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THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOTORCYCLES AND THE PEOPLE WHO RIDE THEM

September 2014 #10

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October Issue 10

Ad Index

Features

Polaris Slingshot Harley Davidson Live Wire

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Columns Women’s World

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Departments 8

Page 3 Girl News BTR Kids BTR TV Test Ride MSF Ride Safe Ride Smart

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Reports LoveJugs Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group Biker Movie Review

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On The Cover 15

2015 Polaris Slingshot SL

Apex Cycle Education 23 Bull Run Boots 29 BTR App 30 BTR Jam 4 BTR Radio 32 CJ’s Seats 18 Copperhead Lodge 25 Crystal City Restaurant 23 Freedom Bail Bonding 32 GI Joe 29 HD All American 24 HD Patriot 14 JV’s Restaurant 29 MDS 30 Patrick Burns Photography 29 Patriots Pub & Grill 29 Rick’s Tattoo’s 29 Rider Insurance 1 Tom McGrath Law 34 Twisted Tea 31 Wanted 33 Yelvington 18

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SLINGSHOT™ WAS DESIGNED FOR ONE PURPOSE:

EXHILARATION

This is SLINGSHOT. Head-Turning Exhilaration and style in an awe-inspiring three-whell roadster. The open-air cockpit of the SLINGSHOT hits you with a 360-Degree rush of sight, sound and smell. Both driver and passenger experience a front-row shot of adrenaline. Sitting just inches above the road, you can feel the rush of pavement under your seat and in your chest. It’s wide stance is light and powerful, making for heart-pounding acceleration. Just punch it and you’re there.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets innovative, high-quality, off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and on-road electric/hybrid-powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle® brands. In addition, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid-powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars® (GEM), Goupil Industrie® SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories, and apparel, Klim® branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin® and Cycle Country brands. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 s tock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel, and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com BORNTORIDE.COM | BTR 7


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AN EXHILARATION DRIVING EXPERIENCE

THE CHASIS CARBON FIBER REINFORCED BELT DRIVE

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2O15 POLARIS SLINGSHOT™ HEAD TURNING EXHILARATION Slingshot™ is an entirely new on-road driving and riding experience. The open air cockpit of Slingshot™ hits you with a 360 degree rush of sight, sound, and smell. With side by side seating, both driver and passenger experience a front row shot of adrenaline. Its wide stance and sport-tuned suspension will make you want to charge every corner and never let off. With a low to the ground vehicle stance, you can feel the rush of pavement under your seat and in your chest. Slingshot™ is lightweight and powerful, making for heart pounding acceleration. Just punch it and you are there. SLINGSHOT™ SL DIMENSIONS / CAPACITIES Dry Weight 1684 lbs. Curb Weight 1743 lbs. Overall Length (in/mm) 149.6 in/3800 mm Overall Width (in/mm) 77.6 in/1960 mm Overall Height (in/mm) 51.9 in/1318 mm Track Width (in/mm) 69.1 in/1755 mm Wheelbase (in/mm) 105.0 in/2667 mm Ground Clearance (in/mm) 5.0 in/127 mm POWERTRAIN Engine 2.4L DOHC Displacement (cid/cc) 2384 cc Bore and Stroke 88mm x 98m Compression Ratio 10.4:1 Valve Train DOHC, VVT Fuel 91 octane or higher

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PERFORMANCE Rev Limit (RPM) 7000 RPM Peak Power (HP) 173 HP @ 6200 RPM Peak Torque (ft-lbs) 166 ft-lbs @ 4700 RPM FLUID CAPACITY Fuel (Gallons/Liters) 9.77 Gallons / 37.1 Liters


SLINGSHOT SL BRAKES Brake Rotors (Front & Rear) Vented, 298mm diameter WHEELS AND TIRES Front & Rear Tire Type Kenda "Slingshot" 799 Front Tire Size 225/45R18 Front & Rear Wheel Type Forged; 10 Spoke Front Wheel Size 18x7.5 J Rear Tire Size 255/35R20 Rear Wheel Size 20x9.0 J

