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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... Davidson produced a motorcycle with a 3 - hp single - cylinder engine , and a
looping frame which Harley designed . ... the three Davidson brothers
incorporated themselves , moved out of the shed to a larger location , and
produced 150 ...
At the same time , Honda had produced two larger model bikes , the 125cc
Benley and the 250cc Dream , that were more problematic . As straightforward
street bikes , their design was awkward , either too slow or too small . Honda
Someone produced a flask filled with bourbon and everyone took a nip and
began pulling out cameras . Trash produced a disposable Kodak and ordered
everyone to pile on top of me . No one did but Big Jim playfully put me in
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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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