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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And I rode the one that Peter rode , that big stretched - out job and it was a
nightmare . It was just insane . Peter deserves a medal for riding it as much as he
did in the movie . It had no front brake . And you couldn ' t conceivably do a U -
... one cubic - inch knucklehead engine . He knew little about the bike until a year
later , when the Hell ' s Angels rode through Ukiah during a run , shortly after the
1964 Monterey rape case . Ron rode into the middle of the pack and followed it ...
What was supposed to last three weeks stretched into years . Tait was finally
made a Brothers prospect and rode with the club for several months . Prospects ,
however , were not allowed access to club business and he had nothing to give
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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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