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American Chopper Cadillac CTS-V motorcycles – Click above for high-res image gallery

Paul One and Paul Two each took a shot at marrying Cadillac's edgy and modern Art and Science design philosophy for a recent series of episodes from the long-running American Chopper television program. While it's generally accepted by motorcycle fans that the show is really all about the drama and hysterics of the extremely dysfunctional Teutul family, the automotive connection in this build piqued our auto-obsessive interest enough to check in with the custom bike creating family.

In case you're behind in your American Chopper history, the Senior and Junior Pauls are no longer working together at Orange County Choppers. Paul Jr. is running his own shop and design firm (the imaginatively named Paul Junior Designs) and has been pitted against his own father in the last few seasons of the hit reality television show. So, as you might have figured, the father and son each designed and built (with the help of their respective crews, of course) their own takes on the Cadillac CTS-V.

Both builders went long and low with an emphasis on looking fast, and both painted their machines metallic black with plenty of chrome accents. But the details of each bike are unique, with the elder Teutul pushing the power angle with a monstrous V-twin engine and an extra shot of ponies courtesy of a hidden shot of nitrous. Paul the Younger differed in his approach by injecting as much of the actual CTS-V into his two-wheeled machine as possible.

Push come to shove, we think Junior's design more accurately depicts the Cadillac design theme. In any case, neither motorcycle would be all that useful as actual transportation devices, and neither is likely to be ridden more than a few feet in any direction for loading, unloading and general "See, it does work!" showing off.

In any real competition, there must be a winner and a loser. Discovery Channel, Cadillac and the two Teutuls have teamed up to pit these two motorcycles up against one another to raise money for the Cure Duchenne charity. Judging from the total number of fans, views and current top bid, it appears Junior's design holds the edge in the eyes of the public. Bidding on the two bikes will continue until July 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM EST.

Feel free to browse both bikes in our photo galleries, then pick your own winner in our included poll.

Which Cadillac-inspired motorcycle do you like better?
Paul Teutul Junior's 5699 (61.4%)
Paul Teutul Senior's 1062 (11.4%)
Too close to judge! 393 (4.2%)
I don't like either of them... 2131 (23.0%)


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      dave and mary
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's the latest on upcoming episodes: a project will be behind schedule and they need to hurry; one of the Paul's will say F this and they other will say F that. Then the show ends. Next day's episode: a project is behind schedule ......
      Hazdaz
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this episode a few weeks ago, and while I find the show to have totally jumped-the-shark, this particular build was interesting enough to grab my attention for a couple of hours. Of the two, Junior's design blows the doors off of Senior's bike. The rear fender and tank of Junior's bike totally mimics the look of Cadillac's Art and Science design language. Its got angles and creases and he even used the taillights off a real CTS to make the ones for his bike. I don't like the headlight or front fender of Junior's bike, but its still way better looking than Senior's design which honestly looks both ugly and doesn't relate back to the CTS design at all.... nothing about it screams Cadillac.
      MotionDesigner
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, why do the studio shots for Senior's bike look so shitty and low-res while Junior's studio shots are much clearer and high-res?
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Because PJD actually cares about marketing and knows how to show off.
      hardliner
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aren't OC chopperz the piles of crap that fall apart after a couple of hundred miles? Fat tires are no substitute for a proper suspension.
        Hazdaz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hardliner
        I don't think you understand the concept of the show. The show isn't about bikes. Never has been, never will be. These companies aren't buying bikes - they are buying hours of "free" advertising. The bikes could be the biggest POS out there and it really wouldn't matter because in the hour or two that the episode is on, the name of the customer is repeated a million times. For many big companies that's $100k+ well spent on some sh!tty bike that no one will ever really ride. And it gives them a reason to attend shows/events where they can show off the bike where they know exactly the demographic that will be attending. Then to top it all off, many of these bikes are auctioned-off for charities which means that these companies get a ton of advertising, and then they can write-off the price of that bike from their taxes.
      MotionDesigner
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me this bike build-off contest illustrates how they work best when they are together as a father-son team. I can't say I'm a big fan of either bike, but each bike has really cool design elements that if put together on one bike, it would look great IMO. For instance I don't like the rear end on Junior's bike nor do I like the unusually large front wheel, but I really like the way he used Cadillac's iconic "V" for the handle bars. I really hate the handle bars on Senior's bike, but I love the way he designed the rear end and I think his gauges look much cooler than Junior's. Now take all the best parts from each bike and put them together and you'd have a bike that is much better than either of those two.
      VROOOM!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jr's bike looks much less science and much more oldschool than Sr. So to that effect he looses in my eyes. Sr's bike with the modern sportbike rubber as well as the twin undertail exhaust seems just a bit more modern.
      ktr
      • 4 Years Ago
      PJD just retooled the Merc AMG (my personal fav.) bike he did with OCC, therefore unoriginal. OCC's bike barely represent the CTS-V, therefore uninspired. IMO, both sucks.
      Drachen
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure what surprises me more, the fact that American Chopper is still on the air or that people still watch it. How many time can you watch someone 'fabricate' a bike, especially when they generally use commercially available frames, engines, tanks, etc and just weld some superflous crap onto it? Of course, I understand that half the entertainment value was watching the Junior vs Senior battle every week, but even that gets old after a while.
      D Christin
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only thing I liked about Seniors was the exhaust coming out under then rear fender.
      Agilis
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forgive my ignorance but I didn't see the episode but could someone tell me if Jr's bike was ride-able. With how low it's sitting, I can't imagine sitting on it and having it not scrape.
        SloopJohnB
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        I cannot imagine a right turn...that collector is already on the ground.
        The Angry Intern
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        In the pictures they have it dropped all the way to the ground to demonstrate it doesn't need a kick stand to park it. It actually lifts quite a bit up in the middle and when they showed him riding it on the show, it looked about the same ride height as any other bike they've built.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      tantareanujellob
      • 4 Years Ago
      The louder the bike, the smaller the penis.
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