Twist the Throttle
May 29, 2009 at 1:07 am #2909Always the RunnerParticipant
Do any of you watch “Twist the Throttle” on Discovery’s HD Theater? I came home from college to find that someone in my family had been taping them on a regular basis.
If you have seen it– thoughts on the show?
I love learning where the companies come from and how the models of the bikes evolve. Who’d have thought that Suzuki started as a loom making company?
If you haven’t, here’s a link to some more info on it…May 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm #19043Clay DowlingParticipant
Somebody posted those links here last fall I think. I enjoyed the shows on BMW and Honda. Don’t think I have watched any of the others yet.May 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm #19047eonParticipant
I posted those links back then. I watched most of them online then and I’ve been watching them again now on tv. It’s interesting to see how the program has been altered. They added a new narrator and interviews with motorcycling journalists. Less time spent on the 2 dudes riding the bikes which is a bit of a shame.
While I enjoy the show (especially the history of the companies) each episode is too similar to the others. Each episode can be summarized as follows:
– Company started making bikes after the war to provide cheap transport (seems being a defeated power gave access to an impoverished population who could not afford cars)
– Company started racing in order to prove their bikes worth. Everyone was successful.
– If Japanese, each bike is made in about an hour by robots (both human and mechanical)
– If Italian, each bike is made in however long it takes by wizened craftsmen who sculpt the bike out of junks of Dolomite
– Journalists was lyrical about how this bike changed the world
– Two dudes ride a super fast sport bike and a super fast naked bike round a private track
While each show is not bad I would have liked to see a bit more variation to the format. Still, beats seeing the Harley adverts that are the only other type of bike show I’ve seen.
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