Paul Sr and Jr go head to head in this
series as they go their separate ways with two companies putting out
very similar yet very different products. Whilst I'm not sure why this
has happened, it does make for some high drama.
The name of the game is,
as it should be, making motor bikes and both companies do an exceptional
job at this. Each motorcycle is a genuine work of art in its own right
and look so good that I would bet that the owners must often worry about
damaging the amazing paint jobs that they have on their bikes.
The way the two
different shops operate are poles apart but both produce great results.
There is a lot of nonsense of the part of both Pauls, with Sr seemingly
easily manipulated by anyone trying to talk trash about his son.
Lawsuits are raised and I must confess that it's the part of the series
I have no interest in, even though I know that it adds to the whole
drama of it all. I guess I just want to see bikes built by masters at
what they do and they give us that all day long.
The way the show is put together makes for
highly enjoyable viewing, they never linger too long on any one part of
the production of a bike, instead jumping around from bit to bit as the
machines come together. I am utterly amazed every episode, I am not sure
though how much of the Tuetel drama and lawsuits are scripted as in the
fourth episode when brother Michael is having his art show, there is a
sequence between Paul Sr. and his wife that I refuse to believe is a
real interaction between the two of them.
It is the most stunted exchange I’ve almost
ever seen on a “reality” television show. It was laughable and sort of
made me feel that maybe there are outside influences pushing the show
My favourite parts of this show other than
watching just how clever these men are in putting together their
machines are the rare occasions that you get to see one of the bikes
actually being ridden on the road. It’s amazing to see them used in a
real life setting and for me symbolised more what the show should be
about, rather than show pieces that will never really see the light of
This is great viewing that is well worth
grabbing even if you are not a fan of motorbikes. These men are great
artisans, bending metal to their will and making machines that are both
functional and also can be seen on their own merits for what they are:
works of art.