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 Though this isn't a corny reality show, or even dramatic fiction or comedy, this story of one family's motorcycle design and fabrication shop in Rock Hill, N.Y., has got more excitement and grit than you'll find in 10 shows on the big networks. This is largely because of the larger-than-life egos of a father-and-son team that makes the place work: 

 

Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. Paul Sr. is this big bear of a guy who started all this years ago as Orange County Ironworks, a shop that made different types of iron products. Inspired as a younger man by the many custom motorcycles that began appearing on streets and in films, Teutul Sr. started making his own custom bikes and then realized he could make a full-time business of them. That was in 1999, and Teutul Sr., who has forearms as round as bowling balls, has since drawn three of his sons into the family business.

Paul M. Teutul Sr

 

But nothing makes this documentary-style series light up like the constant battles between father and son in this family shop. The action normally centers around the construction of a certain custom bike, or preparations for a big show, like the big bike week in Daytona. Paul Jr., whom we quickly find out is a whiz at combining plain-looking pieces of metal and spray paint together to create rolling works of art, will be in the middle of some project and--WHAM!--in comes Paul Sr. to launch into him about something. It's never anything real specific, because Paul Jr. would have an instant comeback to that.


No, as Paul Sr. begins grumbling and griping, strolling back and forth with his leather-clad chest puffed out like a cobra, he slowly rouses the ire of his son, an apple that hasn't fallen far from the tree. Though he expresses his distress in a slightly more intense way, Paul Jr. will quickly fire back, usually having to stop the intricate work he's been doing to argue with the father who hasn't been seen doing much of anything to that point. Teutul Sr., with his trademark sideburns that extend down his face and onto his chin like one of the swept-back sets of handlebars on his bike, gets right up in his son's face to make his point. Then he keeps making it, jabbing his finger and squeezing his eyes to show his intense displeasure. When Paul Jr. tries to answer some of the complaints, Paul Sr. shoots off another stream, often in another direction on another topic. It's all Paul Jr. can do to keep from exploding as he staggers back to his latest rail, seat or fender. Lest you be too hasty to toss this off as some extremely dysfunctional family, we see Paul Sr. seconds later talking--always to someone else--about how extremely proud he is of Paul Jr. and all his sons. As Paul Jr. notes, his dad never actually apologizes, but does give his talented, bike-designing son credit when bike after bike sells for big bucks. There are even moments when the two of them will hop on bikes together, cruise through town and stop on a pier along the water to share a moment or two of solitude. If the whole family tree thing isn't amusing to all viewers--the other two sons are not featured as prominently in the show--the construction of the bikes themselves never fails to engage. The best episode I've seen to date centered around the creation of a motorcycle to be donated to the New York City firefighters. It had all kinds of elements designed to give the bike a fire truck sort of look, from a specially built carburetor in the shape of a fire hydrant to lights installed along the rails. What looks one moment like a dull-colored sheet of metal is cut with careful ease to become a fender, a gas tank or designer panels along the handlebars. Sprayed with shiny paint and decked out with decals, and sometimes, even gold leaf, the bikes seem more like works of art than vehicles for running to the convenience store. It's all just proof that nothing can top real life for drama, certainly not that junk they keep offering up with bachelors, bachelorettes and silly ground rules that supposedly lead to happiness. I'd rather see a real-life family fussing and feuding as they work together to create an exceptional business.

 

Paul Teutul Senior's Quotes 

Come over here and stand in front of me so I can hit you in the back of the head.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Talking about Paulie, Mikey and Vinnie-
We've got Larry Mo and Curly out there changing the tire.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Said about Paulie arriving late for work-
The President is here.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Said to Vinnie about Paulie-
Give me somethin' to throw at him! Give me a hammer!

Paul Teutul Sr.

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All right, numb nuts, we got bikes to build!

Paul Teutul Sr.

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No one listens to my idears.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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As Paul Sr. gives Cody the Old School chopper-
I think that the difference between that bike and this bike is that... this bike is yours.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Pay attention, Numb nuts!

Paul Teutul Sr.

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What was, was, and what is is is, and this what is... is what's happening right now.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Said about Paulie-
If sh*t were electricity, he'd be a powerhouse.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Said to Mikey-
Next time to eat my cookies I'm gonna break your neck.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Said about Paulie-
He just better get to gettin'.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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I've been in the business a long time, and if there's one thing I know about building a motorcycle, it's that you have to have a motor.

Suck it up, ya little wuss!

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Next time I'll get Rick to fabricate the gas tank just for Ha Ha.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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If it wasn't for me nothin' would get done around here.

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Ever since we came back from Laconia, Paulie thinks he's something else with his new girlfriend, new car, and new freaking Gucci watch or whatever kind of watch that is!

Paul Teutul Sr.

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All I want is a little cooperation, thats all!

Paul Teutul Sr.

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Said about Paulie when Sr had a toothache-
I'm in pain and numbnuts over there is whistling "Dixie".

Paul Teutul Sr.

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