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The Freedom Biker Church is a nondenominational Christian parish focused on reaching some very unlikely souls.

The Freedom Biker Church is a nondenominational Christian parish focused on reaching some very unlikely souls. (View larger version)

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  • The first Motorcycle was steam powered and created in the late1860's by Sylvester H. Roper. 

  • Roper died of a heart attack while demonstrating his bike at a show in 1896.

  • His original bike is in the Smithsonian Museum.

  • In 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmuller created the first production motorcycle. They also coined the term, "motorcycle."

  • Montana has the most motorcycles per capita.

  • There are 39,965 people living in the city of Hickory, North Carolina.

  • There are 158 known Churches in Hickory.

  • In 1903, William S. Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson founded Harley Davidson Motorcycle in a shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • The motorcycle company Kawasaki used to make spaceships.

  • Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz in the TV sitcom "Happy Days," didn't actually know how to ride a motorcycle.

  • In 1999 Harley Davidson unsuccessfully attempted to trademark the term "Hog."

  • By the end of World War II, Harley Davidson had produced 90,000 motorcycles for military use.

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately seven million registered motorcycles in the country.

  • Since the repeal of the Motorcycle Helmet mandate in PA, motor cycles deaths have increased nearly 35%.

  • There were over 5,000 deaths in motorcycle accidents in the US during 2012.

Charles Wolff
Charles Wolff

So, umm, is anybody from the show paying attention?  It's not like there are an overwhelming number of comments posted here...

Charles Wolff
Charles Wolff

Hi - hoping that you will soon add something to the site which is a six-month update on how things are going at each of the churches you visited - somehow, I have a hard time buying the idea that you can visit a church one Sunday and by the next Sunday make changes that are going to 'stick'.  But who knows, it could happen...

Would also be nice if you could add something to the episode guide overviews that would list the changes the team suggested - "shorter, more to the point sermon," "built a new baptistry," etc.

One other thing - growing up in the church, any time I heard the term "church hoppers" used, it meant people who go to different churches each week, who never really commit to being part of one specific church and finding their ministry there.  So it always strikes me as weird to hear these guys refer to themselves as the church hoppers... guess I just traveled in different circles than they did...

Next season, I hope that you'll include some more "mainline" churches in your visits.  Also, I hope you'll be able to be flexible and not get into what "Hoarders" has become: every week they go into a new hoarder's home and basically go through the same process with them, even though what they're doing really doesn't seem to be working at all.

One more idea: it would be interesting if you could add a musical person to the team (and you might need to have three or four people - gospel, traditional, contemporary) who could go in and work with the music group at the church... not negatively, but by helping them set some goals and figure out direction (and maybe replace some broken equipment, too :-).