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Well tonight the last episode of American Chopper was aired and after a 10 year run, the show is finally over.
On August 13, 2012 I paid a little visit to Orange County Chopper and you can read a little post about it by clicking here. I will post extensive video on my trip to OCC later on.
The gist of this article is about the American Chopper show.
I will admit, I have watched the show for the past 10 years and have written several articles about it here in the Biker Law Blog. If you want to read my previous articles go to the search box on the top of the right sidebar and type in American Chopper. A list of the articles I have written will appear.
No matter what you or I think about the motorcycles Orange County Chopper and Paul Junior Designs built over the years, you have to admit, these guys out lasted most of the bike builders that I have become familiar with over the past decade. There is a long list of motorcycle builders including Jesse James who basically disappeared, all the while, Orange County Choppers and American Chopper continued plugging along.
I am not sure if the show was cancelled or the players did not want to be on the show anymore, it seems to me that their entire operation revolved around the show. Who knows if Orange County Choppers and Paul Junior Designs will survive without American Chopper? Maybe the Discovery Channel will do some kind of spin-off.
I am going to miss watching these guys build bikes. What is ironic is that I am I am sure all of you have gone though many things over the 10 years that American Chopper had its run.
I think that the years 2000-2010 consisted of one hell of a biker and motorcycle popularity craze, which the bad economy and other factors has ended. I have seen many acquaintances that I have ridden with over the past 10 years die in motorcycle accidents, disappear, or quit riding motorcycles.
So at least to me with American Choppers going away, it also signals an end of an era to me in my personal life and so on.
The good news is that the biker and motorcycle scene is still going very strong, albeit not as strong as years past. I am going to miss watching America Choppers and the dysfunctional family behind it building funky motorcycles. I am sure they made a small fortune over the past 10 years while entertaining us all.
Good by American Choppers.
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I have been on an RV trip of a lifetime for the past month. I am presently in an RV Resort at the Jersey City Marina with a view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from my RV.
During the trip I have filmed hours of video which I will not be able to edit until I get home. I therefore have been spoon feeding here on the Biker Law Blog, small unedited raw video clips of interest when I have the time.
Here is another small video clip of Liz and I visiting Orange County Chopper aka OCC in Newburgh, NY on August 13, 2012. I will do a complete write-up when I return home from my vacation at the end of August.
The following is a press release for an upcoming ride that will be led by celebrities for a good cause. I will be at this ride as well. I look forward to meeting all of you there.
It looks like riding season is upon us.
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 8, 2012 – Organizers have announced that the much anticipated ’Ride to the Dunes’ for Child Abuse Awareness, led by Grand Marshal, Lorenzo Lamas, scheduled for Sunday June 3, 2012 will begin with a beautiful ride from Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA to the serene Newport Dunes Resort, Newport Beach, CA. Lorenzo Lamas will be joined by cast members from The Sons of Anarchy, Southland and American Ninja; he invites the public to join him as well.
“As parents and Americans, we owe it to ourselves to support American military and American kids however we can. B.A.C.A. is one of many legit organizations out there seeking to raise awareness of child abuse and I call on every rider within safe riding distance to Marina Del Rey to come out and ride to support the cause,” says Lorenzo Lamas.
‘Ride to the Dunes’ for Child Abuse Awareness will conclude at the beautiful waterside setting of Newport Dunes Resort, Newport Beach, CA with lunch and a concert by Better Chemistry.
‘Ride To The Dunes, for Child Abuse Awareness’ will focus on the epidemic state of child abuse in America with the presentation of the Children’s Wall of Tears. 4.8 children die at the hands of their caretakers every day! More than 3 million cases of child abuse are reported each year. Organizations like BACA, WACA and CASA lobby to assist children who are in danger from their abusers and to bring a greater public awareness to help make a difference in a child’s life.
‘Ride To The Dunes, for Child Abuse Awareness’ will recognize the following organizations for their untiring work for children: BACA Los Angeles, The Children’s Wall of Tears, War Against Child Abuse, CASA, LA and CASA, OC.