TRANSMISSION Clutch Type Dry, Single Plate, Hydraulically Actuated Transmission Type 5-Speed Synchromesh with Reverse 1st Gear Ratio 3.753:1 2nd Gear Ratio 2.258:1 3rd Gear Ratio 1.512:1 4th Gear Ratio 1.000:1 5th Gear Ratio .729:1 Reverse Gear Ratio 3.672:1 Gear Shift Pattern H Bevel Drive Ratio 2.312:1Final Drive Type Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt, 36mm x 147T Final Drive Ratio 1.590:1 STEERING Actuation Rack-and-pinion Assist Polaris EPAS, Speed Sensitive Steering Turns, lock-to-lock 3.2 DRIVER AIDS ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes) Standard ESC (Electronic Stability Control) Standard Traction Control Standard This is SLINGSHOT Head Turning Exhilaration and Style in an Awe-Inspiring Three Wheel Roadster.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON® REVEALS PROJECT LIVEWIRE, THE FIRST ELECTRIC HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE

H-D Invites Consumers to Ride, React and Shape the Future of this New Bike. Innovation, meet heritage. Today, Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) reveals Project LiveWire – the first Harley-Davidson® electric motorcycle. In keeping with the company’s customer-led product development approach, starting next week select consumers across the country will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike, helping to shape the future of Harley-Davidson’s firstever electric motorcycle. While not for sale, Project LiveWire is specifically designed for the purpose of getting insight into rider expectations of an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. “America at its best has always been about reinvention,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, HarleyDavidson Motor Company. “And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.” Spurred by this heritage, the Project LiveWire Experience invites customers to test ride, provide feedback and learn more about the story of the motorcycle. Even those who don’t yet ride will have the opportunity to feel the power of Project LiveWire through Jumpstart – a simulated riding experience. A 2014 U.S. tour – kicking off with a journey down Route 66 – will visit more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships now through the end of the year. In 2015, the Project LiveWire Experience will continue in the U.S. and expand into Canada and Europe. “This builds on many recent reinvention successes for Harley-Davidson.” said Levatich. “In just the last few years, we’ve broadened our reach to serve an increasingly diverse society, as well as reinvented our approach to product development and

manufacturing. This has resulted in cutting-edge products like the recently launched Project Rushmore touring bikes, Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models and this reveal of Project LiveWire.” An Innovative Approach to Advance the Possibilities of Personal Freedom. This exciting new ride blends the company’s styling heritage with the latest technology to deliver a new expression of the signature Harley-Davidson look, sound and feel. “Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand.” The bike offers a visceral riding experience with tire-shredding acceleration and an unmistakable new sound. “The sound is a distinct part of the thrill,” said Richer. “Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. Project LiveWire’s unique sound was designed to differentiate it from internal combustion and other electric motorcycles on the market.” Longer term plans for retail availability of Project LiveWire will be influenced by feedback from riders along the Project Livewire Experience tour. “We offer a no excuses riding experience in everything we do and we are led by what our customers tell us matters most,” said Richer. “Because electric vehicle technology is evolving rapidly, we are excited to learn more from riders through the Project LiveWire Experience to fully understand the definition of success in this market as the technology continues to evolve.”Helping Preserve and Renew the Freedom to Ride for Generations. Continued on Pg. 24 BORNTORIDE.COM | BTR 15


Announcement at San Diego Comic-Con Confirms Harley’s First Electric Motorcycle will Light-Up the Screen in Another Heroic Adventure from Marvel, Alongside New Street 750. On July 25, 2014 at the San Diego Comic-Con, Harley-Davidson® and Marvel Studios introduced Project LiveWire™ – HarleyDavidson’s first electric motorcycle – to fans gathered at the annual international convention.

