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It is the same show as before, behind the scenes at the Full Throttle Saloon, with a few differences.

Michael Ballard and Jesse still argue over Jesse’s stunts.  Fajita Mike still gets drunk and in trouble.  Rowdy bikers still get into fights.

This season though, was smashed together with content from the 2014 and 2015 Sturgis rallies.  I think that is because there was not going to be a 2015 series of Full Throttle.

I think that this season of the show was only the result of the “World’s Largest Biker Bar” burning down a couple months after the 2015 Rally. The fact that it is not on its normal home of TrueTV butFull-Throttle-Saloon-Fire-destroys-South-Dakota-biker-bar-known-from-reality-TV-show-534x330 on Destination America (which barely has the show on its website) reinforces my thought about the show.

With three of five shows aired as I type. The primary reason to watch is that you get to meet Michael and Angie’s new baby Emily (and see Angie explode when she finds Jesse selling pictures of Emily, that was funny).  You can also see Jesse ride the zip line while engulfed in flames… which was pretty cool, I mean hot!  J

It will not be until the fifth and final episode of the season when we will get to see what the Ballard’s and Jesse decide regarding the future of the saloon.  The best I can do is three stars, you can tell this was put together on the fly, trying to keep track that some of the show is 2014 and some 2015 is distracting.


I have enjoyed Full Throttle in the past and I hope they bring it back…if they try to rebuild the bar.


3 out of 5 stars


As a topic of discussion on a recent “The Dawghouse Motorcycle News Rants and Racing” podcast, which has been around for more than six years now, we debated American Motorcycle Icons.  More to the point, just what are those icons?

To be defined as an American Icon we said it had to be:

1) American (duh)

2) Most if not all motorcyclists know about it.

3) A large number of non-bikers know about it.

Using that as a starting point we quickly realized that a lot of things that bikers might assume are iconic really aren’t.  For example Indian Motorcycles, a classic American bike (Check), most motorcyclists know that Indian is back (Check), non-riders…we think not so much.  You can check this yourself by asking a non-rider/follower what they think of when you say Indian.

Some of the others that were discarded included:

Rolling Thunder

Tail of the Dragon

Supercross (and, sadly, American motorcycle racing in general)

We also debated Sturgis and Daytona, I wanted to include Sturgis as an icon and Phil was adamant that Daytona Bike Week was much more famous then Sturgis.  Again, both are 100% pure American motorcycle events (Check) and most if not all bikers know about the events (Check). But will enough non-riders know about either of these events to rise to iconic status.  I say yes for Sturgis and Phil said yes for Daytona, but he is wrong of course! ☺

Soooo just what did we decide were true American Motorcycle Icons?  Excluding Sturgis and Daytona (because we agreed to disagree) we came up with the following American Motorcycling Icons:

Harley Davidson

Evil Kenivel

Hells Angels

Orange County Choppers

Surprised you with the last one?  Well consider this; the Teutul’s and OCC have been on television, in some form, for nearly 15 years.  OCC products have been in major stores like JC Penny and Wal-Mart.  The OCC brand is on all kinds of stuff even a roller coaster.  Which brings us to the icon requirements:  American made (check), do most if not all bikers know about OCC (check) and does a large number of non-riders know OCC…based on sells of merchandise (check).

Also, sadly, I think that Evil Kenivel’s status as an icon may be fading.  I am sure that most motorcyclists are still aware of his all-American daring deeds but as for the general public as a whole, less and less know who he is year to year.  In another generation he may have to come off the list.

Think any of those are wrong?  Did we miss something you think rises to the level of iconic? Sturgis or Daytona?  Let us know what you think.

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Getting her phone number at 70 MPH.

Chinese v Japanese Made Helmets

Sturgis, SD Citizens’ Alliance Asks for Help Building Bikers’ Scenic Byway American Motorcycle Icons

WACO Shootout video given to CNN…. Some interesting actions!

