The Motorcycle 101 Of Ride With Norman Reedus

There are a host of cliché’s that could be used to introduce this story, but sticking with the down and dirty approach, ‘Ride with Norman Reedus’ debuts this week on AMC.

To the thrill of 2.8 million twitter followers, 4 million on Instagram and countless Walking Dead fans, actor Norman Reedus will ride into a six part reality series which promises to take viewers into the motorcycle culture.

Clutch and Chrome has searched every corner of the internet to bring the latest news and photographs on what we can expect this Sunday. If readers haven’t already seen what’s been covered in our previous reports about ‘Ride with Norman Reedus’, they can be found here, here, here, here and here.

Not only will linking to these articles save us repeating huge paragraphs of what's already been covered, it validates our credentials of being both fans of Mr. Reedus as well as AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’,

With the motorcycle world being such a rich and diverse community ‘Ride with Norman Reedus’ has many looking forward to Sunday, June 12th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Enjoying a line-up of record-breaking shows, AMC hopes this new mini-series will capture the enthusiasm of not only fans of actor Norman Reedus but the worldwide legion of ‘The Walking Dead’ viewers as well. As for grabbing the interest of bikers, well, being riders ourselves we feel comfortable stating the obvious, we’re easy. Tell us there will be anything with two-wheels on the screen for more than five minutes and we’re watching.

The idea itself appears to be a ratings ‘no-brainer’. So much so, when Joel Stillerman, President of original programming and development for AMC, called the actor with the idea it didn’t take more than a second for Reedus to accept the offer.

Norman Reedus pushing a motorcycle out in California - Season 1, Episode 1 Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/AMC

As we roar towards the premiere here are some insights into the show’s host, what we can expect and a final few thoughts before its premiere.

Over the last week, Reedus has been promoting the show and discussing his motorcycle past which should be colorful and thorough enough for the most hardcore biker-cynic. Learning to ride on a friend’s Yamaha YZ-80, the first motorcycle the actor owned was a Buell X1 Lightning. According to reports, Reedus bought this when he was 19 or 20, however if this was his first motorcycle the actor would’ve been 30 when the famous face purchased the equally well-known sportsbike as this motorcycle wasn’t produced until 1999.

With most around the Clutch and Chrome offices north of forty years old ourselves as well as living in the world of reporting, we understand how the younger years blend together and sometimes notes are taken incorrectly, so the above question of facts isn’t a huge issue.

Currently the actor owns five motorcycles with the newest being a Triumph Tiger 800 which frees riders from the asphalt adventures allowing them to go off-road if they choose. His dream motorcycle would one built by famed custom bike builder Indian Larry who incidentally, died in 2004 making his creations limited and hard to come by.

Never shying from any controversy, Reedus likes to wear a full-face helmet with the actor noting he does some of his best thinking with a helmet on, even reviewing his lines for ‘The Walking Dead’ when riding to the set during filming.

Many may think wearing a helmet gives the actor famous for playing the ever-popular character of Daryl Dixon some anonymity as he rides, Reedus feels his fans knows what his motorcycle looks like, so that may not be case. Speaking of which, the actor’s popularity comes in no small part from his willingness to interact with fans, so he’s never struck us as trying to slip past anyone.

Staying with this apparent humbleness, Reedus doesn’t claim to be a motorcycle expert with this new show.

‘I’m just an enthusiast and want to learn, and with that sometimes comes mistakes,’ he told a reporter in the recent media blitz.

Norman Reedus, Texas - Season 1, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/AMC

Before moving onto details about ‘Ride with Reedus’ one more look at his ‘Walking Dead’ world. It came out during several interviews Reedus rides with co-stars Steven Yeun, who plays long-time character Glenn and new addition Jeffrey Dean Morgan who has stepped into the role of Negan.

Interestingly enough Yeun and Reedus made headlines when the pair stopped to help with an accident as they rode to the Walking Dead set during filming.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s motorcycle passions pre-date his joining the AMC show with the actor featured sitting on his Harley-Davidson Crossbones Softail in 'Stuff magazine' in 2010 as well as being seen on a Harley-Davidson Night Rod in 2012.

If the first mini-series of ‘Ride with Norman Reedus’ is successful, Reedus has said he would like to have both his co-stars appear in a future episode. Bearing in mind Daryl and Glenn are at the top of the list of characters who may be killed by Negan when the Walking Dead returns, that would make for interesting television.

What can we expect from ‘Ride with Reedus’?

Many of the guest appearances have been covered in the previous reports on Clutch and Chrome referenced above. What we’ve recently come across are eighteen photographs released by AMC and taken from the show.

Norman Reedus with Peter Fonda, Tyler Mullins, and Bryan Mullins - Season 1, Episode 6
Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/AMC

California Fun

Below are photographs from the episodes shot in California.

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Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/AMC

Viva Las Vegas

Below are photographs from the episodes shot in Nevada.

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Louisana

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Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/AMC

And finally, close to home, some photographs from the filming in Georgia.

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Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/AMC

Final Thoughts

Reality television and motorcycles have enjoyed an interesting relationship, the height of which could be considered the bike-building shows that populated the television schedule from 2004 to 2010. However, the downside of that particular run was the sense of staged drama to increase ratings. Everything about ‘Ride with Norman Reedus’ that’s been shown so far, all the interviews given and even the star himself indicates this mini-series will be a much more sincere and certainly fun television show than those earlier years of reality motorcycle television.

While there have been many positive things said about the upcoming show, one television critic remarked it was less about the motorcycle world and more Norman Reedus riding through it. At first glance and in the grand scheme of things, this won’t be a problem. Not only does Reedus have the ability and personality to carry this type of show, as has been noted, he has a large and solid fan base.

However, and we humorously note this next point may be hard for his devoted followers to process, not everyone in the motorcycle world may be a Norman Reedus fan. We know that's a really obscure notion, but it leads to the question, will there be enough two-wheeled action to retain those from the motorcycle community?

Another thought comes from a famous saying from actress Rita Hayworth who achieved fame during the 1940s as America’s sex symbol. Describing her most famous role of Gilda, Hayworth said ‘Every man I knew went to bed with Gilda... and woke up with me’.

Producers of ‘Ride with Norman Reedus, and maybe even the actor himself may wonder how many fans will tune into watch Daryl Dixon or Murphy MacManus to find they are actually watching Reedus without the zombies or elaborate gun battles.

Leaving these questions to be answered by the viewers and subsequent ratings, many around the offices at Clutch and Chrome place much weight in the intangible ‘karma’. This belief-system is popular in the riding community and would explain the large number of ‘big-hearted bikers’ who ride for so many charities and worthy causes. It’s this karma that should guarantee Reedus a hit show, with the actor enjoying the rewards of many years of generosity to his fans and of course the incredible passion he’s shown for riding and the motorcycle world.

‘Ride with Reedus’ will ride out on Sunday June 12th air at  10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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    10/06/2016

    If all articles about Norman Reedus could be that complete and interesting as this one...
    I loved reading it, thank you Clutch and Chrome !

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