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New! 'EZ thoughts'
Sep 2009 - Mark Nelson's e-mail got me thinking...
"I wonder if the choice of the song God Damn the Pusher was meant to say that these two were doomed from the beginning. They also looked like they were playing out the words of the one song where it said, “brother can you tell me where a man can lay his head, he just smiled and looked at me, no was all he said”. Because the hotel proprietor just changes the sign with one word. 'NO'. What do you think?"
Karl & Yvonne Coffman, Chesapeake, Va.
New! Latest bike from Karls' latest work - Billy Bike
Aug 2009 - Some people just keep on going - New pictures from the Billy Bike by my friend Karl Koffman.
Quote from Karl & Yvonne's latest e-mail received 24 Jan 2007
Quote from Karl & Yvonne's original e-mail received 19 Nov 2006
This film had a profound influence on me, I was 14 when I saw it in '69. I still ride a hardtail Harley chopper.
The late 60's were strange and savage times in America, leaders assasinated, government militia killing students at university, police beating protesters at national political conventions, soldiers fortunate enough to survive the terrible war in Viet Nam were reviled, and our president was a liar and a crook who would soon be forced out of office.
I think the riders were looking for a place in America where they could belong. Corrupt urban life was symbolized in the Los Angeles scene by the decadent fop who bought the coke. The screaming jets are technology brutalizing the environment. No sane man could live there.
The scene at the hotel is self-evident, No Vacancy.
[ Me ] Yeah, but he didn't even say "no vacancies, sorry", he just shut the door.
[ Dennis's Reply ] You notice that the "Vacancy" sign is lit until the inn keeper sees the bikes ...
The farm is idyllic, Wyatt tells the man he has it made. But the man had told Billy to turn off his machine, and take his hat off at the table. The boys didn't fit in here.
At the commune; Billy is paranoid. I'm not sure why.
[ Me ] Yeah, I get the feeling it's got something to do with the Hitchhiker. ???
[ Dennis's Reply ] Especially at the fuel stop, "He'll see the cash, man."
In the small town they are arrested, befriended by a misfit, threatened and ridiculed, and finally beaten and murdered.
New Orleans and Mardi Gras are just plain weird. LSD heightens the weirdness.
[ Me ] Yeah, definitely weird, I always notice that.
[ Dennis's Reply ] It's unusual that ritualized debauchery has become an institution at Mardi Gras. America is, at heart, a very puritanical nation.
Scenes of ramshackle hovels along back road America reflect the poverty of the Mexican village in the beginning. Only here, no gringoes bring yankee dollars for "Pura Vida"(good life).
After the rednecks in the pickup shot Billy one of them said "We have to go back" I naively thought they were going to help Billy. I was doubly shocked when they shot Wyatt.
My 2 cents worth, and worth every penny.
Cheers! Dennis [ Top of page ]
Liked your websiteand the insights about the movie Easyrider. One thing about the movie that always strikes me as interesting is the fact that the movie is a very "visual" story. To me the moviways strikes me as interesting is the fact that the movie is a very "visual" story. To me the movie is very short on actual dialog, but very strong in its film technique. The heavy scenery shots and many highway shots give strong impressions to the viewer. They tell a story about the 2 main characters and the country they are in and the odessey they appear to be on. This style of composition definately invites the viewer to participate in the interpetation of the film. You participate in the story because of this. And that fact produces personalization on the part of the viewer. This is a highly desirable and successful feat for the composers of a film. I consider Easyrider a film masterpiece. I have enjoyed watching it many times. It did influence me.
The frame alone has 150 hours of finish work at every seem anD joint. There is not a ripple, pit, weld build up or imperfection anywhere. The frame and all the pieces that went to the chrome plater were all highly buffed prior to plating to achieve the highest finish lustre possible. The chrome is glass!!!
I have $27,000 in the bike. Therefore as the saying goes when you're in for a penny you're in for a pound. So if I miss something we'll change it. The clutch and throttle cable both need to be longer. W'e'll do that later, along with fitting the license plate bracket closer to the sissy bar. All minor touches no one would catch except me and a few others,like yourself.
I've attached another picture taken yesterday featuring the jacket and helmet and I have the glasses with the proper lenses also. The bike is in my house so the angles are tough and i'm not a photographer either. I'll get you some great pics at another time.
Again in closing rest assured The Captain is properly represented it's not a half baked version. I pride myself on Excellence therefore, it's as good as it gets and when it comes to the finish it's better...