow… I hadn’t watched Discovery Channel in fifteen years, pretty much since I cut the chord on cable TV. I barely could make it to the Goldwing. Discovery used to be pretty decent but it seems to pander now to the lowest level forms of life. On the bright side, Duke stood out (in a positive way) among the lobotomized and toilet-brush-bearded idiots of the show. I hope he was paid handsomely for the effort. It can’t be easy to plunge in that cesspool.

    • Old MOron

      “…toilet-brush-bearded…”

      Bwaha-haha-hahaha!
      Five upvotes for no cable.

    • Kevin Duke

      Free coffee and donuts!