• Dec 29th 2009 at 3:32PM
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Drama, drama, drama. Don't let anyone fool you into thinking American Chopper is all about the motorcycles. In reality, the television show has always been about an amazingly dysfunctional family, and in particular the father/son relationship of its two main characters: Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr.

Truth be told, we're not big fans of the show. Don't get us wrong, we love motorcycles, but as we said, this series has never really focused on building motorcycles (plus we prefer to ride bikes designed to be, um... ridden). That's never been more true than right now, as anyone who happens to catch an episode from the last two seasons can tell you that Sr. currently has no contact at all with any of his children, including Jr. and Mikey.

Those on-air disagreements have reportedly culminated in a lawsuit filed by Paul Teutul Sr. in the Supreme Court of New York. The elder Teutul is seeking to buy his son's shares in Orange County Choppers Holdings, Inc., along with over $1 million in damages. Kinda makes all that talk in previous seasons of not letting anything get in the way of family seem a bit disingenuous, no?

[Source: TMZ | Image: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      As a father I can not see how any father could sue his own son.. This is sad. Paul Sr will be 60 years old this year, the same age that I will be. I can not imagine celebrateing my birthday without my wife, children, and grandchildren. Money does not buy real happiness and this is the proof of it. " Paul Sr. wake up"
      • 5 Years Ago
      MORE-- A**HOLES --WHO-- CANT --HANDLE-- $$$$$$$$................

      • 5 Years Ago
      dude im weraing and orange county choppers shirt from when I still lived in newburgh
      Scott Douglas
      • 5 Years Ago
      First off I dont care if the writer of the article likes OC Choppers or not.
      Second the writer of the article needs to get a handle on what a real story is.
      Paul Sr is a man reliving his past and trying to tighten reighns because hes newly married and the wife has his ear...
      Junior is clearly the heart and soul of the company and Mikey has shown some comic and was as business brilliance at times.....In different episodes you can see Junior getting more and more upset.....because of lack of respect....
      However I believe alot of this is drummed up drama for ratings and to keep the series fresh.....
      Seniors sole role now should be as faceman and advisor and start letting his sons assert themselves...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dirt Ball Cycle Trash at its best!
      • 5 Years Ago
      hell you have to understand Jr. isnt with the company anymore as far as i know cuz i cant even catch the shows when they come on so if im wrong dont sue me lmao, but in the times were in nobody wants to buy a $150,000 bike so u know the company isnt doing that good and if Jr. is making money from the company but hes not with it thats alot of money the company is losing so for Sr. to try and get the holdings his son has to help their business its understandable....well from a business perspective it is understandable but from a family point of view its just messed up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what TLC wanted, family tension. The bikes were just a pretext.

      Most of these reality shows share the same pretext: S*** sells.

      I feel sorry for the Teutels, if the strife is real. And if it's not I still feel sorry for them, because money is no substitute for dignity. Especially not this rapidly failing fiat currency we're all tricked into using to substitute for real equity. Money is just debt, and it destroys lives, it's a negative energy. And the Teutels showcase this quite admirably.

      That isn't the American way, it's a form of corporate prostitution.

      Apart from a few models, like the Intel bike and the electric chopper, most of the stuff they did just ended up looking like toys for 5 year olds. The Nasa bike for example was horrific. There are many better builders out there. Compared to programs like Overhauling and others, OCC was getting pretty sad. You can even see it in Sr's failing health.

      I blame the producers more than anyone, there is probably some pretty shady characters making money from that family dysfunction.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haven't seen the show in a long time but have heard nothing but bad about the Teutels. A friend hauled in hundreds of loads of dirt for their new shop and Sr. wouldn't even give him a tee shirt. And when he asked if they had a soda machine, Sr. had it stuck in a closet because Coke wouldn't wouldn't give him additional money if he left it out where it could be seen on air.
        An upstate Indian nation came down to get a bike built and they agreed to do it for $100,000, with the condition the bike remain in the showroom!!! They wouldn't even let them take it home!
        All I've heard of the bikes is that the majority of the time they don't run very long--NY Yankees one had to be pushed onto the field.
        At least their greed tore them apart. Sad but they deserve it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mr. Teutel Sr, don't do it! My dearly departed mother-in-law sued her own daugher many,many years ago. She took it to the grave and the rest of the family still does not speak to each other for over 2 decades now.
      It's a very very long lonely road, one I know you will not like to "ride-in!"
      It's not worth any amount, I have been there and I am still there, don't do it, for any amount!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Sea Urchin, Tyra Banks is ending her show.I rarely watch it.:)The Chopper show should go off the air.They're just as full as it as the Gosselins are,esp.Jon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These retards are better actors than they are builders. Why in the hell would anyone watch these misfits?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since Paul Jr is the designer and builder and Paul Sr merely heads up the business I don't see much future for OCC if the Sr buys out Jr's share and files suit for damages. Jr has the ability to head out on his own and become a competitor of OCC. Business is business Sr so keep the anger at home and deal with it privately.
      W. C. Peterson
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why should I care? I quit watching the show after the first episode and didn't even think it was still around. I always thought it was a waste of bandwidth, and now it will be a waste of some poor judge's time as well. The judge ought to slap the old blowhard with a contempt citation and throw him in jail for being a public nuisance.
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