Marvel movies and television shows over the last several years. “Our partnership with Marvel continues to provide thrilling platforms to showcase our latest innovations to existing and new fans of the brand,” said Dino Bernacchi, Director of U.S. Marketing at HarleyDavidson Motor Company. “Not one, but two bikes will be featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron - Project LiveWire and the all-new Street 750, which is now available at Harley-Davidson dealerships.”

Project LiveWire, which is featured in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, will be the ride of choice for Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. Black Widow) played by Scarlett Johansson, in an epic scene with Captain America in the film.

While not for sale, Project LiveWire is specifically designed to get insight into rider expectations of an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. In keeping with the company’s customer-led product development approach, Harley-Davidson is taking Project LiveWire to consumers across the country.

The addition of Project LiveWire to Avengers: Age of Ultron confirms months of speculation that Harley-Davidson and Marvel are, indeed, teaming up again. Harley-Davidson motorcycles – including the Harley-Davidson Street 750™ featured in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year – have appeared in a number of

Fans in San Diego will be able to ride the bike at the San Diego Harley-Davison dealership July 25-26 and provide feedback to help shape the future of Harley-Davidson’s first-ever electric motorcycle. To learn more about Project LiveWire and The Experience Tour, visit www.projectlivewire.com.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON® AND MARVEL STUDIOS CONFIRM PROJECT LIVEWIRE™ WILL APPEAR IN MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

About Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Written and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers), the film returns its iconic cast, including Robert Downey Jr. (Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Marvel’s The Avengers) as Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Marvel’s The Avengers) as Thor, Mark Ruffalo (Marvel’s The Avengers, Now You See Me) as Hulk, Chris Evans (Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s The Avengers) as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson (Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s The Avengers) as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, The Avengers) as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s The Avengers) as Nick Fury. Joining the cast are Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla, Kick Ass 2) as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) as Scarlet Witch and James Spader (The Blacklist, Lincoln) as Ultron. Set for release in the United States on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is produced by Kevin Feige. Executive

Producers are Louis D’Esposito, Jeremy Latcham, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, and Jon Favreau. About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent characterbased entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit www.marvel. com About Harley-Davidson Motor Company Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com BORNTORIDE.COM | BTR 17


Love Jugs, manufactured by Hammerhead Engineering, the World’s Best Harley-Davidson V-Twin Engine Cooling System was designed to take care of a problem that has affected numerous Harley-Davidson owners worldwide—EXTREME engine heat. The first Love Jugs prototype was developed when one of the company founders, Steve West had an extreme heat problem when he rode his new Harley Ultra Touring bike, especially at low speeds. Fifteen prototypes later, and extensive collaboration with a group of scientific developers, Love Jugs was ready to come to market. The driving principles behind the product are straightforward—a hot air cooled engine temperature will go down as air flows over the air cooling fins of the engine, particularly if the air is directed at the hottest part of the engine. That is the simple premise, but only Love Jugs delivers the results riders need to bring down and hold down engine temperatures. A cooler running engine means lower ambient temperature experienced by the motorcycle rider and passenger. If it is more comfortable, riders will stay on their bikes longer and ride more often. Love Jugs keeps you on the road in conditions that would have

otherwise kept your bike in the garage. The high velocity constant air flow provided by Love Jugs relieves stress on your bikes’ engine and drive train by reducing the temperature of your bikes oil. Cooler oil means two important things—higher oil viscosity to better lubricate critical internal engine components and higher oil pressure to make sure the lube gets where it is needed when it is needed. Love Jugs combine high performance with great looks at a great price. The aircraft quality stainless steel housings are polished to a high chrome finish are the toughest on the market. It will stand up to the harshest conditions—one product test includes operating the fans while fully submerged in a tank of water. The suggested retail price is $349 when you order direct from the company website. All Love Jugs cooling systems are shipped for FREE in the US via Priority Mail, so new owners usually receive their orders in just two days. Ready for your COOL ride? Wait until you see the newest edition to the Love Jugs Family—the Love Jugs Heat Master!

