Dale has vowed to locate the machine and make wheels through time its final resting place. Wild bill gelbke was an aeronautical engineer who worked for mcdonnelldouglas, before packing it in during the 60s to pursue his dream of building an advanced, shaftdrive motorcycle. Like hangin in a bar reminiscing with an old friend, telling tails and drinking hamms. In william wild bill gelbke built his own bike called roadog. Join facebook to connect with wild bill and others you may know.
Vietnam veteran who helped build marine corps museum now subject of new biography. No other sex tube is more popular and features more wild bill scenes than pornhub. Built in the 60s by engineer wild bill gelbke, the road dog was, and still is, the largest motorcycle ever built. That time wolseley buried a russian counts twowhee. James butler hickok, better known as wild bill hickok, was a folk hero of the american old west known for his work across the frontier as a drover, wagon master, soldier, spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. Gelbke built several version of the machine from 1963 to 1973. The rear end of the bikes were modified oneton chevy truck differential. Apr 30, 2016 the roadog on display at the national motorcycle museum is the second roadog that wild bill gelbke constructed between19691970.
Cutting edge video commentary on todays hot topics. Gelbke built the roadogs using existing technologies in ways no one else had. The ginormous bike was 17feet long and weighed 3280 pounds. A college graduate with degrees, a photografic memory, a wizard with tools, metal or electronics. Roadog is a motorcycle built by engineer and motorcycle enthusiast wild bill gelbke between 1962 and 1965. The bikes disappeared, only remembered by occasional reprints of photographs and posters. Roadog weighs 3,280 pounds, and is over 16 feet long. This enormous machine was built by william wild bill gelbke in 1965 as his personal ride. Gelbke, who had attended engineering school in wisconsin and at university of southern california, had worked for mcdonnell douglas and also owned two motorcycle shops in chicago and hammond, indiana. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading wild bill. Part showman, salesman, rebel and visionary, and 100 per cent lover of the game of hockey, bill hunter has been witness to, and part of, the lore of canadian sport for 65 years.
Read all about his bikes, his travels, what the bikes are like and his tragic ending in 1978. Rollie free, setting a landspeed record in a borrowed bathing suit. The myth and story of this colorful, larger than life man and his motorcycles. Our mc backed out at the very last minute and bill himself even agreed to take over his duties without any hesitation and did a wonderful job. This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title wild bill. A college graduate with degrees, a photographic memory, a wizard with tools, metal or electronics. All media hype aside, the rocket is not the largest motorcycle ever made. William wild bill gelbke was an american engineer and motorcycle designer. In 1965, william wild bill gelbke built his own bike called roadog. Discover the growing collection of high quality most relevant xxx movies and clips. He is noted for having designed and constructed large motorcycles powered by automobile engines, particularly the roadog and the auto four, the latter a. Oct 01, 2000 his name is william dickenson hunter, but to generations of canadian sports fans hes known best as wild bill. Bikernet editing staff, author at bikernet blog online.
Much like friedl munch, designer of the munch mammoth, bill went outside motorcycling for his engine. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. These days you can ride into the wild west with your modern horsepower, a motorcycle. Gunfighter wild bill hickok jeff bridges travels the frontier, gaining fame and enemies in roughly equal measure. Wild bill gelbke and roadog national motorcycle museum.
He then created what he believed was the ultimate touring motorcycle. It was powered by a four cylnder chevrolet ii car engine with its powerglide transmission, and a cutdown chevrolet truck differential which drove a wide rear wheel. Wild bill and the flying sparks become a fan remove fan. Buffalo bill and wild bill buffalo bill center of the west. Born in 1931, he was unaffected by the great depression and, also, too young to serve in world war ii. The wild bill gelbke book the myth and story of a larger than life individual. The ginormous bike was 17feet long and weighed 3,280 pounds. Im currently writing a second edition of my bathroom book of motorcycle. It was constructed for a friend of wild bills but the friend thought it was too massive to handle so wild bill kept it in storage unused. Sep 30, 2017 like hangin in a bar reminiscing with an old friend, telling tails and drinking hamms.
