Hell Ride – DVD Movie Review

Hell Ride The Rebellion Against All There Is

AWESOME! I could watch this a million times. Like many of my favorite movies I had to watch it more than once to digest it. I’m gonna easily wear this disc out. It was produced by Quenton Tarantino and that alone should say it all. Larry Bishop writes, directs and stars in this tribute to the campy biker flicks of the seventies. The cast is incredible; Michael Madsen, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper and Vinny Jones play the baddest grittiest cold blooded outlaws to grace the silver screen in a long time. You’ll forget about those phoney Son’s of Anarchy on FX once you get your eyeballs on this piece of work. No white sneakers and clean hands on this cast. They look like they been rid’n for months on real choppers with no showers in their originals. It’s a spaghetti western revenge movie on motorcycles featuring all out brutality and sexuality filmed with artistry.  The banter is funny and the attention to detail is fantastic! Lots of hot biker chicks with and without clothes!


American Motorcycle Service – Framingham, MA

Nasty Lil’ Fuck

The weekend before last I helped my friend Ray Bowers man his booth at the New Jersey Motorcycle Spectacular. Fortunately we were placed next to a display for AMS: The Chopper Connection and across the aisle from CC Trikes & Custom Bikes of Discovery Channel fame.

Scottt Porges and his assitant were both way cool and I enjoyed hang’n next to fellow massholes from back home. Yes, Scottt is unique and spells his name with three t’s and builds some killer custom bikes like the Jokesta, Rocket 98 and Nasty Lil’ Fuck. The Nasty Lil’ Fuck is a baby blue bobber and featured in the Art of the Bobber. American Motorcycle Service in Framingham, MA specilaizes in performance work and custom fabrication.

Rocket 98

Jokesta Detail

Jokesta Double Intake

Jokesta

Cool CFL Chopper

CFL

Click here for more pictures of AMS Custom Choppers

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Choppers & Bobbers 2009 Calendar

2009 Motorcycle Calendars

2009 motorcycle iron and lace babe calendar

Don’t procrastinate!

It’s time to order your 2009 motorcycle calendar NOW from Calendars.com or my Amazon.com bookstore where I have preselected all the 2009 motorcycle calendars for your easy shopping. Order now, thank me later. There are Bobber Calendars, Harley Davidson Calendars, Chopper Calendars, Biker Babe Calendars, Garage Girl Calendars! There are also Classic Motorcycle Calendars and Vintage Motorcycle Calendars. Those of you who went to Milwaukee and saw the HD museum will want to get the Harley Davidson Archive Collection Calendar.

   

  

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Reading Museum Motorcycle Exhibit

Captain America is here

I saw the Captain America! To see the Captain America chopper in person was like meeting Peter Fonda. I was star struck! This is the holy grail of motorcycles, the big daddy chopper of them all! This American icon has been in the movies, on posters, t-shirts, book covers, and magazines since I was two years old! I have an artsy wire model of the Captain America in our living room. It also graces the cover of The Great Book of Harley Davidson, also on display in our living room. So when I walked into the Reading Museum on Sunday November 2nd to find the coolest chopper in history right there at the front door welcoming me, I was in awe!

Jay rides the Billy Bike after tossing his watch off

Of course the Billy Bike was there also. It welcomed us into the exhibit at the head of the stairs on the second floor. The second floor hosted a number of vintage American motorcycles including Harley’s, Indians and ACE motorcycles from Philadelphia. Most of the motorcycles on display were on loan from owners/collectors in Pennsylvania.

ACE Motorcycles of Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Arlen Ness 2 Bad 2

At the head of the stairs leading to the third floor we were met by an awesome piece of work by Arlen Ness known as Two Bad 2 which has two S&S V-Twin engines. The exhibit is called Born To be Wild: Adventures In Motorcycle Design. Also on display are motorcycles representing early Brit bikes, race bikes and modern touring bikes like the Victory Vision.

1971 FX 1200 Super Glide the first factory custom

1983 XR 1000 high performance Harley Davidson

Two of my favorites from the Harley collection are the 1971 FX 1200 Super Glide. The first factory custom from the design genius of Willie G. The red, white and blue paint job rocks and the fact that Diana has a Super Glide makes this bike a favorite for me. The 1983 XR 1000 is also a little kick ass machine. I have never seen one on the road. It’s a cross between dirt tracker and Sportster. According to Dave Nichols author of One Percenter “this scoot was like a Sportster on steroids.”

Dave Man Peanut Tank

Zero Engineering Original Samurai Choppers

There were choppers galore! I loved the bobbers and choppers from the early sixties and seventies. There was a yellow chopper that is a tribute bike to Dave Mann with his autograph on the peanut tank. I also love the custom Japanese bobber from Zero Engineering. The paint on the gas tank is so beyond words! I’m not even sure it is a paint job. It’s probably some kind of special Japanese artwork that I don’t know the name of.

Did someone really ride this?

All motorcycle enthusiasts in the area should catch this museum exhibit in Reading, Pa. It’s worth the ride and will be on display until January 4th. This is the way motorcycles should be on display!

Click here to see all the cool pics Diana took.

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Biker’s Handbook by Jay Barbieri – book review

Biker’s Handbook

Proctoring the S.A.T. may not be my first choice of what to do on a Saturday morning, but hey, you can’t scoff at the chance to earn $100 while you sit and read for a couple of hours! 