“We are very pleased to be included in Ride To The Dunes, for Child Abuse Awareness. Any attention to this devastating issue is a very good thing,” states Sam McKissick, President of BACA Los Angeles.
For more information is available on regarding the ‘RIDE TO THE DUNES’ for Child Abuse Awareness, go to www.ridetothedunes.org for a downloadable entry form or call 818.505.1104.
WHAT: ‘RIDE TO THE DUNES’ For Child Abuse Awareness
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Registration, Ride begins at 10:00 am, Sunday June 3, 2012.
WHERE: Ride begins at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA and concluding at Newport Dunes Resort, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA.
Classic television fanatics and motorcycle aficionados alike can rejoice in the news that the Triumph Trophy TR5 ridden by one Arthur Fonzarelli in “Happy Days” has been found lurking in a motorcycle shop. The bike effectively vanished after the sitcom wrapped up in 1984, leaving collectors to assume that the machine met an unpleasant end at a scrap yard. The Fonz’s motorcycle was originally owned by stuntman Bud Elkins, who kept the Triumph after filming shut down. You may remember Elkins as the man behind many of Steve McQueen’s stunts, including the famous barbed-wire fence jump in The Great Escape.
Elkins held onto the bike until 1995, when he sold it to friend Marshall Ehlers. Ehlers purchased the old Triumph on the notion that the machine was simply a fairly well-preserved example and didn’t know that it had any ties to one of America’s most iconic TV shows. Now that the bike’s origins have been established, it’s headed to auction in Los Angeles on November 12, where it’s expected to bring in north of $90,000.
Here is the text of the full press release:
“Famous double-headline bike was owned by legend Bud Ekins.”
The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom ridden by The Fonz in the television hit series Happy Days will be one of the highlights at Bonhams’ upcoming Classic California Sale in Los Angeles.
Happy Days, the beloved American sitcom that aired for ten years from 1974 to 1984 and attracted millions of viewers each week, helped launched the career of such actors as Ron Howard, Scott Baio and Henry Winkler. Winkler’s character, Arthur Fonzarelli – known famously as The Fonz and Fonzie – was initially just a secondary character that became so popular with fans he was soon made the central figure of the show. As the epitome of cool, the motorcycle-loving Fonzie, dressed in the stereotypical garb of The Wild Ones, spawned countless wannabes among the youth of America and became a cultural icon that still resonates today. And Fonzie’s motorcycle, a customized Triumph, was owned off-screen by another cultural icon, Bud Ekins.
The late Bud Ekins was famous as a motocross racer, Hollywood stuntman (he’s the one that made that legendary motorcycle jump over the barbed wire fence in The Great Escape), and as Steve McQueen’s best friend. With his warehouse of hundreds of motorbikes, Ekins was the go-to man in Hollywood when producers needed two wheels. So when the people from Happy Days called, it was Ekins who determined what the coolest guy on TV should be riding. Taking an old Triumph in his collection, he simply removed the front fender, replaced the handle bars and spray painted the tank silver and, violá, the Fonzie bike was born. Of course, no one had any idea of just how popular the show would become or the magnitude of fame Winkler’s character would achieve.
This now iconic emblem of American pop culture will be offered by Bonhams at their annual Classic California Sale, held November 12th, at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Renowned for offering property from famous actors each year – Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Clark Gable and Bruce Willis, to name just a few – this autumn auction is not to be missed by aficionados of pop and custom culture and entertainment and automotive history.
Yesterday’s news that Steve Jobs passed away brought back memories to me that I have not thought about for many years.
You see, almost 30 years ago, I met Steve Jobs at Apple Computer in Cupertino, California.
In what seems like another life ago, in my first career as an Engineer, I was at the age of 21, a Senior Field Engineer working for a company called Micom Systems, whose corporate headquarters was in Chatsworth, California.
