If you've been following the show then you know, (if not spoiler alert) everything worked out and the bike was finished and made its debut in Sturgis to a welcoming crowd. What's next for Paulie? Well, it would seem that he has set his company up pretty well just by the name alone. "The name Paul Jr. Designs was very intentional. We're building motorcycles, but I am designing products for companies outside of the motorcycle world. I did a grill with Coleman but I have a lot of other things coming up with Coleman as well as some other big box stores, innovative stuff with existing products and inventive stuff with all new products. I don't want to be a manufacturer, I want to be a design firm," Paulie stated.
As for the fate of American Chopper: Senior vs Junior, well it all depends on the ratings. So far things are looking bright. But if things go south, we guess there's always Design Star on HGTV. As for Paulie and his father, it sounds like it's one of those volatile relationships that will continue to burn hotter than a cutting torch. And while the TV show has brought huge success, it just continues to turn up the heat on a scorching relationship. "It's unfortunate because I would like to have a better relationship with my father. But the fighting didn't start with the show, the show just captured what was there," Paulie commented. "The fighting through the years has unfortunately been real. And I say that because a lot of it has been some bad stuff, stuff that you say but you don't mean. Most people can take it back and then it doesn't exist anymore, but for us it's archived and it's been repeated globally for the past decade. I haven't necessarily been an innocent party but if it was up to me, I wouldn't fight like that. I think my father has a tendency to like that kind of conflict where you could be drawn into it. That's not in my makeup. I don't have that situation in my life anymore. I'm not an explosive guy, I'm measured. I try to consider other people, and I think that's why this has been working out so well."
While you may not care for American Chopper or the Teutul's style, there may be millions who think differently about the TV show and the bikes than you do. And it's those people that Paulie and the American Chopper team have had a major impact on; inspiring them to buy motorcycles, build motorcycles, buy and make parts, and buy T-shirts. It was this new interest and awareness of motorcycles by enthusiasts and the general public that spurred people to pour millions of dollars into the custom motorcycle industry helping it become the juggernaut it was before the economy went south. Of course Jesse James, Biker Build Off, and the other motorcycle related TV programming helped tremendously as well, but you can't dismiss the effect Paulie, his father, and the rest of the American Chopper team have made in the custom motorcycle industry just because you don't care for the show or the bikes. They truly have been an influence in all sense of the word.