By Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman

An angel spreads his wings. . . .

Sonny Barger is the number-one spokesman for the motorbike adventure. His New York Times bestseller, Hell's Angel, was once an exciting background of his adventures with the world's such a lot infamous motorbike membership. Now he brings us rousing, relocating, and wildly interesting actual tales of his renegade brothers and sisters within the relentless pursuit of liberty, individuality, and the "ultimate ride."

And what tales he has to inform -- freewheeling, bare-knuckle stories of brawls and battles, brotherhood, breathtaking adventures, loopy quests, and the inevitable vintage scrapes with "John Law." the main colourful legends and unforgettable characters of biker lore come alive during this ebook. additionally, celebrities like Steve McQueen, Johnny Paycheck, and David Crosby thunder via those pages in a sensational selection of insurgent stories that runs the gamut from poignant and encouraging to exciting and completely outrageous.

Whether you journey, have by no means ridden, or dream of driving, Ridin' excessive, Livin' Free is a studying adventure you will not quickly put out of your mind -- a desirable glimpse right into a distinct tradition of freedom that acknowledges just one commandment: the code of the line.

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Willie not just discovered firsthand approximately bikes, he now had a motorcycle quickly sufficient to whip Tobie, Lulu, and Hooker at the open highway. Thirty-plus years later, Willie, now dubbed “Poor Hop” through the opposite participants, is still a member in sturdy status. B efore he turned an East Bay Dragon, Brother Van often took his spouse and young children out on Sunday drives. As they cruised down East 14th, they stopped at a site visitors mild at 94th street. 3 Dragons—Bags, Jay Pettis, and terrible Hop— Ridin’ excessive, Livin’ loose sixty nine rumbled to a cease correct subsequent to Van’s vehicle. Van lived in Oakland, yet this was once the 1st time he had obvious those characters. So he yelled out of his window to the bikers, “Hey! are you able to men do a wheel stand for my young ones? ” “No. We don’t do this stuff anymore. ” the sunshine was once nonetheless crimson. “Would you do one for my spouse? ” “Naw. ” Seconds sooner than the sunshine became eco-friendly. “How approximately doin’ one for me? ” because the gentle grew to become eco-friendly, all 3 motorcycles flew up within the air and popped wheelies. Ever the showman, baggage even shifted his motorbike in midair. And that’s while the motorbike computer virus bit Van. Van’s spouse instantly learn his techniques and took the offensive. “You don’t desire certainly one of those,” she acknowledged. however it used to be too past due. His head was once within the clouds. “God,” Van inspiration, “I’ve bought to have a type of. ” Van’s first motorcycle used to be a super-raggedy Panhead. It had no outer fundamental conceal, the seat used to be rickety, and it used to be rusty as hell. however it ran. After Van started wrenching the Pan, he quickly joined up with the Dragons. To this present day, Van swears not anyone can outbuild him. He figures he’s equipped many of the quickest motorcycles in all of Oakland. (“Only Brother Bap’s contact of Gold comes shut. ”) lots of the Dragons agree. Van’s earliest motorcycles have been constantly lovely, however it was once purely after Tobie Gene and a few different contributors raced their motorcycles on the Fremont Drag Strip (and whipped Van’s ass at the music) that his rides needed to be quickly, too. these days each motorcycle that comes out of Van’s storage often comes out sideways, speedy . . . and, certain, beautiful. at some point Tiger Paw and Van prepare a kickin’ ’72 Lowrider basket case for a cross-state journey Van had deliberate. They accomplished the motorbike on a Sunday morning, and Van wasted little time heading out. He rolled the Lowrider out of Oakland presently sooner than midday and hit 70 Ralph “Sonny” Barger the street. An hour or so later, on the road five junction, Van hit a bit dip and bounced. Off flew the carburetor. The bolts had labored their means off via vibration. determined, Van amassed the carb, walked out right into a cow pasture, discovered a few baling twine, and stressed out up the carburetor so tight he may virtually stand on it. again at the street with a vengeance, Van throttled that Lowrider relentlessly, chasing via Texas, Oklahoma, and all of the long ago with no unmarried breakdown. however it was once someplace round Albuquerque at the hours of darkness whilst Van started to become bored and sleepy. a mix of exhaustion and wind kick back verified Van’s stamina. He may perhaps see the town lighting method off within the distance, and simply the concept of attaining the city saved him from snoozing off on the handlebars.

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