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For the last few years I have posted my 9 Weird Motorcycles list. The bikes for 2017 have not disappointed. These are motorcycles I stumble upon these as I tool around on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc.. This year I started with 30 bikes but it was not to hard to get them down to nine.
It is likely that those weird motorcycles that did not make the list will be sprinkled around the IJUSTWAN2RIDE Facebook page. If you want to check out last years list click here for the 2016 Weird Motorcycles. Just a quick note, these motorcycles may have been around for a few years, but I first noticed them this past year

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If you are anything like me, if you can’t ride you still want to be hooked into the motorcycle life.  I took a look at all the motorcycle movies, or TV mini-series, that I am aware of and put together a list of those that I would like to watch for a first time or even a second or more time.

I know these films include some of the “tried and true” movies, not unlike a lot of other lists.  For next year I will be on the lookout for some of the not so usual suspects.

The title is linked to the film’s IMDB page.

On Any Given Sunday the Next Chapter – The film is an exploration into the pursuit of excitement, passion and life in the world of motorcycle riding. If this doesn’t scratch that two-wheeled itch over Christmas, I don’t know what will.

Easy Rider – needs no introduction. With a top-notch cast – Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson – and a moral message for us all to absorb, very few films can change your perception on life. However, this is one of them.

World’s Fastest Indian – While not 100% historically accurate it is based on the true story of Burt Munro. Burt restored a 1920s Indian and used it to set a land speed record.

The Wild One – The 1953 classic, a story of two rival motorcycle gangs in a small town. This is the movie that help create the bad biker image that can still haunt riders today. Oh and Marlon Brando on a Triumph

Being Evel – “A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel–watching him every Saturday on Wide World of Sports and buying his Ideal toys. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous.” You can read my review of the film here.

21 Days Under the SkyFour friends riding old school Harley Davidson choppers across America and the fun, trouble and adventure they find.  By old school I mean vintage Sportsters, Shovel and Knucklehead motorcycles. Their bikes have small tanks and more than a few break downs during their cross-country trip. You can read my review of the film here.

Wild HogsJohn Travolta, Tim Allen, William Macey and Martin Lawrence… do I need to say more. Campy fun about friends riding cross country!

Long Way Round – This is a 7 show TV mini-series so either spread it out over multiple days or binge it all at one time. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s around the world adventure trek

Harley and the Davidsons – Based on the true story of how the Harley Davidson Motor Company came to be. Of course there are the literary licenses moments but the film is a fun watch.

There are hundreds of other motorcycle themed or linked movies out there.  These films are the ones that I would want to watch on a cold, snowy winter afternoon. Are you aware of any, beyond the standards, that we should watch?  If so put them in the comments below.

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Season two of “Ride with Norman Reedus” has begun.  This time around he begins the ride in Spain with Walking Dead cast mate Jeffery Dean Morgan (aka Negan).

I thought the first season of “Ride with Norman Reedus” was a bit pretentious. A lot of “waxing poetic” on the meaning of life stuff, stuff that just does not work for me.  But, if you removed those parts, the show was somewhat enjoyable.  Only one show into the second season it looks like they may have removed some of that conceit, which can only make it better.

Currently “Ride with Norman Reedus” is scheduled on AMC Mondays at 9PM (EST).  In episode two Norman is riding the South Carolina Low County with Dave Chappelle.   

OH… and “Ride with Norman Reedus has already been picked up for a third season!

Link to my comments on the show from last year.

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Debbie and I attended the 2017 British & European Classic Motorcycle Day held in Clarksburg, Md.  While this event has occurred for many years it was the first one we have could make. 

We did not make it to the motorcycle affair until mid-afternoon, shortly before the awards were presented.  I was very pleasantly surprised at the number of Harley Davidson in the parking lo many more then I would expected for a European bike show.  But, this is one of those events that if you love motorcycles you should make time to attend. 

I must say from the start that I have never seen so many vintage European motorcycles in one place!  There were bikes of all types on display.  From concours level restorations to choppers made from BSA or Triumph engines and frames.  There were even a few Frankenstein motorcycles like…a Ducati engine in BSA frame with a Honda CB front end.  

ijustwant2rideThere was a couple motorcycle there that I had not seen or heard of before as well. A 1937 single cylinder AJS and an old Douglass (don’t recall the year).  Both are vintage British bikes that I need to learn a little more about. 

We had a good time walking around the event, which was also a swap meet.  It was fun looking at the old motorcycles, pieces and parts.  People were traveling from as far as New York, Ohio and North Carolina to attend, at least by the licenses plates of the bikes in the parking lot and those in the show.  If you are every near this event, you should make the time to check it out.

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As like the previous years, Debbie and I attended the Timonium Motorcycle Show.  As always it was held at the Maryland State Fair grounds.  

We enjoyed walking around the facilities looking at the 2017 motorcycles from all

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Yes, that is a TV, why? Why not?

the big makers.  There was one in particular missing though and that was Victory.  With the news that Polaris was pulling the plug, now 17 months away, guess there is no real reason to be at the motorcycle show. 

But all the other usual suspects were on site.  Harley Davidson of Baltimore had the largest display of all the manufacturers, in terms of footprint it was not even close.  If I had to guess I would think that the Honda display would have been next largest in terms of bikes.  Pete’s Cycles had, what looked like, at least one of every Honda made.   

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Lois Pryce discussing her recent trip to Iran

One of the busiest sections was the motorcycle travel/adventure area of the show.  Lisa and Simone Thomas (2 Ride the World) and Lois Pryce were just a couple of the folks on hand to discuss their global adventures.  Other speakers were on had discussed travel techniques and opportunities guided and otherwise.  

Several regional motorcycle rallies (Ocean City Bike Week, Mountain Fest, and Thunder in the Valley for example) were on site to remind riders that there were many places to ride to that did not require anything more than a long weekend.  

And of course all the custom and vintage motorcycles your heart could desire.  Debbie and I really enjoyed looking at all the great bikes, from stock/restored bikes from the bygone years to mild customs to full blown, over the top motorcycles!   

As for the crowds, my guess is that in the nearly 5 hours we spent at the event the crowd was at least even with 2016.