A few weeks ago, I earned my $100 while reading Biker’s Handbook—Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture by Jay Barbieri, the producer of American Thunder.  It’s an easy read, contains a plethora of good information, and is hysterical to boot.  It even has a foreword by Michele Smith (seen below with our own Jay).

Michele Smith

Jay Barbieri begins by describing how the Discovery Channel is responsible for turning motorcycling “from rebel to respectable overnight.”  (You can read all about our own Jay’s experience with the Discovery Channel here.)  This is followed by a brief history of the Harley Davidson company and the motorcycle industry in America.

I may not necessarily agree with everything Barbieri says, but he does give some great pointers

…on choosing your first bike:

Everyone who loves you (and probably the person or family member who bought you this book) wants to postpone seeing you in a coffin.  No you won’t be very cool riding around on the piece of shit you bought in the classifieds but when you are ready to move up to a bigger bike you’ll be a better rider.  And when it’s all said and done that’s what matters most.

…accessorizing it:

There are tens of thousands of aftermarket accessories you can get for your bike, and if you don’t pay attention to anything I said in the customizing section of this book, here’s the one thing you should remember: No matter what style of bike you have in mind, there is no design that will work with the eagle-claw kickstand.  Holy shit!  This product wins my award for the tackiest accessory ever invented. 

…and gearing up:

Please, no fringe on the gloves.  You’re not General Custer.  And no cut-off fingers.  You’re not auditioning for Rocky Ten.

Biker’s Handbook is not just practical advice on becoming a motorcyclist, but valuable information on motorcycle culture.  Barbieri shares tips about M/Cs, patches & pins, how to travel to a rally, where to stay, and how to get the most out of the experience.  Along the way he shares many anecdotes (some are sobering, but most are downright hilarious) from his personal experiences in riding and rallying.  There is something in this book for everyone–no matter what their level of experience.

Barbieri even offers some advice for those who will never truly be a part of motorcycle culture:

If you have to have the long front end and a wide rear tire [for your first bike]…go online, look up [Big Dog, American Iron Horse, Thunder Mountain Custom Cycles, Bourget, and Arlen Ness], spend $30,000-plus and forget about becoming part of the culture—you’ve just bought your way in and you’re officially a…rich urban biker.  Now close this book, and thanks for playing.

There is so much more packed in to these 175-pages that I couldn’t possibly do it justice.  You will just have to buy the book yourself.  It is definitely a must-read for any American motorcyclist—if not for the information then for the humor.  The only down side to this book was having to control myself from bursting out into laughter while 28 kids were concentrating furiously on their S.A.T.!  Get this book for yourself or the motorcyclist on your holiday shopping list.

One Percenter by Dave Nichols – book review

One Percenter by Dave Nichols

One Percenter: The Legend of The Outlaw Biker by Dave Nichols is both boring and interesting. I guess it depends on how you feel about history books. At first I couldn’t get into it, then I couldn’t put it down.

Dave Nichols is the editor in chief of Easyriders and V-Twin magazines.  He has authored two other motorcycle books published by Motorbooks as well as this piece (Riding on the Edge by John Hall is also published by Motorbooks). Given his background as editor of Easyriders he is obviously qualified to create a professional, well written account of the history behind Outlaw Bikers… which is what he has done here.

This is a history book covering the birth of the 1%er and motorcycle clubs from the beginning of time to the publication date of 2007.  If you find history boring, don’t pick this up. But if you’re like me and fascinated by all things motorcycle, then you need to read this. If you desire to be a walking talking encyclopedia of biker knowledge then this book is an absolute must read!

Who is the 1%er? Ninety-nine percent of us conform to the dictates of society, the rest are outlaws! Rebels living outside the confines of society are One Percenters! The motorcycle community offers sanctuary to the 1%er. This book is an education on who, what, when, where and why of the One Percenter. It’s the history of men who attack life head on no holds barred! Those who do what they want when they want! Those who have No Fear! Starting with the barbarian hordes of Huns, Mongols and Vikings this book takes you back to the beginning. The history lesson continues with tyranical pirates, wild west gunslingers, courageous frontiersmen and cunning mountaineers. Of course the book finally makes its way to the time that we recognize as the birth of the American outlaw biker: the post World War II days of the Boozefighters and Hollister. Dave Nichols writes about the impact of Hollywood; especially the influence of such movies as The Wild One and Easy Rider. He also covers the impact of modern day reality TV like Motorcycle Mania, American Chopper and Chopper Build Off which fanned the fire of the Rich Urban Biker.  Nichols also documents the historical developments within the motorcycle industry and it’s impact on biker culture. For example: Harley Davidson’s development of the Evo engine which ushered in the era of the Rich Urban Biker. To sum it up: Dave Nichols does an outstanding job of covering everything you should know about motorcycylists and the evolution from clean cut respectable American citizens and members of the AMA to greasy dangerous outlaws to modern day doctors and lawyers who dress up biker style on the weekend and parade around on expensive Harleys and factory made customs. If you thirst for this type of knowledge, buy this book now!

Points of interest worth mentioning are:

1) a list of one dozen top motorcycle movies

2) a list of nine other 1%er books

Two of the nine books listed are Sonny Barger’s books which I previously reviewed here at Road Captain USA. I will review two more books on this hit list in the near future: Hell’s Angels by Hunter Thompson and Running with the Devil by Kerrie Droban. I hope my book reviews help you with your Christmas shopping.