Wild bill gelbke born 1938, american engineer and motorcycle designer. This is how buzz walneck relates the story of wild bill gelbke and his motorcycle. Mar 10, 2016 herein is a collection of stories, fun and notso. Its a 17 foot long 3300 pound motorcycle this guy built in the 1960s. Hollywood rebel hardcover deckle edge, april 7, 2015. Built in the mid1960s by eccentric engineer wild bill gelbke, the road dog was, and still is, the largest motorcycle ever built. Once on the site, click on the history of wild bill. Free shipping on many items browse your favorite brands affordable prices. This enormous machine was built by william wild bill gelbke in 1965. Wild bills story covers a unique moment in californias history. Wild bill actually managed to sell a handful of them to some evidently. The complete book of flat track racing autographed copy.
Wild bill hickok was an american frontiersman who helped bring order to the frontier west. William gelbke was shot and killed by local police in a domestic dispute. Read william gelbkes life story, offer tributescondolences, send flowers or create a william gelbke online memorial. Im also lucky enough to have this thing sitting in my bike shop daily to check out the superb craftmanship bill gelbke used when building this crazy machine. Wild bill put on more that 20,000 miles in one year on it.
At the same time, it seems that so many people are simply not satisfied with the status quo. Wild bill longed for excitement so in the early 1960s he opened a bike shop in chicago, and began designing and building motorcycles. But overall, the film was a great way to spend a sunday afternoon, especially when compared with some of the lesser films available at the time. Wild bill wood is 19time emmy award winning features reporter at wgno news with a twist, new orleans. Or sitting around the dining room table going through scrapbooks. In a feat of incredible motorcycle engineering the bike utilized aircraft tubing, corvette disc brakes and a chevy truck differential to keep it stable. Something similar to the legendary road dog 5 meter long motorcycle, built by william wild bill gelbke in 1965. Together they cover threequarters of a century of happy events, and sad, which cemented a mans life and character. I was one of the lucky one who got to sit astride it as we moved it from where we keep it, to were it was displayed. Road dog 1965 william wild bill gelbke custom rodder. Download to watch offline and even view it on a big screen using chromecast. Roadog lives at the national motorcycle museum national.
Giant harleydavidson motorcycle near green bay, wisconsin. Along the way, he meets susannah diane lane, his one true love, but spurns her for the outlaw life. Its another big monster motorcycle, measuring over 17 feet. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. As the night goes on the hamms goes down a little easier, stories get grander and tend to get repeated. Country honky tonk americana northampton, ma wild bill and the flying sparks country honky tonk.
He dubbed his creation roadog and began touring the united states on it. The performances are great will poulter will be a star one day, the story is realistic and gritty and the direction for a first timer is spot on. Jul 07, 2016 the untold story behind one of the most iconic motophotos i can think of only two motorcycle photos that are permanently etched in the imaginations of nonmotorcyclists. Other elements of roadogs design were unique to the motorcycle world. As the night goes on the hamms goes down a little easier, stories get. He is noted for having designed and constructed large motorcycles powered by automobile engines, particularly the roadog and the auto four, the latter a motorcycle intended for mass production. He wanted the worlds largest bike, and would later go into production with a smaller version. The roadog 3,200 pound motorcycle biker news online. Loved the interaction between wild bill and calamity jane on the saloon table, although the conversation seemed too modern for the late 1800s. Get the best deals on signed paperback transport books when you shop the largest online selection at. Picture of the week at cyril huze post custom motorcycle.
The national motorcycle museum online store offers a wide variety of unique and historical motorcycle themed books for adults and children including hardtofind service manuals. The powertrain and engine were the same used in the. William wild bill gelbke was one of those who needed more, bigger. Wild bill then toured the country, riding over miles and reaching speeds of mph. Thats because walnecks mean machine is considered the goliath of the motorcycle world and one for the record books. The myth and story of a larger than life individual. The myth and mystery of this colorful, larger than life man and his motorcycles paperback 1978 by buzz walneck author see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions.
It shouldnt have been posted here because the road dog is the most bitchinest machine ever built imo. Detroit diesel the rapom v8 is the most powerful motorcycle in britain, and it runs on pure alcohol. This isnt the type of film youll watch repeatedly but the type youll be glad that youve seen the once. Man becomes myth william wild bill gelbke has become something of a. The oneoff creation disappeared when gelbke did in 1978. Wild bills dj service went above and beyond our expectation.
