Cycle World has covered the new book Rockin’ Garages by Tom Cotter, who interviewed Billy Joel and other musicians about their fascination with motorcycles. Here is an excerpt:
Billy Joel is telling Tom Cotter a story about his buddy, fellow hall-of-fame rock-‘n’-roller Bruce Springsteen.
“Bruce is always looking for a character bike. He has one of the new Triumph Bonnevilles, which is a great bike. I told him about our shop, so he came down in the middle of winter. It’s freezing-minus five degrees-and he wants to take out my Sacred Cow bobber. I said, ‘Are you crazy?’ It’s so cold, and he had no gear, just a helmet. After a ride, he came back and said, ‘I want you to build me that bike.’ So he gave us the specs, and we’re almost finished with it. It started out as a Kawasaki W650. The frame is black and the tank will be metalflake gold. Man, he’s hard core.”
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