The Purple Helmets
The Purple Helmets
by Duke Video
Running Time: 73 minutes, plus extras.
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I have no idea how to describe The Purple Helmets. How
about "Monty Python's frat-boy nephews meet Benny Hill"?
Lloyd meets the Monkees"?
If you've ever watched any coverage of the Isle of
Man TT, you've probably seen those wacko guys in dirty
brown dusters riding beater Honda 90's and entertaining
the crowds between races with totally outrageous stunts.
At least that's how I was first introduced to The Purple
Helmets. I never realized they had a video where
you can get your fill of their antics, but here it is.
Actually, "stunts" may be a misnomer. Their
schtick is trying to look serious by emulating a
motorcycle precision riding team, but every stunt ends
in miserable failure. It's very good comedy,
because they revel in making a mess out of everything
On a deeper level, The Purple Helmets represent a
sort of anti-motorcycling theme. That is, they
represent an anti- everything approach to a the type of
motorcycling that most of us take too seriously.
Safety, clothing, correct riding and Beemers costing 14
large are the polar opposite of everything The Purple
If this DVD was filmed in black & white and filmed at
about 20 frames per second, you'd swear you were
watching a classic slapstick comedy from the 1920's.
The team appears incredibly goofy in their oversize and
antique military coats, and their beat up Honda 90's
look like they're held together by baling wire and duct
tape -- and probably are.
The video includes 73 minutes of craziness, including
formation riding, outrageous antics on public roads,
stunts, bin racing (half the team rides, towing the
other half in sawn-off garbage cans, or "bins"), "Rocket
Man", the "Ring of Liquid" and zillions of crashes and
mishaps, both planned and unplanned.
And there's more: burnouts on pub floors, naked
highsides, and the "crash and burn" method of removing
mud from the bikes after an off-road jaunt.
The Purple Helmets apparently started out as a group
of friends just having fun. They've become
somewhat more organized over the years -- although using
the word "organized" in the same sentence as "The Purple
Helmets" is a stretch -- and entertain throughout Europe
at various motorcycle related events.
The video includes many clips from their gigs and
lots of Honda 90 off-road adventures. The poor
bikes are beaten to a pulp time and time again, and seem
to keep coming back for more.
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