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 the ‘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 event itself, but the teamwork and creativity that goes into building a bike.
Dirtbag II also 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, and above all else, to make it your own.
“Dirtbag II -The Return of the Rattler” won the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Motorcycle Film Festival in NYC.