The American Motorcycle

Dates: June 3-10, 2021

Meets: Th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Online Zoom

Tuition Fee: $50.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.

This class will cover some brief history, technology, and pop culture of the motorcycle from the bicycle to the steel horse we know today. The story of the American Harley Davidson will be the focus along with a discussion of Harley's major competitors and obstacles both foreign and domestic. The culture of the motorcycle has left a permanent mark on the world from the criminal behavior of the so called 1% post WWII clubs to the B-movies that shape how we feel about "bikers". From The Wild Ones to Easy Rider to Sons of Anarchy and other iconic biker movies, you will watch, and we will discuss their impacts on society's fascination with the motorcycle.

Motorcycles offer freedom to every generation, but it's not been all burnouts and leather. Today motorcycle enthusiast dedicate their lives to travel and charity, but the image and persona of the big bad biker persists throughout our collective lifestyles, fashion, music, and even politics.
Join Nick "Willy James" Nichols down the virtual winding road of biker history, cinema and culture.

Odyssey suggests that this course be for participants 18 years and over, due to some of the content of the films and some of the more adult discussion that will follow.


Thurs., June 3 & 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST
Fee: $50.00

Online Zoom

William Nichols

Nick Nichols, JHU MS '92, is a motorcyclist, amateur historian, and well-traveled wanderer since 1996. He has watched way too many biker movies and been to every major bike week in the U.S. Nick has been a member of several riding clubs and is currently enjoying his third motorcycle (his first Harley) and loving every minute of it!
Date Day Time Location
06/03/2021Thursday7 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom
06/10/2021Thursday7 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom


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