Friday Fudge

fudge_feature-imageWelcome to Friday Fudge. If it’s weird, funny, or strange motorcycle news, or it just plain won’t fit anywhere else on the site – you’ll find it here.

High-voltage hoonery

Electric motorcycles may not be suitable for long-distance touring, but if you want a compact machine to rip around an abandoned Russian embassy, they’re just the ticket. Watch the video to the end for the amusing outtakes …

Getting away

African motorcycle cabbies sit around, waiting for an escaping hostage. Photo: Wikipedia
African motorcycle cabbies sit around, waiting for an escaping hostage. Photo: Wikipedia

How do you escape when you’re held by terrorists? If you’re in the movies, you hope Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger parachutes into your camp, guns blazing. In real life, you’re more likely to plead with the Red Cross. Unless you’re like a French engineer who recently made a bold escape from Islamic militants in Nigeria.

His cunning plan took place in two parts. First, he tried the doorknob of the room he was held in. Turns out his captors were busy shooting it out with the military, so he cleverly decided to exit the cell.

His next move? No, he didn’t grab an AK-47, a bag of hand grenades, or a bazooka. He didn’t make a homemade set of bow and arrows, and skewer his captors. Instead, he hailed a nearby motorcycle taxi, which whizzed him off to safety. Ingenious, really! We can’t see them putting that in the movies, though.

Source: The Independant

Made in India

Back in the day, Cap rode a "700cc Harley-Davidson."
Back in the day, Cap rode a “700 cc Harley-Davidson” – a “custom special,” naturally.

In today’s brave new world, everybody, even superheroes, have to outsource. Want proof? Click here to check out part of the trailer for the new Captain America flick en route to theatres in coming months.

Cap’s ridden Harley-Davidsons in the funny pages for decades, but they’ve almost always been hulking, made-in-America roadsters. Not anymore – in the new film, he’s riding one of the new Street models, which will be produced in India for the global market (made in Kansas for the North American market). We’re wondering if he’s going to change his uniform to incorporate an Indian flag as well – or perhaps the label on his union suit reads “Made in China”?

OCC rides again

Now, on CMT - Paul Teutul.
Paul Teutul wonders where his shirt sleeves have gone to.

Speaking of fine American pop culture icons, CMG readers will no doubt be happy to hear Paul Teutul Sr., of Orange County Choppers fame, has started a new season of television, after we thought we’d seen the last of him. Instead of educating the masses on the Discovery Channel, though, he’s brought his famed abilities in frame geometry and bike streamlining to CMT. After all, country music fans deserve a chance to learn the fine intricacies of building a high-performance motorcycle, too.

We haven’t seen an episode, but we’re guessing the shows will consist of Teutul building stripped-down streetfighters, shaving off every ounce of excess weight, and maybe even developing some new skills – perhaps he’ll master the fine art of suspension wizardry. Rumours even abound of a Teutul-sponsored CRT effort in MotoGP next season.

Jump chump

Here, a guy goes head-over-heels for his motorcycle.


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