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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 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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That show had a deep effect on my view of motorcycling. But I was always musing about how he could get that thing from one town to another on the open highway without running out of gas. I suspect my daydreaming about riding off into the sunrise is deeply linked to this show though. ...J.D.
 

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There were several road shows back then like Bronson - Route 66, two guys in a Corvette on the road with no visible source of income, Moving On, two guys driving an 18-wheeler on the road but never seem to have any cargo and hence no visible source of income, Run For Your Life, guy with terminal cancer on the road with no visible source of income, the Fugitive, guy on the run from the law on the road with no visible source of income...

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There were several road shows back then like Bronson - Route 66, two guys in a Corvette on the road with no visible source of income, Moving On, two guys driving an 18-wheeler on the road but never seem to have any cargo and hence no visible source of income, Run For Your Life, guy with terminal cancer on the road with no visible source of income, the Fugitive, guy on the run from the law on the road with no visible source of income...

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So, I guess the trick is to hit the open road - :grin2:
It appears you need no money, just go and it will all work out :wink2:
 

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There were several road shows back then like Bronson - Route 66, two guys in a Corvette on the road with no visible source of income, Moving On, two guys driving an 18-wheeler on the road but never seem to have any cargo and hence no visible source of income, Run For Your Life, guy with terminal cancer on the road with no visible source of income, the Fugitive, guy on the run from the law on the road with no visible source of income...

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I am sensing a common thread...
 

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Those realities would totally ruin the escapist nature of those shows.

I was a Bronson like character in my 20's. Worked as a waiter or fisherman on Cape Cod summers, lived on leftovers out of the back of my truck in a friends driveway - and saved up enough to ride cross country for 4 months.

Wouldn't be much glamour in a show about how Bronson acquired his "visible source of income" for his adventures.
 

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I was a Bronson like character in my 20's. Worked as a waiter or fisherman on Cape Cod summers, lived on leftovers out of the back of my truck in a friends driveway - and saved up enough to ride cross country for 4 months.
I crossed the country many times on bikes back in the late 60's and early 70's. Remember seeing more CB350 Hondas than any other bike.

Wouldn't be much glamour in a show about how Bronson acquired his "visible source of income" for his adventures.
Yea, who would want to watch "Jeff Bezos on the road" or "Bill Gates hits the highway"?
 
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