Personally... I like watching american chopper. I think they're all so disfunctional its hysterical. They keep me entertained with their constant arguing, but all that aside, they've got some of the most creative and talented minds I've ever seen. From fabricating to assembly, I really enjoy seeing the finished products. While Im not a chopper guy by any means, its still fun to see them go thru the process of designing it and building it.
The public is going to perceive us, or anybody else, how they want to anyways, so why bother worrying about what they think about us. We are the ones enjoying riding on 2 wheels, and if they never experience it because of their own ignorance or attitude, it's their loss...IMHO
The perception of riders, whether its on a sportbike or chopper, is always going to be one of.."they're crazy, thats too dangerous, dont they think about their families wellbeing if they wreck, etc " ....so be it, there are a$$holes in every profession and hobby, hell there's probably assholes in the local retirement home quilting club but that doesnt stop the little old ladies from doing their thing, so why should it stop us.
Just my .02