As part of my promotion to a Senior Field Engineer in 1983/84, I was relocated up to Menlo Park, California to start up, and head up the customer service operations for Micom Systems in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Although I was primarily relocated to exclusively handle NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, I was also responsible for all service operations in the Bay Area, including Silicon Valley.
My job included installation engineering, training, and maintaining complex data communications networks for what was a who’s who of corporations, governmental entities, and the military.
My company came out with a new device called the 470, T1 multiplexor.
This device was basically a time division multiplexor that integrated up to 128 asynchronous channels running up to 19.2kbps, into a proprietary 819.6kbbps composite link, and then DE multiplexed them out on the other end of the composite link. (See the picture below)
Although this multiplexor was not really a true T1 multiplexor, (true T1’s run at 1.544mbps) it was a major innovation in its day.
Many Micom customers purchased the 470, and it was my job to figure out how to get it operating.
One day in 1984, I was notified that Apple Computer had purchased the 470, to connect its Dec Vax computers in its Cupertino data center, to asynchronous dumb terminals in another Apple building in Cupertino.
When I got there in the day to do a walk through, I noticed the reserved parking spaces of Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak, the co-founders of Apple Computer.
I went in and met my contact whose name I cannot recall after all of this time.
After looking at the job, I informed my contact that since we would have to disconnect existing multiplexed connections to connect them to the new 470, that the best time to do the job would be at 2am in the morning, when everyone had gone home. He agreed.
After our meeting, my contact asked me if I wanted some Pizza; I said sure. He walked me into a conference room where a bunch of cool looking people were eating pizza. He introduced me to everyone. Mind you, I was 21 years old, and basically a geek like everyone in the room.
A guy with long hair, who did not seem much older than me came up and introduced himself to me. He said, “Nice to meet you Norm, my name is Steve.”
Mind you there was a bunch of people in the room gobbling up pizza. I was the only guy in the room with a tie on. I met a bunch of people in the room and did not think much of Steve when he introduced himself to me.
Like everyone else I gobbled up Pizza. I did notice that Steve kind of controlled the room, meaning everyone was paying attention to him. I myself was looking at this really cute looking blond gal who turned out to be a receptionist.
When we left the room, my contact said to me “Do you know who you just met?” I said “who?” He said “Steve Jobs one of the founders of Apple Computer.”
I was blown away. I could not believe I met Steve Jobs, I could not believe that I did not recognize him, but I was glad that I did not know who he was. It meant that I interacted with him as a normal guy instead of a celebrity type of thing.
The installation at Apple turned out to be a nightmare from hell.
To make a long story short, we spent no less than a week straight, every night at 2am working until 6 or 7 in the morning to get the new network working.
Each night, I made it a point to park in Steve Job’s parking space. Hell, he was not there anyway at that time of night. I thought it was a gas.
One night I brought my girlfriend in (she later turned out to be the mother of my daughters) to watch us work.
My contact took my girlfriend and me over to a bench and told her that she could play with the new computer on the bench. It turned out to be one of the first new color Macintosh computers that was ever produced. Hell I wanted to play too, but I could not.
No matter what I did, I could not get the multiplexors to sync up. The composite link required 2 twisted pairs with no loading. I took an oscillator and set it to transmit a 1Kilocycle frequency at 0DB, and then went to the other side and measured the DB loss. I was getting something like a 30 DB loss through the wire. I knew something was wrong.
My contact called up Pacific Bell and was finally told that there was a parallel circuit running off our circuit to another building at Apple. We were told where it was. I took a 900 ohm resister and punched it across tip and ring to terminate the circuit. I did this on both pairs.
Wholla, the multiplexors synced up, we were able to get the new network working, and I got an award from Apple Computer for my efforts.
Apple was supposed to provide me with two unloaded twisted pairs. It turned out that Pacific Bell Telehone gave them what we call two bridge tap circuits!