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Women’s World

“DISCOVERING YOUR POWER” BY HAYLEY B. COLINA

elax, you are not alone. It is perfectly okay to feel overwhelmed, fed up and/or discouraged. We all go through that when we want to make changes in our lives. As women, most of us are natural multi overwhelming dissatisfaction with your life and this can put you in an emotional road to nowhere fast. However, many women are taking control of their lives and discovering the power they have had all along. Women are allowing their power to break free and start living their life passionately. Motorcycles are changing women’s life!

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Women are discovering that motorcycles give them an unbelievable sense of confidence and control over their lives. When riding your own motorcycle it is all you in control and the world around you to experience. When you ride you get a sense of peace, a sense of power to do and be anyone you want. The experience is something so intense and so invigorating that there are no words that can truly describe it—you have to do it to understand. Getting on your bike, feeling and hearing that engine start and giving it gas is heart-throbbing and makes you feel on top of the world. More and more women are reaching a point in their lives when they say, “Enough it is my time to live my life.” Many women are finding out they are more important and more capable than they ever thought. Women are turning to what many have been taught is a taboo and getting on a motorcycle of their own. They are experiencing a new world full of adventure and excitement—almost a total rebirth. Once you step into the world of motorcycles you realize there are so many erroneous perceptions of bikers, unfortunately caused by few rotten apples. Bikers are like family! We look out for each other and embrace each other. Bikers do a lot of charity work and support each other through good and bad. When you are a biker you are equal, and there is no classifying who is wealthy, smart, or poor; we treat each other equally. You grow to care and form huge connections meeting incredible people with incredible stories. Many women are taking the step to discover their power and join the women’s world of motorcycle. The more women who try riding the more women will realize this power they hold and this passion they have within. Ladies it is time to start living your life your way. Join other women who are ready to become masters of change. Women who are ready to experience life fully, passionately and intensely. For more information or to contact Hayley, go to www.EQWS.org Presented By: Women’s Alliance Foundation, Inc

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GATHERING GOOD VISUAL INFORMTION

You should be especially aware at intersections, where other vehicles can cross your path of travel. There are many things to scan for, including traffic devices, road surfaces, and the traffic and pedestrians around you. RIDE SAFE RIDE SMART MORE INFO GO TO MSF-USA.ORG.

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As riding in the great outdoors is one of the best elements of motorcycling, sustainability remains a core strategic focus at Harley-Davidson. “Preserving the riding environment is important to all of us,” said Levatich. “Project LiveWire is just one element in our efforts to preserve and renew the freedom to ride for generations to come. As a company that has seen success for 111 years, we think in generational terms about our great riding environments for the next 111 years.” Fans can learn more about Project LiveWire, as well as specific dates and locations for Project LiveWire Experience stops at projectlivewire.com. Harley-Davidson also invites anyone who is interested in the possibilities of the future to follow and engage with the company on its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Adopt Yours

today! MOTORCYCLE MUTTS AND PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER WANT YOU TO ADOPT YOURS TODAY Dogs and cats are given their basic shots, de-wormed and a microchip. They are given a safety evaluation and exposure to humans and other animals.

Name: Noel Sex: Female Breed: Chihuahua Age: 8 yrs. Weight: 7 lbs My name is Noel and I am looking for someone very special to adopt me. You see I was found in a crate last November at the landfill in Manassas. The workers found me and took me to Animal Control and I was given immediate vet attention. I was in intensive care for several days to get my diabetes under control. Then I was spayed. Then they found out that I have Cushing’s disease and need to be given insulin shots and medications daily. My meds only cost about $100150 a month. I know these sounds like a lot to handle, but I have been through a lot too, and I have overcome some fears in the process. I used to not like being touched, but now you can’t get me off your lap. I get along great with other two and four-leggers and just want to be loved. Call ahead of time to see me as I am being fostered for my daily meds. Can’t wait to see you!

