Filming of the Travel Channel Documentary

'Samurai on Wheels'

Malibu, California - February 1, 2004


Bikes line up behind the camera car with a CHP escort behind


During our 2004 Topanga Canyon event in early January we met a production company who is in the process of filming an upcoming documentary for the Travel Channel called 'Samurai on Wheels' about Japanese motorcycles and the passion their owners have for the bikes. Production on this project, which is due to be aired later this year, has just begun and it is being taped in HD (high definition) format. Our group was given the opportunity to represent V-Max enthusiasts in the US for the project.  On February 1st we met the production crew for a day of on location HD video taping  in the Southern California coastal hills near Malibu just north of Los Angeles and at the Rock Store, a local biker hang out on Mulholland Drive in that area. Documentary is due out around November.

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Bikes at first stop overlooking the Pacific ocean on a beautiful SoCal Sunday


Vmaxes just the way they should be, yellow and purple! Camera crew gets ready to go mobile
    Pat Ahearn & Producer








Chris Mee and Andy Green talk to Quinn Kanaly, the production manager


The group passes the camera car (seen in background) Tail end of the group - Greg Morris on DragonMax
  Line up behind the camera car


Camera car at the front of group Stop for a trip back through the canyon A little explanation of what we are doing next...


CHP escorts for the day. They blocked the roads while we went up and down the canyons Jerry takes the camera man for the last trip back down Mulholland Drive for a different perspective - shooting the group from the side-car.


We had a few other Japanese bikes along with us that day. This is a nice example of a Honda CBX that belongs to Sam Brocato.
DragonMax and Outlaw Jay Leno shows up at the Rock Store to visit


Jay hugs an Outlaw!
  Film crew sets up for ride-in shot to the Rock Store


Interview with Jerry and family in the Vmax sidecar
    Film crew interviews Christina LaGarde


Sue and Christina LaGarde (who rides her own Max!)


Cockpit of Harix's Vmax Sidecar at the Rock Store!
Film crew tapes Greg Varela's interview   2 many Gregs!