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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The Boozefighters wanted to ride at night and had some drinks for the road . At
around 7 P . M . , they climbed on their motorcycles and rode up the highway and
arrived in Santa Barbara sometime after eight . They stopped at a bar near the ...
The ultimate rush was to “ do the ton , ” hitting at least 100 mph , which is reckless
enough on today ' s flawless expressways but sheer insanity while navigating a
serpentine two - lane road . Al Griffin described the café racer memorably in his ...
During his trial , the prosecutor showed his wall clock to the jury , pointing out
how the road flares attached to it resembled sticks of dynamite . The obsolete
black powder was also admitted into evidence ( though prosecutors knew no
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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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