Name: Bella Sex: Female Breed: Bull Dog Mix Age: 3 yrs. Weight: 66 lbs

Name: Tutu Sex: Female Breed: DSH Calico Age: 1 yrs. Weight: 6 lbs

Hi, I’m Bella. I’m not quite sure why I am here. All I know is that my former owners said something about moving and that they might be allergic to me. This kind of made me depressed. I wonder if I did something wrong. Please forgive me if I seem a little timid or shy when you meet me. I would give anything to be happy, loved, and have a quiet home. If you could just be patient with me and give me time to come out of my shell, you will see how much love I have to give. We could exercise together and then you could pet me the other 23 hours. All I need is for you to give me a chance.

My name is Tutu, and I am a very playful cat. I am full of energy and have loads of personality. Everything was going great with my previous owners, but then their kids developed allergies to me. I understand why they had to drop me off at the shelter. I loved those kids and didn’t want to have them suffer because of me. They brought me in with my litter of kittens this past April. All my babies have been adopted and now it’s just me here. I may not have the kitten look anymore, but I am still extremely adorable and in great health. I promise that if you adopt me, you won’t regret it.

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WHY MOTORCYCLISTS CAN’T AFFORD TO JUST SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE There are many different things that draw people to motorcycling. For some it is the sense of freedom. For others it is a source of relaxation. It can also be a source of exhilaration. If you are like me, it is to some degree all of the above. That being said, it is the ride that we crave regardless of what each of us gets from it. This time of year the roads are packed with motorcyclists who are sitting back (or forward) and just enjoying the ride. That begs the question; can we as avid motorcyclists afford to do that? I had the privilege this month of riding to Frisco, Colorado to attend the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) Best of the West Conference. For those who have been to Colorado you know that it is some of the prettiest riding country you will ever encounter. Yet on a gorgeous Saturday in June, I found myself not on my bike riding the Rockies, but in a room with motorcyclists from around the country discussing issues riders are facing all around the United States. The following is a list of some of the issues that were being addressed by the participants: • Working to prevent motorcyclists from being excluded from public parking lots, roads, and parking garages • Working to eliminate roadside checkpoints aimed only at motorcyclists • Working to address the ever growing problem of distracted driving • Working to prohibit the use of higher ethanol blends at the pump until the effects on motorcycle engines can be further studied • Working for legislation allowing motorcyclists to safely and reasonably proceed when they are stuck at a traffic light that will not recognize them • Working to prevent legislatio n which arbitrarily sets age restrictions for passengers on motorcycles • Working with state and local governments to promote sensible motorcycle awareness campaigns

All of these are real issues being faced by real riders. As I took in everything being discussed I thought to myself, what would riding be like if there were no one addressing these issues on behalf of motorcyclists? The answer was chilling. It is easy to sit back, enjoy the ride, and count on everything being all right. But can we afford to do that? If we all did, we may soon find no ride left to sit back and enjoy. So what can you do to protect yourself and the activity that we all love and cherish? Take some simple steps to become involved in protecting the rights of fellow motorcyclists. I am not suggesting that everyone start riding all over the country attending seminars (although it is a great excuse to ride all over the country). You can get involved locally. Start paying attention to the positions that your local, state, and federal legislators take regarding issues affecting motorcyclists. Share your thoughts in letters and emails. Write letters to the editor of your local paper. Go to City Council or County Board meetings. Join a motorcycle rights organization and attend their lobby day, where motorcyclists go the State Capitol to discuss issues important to us with elected officials. I would also encourage you to join the MRF. This is an organization dedicated solely to protecting the rights of American motorcyclists. You can learn more and join at www.mrf.org. There are numerous ways to protect your rights as a motorcyclist. The ways are limitless, bound only by your passion and imagination. There is, however, a wrong way and that is to count on someone else to do it. That someone else may be sitting back, enjoying the ride, and counting on you. If you have any questions or comments concerning this article or any other matters concerning your rights as a motorcyclist, please feel free to contact me at 1- 800-321-8968 or at matt@motorcyclelawgroup.com. Matt Danielson–McGrath & Danielson–Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 Motorcyclelawgroup.com.

