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William Shatner Cross Country Ride


8-Day Ride Set To Kick Off From American Wrench Shop On June 23rd

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William Shatner(June 1st, 2015 – New York, NY) The legendary Hollywood icon that captained the Starship Enterprise for over 30 years, William Shatner, is teaming up with American Wrench to create the first-of-its-kind Rivet motorcycle. In conjunction with the release of Rivet, Shatner will be riding across the country to showcase the machine on the open road. The ride will kick off on June 23rd from the American Wrench shop just outside of Chicago. “The Ride” will be an 8-day journey showcasing Rivet in various cities across the United States and will be following the legendary Route 66 for most of the trek.

Accompanying Shatner on the ride will be some of the team from American Wrench and members of The American Legion Riders. Shatner will be meeting with Legion members along the route to raise awareness for the work The American Legion does nationwide. The journey will be making stops in St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Las Vegas before wrapping up in Los Angeles on June 30th.

I am taking another step into the unknown!” said Shatner. “A phenomenal bike made by American Wrench and a 2,400 mile journey, where the road holds the big mystery.”

“The Ride”

The Ride MapThe machine, straight from the creative brain of Shatner alongside American Wrench owner/designer Kevin Sirotek, is the ultimate landjet and unlike anything the world has seen before. A video describing what Rivet is can be seen here.

Having this unique opportunity to design and build a custom machine for William Shatner, we knew it had to be nothing short of amazing,” explains Sirotek. “Our vision with Rivet is simple, to give the most thrilling motor experience possible.”

The journey will also be documented for an upcoming television show. The show will follow Shatner and company on their voyage through each city and traveling along the route. There will be opportunities in each city for people to come out and see the Rivet in person and meet Shatner and the riders. More information on this will be available in the future at American Wrench and Rivet Motors. Fans can follow Shatner @WilliamShatner and Rivet Motors @RivetMotors for up to date announcements.

For more information on American Wrench or “The Ride,” please contact:

Kevin Chiaramonte / PFA Media / (212) 334-6116
Paul Freundlich / PFA Media / (212) 334-6116

About American Wrench

American Wrench, a division of IAE (Illinois Auto Electric Co) is located outside of Chicago. IAE was founded in 1915 by Joseph Sirotek (Kevin Sirotek’s great grandfather) and today it is owned and operated by the Sirotek family. American Wrench has been at the cutting edge of building custom motorcycles, specializing in design innovation and high-performance machines. For decades, they have been committed to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Horsepower.

About Rivet Motors

Rivet Motors was born out of the desire and passion to build machines, which like those who ride them, have command, presence and personality. The goal is to rival the experience a driver would get from any vehicle on the street. Without a formidable machine in the marketplace that provides this experience that William Shatner desired, he partnered with American Wrench and set out to design and develop something that would not just meet his expectations, but blow the minds of everyone who sees, pilots or experiences it. The machine, RIVET, will deliver an experience that rivals the refinements and power of a fine automobile, but does not compromise the raw sensory feedback and grit of a motorcycle on the open road.

About The American Legion

The nation’s largest wartime veteran organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veteran care and rehabilitation, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.

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Why We Ride – Film Review

7-BonnevilleThe film Why We Ride is like an extended and illustrated version of the motorcycle handshake – that momentary gesture of camaraderie that every rider on the road experiences when he or she extends a hand to greet a two-wheeled comrade.

Director Bryan H. Carrol and cinematographers Andrew Waruszewski and Douglas Cheney extend their hand to (more…)

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 sweeping epic film that tells the story of controversial British Army officer T. E. Lawrence during Word War 1. The film concerns Lawrence’s struggle with divided loyalties for both the British Army and the members of the Arabian Desert tribes that he befriends. It’s widely considered one of the greatest films of all time and features such stars as Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Peter O’Toole, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer and Claude Rains.

Lawrence’s death from a motorcycle crash is represented in the beginning of the film. He was just 46 at the time and had just left the service. I had always assumed he was a novice rider whose adventurous spirit got the better of him. The truth is that T. E. Lawrence was an accomplished rider. He owned eight Brough Superior motorcycles over the course of his life, the last of which had not yet been delivered at the time of his death.

Brough manufactured motorcycles in England from 1919 to 1940, most were custom-made and they were considered the Rolls Royce of motorcycles. The photo below is the actual Brough Superior SS1100 that Lawrence was riding in the crash that killed him. Apparently a dip in the road obscured two bicyclists whom he had to swerve to avoid. He was thrown over the handlebars and died six days later.

Courtesy of Joe MiGo via Wikipedia

The reenactment of T.E. Lawrence’s death from the film:

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The Best Bond Bikes

James Bond Skyfall opens in theaters this weekend. In honor of the release and the 50th anniversary of the Bond series my friends at The Biker Store have put together an infographic highlighting the best motorcycles ridden in the Bond films through the years. Please click the image below to view the large infographic.

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The Bourne Legacy Bike Chase

The Bourne Legacy the fourth in the series adapted from Robert Ludlum’s novels stars Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz. This installment again features a motorcycle chase that looks pretty interesting. Renner and Weisz did their own stunts, apparently Renner grew up riding and rides a Triumph Speed Triple. The chase scene in the film supposedly is 20 minutes long. The Bourne Legacy opens August 10th. Can’t wait.

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James Bond Skyfall Bike

Skyfall, installment #23 in the James Bond series, is due to be released in November 2012. Motorcycles aren’t often featured in the series but this film has 007 (played for the 3rd time by Daniel Craig) aboard a Honda CRF250R. The release is scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the series. Skyfall also stars Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and the legendary Albert Finney. Daniel Craig also appeared in the American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Skyfall includes a rooftop motorcycle chase if you can believe it. The trailer is included below.

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What’s Harley Thinking?

Harley Davidson has announced a deal with 20th Century Fox to produce 100 “Sons of Anarchy” models that will retail for $25,000 each at Harley Dealers this fall. The show on FX is now in its 5th season and is contracted to run through 7 seasons. I’ve seen the show, the acting is top-notch but c’mon would you want to ride a bike with Sons of Anarchy plastered to it?

Do we not want to leave this sad, silly stereotype in the past where it belongs? Now Harley Davidson wants to resurrect it so riders can plop down $25,000 to pretend to be bad-ass for a weekend by emulating a television show (which is a contradiction in terms if I ever heard one). I can’t imagine the marketing genius at H-D that dreamed this one up. They must know the snickers and comments this kind of ride will attract. Then again, maybe they just don’t care.

I find it kind of funny that the last news I heard from H-D was that they were fighting to shut down a website that used part of their name for a social networking site. I’ve been to the site, it was well done and did H-D a service in promoting its brand for free; but they forced a name change. Now the news this week is that their going to produce models that pay tribute to a fictitious gang that sells illegal arms. Sounds to me like a shot in the foot. It’s a shame a once proud brand has fallen this far.

What’s next a Discovery Channel Laffing Devils bike? No wonder Willie G. retired.

Men In Black III Bike

The latest installment of the Men In Black series features an organic alien motorcycle this time around. The bike is ridden by comedian and half of the comedy team Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement (writer/singer of one of my friend Debbie’s favorite songs Business Time). Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and changing history.

That would account for the 60’s era costume in the pics. I’m guessing this thing comes alive at some point… The official trailer is below.

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