It was only because of my training in the Air Force in applied science and telephony that I was able to know what to do in this situation. This is why Micom gave NASA and the bay area to me at such a young age.
Frankly I was too young to appreciate where I was at the time, or what I was doing.
The reason why I have gotten a bit technical in the article is because I know Steve Jobs would have liked it like that, and because I know geeks like me who were pioneers of OSI networking back in the 80’s and 90’s will appreciate the detail. I still remember the RS232 interface as though it were the back of my hand.
Rest in peace Steve Jobs. You are one of those human beings that have changed the way many other human beings do things!
I just finished reading a book by Jesse James the founder of West Coast Choppers, and the ex-husband of Sandra Bullock titled “American Outlaw.” This is my review of the book.
First off I have written several articles about Jesse James here on the Biker Law Blog, you can read them by clicking here now.
I will first off say that before I read his book, the only thing I knew about Jesse James is what I saw on TV, and read about him.
I respect any person who can build a successful business on their own. After Jesse James married Sandra Bullock I think all of us bikers realized hell, we are all not so bad after all are we. We too can reach for the stars just like Jesse James.
When the details of his affair went public, it kind of took the wind out of the sails of a lot of bikers.
So it was with trepidation that I bought his book in Kindle format and proceeded to read it. I was hoping the entire book would not be about just Sandra Bullock.
The beginning part of the book is about James’s childhood in Riverside, CA, which to be frank, sounded like it sucked quite a bit. Although James was dirt poor as a kid just like my family was, he came from a broken home, and had an abusive dad. It turned out to be an interesting read I must say. My childhood was not even close to being as bad as his sounds in the book.
I am guessing that James had some help actually writing the book.
The book then went on to discuss Jame’s time in High School, his criminal activities, and his first experiences with girls. As an attorney at law, I cannot relate to James’s criminal activities. He talks about stealing cars, strong-arm robberies, burglaries, etc. If everything he talks about in the book with respect to his criminal activities is true, it blows my mind that he managed to get out of it without going to prison. He does state that he spent some time in Juvenile Hall.
James talked about his getting into playing Football. This is something I related to in the book. I played years of pop warner football before playing high school football. James talked about the fact that he became a star in high school and if it was not for going to juvenile hall, he may have went to a major college.
In college he tore his knee and it ended his football ambitions. For me, a torn knee ended my football ambitions much earlier in the 11th grade.
The book then goes on in detail to discuss how James went to Washington to weld ships, became security and a body guard for top rock and roll bands, and eventually started West Coast Choppers.
James talks about going to work for Boyd Covington the famous hot rod builder, and then starting to build fenders in his garage, which eventually became West Coast Choppers.
James then went on to discuss how he got into reality TV, married his first love then divorced her, married a porn star then divorced her, then the Sandra Bullock fiasco.
He left out the details of the extra marital affairs which wrecked his marriage to Sandra Bullock.
He did go into detail on his therapy in a rehab after the revelations that wrecked his marriage.
I give this book a thumbs up. I learned a lot about Jesse James from his book. Mind you, I do not feel sorry for him. He is a self-made millionaire in his own right. Losing Sandra Bullock sucks, but it was his own fault.
This book will let you know about the man and is certainly not boring. It is real good reading.
You can read several write-up’s I have done about American Chopper here on the Biker Law Blog, by typing “American Chopper” in the search box that is located on the upper right section of this page below the header.
This review is my take on the new American Chopper, Senior v. Junior format that is now in its second season at the present time.
After watching last night’s episode which culminated in Senior and Junior both having a build off for GM’s Cadillac CTS division, I figured now was as good as time as any to do a fresh review of the show.
First off, American Chopper is basically the only motorcycle reality show about motorcycle building left on TV these days.
In the decade of 2000-2010 there were several different shows about motorcycles, but they all slowly died out.