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Today’s review – Werewolves on Wheels. And where should I begin. … This film borders on the edge of, well, I’m not sure. Possibly a horror movie, and certainly a classic example of “biker exploitation” pieces, “Werewolves on Wheels” has it all for those of you who seek the alternative to ‘A’ List films. The story begins as most ‘exploitation films’ do with a group of motorcycles cruising down a desert highway. But WAIT!! These are real “period” Harley-Davidson choppers! Cool! One star for authenticity. … These wonderful old machines are ridden by ‘actors’ that could possibly be (real) bikers. Or perhaps I should say the cast doesn’t feature ‘actors’ that you may have heard of. As it goes along, these folks calling themselves “The Devil’s Advocates” participate in the usual acts of violence seen in other biker exploitation films, such as roughing up rednecks, and creating havoc wherever they go. The group is led by “Adam” (whom you may have seen in Motor Psycho or Peyton Place) who is a tough and somewhat charismatic character, often seen accompanied by Helen, his old lady. At one of their stops, another member of the gang “Tarot” begins his card reading, which brings some of the other members of the gang almost to the point of fear. This curiosity of the unknown brings them to follow Tarot to the place where he says “It’s at.” This place, as it turns out is an old Church which is currently occupied by sect of Satanic Monks. The gang wanders through a wooded path to the courtyard of this church, where the Monks feed them bread and wine. Woops! Bad idea. Beware of monks bearing drugged gifts! All the bikers pass out, and one of the monks takes a single strand of Adam’s hair. Later they take Helen, and as the bikers sleep, the head Monk, known only as “One” throws a heck of a party. Uh, I mean ritual – which features the sacrifice of a cat, and subsequently Helen doing a naked snake and skull dance near the fire. Great stuff; and one extra star for good looking naked girls! None of this makes sense until the bikers awaken and go inside the temple to retrieve Adam’s old lady. The Monks are each struck down by the bikers, but they touch each biker as they fall with some greasy looking stuff. I suppose this puts some sort of curse on them, but it is Adam and Helen that end up getting hairy! They escape the temple, and head back out into the desert. The next night, the gang camps out, and the usual party ensues with drugs, sex alcohol,

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and the insinuation that everyone is having a great time. A really great time until Mouse and Shirley are killed by a couple of werewolves. The group discovers them in the bottom of a ravine and assumes that they had fallen and broken their necks, and then attacked by coyotes or other wild animals. Close, but no cigar! On another campout near an old junkyard, a gang member known as “Movie” is attacked by a fuzzy friend, and thrown into the fire. Little does the gang know the attacks are being carried out by Adam, and Helen!Some of the members come to Tarot to see if he knows what the heck is going on. The gang believes the Monks are attacking them, and the decision is made that they will go back to the temple, and beat up all the Monks. The gang camps out near the temple. While the fire burns, Adam and Helen change into werewolves, and begin attacking the members. The bikers all grab sticks and

fashion makeshift torches with which they attack the werewolves. Fire always seems to make werewolves pissed off. I haven’t figured out why. Anyway, shortly after Helen gets burned up,Adam still smoldering takes off on his motorcycle. The gang follows with torches blazing and eventually he crashes and burns – literally. The gang returns to off the monks, but to strike, the head at them and they all

the temple to finish as each biker tries Monk “One” stares fall under the spell.

The closing credits roll as the bikers ride into the camera, leaving the viewer to think ... Should I sing “Werewolves of One-Done,” or “Hey Hey We’re the Monk- JEEZ.” I’ll give this one 3 out of 5 stars for the reasons mentioned above. I’ll go take a shower now. I guess I’m a “wash and wear-wolf”….. Till next month.

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Born To Ride DC October Issue #10  

Born To Ride DC October Issue #10

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