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Jason Momoa Discusses Directing and Producing New Motorcycle Series

Jason Momoa is a counterculture rebel. There’s a purpose he’s our Khal Drogo, our Conan the Barbarian, and our superhero, the Aquaman. It’s very uncomplicated: Momoa is a badass, a superhuman guy-beast whose coronary heart pumps motor oil and stomach starves for velocity. He bleeds for bikes, for their component in American heritage, and for the custom of it all. Not too long ago, Momoa has designed it his mission to use his abilities to share the greatest that bike culture has to offer.

In assistance of the United We Will Ride marketing campaign, Momoa created and directed a 6-component series highlighting real Harley-Davidson riders all around the United States. Though this introductory video clip attributes Momoa’s gritty and charming message for navigating COVID-19 and journeying forward to new locations, the forthcoming series will concentrate on a selection of riders and custom culture bike builders and their passion for motorcycling.

The legendary actor and film producer took some time to communicate with Men’s Journal about his new video clip series, problems he faced even though filming throughout COVID, and his eyesight of the long term of bike gatherings and culture.


MEN’S JOURNAL: United We Will Ride is a fantastically filmed limited film showcasing bike riders all around the place who are obtaining their way to force forward in the experience of COVID-19 threats and lockdowns. What problems did you experience even though making this series?
JASON MOMOA: I’m so content you like it. These aren’t actors—these are real riders. We traveled all around the nation in a van with a tiny crew to meet in the intimacy of their houses even though they shared their stories and passion for motorcycling. We took this really critically, traveled safely and securely, and took each precaution and everybody was safe—I’m really proud of that. Whatsoever anyone’s sights are on basic safety concerns linked to COVID, I just really do not want to hurt any person. So we just went out and did our greatest position and experienced good results in that.

This is our basis. And at the same time, I’m not fascinated in likely again to the way factors ended up throughout lockdowns. We went through a little something collectively and we are adapting to the new usual. It’s gonna go away a mark, and it should go away a mark like all scars do. But this a cultural reset and we will move forward in a new way, collectively.

Momoa's new 6-part video series United We Will Ride
A real Harley-Davidson rider showcased in Momoa’s new six-component video clip series collab “United We Will Ride.” Courtesy Harley-Davidson

You have created a multitude of persuasive limited films. What was the eyesight for this series and do you experience you captured it?
It’s about the spirit of motorcycling. Driving delivers us all collectively and the bike group has your again. It doesn’t rely on race, bodyweight, gender, or sexual preferences. It’s a widespread passion that gives again what you put into it. And there are so quite a few countercultures inside countercultures in motorcycling. I really do not judge what type of motorcycling you do you are the one particular out there executing it—and I can relate to that. I experience a lot of peace blasting through the canyons on my bikes, and I know a lot of persons are struggling, so I wanted to share that widespread thread that retains us all collectively. We set out to film all around the place and actually showcase some particular persons, devote time with them, who also share that widespread thread.

The widespread thread currently being a motorcycle—a conduit for joy but also a wealthy American custom, a piece of pure Americana when it arrives to celebrating vintage motorcycling.
Hell yeah! I just watched the leading of our video clip on line with Jochen Zeitz, the new CEO of Harley-Davidson. It was really psychological moment for me. You know, I enjoy the manufacturer so considerably and to be ready to supply a little something like this, a heat message from the coronary heart at a time when they actually will need it, felt potent on my coronary heart. There aren’t a lot of companies, you could in all probability count them on one particular hand, that have survived the Terrific Melancholy, endured both of those environment wars, all the peaks and valleys of our country’s last hundred decades, and now are witnessing and navigating a worldwide pandemic and large social reforms. They can actually reply to the persons and guarantee them that we’ve been through a lot collectively and we’ll get through this as properly. It may perhaps not be the greatest time to go acquire a bike—a lot of persons can’t afford to pay for it suitable now—but it’s the spirit, suitable? I was raised by a single mother who offered for our family members, paycheck to paycheck, but we normally experienced hope.

