Peter Fonda Helps Troy Lee Launch New Line
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Easy Rider himself, Peter Fonda, was on hand to help launch the new Troy Lee Designs collection bearing his name at a launch party at the TLD shop in Laguna Beach.
If there’s one person and image that made motorcycling cool long before shows like “Sons of Anarchy” or “American Chopper” came along, it was Peter Fonda
on the Captain America bike. That raked out chopper with the red, white and blue tank, the lean, lanky Fonda at the controls, embodied freedom of spirit and resistance to authority at a time when our country was undergoing drastic social changes. To this day, the Easy Rider
star still holds a special place in American motorcycling lore, so it’s good to see somebody like Troy Lee honoring him with a special edition of gear and garb.
launched the new Peter Fonda Collection with a special party at Troy’s shop in Laguna Beach December 8. Fonda himself was a special guest at the moto shin-dig where almost 160 fans filled the store to hang out with the original Easy Rider
and to see the new gear launched in his honor. Among the items inspired by Captain America’s iconic red, white and blue digs are an open face TLD helmet in Fonda red/blue, the Peter Fonda red/white/blue gloves, and vintage-styled t-shirts.
“The merchandise has been a long time coming, and we're just beginning now. We sold out everything on hand; helmets, gloves, t-shirts, caps, and posters. Troy had awakened early one morning, three days earlier, and began painting a large piece for the event. The painting was spectacular, and Troy had posters made from it just in time for the event. Another fellow had just finished painting the tank for a replica of my Captain America motorcycle, before he brought it to the shop. It was a very good replica and ran beautifully,” wrote Fonda
in his blog about the event.
Fonda was also fond of a rat scooter that showed up at the party, appropriately pieced together from a hodgepodge of parts, most noticeably film cans used to ship old rolls of reel-to-reel film.
“These shipping cans don't rust and are hard to come by. As we move into a digital film world, these old cans will be sought out for movie paraphernalia by old film buffs,” concluded Fonda.
For all you Easy Rider
fans out there, be sure to check out the latest Peter Fonda Collection by TLD. May the red, white and blue forever wave loud and proud!
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