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Then Came Bronson

For those of you collecting social security, and others who envy our wisdom, I give you a link to the classic show from 1969. The opening two minutes, with Bronson crossing the Bixby Creek Bridge is very cool:

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"Takin' a trip...?"

Maybe w'll get to see the episode where he's hill climbing with that 250 CZ mocked up to look like his AMF Sportster.

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As Mad Magazine said in their "Then Can Bombson" parody, they took a pretty good show about two guys traveling around in a Corvette (Route 66), cut it in half and came up with a show about half as good. Didn't Michael Parks sing a song at some point during each episode? If I was less lazy would look this up but think he had a later life boost in Tarantino movies.



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As Mad Magazine said in their "Then Can Bombson" parody, they took a pretty good show about two guys traveling around in a Corvette (Route 66), cut it in half and came up with a show about half as good.
Was the first decent TV bike show we got and far better than Chips (Chumps).

Also goosed HD sales after the shock of the AMF takeover... Brunswick Harley-Davidson?
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Never been a Harley owner but committed Harley people I know say AMF was worst period for Harley Davidson. And while a short Google search suggests this show led to people thinking bikes were OK, am not sure. I have a 2002 955i Daytona and more often then you would think get disparaging stares from people. Despite grey hair (when helmet is off) and generally conservative riding. Meaning am not exactly a rebel outlaw endangering 4 wheel motorists. But will also say the show was a part of my taking up motorcycles back in the day.

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Never been a Harley owner but committed Harley people I know say AMF was worst period for Harley Davidson. And while a short Google search suggests this show led to people thinking bikes were OK, am not sure. I have a 2002 955i Daytona and more often then you would think get disparaging stares from people. Despite grey hair (when helmet is off) and generally conservative riding. Meaning am not exactly a rebel outlaw endangering 4 wheel motorists. But will also say the show was a part of my taking up motorcycles back in the day.

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More than leading people to think bikes were OK Then Came Bronson did a lot to calm HD owners and the workers at he York, PA factory after the AMF takeover and did result in increased Sportster sales.
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I have only seen the pilot show but I enjoyed it. No more campy than anything else from the late 60's and I enjoy a show with a motorcycle as the main character.


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I was just a young kid but that was a show that has stuck in my head over all the years. I loved it and we young guys would talk about it in grade school after a showing the night before. I liked it and I think it had a lot to do with my motorcycle interest that I have had my entire life.
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I remember being interested in the decal displayed on the Sportster's tank- the eye within a pyramid, and found this on the 'net:




"The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol, having its origin in Christian iconography, showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle. It represents the eye of God watching over humanity (the concept of divine providence)."

The vibe Bronson seemed to put out being one of benevolence, much like David Carradine's character on "Kung Fu", and to some extent, Wyatt- "Captain America" in Easy Rider..
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Didn't Michael Parks sing a song at some point during each episode?
"Long Lonesome Highway" is the song on the Michael Parks Album of the same name.
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