Ride-In Movie – Easy Rider Event Report

The Saturday, 18FEB2017 Ride-In Movie “Easy Rider” was a blast from the past.

Attending the movie was most enjoyable however there were not as many bikers attending as I thought there would be. Don’t get me wrong, there was a good turnout so I’m not complaining. 🙂 I think everyone enjoyed seeing Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson again in their young respective roles.

Cowboy HD surprised everyone by changing the advertised menu. Instead of providing popcorn as advertised they provided plenty (at least 20 boxes) of fresh pizza and keg beer! I bet the turnout would have been much better had people known they were going to receive a good meal instead of just popcorn. 😉

The outdoor screen was different to any I had seen before. It resembled a flat wall of one of those inflatable bounce houses, and there was a good sound system.

The movie was started just after sundown when there was still a lot of light in the sky.

The first few minutes of the movie was a little washed out because of this but that didn’t last long.

The rear-projection picture was clear once it got dark.  We enjoyed a brisk, clear evening sky, a good movie, and the camaraderie of other bikers.

This is normally where I would end an event review however this Old-School biker is going to take the opportunity to wax nostalgic. Easy Rider brought back a lot of memories of both life and riding in the late 60’s and early to mid 70’s… some good, some bad. The period music was great, and contrary to a lot of the so-called music today actually said something, with meaning, and complimented the scene(s) it was played with. Whoever chose the specific locations for filming did great!  A significant amount of beautiful scenery, iconic old towns, even shanty areas accurately depicted the era. The desert ruins were **exactly** like the ones I remember on a ride through west Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona on US-90 and US-60/70 during the 70’s, and the “old-fashioned” store fronts were what I grew up with in a small town. Even the depiction of a commune, something that was common during that era, fit neatly into the overall theme. “Back then” there was virtually no visible pollution and plenty of crystal clear skies. Riding was often a pleasure with little traffic and gorgeous views in most places.

Unfortunately there were also “accepted” drawbacks during that time period, especially for bikers, which the movie depicted rather well. The diner scene showed both a budding fascination with bikers, especially among young people who had been taught strict, sometimes Puritanical, “core values” from an early age, and the prevailing prejudice against anyone who was different to an area’s “norm”, especially if they had long hair. The general public didn’t understand a person’s need for individual freedom as was quite accurately explained in Jack Nicholson’s freedom speech to Dennis Hopper. Most people thought you were out-of-sync to want something other than the status-quo, either in appearance or attitude, and were considered a truly bad person should you actually pursue your own version of personal freedom like riding a motorcycle whether it be locally or God-forbid cross-country. Bikers were all considered as “outlaws” on sight and were seldom given the chance to prove otherwise.

The television show “Then Came Bronson”, which came out at approximately the same time as “Easy Rider”, attempted to correct this stereotype by showing a lone biker trying to influence people’s lives for change/good, and is the primary catalyst that caused me to fall in love with both motorcycles and the open road. Of course “Easy Rider” solidified this desire. 🙂 As the movie showed, it was often difficult for a biker to even get a motel room, one reason I often chose to find a nice tucked away spot most nights when on the road. Getting a room just wasn’t worth the hassle **and** the worry of what might happen to your bike once you fell asleep. Fortunately the general public’s acceptance of bikers has significantly improved over the years. Now a biker is often the subject of fascination and (good) envy. I can’t count the number of times in the past few years that (non-biker) people have struck up starry-eyed conversations with me at gas stations and diners, much like the one held at a traffic light during the “Then Came Bronson” opening credits, when I’m traveling on my bike. Those conversations usually end with my saying something like, “Well, you ought to try it. I bet you’d love it.”

In closing I must say I wish the end of the movie had been different, and heard comments from those around me expressing the same opinion as I was preparing to leave… in different words of course. No, I’m not going to spoil the ending for you by elaborating in case you haven’t yet seen this iconic movie. You’ll just have to find that out for yourself.

I sincerely hope Cowboy HD makes ride-in movies a somewhat regular occurrence in the future. 🙂


Ride-In Movie – Easy Rider

ride-in-movie-night-18feb2017The Iconic Movie “Easy Rider” starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson is being shown in Beaumont, TX at Cowboy HD on Saturday, 18FEB2017 beginning at 6:00pm. **Yes, you read it right!!** This is going to be a (motorcycle) Ride-In outdoor movie! The movie lasts approximately 1.5 hours, however please consider doing a little mingling before and after the movie.

**** This is an OPEN event. Non-Dixie Riders Motorcycle Club members are not only WELCOME but ENCOURAGED to attend.  ****

If you prefer not to ride your bike, or don’t own a bike, then you are more than welcome to bring a lawn chair for each person in your group who will be attending.

In case you need a reminder of just how iconic Easy Rider is HERE’S a clip of the start of the movie featuring Steppenwolf’s mega hit song, “Born To Be Wild”, a song that expressed many a biker’s feelings toward the road. 🙂

GPS Coordinates = 30°03’59.0″N 94°08’07.8″W

This event is to bring bikers together for an enjoyable outdoor event classic (drive-in) style.

There will be FREE Popcorn and Beverages. You may bring other food if you wish. No coolers please.

Attendance will include bikers, ** their families**, and other members of the public. Please base your behavior and clothing choice(s) with regard for the families and other non-club people attending.

As always, we hope you are able to come out and join us for the first the first ever motorcycle ride-in movie!

Upcoming Events – February 2012

Here are the events I’m aware of for February.  If you know of any others please send me the details so I can add them.

February 2012

3rd – 5th  (Fri – Sun) – Minneapolis, MN – International Motorcycle Show http://www.motorcycleshows.com/

4th  (Sat) – Knoxville, TN – Easyriders Bike Show http://www.easyridersevents.com/

4th – 6th  (Sat – Mon) – Cincinnati, OH – V-Twin Expo                     http://www.vtwin-expo.com/

10th & 11th  (Fri & Sat) – St. Louis, MO – Wide Open Bike Show & Indoor Swap http://www.wideopenmag.net/

10th – 12th  (Fri – Sun) – Timonium, MD – Timonium Motorcycle Show http://www.cycleshow.net/

10th – 12th  (Fri – Sun) – Columbus, OH – Easyriders Bike Show Tour http://www.easyridersevents.com/

11th  (Sat) – Tigard, OR – Sweetheart Ride                                        http://www.rose-city-mc.org/

18th  (Sat) – Arlington, TX – FIM World Championship Supercross http://www.supercrossonline.com/

18th & 19th  (Sat & Sun) – Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Motorcycle Show http://www.jwswapmeet.com/2012okcshow.html

19th  (Sun) – Novi, MI – Giant Motorcycle Swap Meet http://www.motorcycleswap.com/

24th – 26th  (Fri – Sun) – Valley Center, KS – Park City Chill http://www.bartelproductions.com/

24th – 26th  (Fri – Sun) – Charlotte, NC – International Motorcycle Show http://www.motorcycleshows.com/

25th & 26th  (Sat & Sun) – Salem, NH – Northeast Motorcycle Expo http://www.kevmarv.com/