The highly anticipated series premiere of Orange County Choppers on CMT airs Saturday night (Nov. 16), and custom bike crafter Paul Teutul Sr. says what’s truly special about the new show is its spontaneous aspect.
“I think it’s new and fresh, which I think everybody’s excited about,” he says. “You get complacent if things are the same. I don’t think that everybody has that energy after a while, and I think that the [new] show brought that [back]. This show is allowing us to be who we really are and doing the things that we do best.”
What the OCC team does best is rise to the challenge of building high-end, unique motorcycles — a craft that Teutul began learning many years ago.
“I built my custom motorcycle in 1974, and I had the ability to do stuff that other people couldn’t do,” he explained. “I was able to cut frames, stretch them. I was able to do a lot of stuff that nobody could do, and really anybody that wanted to do that kind of stuff would have to come to a guy like me.”
The skill became a tradition Teutul passed on to his sons, who would eventually break away to pursue their own bike-building dreams. But Teutul says despite rocky times in their relationship, things have improved.
“It evidently is a lot better than it was when we were kind of in competition,” he admitted. “So we’re civil. I’ve been out to dinner with both of them, so I think Paul Jr. is doing good on his own and making his own way, and Mikey is Mikey.”
Don’t miss the exciting series premiere of CMT’s Orange County Choppers on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For more about the series, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 16-17) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.