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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It became common for bike riders to meet at a roadside café , gulp down loads of
coffee , and then speed off to the next café . These impromptu sprints between
eateries were described as “ café racing ” or “ burning . ” " Café racer ” was a term
It had a small empty cottage in the backyard where Trash set up his repair shop .
He continued living the outlaw life , partying , working on bikes , and taking speed
, having first been exposed to the drug during his tour of duty in Vietnam .
Having gotten spoiled by the now - vanished German speed , he decided to put
his scholastic knowledge of chemistry to practical use and , in 1978 , he began
manufacturing his own methamphetamine . PS CHAPTER 13 Top Speed “ THE ...
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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
In the Beginning
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