SOA – Special appearence by Sonny Barger

SOA-logoSons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club. In the season 3 Finale a special appearance is made by Sonny Barger, who was a founding member of the Oakland Chapter of the Hells Angels.

Sony Barger played a character named “Lenny the Pimp” Janowitz, who is a founding member of the fictional Sons of Anarchy  MC.

84 Shovels on the FX Community forum wrote “This reminds me of something I was pondering the other night after the finale… was wondering if SOA has made real 1% clubs have to put up with more people approaching them, as if they’re nice-guy-celebs. Reminded me of some years back when I was biking up Yosemite way with a group of friends. We pulled into a station to gas up, and a minute later a group of HA pulled in to do the same. I glanced up and went back about my business, having no particular affinity for 1%ers, and knowing they certainly had no affinity for us. One of my friends, however, was smitten (6’8 guy with a beard, looks like he just broke outa prison)…. He was crushed when he said hi to one of them and they ignored him. “YA THINK?” So I can only imagine the extra attention 1%’ers are getting NOW with SOA on the air… I would bet many people will be stupid enough to think of real club members as “buddies.”

bikerdave65429 had a different view  “ya know , i gotta say something here , now i see some folks on here that are still trying to perpetuate the old stereo type for bikers and 1% clubs and its realy getting on my nerves , many of us on here (who are in the life or are very knowledgable about it ) have spent alot of time and energy trying to get the “citizens” on here straight on the fact that just because we ride a bike and wear leather , it dont meen we are Atilla the hun looking to rape and pillage , then a few of ya’ll come on here and act like “oh any guy in a 1% club wont speak to you or they are scary and mean ” BS i sat down with sonny 2 weeks ago at “a book signing” and he was a great guy , and there was patches from all over the eastern seaboard walking around , i spoke with many of them and said hello to every guy i made eye contact with , not a single one was rude , disrespected me (for not having the same patch on my back ) or anything else , so lighten up on the bikers are bad attitude a little bit ya’ll ok ? as for sonny’s guest shot on the show , i thought he was great for that part , and his speach was very clear , when we met i had to lean in to realy hear him well because he speaks very softly . the man is a legend whether you like it or not and whether you respect it or not , so act like grown ups . just my 2 cents , whether you agree or not .”

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New TV Series on Café Racers Adds “Cool” to the Boob Tube

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Are you tired of soap opera-styled motorcycle building shows?  You know what I’m talking about – TV shows that focus more on staged family feuding and pseudo-deadlines than the art of motorcycle building.  Then you add the fact that these shows, more often than not, feature glorified bolt-on components and flashy paint rather than real design and fabrication.

Well, hope is on the horizon.  On October 13, the new series – Café Racer – airs on The Discovery Channel.  There is not much in the motorcycling world that is cooler than a one-of-kind café racer.  The appeal here is the uniqueness and diversity.  Café racers are built around any engine configuration, not just the overexposed V-twin.  On the series, I am sure we’ll see singles, parallel twins, triples and even a few fours.

The show will feature “visionary motorcycle builders” in the United States and England.  The producers say they are looking for the “perfect combination of style and speed.”  The high definition series will feature celebrity enthusiasts like musician Billy Joel and actor Jason Lee.  That’s all well and good, but what really piqued my interest is that Super-bike racing brothers Ben and Eric Bostrom will test ride some of the creations.  The inclusion of the speedy siblings adds another level of credibility and cool to the show.

You can learn more about the new show and see the trailer video at