Now all we are left with is American Chopper, and a show which may or may not come back, “Full Throttle Saloon” which is a show about a Saloon located in the small town of Sturgis, SD, which is only open during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
I do not consider Full Throttle Saloon to be a motorcycle show, although the show does show many bikers, and bikes, it is mostly about a bar at a motorcycle event. It is a totally different type of show than American Choppers.
After all of these years, I still enjoy American Chopper, although now the show purports to showcase a fully dysfunctional family with both Senior and Junior both building custom motorcycles from week to week.
The reason I say purports, is that I think both of these guys are real smart. I think they are playing up their dysfunctional family, and their business rivalry for the cameras, while they are both laughing all the way to the bank.
They have us all convinced that they have not spoken for two years, and that it is father against son, bla bla bla.
I think they could be bs’ing all of us just to make us watch their show. I bet their ratings are much higher with the new format.
Anyway getting past the conspiracy theory, let me talk about the show.
To be frank, the show is getting old. Basically now on each episode, you have Orange County Choppers led by Paul senior building one motorcycle, while Paul Junior Design’s led by Paul junior building another motorcycle.
Orange County Choppers at least to me uses a more sophisticated method of building motorcycles than Paul Junior Designs. The design of each motorcycle is put on a computerized Cad/Cam system by their designer before fabrication. It appears to me that everything on an Orange County Chopper is custom fabricated except for the engine, transmission, frame, and wheels, although I could be mistaken.
Some people might argue that the motorcycles are not really custom if the frame, wheels, engine, and transmission are not custom made by Orange County Choppers. That is not the subject of this article.
Orange County Choppers has several apparently talented sheet metal workers who are able to custom fabricate the parts of the bike that they apparently do such as the tank, fenders, handle bars, etc.
It appears at least to me that their motorcycles all are starting to look the same. Some look better than others, and some do not look very rideable.
Paul Junior Designs is a recent startup. It appears from the show that they build motorcycles on the fly rather than use computerized design like Orange County Choppers. It appears to me that Paul Junior Designs has to bring in an outside sheet metal guy on a temporary basis for each build to make their tanks and fenders, which may or may not be a good thing. I may be mistaken, but it also appears to me that Paul Junior Designs may be using more bolt on items than Orange County Choppers, but then again there is no way to know for sure. Ultimately, I think Paul Junior Designs also does not custom make their frames, engines, transmissions, wheels, etc., but I may be mistaken.
I don’t know about you, but the motorcycles coming out of Paul Junior Designs aesthetically look good, but look totally unrideable to me. The all seem to have a very long front end from the seat to the long drooping tank, to the wheels. They almost remind me of old fashioned cars with the very long front ends. Paul’s motorcycles also seem to have a very uncomfortable lean forward onto the huge tank type of set up. It may have a certain look, but it is not set up for riding.
To be frank, I am not really a custom chopper kind of guy. I prefer tried and tested designs that are comfortable to ride, and that are safe. I am not implying that the motorcycles built by OCC or PJD are not safe, but I feel more comfortable with a large factory design with some limited customization, rather than a motorcycle built the way OCC or PJD does their motorcycles. This is just my preference.
The part of each show I enjoy the most is the actual motorcycle builds. I am not into the bashing of each other by Paul senior, Paul junior, and Mikey. It is kind of disgusting to me to having family members bashing each other on national TV. As a matter of fact, it is getting real old.
My dad has done a lot of shit to me in my life, but I still honor thy father as the bible says to do. Paul senior does appear to be a real asshole, but to be frank, so do his kids as well. I think they all need to get their heads out of their asses if you ask me.
In the end, they are all getting rich, and the entire thing could and probably is all just made for TV.
I will continue watching the show, but it is getting kind of boring if you ask me.
I received the following letter via the Biker Law Blog contact page from a friend of Sandy Desoto on May 19, 2011. I am going to publish the entire letter below unedited, and then I will comment below.
