DIRT BAG II: RETURN OF THE RATTLER
The premise of The Return of the Rattler is simple. Four men decide to participate in the Dirtbag Challenge held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Contestants in the challenge have one month to build a working and rideable chopper for less than $1000. Contestants must then ride the Frankenstein-esque chopper 100 miles without it breaking down. Seems like a simple enough task for seasoned bike builders… But what if one group of contestants had zero experience bike building? What would happen?
The movie is a hilarious look into four inexperienced bike builders as they construct their ‘Rattler’, their custom chopper that started as a beat up Yamaha XS650. Watch as the protagonists cuss, laugh, and argue their way through a unique and fresh learning experience. This movie is not necessarily about the Dirtbag Challenge, but the teamwork and creativity that goes into building a bike.
Dirtbag II features builds from other contestants in the challenge – a Honda CM400 with modified beer bottles for headlamps, a 750 Monster with a girder front end – and encourages viewers to get out there are start creating, regardless of prior experience.
CATEGORY People’s Choice
RUN TIME 56 min
COMPANY Rattler Productions
Paolo Asuncion was first asked to make a film about the Dirtbag Challenge in 2008, but after focusing filming on the event itself, he realized the real story was in the builders. In 2009 Paolo filmed and released the first official Dirtbag film. Being emerged in the Dirtbag culture left Paolo craving more, and wanting to take on a different challenge, Paolo and his friends decided that Dirtbag II should feature themselves as complete bike building novices testing the often heard notion that “anyone can do this.”