I’ve been doing a little research on songwriter Bob Dylan. Like most riders, I already knew about his mysterious wreck near Woodstock, New York, in 1966, where he dumped his Triumph, injured himself to an unknown degree, and went into seclusion for a while.
However, in reading through books about Dylan, interviews with people who knew him prior to his arrival in Greenwich Village, and his own Chronicles: Volume One (2004) I turned up a few references to Harleys, time spent running with the biker boys in his hometown, even being a bit of a “rough, tough” character. I don’t know how true any of that is, but he apparently did spend some time around riders, as seen in the photos below.
1966, on the Triumph he later wrecked:
I always cringe at this one, because for some reason he’s dangling his feet – not a smart thing to do and goofy-lookin’ to boot!
The passenger below is identified as “Sebastian,” but I don’t who Sebastian is:
I’m not sure of the year – probably mid-’60s – but he appears to be riding a Japanese bike; maybe a Honda:
and in 2004, back on a Harley-Davidson!
One more, of the man on an entirely different kind of bike…
…but wearing a motorcycle club jacket. Go figure!
The unknown passenger is
Douglas T Gilbert
More pictures of him and Bob in the book