From: Nobody [mailto:xxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of James R. Brennan
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:14 PM
Subject: From Biker Law Blog; Death of Sandy Desoto, May 7, 2011
From: James R. Brennan <xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Death of Sandy Desoto, May 7, 2011
I work out on a regular basis as Gold’s Gym Venice. Sandy Desoto was a regular there as both a personal trainer and to do her own routine. I was shocked to find out that she’d been killed on her motorcycle by a 74-year old New Jersey tourist making an illegal u-turn, while intoxicated. I was so interested in how this situation might play out, that I went to the Santa Monica police department and asked for a case number so that i might take it over to the DA’s office at the LAX courthouse in order to follow the courtroom proceedings as they unfolded. I was again shocked when investigator Detective Dawson told me, in no uncertain terms, that he would NEVER release ANY information about this case: not the driver of the car, not any of the finding of facts from the investigation, NOT ANYTHING – EVER! I asked him why this case was considered to be so special that he couldn’t even reveal the name of the driver of the car? His only response was that the family of Sandy had requested that no information be given out. I asked him if there was any way that I could force the issue in order to obtain the available information, and he told me that I’d have to obtain a “freedom of information” writ. This whole business stinks to high heaven and seems to me like some kind of a coverup. Was there something wrong with Sandy? Was the driver a high-profile individual that doesn’t want his name spread? Anyway, I believe that something should be done to pry this information out of the police. I thought that this kind of thing was a matter of public record. I would like to get your take on what I’ve said here. Also, I will make myself available to do whatever’s necessary to bring this case out of the shadows and into the light. Thank you! Jim
This mail is sent via contact form on Biker and Motorcycle Lawyer Blog
It does not take a rocket scientist to see that some kind of cover up is going on here. I think that the public has a right to know why a person was killed on city streets by another person, and why the person who did the killing seems to be protected.
I am going to make my own inquiries, but in the meantime, I would ask all of you to call the Santa Monica Police department and ask them why they are covering up what happened.
As most of you probably know, and some of you may not know, there is a TV show on the FX cable channel called Sons of Anarchy. You can check out their official website by clicking here.
The TV show is set in a fictional California town called Charming, California, and it revolves around a fictional motorcycle club called the “Sons of Anarchy.”
I have held out about writing about this show until now. The TV show has become real popular, and I think it is creating a negative stereotype for bikers and motorcyclist.
Hell I know many of the guys who work as extras on the show.
The ironic thing about the TV show the Sons of Anarchy is that it is all fiction. The show portrays motorcycle club members as murderers, gun runners, drug dealers, organized criminals, etc.
Basically the TV show portrays motorcycle club members as everything you have ever seen in bad B movies, or read about in fiction novels.
I myself have been involved with motorcycle clubs for many years, and have friends and clients in what some would consider the top motorcycle clubs in the world. I can assure you, none of them do the crap that is portrayed in the TV show.
Basically the TV show does nothing for Bikers and Motorcyclist but portray us in a bad light to the public.
Now I know that many of you are saying “geez, everyone knows this is just a fictional drama, and is not really true.” Well from my experience so far, there are actually people out there who believe that the crap they see on TV happens in real life.
What is worse, law enforcement, and main stream media perpetrate the myth that all motorcycle club members are members of outlaw street gangs that are armed and dangerous.
Although it may be true that a very small minority of motorcycle club members may commit crimes from time to time, just like members of every other segment of society, that does not mean that all members of motorcycle clubs are gang members and criminals.
You cannot lump the acts of a few bad apples onto everyone. If this were true, then Walmart or the Los Angeles Police Department could be called a criminal street gang.
TV shows like the Sons of Anarchy just help to perpetrate the myth that members of motorcycle clubs are all criminal gorillas, which in my personal experience in riding with, hanging out with, and being friends of guys in motorcycle clubs, is bullshit.
I will be frank; I actually do watch and enjoy the show. I enjoy it for what it is, fictional drama.
However, the world does need to know and realize, The Sons of Anarchy is fictional drama and not real.
I would like to hear your comments about this show. You may leave them by clicking on comments below.
