In this episode we make friends with some Temporary Americans on a poker run in and around Los Angeles at the start of our USA road trip to Sturgis. Jonesy checks out a neat Aussie salt flat racer. We talk to Heather Ellis in Melbourne about her ride through Africa and the book about her journey. We check out a British and scooter motorcycle shop in Los Angeles and its family links with Bartel’s Harley Davidson next door plus we take a very hot ride to Las Vegas.
In this episode we check out the Troy Bayliss Motorcycle Expo in Sydney and find out from Robbie Maddison why it is so good! We discover Red Rock Harley Davidson in Las Vegas and go for a ride down the famous strip past the Harley Davidson Cafe on our way into Arizona to find a famous section of old Route 66 and the intriguing Hackberry General Store. We head off to the Grand Canyon and then onto Kanab in Utah though some great roads and brilliant scenery. Lastly Jonesy winds up the show with a memorial ride near Wollongong for his mate Steve.
In this episode we go to Western Australia to check out the famous Bindoon Drags and discover why it is so popular. We continue our journey into Utah and visit Salt Lake City. Melbourne based Maurice Blackburn Lawyers raise the issue of blaming riders for a spate of Victorian fatalities.We visit the famous Bonneville Salt Flats and go for a ride where Burt Munro once competed on the ‘World’s Fastest Indian’. Jonesy speaks to some female riders with an intriguing name at Harley Days in Wollongong and we close off our visit to Bindoon with a family focus.
We start this episode with a ride from the outskirts of Sydney up the famous Bells Line of Road to the equally well known Brass Monkey Rally. Continuing our US journey we visit Twin Falls in Idaho to find out why Evel Knievel tried to jump its famous canyon.Mad Mick fills us in on his tribute bike. Alana talks about why riding a three wheeled Spyder is so much fun. We discover some surprising motorcycle roads out side of Boise in Idaho. Maurice Blackburn’s Malcolm Cumming talks about supporting first aid training for riders and we meet Idaho’s very own Lady Di.
In this episode we discover why trike riding in Australia is a lifestyle choice. Back in Idaho we have a High Desert experience at an innovative Harley Davidson and Indian dealership that runs its own novice training. Malcolm Cumming talks about the danger of gravel on road surfaces for motorcycles and the Victorian Roads’ Minister tells us what he is doing about it.In Los Angeles we talk to the founder of riders rights coalition called NCOM and find out if it has been effective. We go on a sublime trike ride near Sydney through the Royal National Park and express concern over the anti-association laws at the UMC NSW Ride Against Prejudice.
In this episode we go on the annual Temporary Australians Ride and Bike show this time held in Perth. Back in the USA we ride the Oregon Trail and discover that state’s own Blue Mountains. We focus on the concern in Victoria over wire rope barriers. The Temporary Australians crew find an unexpected welcome in Prairie City in Oregon. We chat to a Christian biker from a club called ‘Band of Brothers’ and we meet a Sydney Police rider with the trail bike unit who would rather educate than book young riders in the bush plus he shows us his classic Suzuki 750 Waterbottle.
In this episode Jonesy travels to Wollongong to check out the Harley Days motorcycle extravaganza. We discover why riders in East Oregon refer to rides around Joseph as ‘Gods Country’. Back in Perth we check out some great bikes at the Temporary Australians Ride and Bike Show. We discover what makes Melbourne drivers jealous of motorcycle riders especially in the peak hours. We discover a bronze motorcycle that is causing controversy in Joseph. And we focus on the future of Sydney bike shows with so much harassment of clubs and events by the authorities.
In in this episode we check out the two major toy runs in Melbourne. Back in Oregon we go for a bumpy back road ride to the well known Hells Canyon lookout ( Americans call it an ‘overlook’). In Bindoon we meet up with a drag racer called’Sludge’. Leaving Oregon we ride the ‘Rattlesnake’ and survive. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers explain why they do so much motorcycle advocacy. In Lewiston in Idaho we discover the heaps of tight corners on the ‘Old Spiral Highway’ and then Jonesy takes us back to Wollongong to check out the Harley Days Custom Bike Show.
In this episode Jonesy and Hirsty test ride the new Harley Davidson Milwaukee Eight and love it. The Temporary Australians crew discover a road with 99 miles of corners as they head down the famous US Route 12 from Idaho into Montana. Doc from Heavy Duty falls in love with the Victory Octane. We discover that riding around Missoula in Montana can put your bike on a grizzly bear’s diet. Back in Melbourne we find out why there is still confusion over helmet cameras. Jonesy checks out Iron Motorcycles and we ride into a glorious Yellowstone National Park.
In this episode we find out about Heavy Duty Tours and their Sturgis adventure for a bunch of Aussies. After leaving Yellowstone we visit the western town of Cody, founded by Buffalo Bill Cody and speculate on his similarities to modern day bikers. We speak to a Melbourne based lawyer who loves to ride in Victoria.We discover why the Christian Unity section on US based riders rights coalition NCOM is the real deal. We meet Perth based biker comedian unusually named ‘Maggot’. And we go through a brilliant section of Wyoming called the ‘Bighorn Mountains’.
In this episode we discover what Sturgis is all about and why Aussies love to go there. We talk with a kindred spirit, motorcycle journo Tyler Greenblatt of American Iron Magazine.We check out what can only be called a ‘twisted intruder’ and attend a biker wedding in the main street of Sturgis. Back at the Harley Davidson display area we watch some amazing riding in the ‘Wall of Death’ and go for a ride with Heavy Duty Tours in the Black Hills of South Dakota and see some riding scenery that everyone should put on the bucket list if they get over here.
In the last episode of Series 5 we go to the famous Buffalo Chip campground in Sturgis plus check out the custom bike show in the main street that has Willie G. Davidson as one of the trophy presenters. We find a Saddam connection with one of our American friends and discover the mutual respect that enables bikers to figure out the God stuff. We go to the new venue for the Full Thottle Saloon and we discover a group called ‘Bikers against Bullies USA’ that mobilises bikers to help victims of bullying.Then we end the night with a trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Drags and meet some of the men who throw their machines up the track.