What was the catalyst that sparked your relentless passion for bikes?
I designed a film about it named Wherever the Wild Stomped In. I was six the to start with time I was on the again of a bike with a family members friend. I have a photo of it. It was my awakening. That was the specific moment I grabbed a maintain of it and hardly ever let go. It’s like when anyone to start with gets on a horse, but for me, no horses—they really do not like me and I really do not like them, even even though I have to trip them for my position. But I grabbed maintain of a bike and I moved and rode and acquired at ease and I enjoy it. It’s develop into component of my DNA. Currently being in that wind and escalating up in Iowa, I could get out there. I experienced every thing I essential and I liked it.

Jason Momoa biking sidecar
Courtesy Harley-Davidson

And due to the fact then, through your passions for using and building, you have develop into an ambassador for using. And you have develop into infatuated with bike heritage and early racing?
I enjoy using and building previous bikes. I have bikes from between all around 1915 and 1932. I went way again and all the fellas I seem up to are actually fucking previous [laughs]. There are some badass names that nonetheless do it, like Mark Walker, Mel Stultz and all the fellas from The Race of Gentlemen (TROG), and the Outrageous Eights of The Frozen Couple of. They’re all family members now and have encouraged me and welcomed me. I enjoy what Billy Lane has finished with Sons of Velocity Classic Bike Race—it’s fucking outrageous leaping on individuals previous bikes, guy. You get likely one hundred miles an hour all around individuals tracks. It’s rigorous.

You are an advocate for all sorts of using. What is your view on today’s bike culture?
I enjoy the simplicity of it, the culture that it brings—it’s normally about the persons who trip. I enjoy the counterculture of it all. I grew up a skateboarder, a surfer, and a climber. I could put my skateboard and climbing footwear on my bike and just go. And there are so quite a few countercultures within of countercultures, so quite a few various varieties of riders and specializations inside the large environment of bike lovers.

Jason Momoa / Jeff Lipsky
Jeff Lipsky

Wherever are we headed now? What do you think the long term retains for bike gatherings, displays and rallies?
A lot of persons are actually revolting against what is happening suitable now—summer rallies, displays and gatherings cancelled or held on line in a digital version. I actually wanted to make it to TROG this yr, and I’m tremendous bummed its not happening. Born Absolutely free Exhibit was just cancelled. But then seem at Sturgis, they’re executing it suitable now. People are normally likely to rebel and assemble. I think it’s likely to continue on on and get even bigger, specially with the way technological innovation is relocating suitable now. There’s a whole new generation that isn’t even knowledgeable, doesn’t know about the board monitor racers—those fellas ended up fuckin’ rockstars. They ripped all around individuals wooden tracks in the twenties and if they fell, the wooden splinters would gorge them. It was outrageous to be using one hundred miles an hour at that time on individuals flimsy bikes. And now, we’ll have e-technological innovation that will be ready to do stuff like that and carry it again.

You have a actually balanced standpoint on motorcycling: respect the past but invest in the long term. Does that sort of sum your placement and outlook on what is to occur?
I necessarily mean, persons produced adventure touring—we did that. We took stock bikes and we converted them for adventure touring. Which is what we do, we strip it down, we make it speedier, we make it go additional and we make it climb better. We get out there in the mountains on bikes and force them in each way feasible. And it’s just a matter of time when we can get out additional and for for a longer time with e-technological innovation. Perhaps it will be tied in additional with solar power or solar charging. And we’ll be ready to choose these bikes and stay out in the wild, in the mother nature, and off the grid. And to be out there on electrical bikes and not go away a hefty or destructive carbon footprint—that’s the long term. I enjoy all types of using. But to choose some of this long term-pondering tech and tie it to a little something particular from the past can make it even improved.

So you think electrical bikes will perform a significant purpose in the long term?
Surely a significant component of it. Search, it’s all likely to occur and it has to occur. You and I have both of those ridden the H-D LiveWire, but when they make an off-road version? Wow! I’d enjoy to choose that point aside, rip individuals fenders off, put on large tires and just go wild and race it at TROG. Just choose it there and rip [Momoa yells bikes seems like BRAAAP! BRAAAP!]. Are you fucking kidding me? Which is likely to be unbelievable! Which is what sizzling-rodding is all about—that’s what they did. Set the fastest goddamn motor on it, strip it down, and then race it. As long as the spirit is there, it’s normally about tinkering with various technologies and wrenching in garages to occur up with distinctive thoughts.


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