Sandy DeSoto, 48, of Marina Del Rey, was fatally injured May 7 and taken off life support Thursday.
Santa Monica police are investigating the accident in which a 74-year-old New Jersey man was booked on suspicion of drunken driving and released pending any charges.
The former Ford model, who worked out of Gold’s Gym in Venice, divided her time between her boat, a house in Palm Springs and a cabin in Big Bear.
A lifelong athlete and avid motorcycle rider, she reportedly was headed toward home after watching a Friday night boxing match when a tourist made an illegal U-turn in front of her, and her southbound BMW GS 1100R struck the side of his car in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue.
The Minnesota-born beauty, who spoke fluent Spanish and German, spent her early years in Los Angeles, then moved to Guatemala with her parents, where she attended high school and college. She was an Olympic hopeful in track and field but sidelined due to a knee injury, according to a bio on her website.
She is survived by her mother and a brother, both of whom in live in Southern California.
Police stated they may turn their case over to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges next week.
Funeral plans were pending today for a well-known personal trainer fatally injured in a motorcycle accident on Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue.
What I cannot understand is why the idiot that killed Sandy was released pending any charges. If he was booked for suspicion of drunk driving, why was he not charged with drunk driving murder or at the minimum manslaughter for making an illegal U turn.
I ride my motorcycle almost every day. The way I look at this situation is that it could have been any one of us motorcycle riders who could have been the victim of this fool who made the illegal left turn.
I was riding with some bro’s yesterday, and some idiot who was illegally holding a cell phone to his head almost switched into my lane. Luckily I have a loud mini-beast air horn. When I opened up my Mini Beast the guy jumped. That is why I got the damm thing.
I send my prayers and condolences to the family of Sandy DeSoto; she did not deserve to go out this way.
The chump who killed her needs to have the book thrown at him.
We Americans are unique amongst most civilizations throughout history. Our innovations and inventions are too numerous to mention here.
We also have several unique music styles that are ours alone. Amongst them is Bluegrass music from the Appalachian Mountains. My favorite Bluegrass musician of all time is Roscoe Holcomb. If this music does not get your dander up I do not know what will!
Yea many of you have never heard of him. I was first turned onto him when I was stationed in Texas in the Air Force.
Here are a couple of tunes by Roscoe Holcomb, may he rest in peace. This is what real country music sounds like. Not the crap you hear now. Enjoy.
Well tonight the new American Chopper, Senior vs. Jr. aired on cable TV. As far as I know it is now the only show on TV that features motorcycle customizers.
I must admit, I enjoy this show, that is why I watch it, and that is why I write about it. It is basically a soap opera for bikers, but I don’t care. It is better than watching “Cake Boss.”
As far as tonight’s debut show, some things were revealed. Sr.’s lawsuit against Jr. is real. The brothers had not talked to their father for over a year until they talked to each other on a radio show, and it appears, the father truly wants his son’s to come back to the shop so long as they respect him.
We saw Jr. spending his dough to either buy or lease a building for his new shop, and we saw the return of Vinnie, who will apparently now go to work for Jr. I guess Vinnie’s own custom motorcycle shop that he started with Cody is no more.
I don’t care what anybody say’s, this show is entertaining, even though it is basically the same old show.
At least now we will get to see Jr. building motorcycles again, instead of designing doggie parks pro bono for the city.
If you read between the lines you will see a few things; these guys are making a lot of dough doing what they do. It may have been a forgone conclusion that OCC would have gone out of business had the show not continued, especially in this economy.
Long-time Aerosmith axe-man and creative collaborator Joe Perry has reportedly been treated and released after a motorcycle crash in Middleborough, Mass.
According to the Boston Globe, Perry was riding his 2009 Ducati when he was struck from behind by a 62-year old retiree, who was cited after the accident. Although he didn’t appear to be seriously injured, he was transported to Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton, Mass. at about 2 p.m. (EDT) on July 15.
