Welcome to Friday Fudge – a weekly round up of the more ‘unusual’ motorcycle related stories that are just too silly to post on their own, but raise a much bigger chortle when you slap them all together and take the piss.
Last Monday was Halloween, which was probably the inspiration for this YouTube video featuring a motorcycle riding father, with what looks like a baby hanging on for dear life – or is it? This is one costume that would be fun to try out in a state without helmet laws.
Right on track
How do you relax in your downtime, if you’re a zillionaire? How about taking a ride on your own mile-long private race track?
That’s what Alan Wilzig does at his home in the Hamptons. Wilzig, who happens to like both race cars and race bikes, is one of those one per cent the Occupy movement keeps complaining about. But at least he’s done something worthwhile with his dough – he’s got a 40-foot wide racetrack winding through the front of his estate, so he can keep his amateur racing skills sharp.
Of course, like most private racetracks, Wilzig’s circuit has proved the adage from Kevin Costner’s Field of Dreams: If you build it, they will be bummed. At least, we think it went something like that. In any case, the neighbours didn’t like it. But that’s the advantage of being filthy rich – Wilzig had the money to fight them in court, so he did. And won. And now he can practice gratuitous powerslides in his front yard. Must be nice!
Story source: Jalopnik
Hunting for trouble
Are the Hells Angels trying to present themselves as modern-day Robin Hoods?
Authorities in Auckland, New Zealand, have been concerned about the rate deer have been disappearing from a local state forest.
After an investigation and search warrants, they’ve arrested five patched Hells Angels and four associates, who they claim shot dozens of deer in the park over the last year and may be about to pay deerly for their crimes (badum!).
You may not be aware that Robin Hood got his outlaw career started by poaching deer. However, much of that made it to feed the poor. We’re not sure if the Kiwi Angels got to that last bit. Maybe they just got tired of deer eating their clubhouse lawn and decided to start a turf war.
Story source: Visordown
While poaching deer is unsporting, at least it’s something you might expect of wild, lawless men living on the the fringes of society.
Given that, we’d have to say New Zealand’s Hells Angels have a lot more street cred than their Californian brothers, who got themselves in a shooting war over Starbucks coffee, police say.
Yes, you read that right. California law enforcement says an ongoing biker feud between the state’s Hells Angels and Vagos outlaw motorcycle gangs started when both groups decided they wanted to claim a Santa Cruz Starbucks as their latte-sipping turf back in 2010. Since then, fists and bullets have been flying, and the body count continues to rise.
As far as we know, the Vagos don’t have any presence in Canada, but should they decide to expand north, watch out – you might want to steer clear of any Tim Hortons around their clubhouse, in case those double-doubles turn into double barrels.
Story source: Reuters
A two-wheeled costume
Although we don’t know what you did for a costume for Halloween was last Monday, we bet one or two of you transformed yourself into a motorcycle. But, did you think of transforming yourself into a Transformer that transforms into a motorcycle? This guy did!