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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. www.Legion.org

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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…)

Changing Face of Harley Davidson

Harley-davidsonThe changing face of the Harley Davidson – from rebellion to museums

The Harley Davidson has been living a bit of an odd period in its life lately, with the brand’s 110th anniversary recently seeing it blessed by the Pope at a special celebration in Rome. It’s an interesting turn for a company once seen as being synonymous with rebellion and shifting attitudes.

It was once the case that (more…)

Our Interview with Filmmaker Adam Schomer

Adam_Anand_Praying72dpi-OptimizedFinding The Highest Pass Within Follow-Up – An Interview with the producer, writer and star of the film: Adam Schomer

Several weeks ago Zen Motorcyclist contributor Henry Yampolsky reviewed the film, The Highest Pass, starring Anand Mehrortra, Adam Schomer, and six other motorcycle riders, who traversed the highest pass in the Himalayas while on a spiritual journey of discovering and facing their own deepest fears. Read Henry’s Review of the film here.

We received great feedback in response to the review including a comment from Adam Schomer, the producer, writer and one of the stars of the film.  Henry invited Adam to sit down for an interview for ZenMotorcyclist.com.  During their conversation Henry and Adam talked about the story behind The Highest Pass, some of the key teachings of Anand Mehrotra, facing our own mortality, discovering freedom, and of course about riding motorcycles.  As part of his interview with Henry, Adam made available to readers of Zen Motorcyclist a preview of The Four Sacred Peaks of Freedom (trailer below), a 5-part TV miniseries coming later in 2014 which expands and follows on the lessons of The Highest Pass.  You can hear further details about the miniseries in Henry’s interview with Adam and watch the riveting preview below.

Here is Adam’s interview:

The Highest Pass can be streamed using this link and/or from the Zen Motorcyclist Facebook page.

Here is a preview of Adam’s television series The Four Sacred Peaks of Freedom which is currently raising finances for post production, for more information contact Adam through his website.

The Four Sacred Peaks from Adam Schomer on Vimeo.

The Highest Pass can be streamed using this link and/or from the Zen Motorcyclist Facebook page.

Zen Motorcyclist is currently editing Henry’s interview with Annette Birkmann, author of The Road to Getting Yourself Out of Way – A Journey to Effortless Living. Stay tuned for that interview in the coming weeks.

Finding the Highest Pass Within

Juliya, Anand and IReflections on “The Highest Pass” and the author’s meeting with Anand Mehrotra.

Over the past several weeks, I have made many attempts to write a review of “The Highest Pass”, a motorcycle documentary, featuring 27 year-old modern-Indian mystic and yogi, Anand Mehrotra. Despite having seen the film three times and even having spent time with Anand during a three-day retreat in Madison, Virginia, I could not put my experiences with this transformational leader into words or even fully comprehend what transpired. All I knew is that I changed, changed in ways that I myself could not even describe.

Then it hit me! My inability to review the Highest Pass or to verbalize my experiences with Anand struck at the very heart of his teachings – to find true freedom, we must transcend the limitations, fears and doubts of the mind, and live with our hearts. So, learning from Anand, both through the film and in-person, was an experience that moved me on the heart level, in a way that my mind still cannot fully pronounce.

You see, purely as a story, the Highest Pass brakes no new ground. The idea of a journey which tests, challenges and changes one’s character has been told many times by the likes of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Motorcycle Diaries, Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love and even Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in their infamous Long Way Round and Long Way Down series.

Yet, there is earnestness and depth to this documentary that takes it far beyond prime time India special on Travel or National Geographic channels or a feel-good Netflix flick. This excellent film provides a glimpse into the possibility of living a faithful and fearless life. Hence, what may seem like recklessness to the mind – leading a group of relatively inexperienced riders on antiquated, single cylinder Royal Enfields, while dodging the onslaught of chaotic traffic; navigating dirt, gravel and flooded roads; facing altitude sickness at over 17,000 feet above sea level; and riding along the sheer icy edges of the highest motor-able road on Earth – is a young teacher leading by example of living through the heart, taking his students on a journey so harrowing and challenging that it transcends all notions of what human mind can conceive is possible and what only the heart could have the absolute faith in achieving.

I know that the Highest Pass is not for everyone. Some may find the film to be yet another West meets East “feel-good” truism. I myself had wished the movie delved more into the stories, both before and after the trip, of Adam Schomer, the faithful student, and the six riders who joined him and Anand on their life-changing trip. Even a brief glimpse into their lives that the film provides reveals individuals no less remarkable than the feat they accomplished. I wish we knew more of their personal stories so that their transformational experience with Anand would have more of a context.

Still, watching the film and later meeting with Anand were transformational experiences for me because they allowed me to “go beyond mind.” In going beyond my mind and feeling the experiences with my heart, I know I made yet another small step in reaching my own personal highest pass.

The Highest Pass can be streamed from this site using this link as well as from the Zen Motorcyclist Facebook page.

Henry YampolskyAbout the author: Henry Yampolsky is a new rider and writer who finds motorcycling to be an extension of his meditation.  When not riding, writing, meditating or contemplating doing one of the three, Henry spends time with his wife, Juliya, and works as a lawyer in Philadelphia.

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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