Yamaha wants to replace human riders…. WELCOME SKYNET OVERLORDS!

We discussed the robot DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio Show 332, take a listen!

CaptureTurns out there is yet another Sturgis show on TV, Travel ChannelsSturgis Raw”.  This show follows the typical “Sturgis behind the scenes” format, similar to Full Throttle Saloon.  This show spends time at the largest bar in town “One Eyed Jacks” and at the Buffalo Chip outside of town for its saloon time.

Where Sturgis Raw differs from most other Sturgis shows is that it also follows the Sturgis Police Department for a cop’s point of view of the rally.  The view of the rally through from the cop’s eyes, I found, is really interesting.  A quick review of what I have seen, so far, with the Sturgis PD on the show include:

Motorcycle DUI arrest (not sure how he was even riding!)

Emergency call to a hotel about a guest with a gun

Rousting people “under the bridge” for drinking and drugs

Responding to and helping a guy who was stabbed seven times.

sturgis-raw-s1-ss-102-003_596x334Of course there are girls, girls, and girls, on the show.  An interesting spin on the girl theme was a bit about a body paint artist hired to make a girl to blend into a custom bike.  His work on her turned out well and she looked like part of the bike.

They have also covered a couple of bike shows that were judged by editors of major motorcycle magazines (American Iron, Iron Horse and a few others that I forget).  There were some cool bikes that were judged but the same bikes seemed to appear in each of the shows.  Not sure if that was the case or just how they edited the video.

Apparently there are at least seven episodes of Sturgis Raw with names like “Midweek Mayhem, Throttle Up and Chrome & Glory.  I have watched the first three and have set my DVR to record the rest. I was surprised to notice some café and sport bikes in the mix here and throughout the show, but you had look fast to see them. Over all I have enjoyed the show and give it five stars, primarily due to the unique aspect of the filming of the police effort.

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from trutv websireTruTV’s Full Throttle Saloon will be returning to televsion on the 2nd of December.  TruTV describes Full Throttle Saloon this way:

“This is one show that’s born to be wild! Every year, the Full Throttle Saloon is open for only ten days in August, when bikers from all over the world descend on the black hills of South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. For bar owner Michael Ballard, the profits are huge, but the reality is intense. From managing a full staff of bartenders and dancing girls to hosting big name concerts and burlesque shows, keeping it together is more than most people could handle”

I describe it as just a lot of fun!  I have not been to Sturgis yet and everytime I see this show I just want to kick my own butt for not going yet!  Based on last season’s show I give Full Throttle Saloon 5 stars.



I was disappointed after watching Top Gear (USA) at Sturgis last night. It started out quite strong with the guys on scooters and completing challenges to move up to bigger bikes. But it went down hill from there.

Rutledge wrecked his scooter, on purpose it appeared to me, to lose the first challenge (this is a guy that claims to have two bikes in his garage). He would later go on to drop a Street Glide twice. The guys who won the challenge (Adam & Tanner) began riding Yamaha 250’s but also began wearing full face helmets. From this point forward there were times I was not sure that they were on the bikes, I got the feeling that “stunt doubles” were used.

The next challenge was to ride three members of a band (I forget the name) across town to the Buffalo Chip. Adam ducked out and got a side car, Tanner stopped at a bikini bike wash and Rut stopped to allow his passenger to get water and cigarettes. It was here that the most contrived moment of the series let alone the show occurred. Rut accidentally knocked down two bikes.

First, I am not sure he even touched the bike to cause it to fall into the second bike. Second, the bikes looked like 1980’s dual purpose motorcycles that might not even run. Third, no one prevented him and his passenger from leaving, I have been at rallies where this has happened, folks do not let you leave until the owners of the other bikes arrive.

OH, and of course Tanner won the overall contest and got to race a car against a motorcycle.

Overall, I think this is the worst episode of Top Gear (USA) ever. I love the show as a whole and watch it every week but this one just sucked.


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!