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Old 05-06-2013, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Constitution USA... Plagiarism?

Just saw a promo for the program airing on PBS tomorrow night, Constitution USA. Just from the promo it looks soooo much like American Ride on BYU TV.

How many programs are we gonna have with guys riding around on Harleys educating us?
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I'm guessing at least two??


I'll be tuning in to neither...they could make a hundred of them for all I care
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I heard of this show. Peter Sagel is the guy riding the Harley. He's the host of 'Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me' on NPR. A hilarious show. I don't know if this new series is going to be any good or not, but knowing about Peter Sagel my first thought was it seemed like a strange pairing.
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Yup, I'm a nerd. I dig Peter Segal, I'm looking forward to this one.

American Ride vs Constitution USA: There's no accounting for taste. Probably makes for a more interesting world that we all don't like the same things.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Problem is in this country the only motorcycles people can relate to are the Moco's bikes so they have to program accordingly. Of course we all know better but they don't so just play along and pretend to be interested. Peter Sagel is good so maybe he'll start making Moco jokes (I'm not going to use the real brand name;-)) If they were to air a show with dual sport bikes or God forbid Triumphs, the world would stop spinning and possibly start spinning in the opposite direction. Imagine the damage if they were to report on scooters!!! Frightening when you think of it really.
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I decided to ride the scoot to my sons game thinking I could stop at the shop and get it inspected along the way. Well, I'm standing at the counter talking to Barb behind the counter, she's cool. This guy is in on the conversation and waiting for his bike and as I'm telling him about my passing antics on the scoot he says, I need to be on my bike with loud pipes just in case they start to change lanes and run me over. Then I can pull the clutch and rev the engine thus making them hear my obnoxious bike, so of course they'll pull back into their lane. At which point I stated I'd rather use my brakes on the scoot and also mentioned I make sure I have an out when I pass on a gutless scooter. He looked confused and I left it at that.
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I'm sure when England does a hip history program they'll have the guy ride a Triumph.
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I'm sure when England does a hip history program they'll have the guy ride a Triumph.
Does Doctor Who count?
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I don't get some of you guys sometimes. Finally, motorcycling is getting some good press, and bikes are being used as props for educational shows that teach History to the masses in a fun, inter-active way.

Whom among us would not enjoy riding cross-country, discussing history and visiting historic areas, etc.?

It is about "American" history, hence maybe the obvious choice of an "American" bike to go along with it? Why the bike, and nation of origin snobbery all the time? Granted, Peter Segal is much easier to take than the "American Ride" guy. Less "macho", hollywood type-cast version biker imagery. Peter I believe is much more representative of the majority of serious riders out there.

When the UK, Japan, Germany, or Italy decide to produce a like-minded History show, they will have great home-manufactured Bike choices as well.

If more riders would watch an educational program like this, we would have less posters talking about their "Constitutional Rights" to have loud pipes and not wear a helmet!!

I would also be interested to view shows like this from other areas of the world. Are there any other Programs out there with Motorcycling as the Background?

The Rise and fall of the Roman Empire by a History Guy on a Ducati? That would be great!

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There was an English show once with two fat old gals riding around England on a Thunderbird with side car, cooking any thing ediable.

Very enjoyable as there wasn't any PC, politics, re-writing and or interpeting of history. Just great country side, super food and a better picture about the Island's population than most any other show of England done at the time. Triumph being the only British bike at the time was a fitting fixture.

I read the intro for this coming show a couple weeks ago. The statement was made that to do the show properly, the only American motorcycle made just had to be used.

They have already started re-writing history. I can't watch it at all when they state things like that. Shows ignorance when Polaris is just as much American as HD. Maybe they could have stated that HD was the better known brand but they didn't.
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