Wild Ride: How Outlaw Motorcycle Myth Conquered America
Wild Ride traces the history of the biker movement, from its beginnings in the years following World War II -- when many American GIs found the transition back to civilian life too severe, and opted instead to exorcise their combat demons by forming riding clubs -- to its current (and to many crass) commercialization in the form of Harley Davidson Cafes. The trip from 1940s outlaw to 1990s Rich Urban Biker (RUB) is indeed a wild one, taking the reader through the popularization of outlaw bikers in films like Easy Rider, their symbolic death at Altamont and decline throughout the seventies, and the repackaging and marketing of their image in the eighties nnd nineties, a process personified by billionaire Malcolm Forbes astride bis iron horse. Reynolds interviews many of the leading figures associated with the outlaw movement, from the veterans who helped form the first biker clubs in the 1940s to movie stars anal wild riders like Peter Fonda, Robert Blake, and Ken Kesey.
Wild Ride is an enthralling story and in many ways the secret history of post-World War II America.
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Enter Honda . The revolution that the company sparked soon put the entire
American biker scene on its ear . Soichiro Honda was born in 1901 , the son of a
Japanese blacksmith , and grew up to become a metallurgist and entrepreneur
Honda borrowed a million dollars to buy all - new equipment to outfit his factory
and then traveled to the Isle of Mann to study European machinery technology .
Two weeks later , he returned home in shock , having discovered just how inferior
Japanese acumen changed all that and bikers have never forgiven them for it .
Hondas were like Pringles , each one exactly the same , all flawless . * If your
Honda broke down , which was rare , you either took it to a dealer and had them
fix it ...
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Reynolds presents a history of post-World War II American motorcycling culture, focusing on the image of the outlaw biker, which, he feels, is largely a product of media and public stereotyping. The ... Read full review
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