• William Shatner’s Cross-Country Ride On The Rivet One Starts On June 23

William Shatner’s ongoing partnership with American Wrench to create the V-8-powered Rivet One art deco tricycle is now on its last stages as the partners get close and closer to the start of Captain Kirk’s 8-day journey across the United States with the admittedly one-of-a-kind machine that has also taken in the description of a “landjet.”

The journey, which has been billed as “The Ride,” is scheduled to kick off on June 23, 2015 straight from American Wrench’s own shop just outside Chicago, Illinois. Shatner will be piloting the Rivet One on this 2,400-mile journey, most of which will take place in the iconic Route 66 highway that starts in Chicago and ends in Santa Monica, California.

While it would seem like a lonely trip if he’s riding on his own, Shatner will actually have the company of a team from American Wrench and members of The American Legion Riders. In fact, the legendary actor will use the trip to meet with members of the Legion along the route in an effort to raise awareness for the charitable efforts the country’s largest wartime veteran organization does all over the US.

Also, such an adventure wouldn’t be complete without documentation, would it? To the surprise of no one, The Ride will be documented for an upcoming television show, details of which are still being kept under wraps. What we do know is that the show will follow Shatner and his ride mates throughout the entire journey as they travel from city to city until they reach Santa Monica on June 30, 2015.

Continue reading to read more about William Shatner’s 8-day adventure with the Rivet One.

Why it matters

News of William Shatner’s plan to ride the Rivet One three-wheeler first gained traction back in January 2015 when it was announced that he was planning to take one of these high-powered three-wheelers for a cross-country trip in the US.

What we didn’t know then was that Shatner and American Wrench were deadly serious about their plans. So now that the start of the trip is less than a month away, I think it deserves a second round of news attention from media outlets like this one.

If you need a little refresher, the Rivet One is a three-wheeled bike that has a front wheel that can be steered with a single-sided swing-arm, linking it to some rather unusual handlebars. It also has a single-sided front suspension and steering system in the front and a traditional V-8 engine, or as Kevin Sirotek, the VP of marketing for Illinois Auto Electric (American Wrench’s parent company, once said, a plethora of other engine options, including “a hybrid, a mix of a Corvette, a Harley and a hot rod.”

Once it’s ready to hit the open road, Shatner will be one of the first to experience the feeling of riding such a unique three-wheeler. It should make for a lot of publicity, not only for American Wrench, but more importantly, the American Legion.

I for one am excited to keep track of how Shatner and his ride group will fare in what’s shaping up to be an epic adventure.

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Press Release

The legendary Hollywood icon that captained the Starship Enterprise for over 30 years, William Shatner, is teaming up with American Wrench to create the first-of-its-kind Rivet motorcycle. In conjunction with the release of Rivet, Shatner will be riding across the country to showcase the machine on the open road. The ride will kick off on June 23rd from the American Wrench shop just outside of Chicago. "The Ride" will be an 8-day journey showcasing Rivet in various cities across the United States and will be following the legendary Route 66 for most of the trek.

Accompanying Shatner on the ride will be some of the team from American Wrench and members of The American Legion Riders. Shatner will be meeting with Legion members along the route to raise awareness for the work The American Legion does nationwide. The journey will be making stops in St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Las Vegas before wrapping up in Los Angeles on June 30th.

"I am taking another step into the unknown!" said Shatner. "A phenomenal bike made by American Wrench and a 2,400 mile journey, where the road holds the big mystery."

"The Ride"

The machine, straight from the creative brain of Shatner alongside American Wrench owner/designer Kevin Sirotek, is the ultimate landjet and unlike anything the world has seen before. A video describing what Rivet is can be seen at: http://www.rivetmotors.com/what-is-rivet/.

"Having this unique opportunity to design and build a custom machine for William Shatner, we knew it had to be nothing short of amazing," explains Sirotek. "Our vision with Rivet is simple, to give the most thrilling motor experience possible."

The journey will also be documented for an upcoming television show. The show will follow Shatner and company on their voyage through each city and traveling along the route. There will be opportunities in each city for people to come out and see the Rivet in person and meet Shatner and the riders. More information on this will be available in the future at AmericanWrench.com and RivetMotors.com. Fans can follow Shatner on twitter page at @WilliamShatner and Rivet Motors at @RivetMotors for up to date announcements.

About American Wrench

American Wrench, a division of IAE (Illinois Auto Electric Co) is located outside of Chicago. IAE was founded in 1915 by Joseph Sirotek (Kevin Sirotek’s great grandfather) and today it is owned and operated by the Sirotek family. American Wrench has been at the cutting edge of building custom motorcycles, specializing in design innovation and high-performance machines. For decades, they have been committed to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Horsepower.

About Rivet Motors

Rivet Motors was born out of the desire and passion to build machines, which like those who ride them, have command, presence and personality. The goal is to rival the experience a driver would get from any vehicle on the street. Without a formidable machine in the marketplace that provides this experience that William Shatner desired, he partnered with American Wrench and set out to design and develop something that would not just meet his expectations, but blow the minds of everyone who sees, pilots or experiences it. The machine, RIVET, will deliver an experience that rivals the refinements and power of a fine automobile, but does not compromise the raw sensory feedback and grit of a motorcycle on the open road.

About The American Legion

The nation’s largest wartime veteran organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veteran care and rehabilitation, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation. www.Legion.org

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