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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.

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The documentary on Evel Knievel by Johnny Knoxville is coming to the History Channel this weekend, Saturday the 2nd of January.

I had wanted to see it on the big screen but it did not come to my area.  The reviews are 97% good on Rotten Tomatoes and the few viewer reviews I have seen have all been good.  I will get to see it myself Saturday night.  I hope I will be in good condition to watch as I will be riding in the local Frosty Balls ride the day before!

The description of the movie from the History Channel…..

“Academy Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge and actor/producer Johnny Knoxville take a candid look at American daredevil and icon Robert “Evel” Knievel, delivering thrills and spills, while also reflecting on the public’s voracious appetite for heroes and spectacle, and what that represents in ourselves.

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. Knieval was the ultimate antidote to the disenchantment of the 70’s. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous.

With an entire genre of sports ascending from his daring inventiveness, now is the time to look at this extreme man and his complicated legacy.”



I have to admit that based on the commercials, I did not have high hopes for the Biker Battleground Phoenix Motorcycle TV show from the History Channel.  I was afraid it was going to a reality soap opera more focused on drama and conflict then the bikes and the craftsmanship.

The first episode lived up to my low expectations with lots of drama and not much motorcycle.  The second show was much much better, focusing on a couple of bikes being built for the Daytona Rally and the AZZkickers working up products for the new Indian motorcycles.  Episode two’s drama revolved around VooDoo’s missing a big delivery date, pranks and Paul Yaffe’s challenge to the other shops to a build off, not to bad!

This show, with episode two is a good combination of OCC and Biker Build Off.  I like it

For me, the difference between the two shows was as the difference between night and day.  I can only hope that they continue along the lines of the second show here on out.

I am with holding the issue of stars right now as Biker Battleground Phoenix could easily slide back into the form it took for the premier show.  That would be a one star, while riding along the lines of the second show would be a 4 or 5 star award.


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History Channels newest motorcycle related TV show, Biker Battleground Phoenix, premiers 10PM (EST) on the 1st of July.

I wrote a post earlier (read it here) about how I hoped this was not a “Devils Ride” version of build show. After watching more of the commercials, I still hope this is not a builder version of that show.

Fingers crossed!

The British motorcycle Ariel Ace is returning to the street. If you watch the BBC version of Top Gear very often you have most likely seen a segment on or heard a discussion around the Ariel track day cars, the host are very keen on the Ariel car.

Ariel is an old name in motorcycling. When they started in 1870 with bicycles they produced their first motorcycle in 1902. They held on until 1951 when BSA bought the brand which continued under BSA until 1967. Like Indian Motorcycles the Ariel name has come and gone a few time until it has reached the current car building company of today. The most famous of the Ariel motorcycles is their “Square 4”, one of which was recently restored on the History Channel’s American Restoration show.

But, until I ran across the fact that they are going to produce motorcycles, I had never connected that the Ariel car company was the namesake of the old Ariel motorcycle manufacturer. According to what I have read this new Ariel bike should pretty hot, it is using the Honda VFR1200 engine. It is not a great surprise because they use Honda engines in their cars as well. With the use of the VFR engine we should expect some nice number once the production machines come out in 2015.

Those production numbers for 2015 look a bit slim, based on reports. It appears that they will be only producing 100-150 bikes each year with prices starting at $36,000. If you want one of these new Ariel motorcycles you had better call them up and get on a list.

As far as appearance goes…. MEH…. Looks like another “naked” bike to me!


The History Channel now has a website for their new series.  The Biker Battleground Phoenix website does not yet have much but, there is a “Sneak Peak” video available.

According to the site the show is about….

“Phoenix, Arizona—where the country’s top motorcycle builders compete day and night. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, where buyers are willing to pay upwards of $150,000 for a fully-customized, one-of-a-kind ride. Biker Battleground Phoenix follows the temperamental and talented bad boys of the bike business. In their world, showcases are for pride and bragging rights, competition is cutthroat and money talks. When egos and passion collide, the aftershocks echo across town.

They don’t follow trends–they set them. No tactic is off limits and no move is too corrupt. From stealing ideas and poaching employees to public bashing on social media, these guys will do whatever it takes to give themselves and their shops the ultimate edge over the rest.”

After reading this I hope this is not a “The Devil’s Ride” show for builders!

Additionally, History is sponsoring a contest to support the new show. You can register here to win a custom bike built by Dirty Bird Concepts, one of the shops on the show.

#BikerLive – Discovery Channel (which I salute for all its motorcycle related productions) will premier its newest bike series #BikerLive on May 12 at 10PM EST.  It appears from the commercials and the website that it is a “build-off competition” with the twist is that WE get to vote for the winner by tweeting.

“We’ve found the country’s best hometown motorcycle craftsmen.  And their future is riding…. on your tweets.”

You can read about the first three shops in the competition here.

While on a different channel….

Biker Battleground Phoenix – On July 1st the History Channel is introducing us to “Biker Battleground Phoenix”.  Another “build-off” show that this time pits five custom bike ships in the Phoenix area competing for the title of the city’s “best custom bike building business”.

There was nothing on the History Channel websites about this show yet, but here are a few links to more details.

History’s ‘Biker Battleground Phoenix’ Set To Debut In July

History’s BIKER BATTLEGROUND PHOENIX to Premiere 7/1

Top-Gear-USAThis week on Top Gear the boys go to Sturgis.  History Channel describes this episode as:

The Top Gear hosts embark on a two-wheel road trip through South Dakota to the world’s largest automotive event, the annual Sturgis Bike Week. Starting out on scooters and needing to pass challenges to progress to the bigger bikes they’ll need to ride to fit in at the rally, the hosts go through hell as they close in on Sturgis. The winner will race a super-charged Ariel Atom against a 200 mph sports bike, while the loser will have to take part in a stunt, courtesy of HISTORY channel’s newest series, American Daredevils.” 

While a lot of folks do not care for this version of the famous BBC show, I enjoy it.  The biggest issue I have with the show is that Tanner (the professional racer) always wins the contest to drive the hot cars.  Come on, I want to see one of the other guys wreck a $200,000 car!


There has been several motorcycle related TV shows here in the US lately.  The most recent is “The History Channel’s WE’RE THE FUGAWIS”.

I discovered this show a few weeks ago and it is reasonably entertaining.  These guys are not a gang but a Motorcycle Club of friends.  History Channel says this about the show:

“Meet the Fugawis: an upstate New York motorcycle club whose members live lifewerethefugawis_abouttheseries_2-E with a freedom and fraternity that many guys can only dream of. In an age when everyone is seeking to strike the perfect work-life balance, this group of bikers has somehow figured it out. Members of the club include expert builders, plumbers, electricians and general contractors, so when they’re not out in the wind on the open road they’re tackling construction projects of all shapes and sizes to earn a living”.

Not sure what this says about me but the Fugawis’ are the type of guys that I could hang out with.  I give this show a 4 out 5!

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