Florida and California Back-Road Touring Guides

For those of you fortunate to live in Florida and California I have added these two Moto-Map Back-Road Touring Guides to the Road Captain USA online store. Please go out and ride for those of us stuck in colder climates.

The Northern Flordia Back-Road Touring Guide features seven scenic day trips for motorcyclists on roads in Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachiacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Ocala.

Florida Touring Guide

The Southern California Back-Road Touring Guide also features seven scenic rides for motorcycle riders. It includes rides through Santa Clarita, Tujunga, Santa Monica, Temecula, Escondido, Chula Vista and San Bernardino.

Southern California Moto-Maps

Thank you for visiting my motorcycle blog and be sure to check my online store for Moto-Maps and other unique motorcycle accessories at www.Shop.RoadCaptainUSA.com

Legendary Motorcycle Movies on DVD

Dear Santa and Mrs RC,

It’s been snowing already and I haven’t mounted my motorcycle in a few weeks now. Soon it will be winter and I’ll need some more DVD’s and books to keep me distracted until spring. Please feel free to give me any of the legendary motorcycle movies listed in One Percenter. I also want Surviving The Mean Streets which is part of the Ride Like A Pro series.

  • The Wild One – 1953
  • The Wild Angels -1966
  • Hell Angels On Wheels – 1967
  • The Rebel Rousers – 1970
  • Savages From Hell – 1968
  • Easy Rider – 1969
  • C.C. And Company – 1970
  • The Black Angels – 1970
  • Hells Angels ’69 – 1969
  • Angel Unchained – 1970
  • Born Losers – 1967
  • Stone Cold – 1991

If that isn’t enough then you can also get me Wild Rebels, She-Devils on Wheels, Run Angel Run, Chrome and Hot Leather, Werewolves on Wheels, and The Loveless.

Best Biker Blogs & My New Blogroll

I made a few changes to my sidebar. The most important being that I added a blogroll; a list of my favorite motorcycle blogs. These bloggers go out of their way to share information, oppinions and stories. They contribute to other blogs on a daily basis and make me proud to be a moto-blogger. Take the time to visit these motorcycle blogs regularly.

New Harley Davidson 2009 XR1200 Has Been Released

The new XR1200 from Harley Davidson

The XR1200 has been released in the US!  Inspired by the legendary XR750, the XR1200 is the newest member of the Sportster family, and comes to the US following its Europe-only release back in April.

As you may know, the XR750 was the most dominating American dirt track racing motorcycle of all-time, earning the Number One plate in an unprecedented 26 AMA flat track seasons.  In fact, as a tribute to the XR750, there is a pre-sale of only 750 XR1200 models from 12/1 – 12/15.

XR1200 in action

Drawing significant design influences from the successful Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycles that set new standards for dirt track racing success over the last 30 years, the XR1200 features technical innovation to provide potent street performance and handling. In fact, Harley-Davidson dirt track racing legends Scott Parker and Rich King participated in the XR1200 development, along with European GP racing champion Adrien Morillas.

XR1200 standing still
The 1200cc Evolution V-Twin cranks out 90 hp with high torque. Rubber mounted to a new frame with a cast aluminum swingarm, the engine delivers exhilarating performance and responsive handling with less vibration. A unique upswept, high-volume 2-1-2 straight shot exhaust system includes dual mufflers and is finished in satin chrome.

A sport-tuned Showa® suspension with inverted 43 mm front forks and twin preload adjustable shocks combines with lightweight black cast three-spoke wheels to make the XR1200 ride and corner with feeling. Specially designed Dunlop® Qualifier D209 tires connect the rider to the road, while Nissin® four-piston calipers and large dual disc front brakes provide stopping power.

Accessories for your Harley Davidson®

Hell’s Angels A Strange and Terrible Saga – book review

hell’s angels by hunter s. thompson

Hell’s Angels – A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson is more a part of our motorcycle pop sub culture history than it is an interesting book to read. It is also the book that defined a new style of writing that made Hunter S. Thompson famous: Gonzo Journalism!

Back in 1965, before I was born, our great country was experiencing race riots, Vietnam protests and ramped experimentation with drugs. The Hells Angels may have been at the height of their notoriety. Bad biker movies were a hit at the drive-ins and certain motorcycle clubs were continually in the newspapers. Any incident involving bikers was exaggerated in the press including a so called riot in Laconia, New Hampshire. California Attorney General Thomas C. Lynch published a 15-page document known as The Lynch Report based on a 10-year study of the Hells Angels and other motorcycle clubs which painted bikers as mutha rapers and murderers gone wild. Every reporter in the country wanted to get an interview with a Hells Angel. It was at this time that Hunter S. Thompson, a young writer, befriended the Angels and gained their confidence in order to write a story about them. He spent a year going on runs with them, partying with them and then got stomped by them.

The book is now dated and not as interesting a story as it may have been back in 1966 when it was published. What is interesting is the craziness. Who in his right mind would immerse himself in the middle of the most notorious MC and then write a sensationalized account of the experience? Hunter S. Thompson the inventor of Gonzo Journalism would and did! What is Gonzo Journalism? Gonzo Journalism is when the author injects himself into events and then writes about the experience in a colorful manner that blurs the lines between fact and fiction. I recommend you read about the life, career and suicide of Hunter on Wikipedia more then I recommend the book. Those of you who want to digest everything related to biker history will of course read this book out of curiosity. Click here for information on the book at Amazon.

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Motorcycle Mania 3 – DVD Review

Motorcycle Mania 3 Jesse James Rides Agaian

This may be a little backwards writing a review of the 3rd documentary in a trilogy that follows Jesse James, but this may be the best of all three. I will have to go back and watch the first two to be sure.

Motorcycle Mania 3 Jesse James Rides Again is meaty in that Jesse lets you into what’s happening during a tumultuous year in his life filled with personal ups and downs. Careerwise Jesse is at a crossroads where he is trying to break out of a creative block and struggling with his own success. He is bothered by media coverage, fans and mainstream acceptance. He is a conflicted man both enjoying and hating his fame. At the same time he meets the girl of his dreams, marries her and then experiences a relationship that quickly turns violent and ends in a second divorce. I can very much relate to this part of the story.

The documentary revolves around Jesse James while he builds a special chopper for himself made out of copper. All this leads to a road trip with good friend Kid Rock. They mount two powerful West Coast Choppers and leave LA for Copper Canyon, Mexico. The trip is introspective for both our hero Jesse James and rock legend Kid Rock. They ride from the heart of LA to the nothingness and beauty of Mexico. Mexico and the open road provide the freedom from the hustle and commercialism of California as well as “the safety police”. They ride ATV’s in the desert, shoot assault rifles and experience life in a way that would border on being outlaw in the United States.

The cinemetography is great in the opening. The soundtrack rocks. Producers Thom Beers and Hugh King keep getting better at making these motorcycle documentaries. Jesse James and Kid Rock both have camera presence and you love every minute they let you into their personal world. 

Click here to purchase this DVD through Amazon.com