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Wrenchers video

March 14, 2013

A dozen years ago, Kim and two friends at Berkeley made this movie about people who work on their old motorbikes. It was a class project, to produce a film about an ethnographic subculture, and bikers was their chosen group.

It shows some of our friends riding and telling stories at swap meets or campgrounds or in parking lots. There was a bit from Zeitgeist and another at Scuderia, which are both still prevalent locales today. And some road scenes from Alice’s Restaurant and the Nicasio Reservoir near Novato.

I’ve always enjoyed watching the film, even with the little quirks that came with using audio/visual equipment for the first time. In 2001, many of the cameras and video editing programs were not cheap and simple and at our fingertips like they can be today.

Someday I hope to make (or help somebody else to make) a short movie about playing around with 100 year old motorbikes. Not a static film of the bikes in a museum, but showing them being alive; ridden, worked on and enjoyed. Until then, we can play around with the Occhio Lungo website.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Abbott permalink
    March 14, 2013 12:52 pm

    That was a real treat. And people pay big bucks for some of those effects! I grinned the whole way through. Is Lohstroh a stage name or were you single then?
    Thanks, Jim A., Tucson, AZ

  2. Doug Lyon permalink
    March 14, 2013 12:54 pm

    Delightfully atmospheric – I loved it!

  3. John Quirke permalink
    March 14, 2013 3:01 pm

    one word ” Atmospheric” Doug was right

  4. March 14, 2013 4:07 pm

    Cool video with Nor Cal vibe I tink. Would be super cool to cover the oldies, American and other. I’ve been in this since 23 years ago and only heard them run a couple of times in person but there is cool stuff on youtube too. First time I heard Willie Chambers fire up an 8 valve Indian it was in person, up close, and a profound shock. Serious racing was the message!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. March 15, 2013 3:39 am

    An excellent chilled out film. Of interest was the Bianchi which I have not seen before, with the ‘bobby dodgers’ ai the end of the siencer to reduce the melifluous note!

    • March 15, 2013 7:51 am

      That Bianchi was a neat bike. 500cc OHV, rear swingarm in 1935. It was all original, even the old red rubber inner tubes. We found it cheap on ebay in Torino, Italy and bought it for Kim in the year 2000. But the seat height and bike weight were too much for her, so we sold it on and go her the little KSS instead. It was a neat bike though.

  6. Kelvin permalink
    March 15, 2013 6:03 am

    Really good stuff. It feels like my own experiences with good friends and great bikes just doing life. Atmospheric is good!!

  7. Anonymous permalink
    March 15, 2013 8:54 am

    very cool!

  8. Roy Caldwell permalink
    March 16, 2013 8:05 am

    Most Excellent!!!

  9. Harold permalink
    April 19, 2013 1:01 pm

    Just the treat I needed on a rainy day in BC

  10. doug permalink
    April 24, 2013 11:37 am

    great film. But what is the music towards the end? Liked it.


    • April 24, 2013 1:01 pm

      The first song is Tom Waits, the second is by Modest Mouse, “trailer trash”.

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