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Bennett's War

It is not very often that we get to see a movie about motorcycle culture on the big screen, Bennett’s War is the first in several years. I went to see this film at our local theater, going in with the premise that this was based on a true story, it wasn’t. No big deal, my assumption on that.

Bennett’s War story opens with two soldiers parachuting into an unknown location along with a couple crates. Turns out there are, what appears to be electric, adventure style, motorcycles in the crates. They had me hooked right there, fictional as hell, but hooked.

Soon Bennett is seriously wounded rescuing his buddy, while riding the motorcycle, by an explosive boobytrap. Waking up in the hospital the doctors tell him that is injury is so bad he is going to be medically retired and will never ride again.

HA! We know that won’t happen!

Soon he is at home and learns dad is going to lose the farm and he goes back to racing to Bennett's warearn the money to save it. From this point on there was lots of race footage, from Glen Helen Motocross track, that look spectacular at times and bit hokey at times, BUT well done.

If you had told me that Hallmark had made this film, it did have the romance and family tension they are known for, I would have believed you no questions asked. Turns out that his film was financed by Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil Motocross fame! In this age of a downturn in motorcycling I salute Mr. Lucas for putting his money into his passion!

Ok it may be formulaic and predictable but it is also fun. At no time did I go moto-snob and feel like I needed to go pifffffttt. I am giving the Bennett’s War 4 stars and a job well done. Recommend that you go see it while it is on the big screen, it will not be the same on TV.

4 out 5 stars

 

 

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In Part 1 I wrote about our trip to Timonium for the annual motorcycle show. That was on a Saturday, on Sunday we attended the International Motorcycle Show, Washington, DC.

As I noted with the Timonium show the crowds were smaller then in previous years. Having the shows on the same weekend definitely impacted attendance IMHO.

As always with the IMS all the major vendors were on site with their latest products. Ducati had a couple new Scramblers, Indian had their new FXR but the one that caught my eye was the new Suzuki Katana. Last produced in 2006 this new Suzuki motorcycle look clean, sleek and ready to run! I would love to get a test ride on this bike.

There were also a bunch of vendors, but not quite as many as in the past (again same weekend). Two of the vendors really caught my eye, the Moto Power Puck and Silent Beacon. This is not an endorsement or recommendation, I just liked their concept. Check them out for yourself.

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I also got to talk with Adam Kramer. Adam, of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles and the TV Show Philly Throttle, was at the show promoting not only his shop but Side Car Racing.

We enjoyed the International Motorcycle Show and are looking forward to going back next year.

 

 

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There was some confusion on if this motorcycle show would even be held. The original promoter bowed out due to health issues and almost at the last moment the mantle was picked up by Jam-On Productions.

IMG_20190209_124009068As things worked out, due to the change of promoters, the Timonium Motorcycle Show ended up on the same weekend as another major bike show was in the area. Not the best of worlds for either. As it was obvious to me that they cut into each other’s attendance.

We hit the Timonium Motorcycle Show on Saturday, driving the car to the Maryland State Fairgrounds (it is about 90 minutes from home). This show had everything from RV toy haulers, typical show vendors, vintage motorcycles and all the major motorcycle manufacturers represented by their local dealers. But, just as with attendance, there were slightly less vendor spots then previous years, I bet many had to chose between the two events.

Even so, there was still a lot to look as there were quite a few motorcycles entered the show! We enjoyed looking at all the work the folks had put into their bikes and display space. Turns out there is a trophy for best displayed bike.

All said and done I think the Timonium Motorcycle Show came off well. With an entire year to plan the next one I am sure things will be much better in 2020.

 

 

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The tank is the center of attention for almost all motorcycles.  Some folks can get really creative on what they paint or construct for their motorcycles.

This year I started with 16 candidates for the top 9.  Now I am sure that some of these may have been around for a while but 2018 was the first that I saw these particular motorcycle tanks.

I am always impressed with the talent in the motorcycle world.  Whether it is paint or sheet metal crazy thinking and accomplishment are always appreciated.

If you have a tank you would like to be considered for 2019 send me a link!

 

 

 

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For the last few years I have posted my 9 Weird Motorcycles list. The motorcycles of 2018 have not disappointed.

These are motorcycles I stumble upon these as I bounce around on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc.. This year I started with 27 bikes but it was not to hard to get them down to nine.

Why 9?  Because everyone does 10 and 11 is to much work!

It is likely that those weird motorcycles that did not make the list will be sprinkled around the IJUSTWANT2RIDE Facebook page.

If you want to check out last years list click here for the 2017 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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Evel moments before the crash landing at Caesars Palace.

The History Channel is planning 100 documentary shows portraying major events and figures of the last 100 years. The show is called “History 100” and one of the first will be Evel Knievel.

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This show will be a three-hour event that not only covers the life of Evel Knievel but will also include the recreation of three of Evel’s most iconic events in three hours.  Travis Pastrana will attempt to break Evel’s record by jumping over 50 cars, followed by 14 buses and then the Caesar’s Palace jump.

Of course Travis will have the benefit of modern motorcycle technology in attempting 100 scoutthis fearsome task.  By using the Indian FTR750 he will have a significant advantage that Evel never did.

The show will debut on Sunday the 8th of July so have your TV sets on or your DVR set.  Get the popcorn and set back for some interesting entertainment.

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

9 movies

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.