I have been streaming video content for a few years now (versus having a cable or satellite account) and have found it super liberating to feel completely free of the networks and their (thankfully) diminishing mind control. No longer do I care when a show is on or even what shows are popular, let alone what the talking head newspeople tell me to think. I just think about what I am interested in and search for it through Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, etc… Sometimes that search proves fruitless but the other night it worked out just fine. I was in the mood for something related to the 70’s chopper scene but I was not looking for an Easy Rider knockoff movie. What I found was more like something shot on a home video camera but with a surprising amount of scenic riding shots and road trip moments. There was definitely a well-done artistic approach to this film and
I connected immediately to the “real” riding aspect of it.
Described as a simple poetic documentary film about the chopper life, Free To Wander was put together by motorcycle builder/artist Rich Grabbe. This was Rich’s first attempt at a film and although it is certainly an indie, low-budget production, I loved his approach. I’m not even a chopper rider but this film claims to “have a tone and spirit that all bikers can connect with.” It definitely does. Filmed entirely in the Midwest of America as well
as New York City, Free To Wander is about old school choppers and the men who ride them long distances. Personally, I’ve ridden many 500+ mile days over the years but the riders in this 2013 flick were camping in tents and riding those miles without the benefits of hard luggage and forgiving, sport touring suspensions. Check out Free To Wander on Prime when you find yourself in the mood for something totally different. I think you will agree that it really puts you right there amidst these riders and their bohemian attitudes and experiences in a very unique way.
A bare bones film to be sure, I found it to be an honest peek into the world of bikers who have just as much in common with sport touring riders like myself as they DO NOT. We share a love for the open road and a camaraderie with our riding buddies, but we choose to approach our like-minded
passion in very different ways. Open your mind and seek out content like this even if you do not dig this particular film. In other words, feel “free to wander” the internet for cool moto-films, shows and content in general. It’s worth the exploration.
A few months ago I featured fellow musician/rider/friend Scott Duboys in this column. Sadly, he recently lost his mom at 85 years of age. This picture of her was so cool I just had to give her props and a proper memorial send-off to Heaven in this column. Personally, I lost my mother to Cancer when I
was seventeen so I have a special appreciation for when someone I know loses their mom. In tribute to Lorraine Sophia Levy-Duboys, I give you this awesome motormaidstyle photo of her on a 1949 Harley Davidson Springer back in the proverbial day. Lorraine ran law offices in Manhattan in the early 70’s, and used to tell the lawyers to just show up so they could sign all of the legal work that she actually put together on their behalf. She didn’t have a law degree, but she might as well have. She also ran an immigration law firm in NYC, when immigration was much different than it is nowadays. Additionally she was a court reporter for the Southern District of Manhattan and worked beside fellow court reporter, Harvey Keitel, who later became the famous actor. Just a couple of weeks before her passing, she was helping an elderly lady from a foreclosure, when she should’ve really been helping herself. But that’s what selfless people do. Damn, doesn’t the world need more folks like her these days?! Rest in peace Lorraine and please tell my mom hello for me.
(Lorraine Sophia Levy-Duboys 5/29/1934 – 7-13-2019)