"Easy Rider" is the movie that launched a thousand road trips, and if not all of them were on a couple of sweet modified Harleys, well, the spirit was there. Crank up "Born to be Wild," get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway.
In that spirit, the Senate Theater on Michigan Avenue in Detroit is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its release with a moped ride through the city, in the company of three local 'ped clubs -- Motor City Riot, Spinnerettes and the Femme Pedals.
It all happens June 9, a Sunday. The ride rolls off in the afternoon, then returns to the Senate for a party, followed by a screening of "Easy Rider," a fairly bad movie but the most awesome '60s relic ever, starting Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and two H-D panheads. (Fun fact: In the grand tradition of the '60s, choppers and the drugs that pervade the whole film, the bikes and their stunt doubles were stolen before their awesomeness was fully realized.)
This town is so extra. Heavy metal thunder, y'all.