Middleboro Police Officer Bradley Savage called the collision “a very minor motor vehicle accident,” thanks in part to the fact that Perry was wearing a helmet.
After recently touring in South America and Europe, Perry, vocalist Steven Tyler and the rest of the band are preparing for their summer U.S. tour, “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour,” that begins on July 23rd in Oakland, California, and includes 17 other dates.
In a recent press release, Tyler said, “I thought it was time to get my MOJO back, by rockin South America and Europe with a little HOME RUN at Boston’s Fenway Park thrown in and then off to the rest of America to do what we do best! We’re gonna rock you into the middle of next week!”
Perry added, “This is a perfect time for us to tour North America as we are just completing a very successful tour of South America. We are looking forward to our European tour next month and then bringing our show back to our home soil. We are running on all cylinders and are “Cocked Locked and ready to Rock”!”
If you didn’t know better, you’d swear that the fates are conspiring to keep one of the most successful American bands of all time from touring. Stage mishaps, alcohol and substance abuse, illness, injuries and feuding between Tyler and Perry have caused show cancellations and delays on recent tours.
Guitarist Brad Whitford missed part of last summer’s tour after bumping his head getting out of a Ferrari; Perry had knee-replacement surgery in 2008; Tyler fell off a stage in South Dakota, breaking his shoulder; and bassist Tom Hamilton was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2006 and underwent radiation and chemotherapy. The band’s representative, Liz Rosenberg, told the Boston Globe yesterday, “Joe is home and he’s fine. All’s well and we’re all grateful.”
Hopefully, this accident will prove to be only a minor inconvenience.
Dennis Hopper, the maverick director and costar of the landmark 1969 counterculture film classic “Easy Rider” whose drug- and alcohol-fueled reputation as a Hollywood bad boy preceded his return to sobriety and a career resurgence in the films ” Hoosiers” and “Blue Velvet,” died Saturday. He was 74.
A longtime resident of Venice, CA who also was known as a photographer, artist and collector of modern art, Hopper died at his home of complications from prostate cancer, said Alex Hitz, a friend of the family.
A frail-looking Hopper, whose battle with prostate cancer was revealed in October, was able to attend a ceremony for the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in late March.
In a more than five-decade acting career that was influenced early on by working with James Dean and studying at the Actors Studio, he made his film debut as one of the high school gang members who menace Dean in the 1955 classic “Rebel Without a Cause.”
Hopper went on to appear in more than 115 films, including “Giant,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “True Grit,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The American Friend,” “Rumble Fish,” “Speed,” “True Romance” and “Rivers Edge.”
But it’s his role as the long-haired, pot-smoking biker Billy opposite Peter Fonda’s Wyatt (Captain America) in the hit movie “Easy Rider” that gave Hopper his most enduring claim to fame.
The low-budget tale of two bikers on an ultimately tragic cross-country odyssey after scoring a big cocaine sale, “Easy Rider” became a generational touchstone.
The movie, which boasted a star-making performance from a little-known Jack Nicholson as a boozy small-town lawyer who goes along for the ride and gets his first taste of marijuana, set old-guard Hollywood back on its heels.
“The impact of ‘Easy Rider,’ both on the filmmakers and the industry as a whole, was no less than seismic,” Peter Biskind wrote in his 1998 book “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood.”
“Hopper was catapulted into the pantheon of countercultural celebrities that included John Lennon, Abbie Hoffman and Timothy Leary,” Biskind wrote. “He was surrounded by groupies and acolytes. He may have started down the slippery slope to megalomania and grandiloquence on his own, but he had plenty of help.”
“Easy Rider” won an award at the Cannes Film Festival for the best movie by a new director, and it earned co-writers Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern an Oscar nomination.
“Hopper and Fonda were renegades, Hollywood-bashers, the Vietcong of Beverly Hills,” Biskind wrote. “To them, it was vindication, beating Hollywood at its own game, proof that you could get high, express yourself and make money all at the same time.”
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