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.
Results 1-3 of 32
... creating track rules that favored Harley - Davidson , who had always been a
major contributor to the AMA . The controversy lay in the elemental differences
between American and English engine design , specifically their compression
an equivalent - sized Harley flathead engine ( 7.5 : 1 ) . These differences were
inherent to their design . Since the 1950s , the AMA had set limits on engine
compression in racing competition and many English bikes were disqualified .
Then , in 1984 , the company's research and development department came out
with a new engine to replace the nearly twenty - year - old shovelhead design .
They dubbed it the Evolution V - 2 , a 1340cc engine that Harley - Davidson ...
What people are saying - Write a review
WILD RIDEUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
In the Beginning
He and Friends Terrorize Town
16 other sections not shown