In 1978, william gelbke was shot and killed by local police in a domestic dispute. William wild bill gelbke 19381979, born in green bay, wisconsin was an american engineer and motorcycle designer. A brief biography of the former new york city police officer below. Cobbled together in the late 1960s by a wacko detroit engineer named wild bill gelbke, roadog weighed 212 tons. Nov 07, 2012 wild bill gelbke was an aeronautical engineer who worked for mcdonnelldouglas, before packing it in during the 60s to pursue his dream of building an advanced, shaftdrive motorcycle equipped with disc brakes, twin headlights, and an automatic transmission. He put over 20,000 miles on it in just the first year alone.
As the story goes, hickok shot a bear that was blocking a road, and, after the. Back in 1965 a guy by the name of william gelbke, also known as wild bill, had just finished construction on this bike and started touring the united states with it. This is how buzz walneck relates the story of wild bill gelbke and his motorcycle roadog. He got to the bar in time, and snapped a picture of wild bill gelbke. Buffalo bill and wild bill hickok first appeared on stage together in september, 1873, and during the next several months. A college graduate with degrees, a photographic memory, a wizard with tools. That dubious honor likely belongs to roadog, a mad maxstyled creation fitted with a chevrolet engine and a 1ton truck differential. It is said that bill put over 20,000 miles on roadog the first year alone. Wild bill hickok biography childhood, life achievements. Visit docs hd and you can also see the roadog, built by the late wild bill gelbke in the 1970s. For those of you who never saw wild bill gelbke s creation named roadog, heres a shortcut. Description facts the myth and story of a larger than life individual. A free spirit who traveled the country to ride and create motorcycles. They took form with a frame built from aircraft tubing.
We were lucky to be able to book bill himself for our wedding. Vietnam veteran who helped build marine corps museum now. Back in 1965 a guy by the name of william gelbke, also known as wild bill, constructed a bike of his own design. Dec 12, 2014 in 1873, buffalo bill cody asked his friend wild bill hickok, to join his combination for the staging of a play written by hiram robbins titled scouts of the plains. Wild bill gelbke was an aeronautical engineer who worked for mcdonnelldouglas, before packing it in during the 60s to pursue his dream of building an advanced, shaftdrive motorcycle equipped with disc brakes, twin headlights, and an automatic transmission. It is said that bill put over 20,000 miles on the first year alone on it. Read william gelbke s life story, offer tributescondolences, send flowers or create a william gelbke online memorial.
An early checkpoint in the legend of wild bill is his mano a mano victory over a bear circa 1861. He sometimes meets up with his friend and occasional lover, calamity jane ellen barkin, and he headlines for awhile in a traveling circus. The powertrain and engine were the same used in the chevy ii nova. Finally in the mid1990s they resurfaced, and are owned by private collectors. Wild bill gelbke was killed in the late 70s in a shootout with police when a domestic dispute took a turn for the worst. Mar 23, 2012 so, if you want to take break and watch something engaging then do so by watching wild bill. The untold story behind one of the most iconic motophotos. In the days of wild bill, horsepower meant something much different. From 1966 to 1973, munch used a range of four cylinder nsu car engines. William wild bill weise retired from active duty in the u.
William wild bill gelbke was one of those who needed more, bigger and different in his personal ride. Wild bill gelbke born 1938, american engineer and motorcycle designer william guarnere 19232014, american soldier in the 101st airborne during world war ii, made famous by the miniseries band of brothers. Created by a man named wild bill gelbke, the roadog at 17 feet long and over 3000 lbs is the largest motorcycle ever built. The untold story behind one of the most iconic moto. The behemoth you see in the photo is whats called the roadog, a motorcycle built back in 1965 by a guy named william wild bill gelbke.1161 864 1512 956 322 1400 1499 58 736 1102 560 188 289 811 77 659 7 1217 1064 601 36 1168 710 1219 1213 230 146 444 814 932 1152 1477 529 1261 542 267