Get a Look at Australian Outlaw Biker Culture in 1%

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Still missing Sons of Anarchy? This new flick might be just what you’re looking for.

For over half a century, we’re been fascinated by outlaw biker culture. The idealized concept of total freedom and the trappings of the lifestyle hold a certain forbidden appeal.

It seems that every generation has a seminal outlaw biker movie that stands as an inspiration to tens of thousands of motorcyclists. While we’re not sating that 1% is that movie, we’re confident that it has a shot at greatness.

Named after a patch worn by many outlaw motorcyclists, 1% chronicles the life and times of a motorcycle club, the Copperheads, based in Australia. That patch is in reference to a statement by the American Motorcycle Association that stated that 99% of all motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens.

Clearly inspired by TV’s Sons of Anarchy1% place a large emphasis on the sense of brotherhood fostered by these clubs, and the loyalty it inspires.

1% Australian Outlaw Biker Movie

While the movie may initially seem to glorify the outlaw biker lifestyle, the trailer shows the ups and downs of life in the club. It’s not all bikes, booze, and girls – at some point, everyone has to answer for their crimes. It doesn’t matter how fast your Harley is, you can’t run forever.

This Australian film opened in 2017 in Canada, with no word yet on a U.S. release as far as we know. From the trailer, we can say with confidence that it’ll be worth checking out on DVD.

Will it join The Wild Ones and Easy Rider in the pantheon of great motorcycle movies? Or will it wallow at the bottom of the barrel like Torque  and Cool as Ice?

As soon as we get a chance to see it with our own two eyes, we’ll let you know. Until then, the trailer will have to suffice.

Longtime motorcyclist and automotive journalist Cam Vanderhorst is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum and MB World, among others.

When he's not busy working on his Harley-Davidson bike, the vastly experienced writer has covered an array of features, reviews, how-tos, op-eds and news stories for Internet Brands' Auto Group and is also a co-founder and co-host of the popular podcast Cammed & Tubbed.

Check him out on Instagram at: Camvanderhorst.

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