street motorcycle seen on the situation comedy HAPPY
One of the main characters on
the program was Arthur "Fonzie" Fonazarelli, an
ultra-cool Italian-American garage mechanic with
former ties to a street gang (The Falcons). To
get around his home turf of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, the Fonz rode a motorcycle.
very early episodes, Fonzie rode custom
Harley-Davidson models. In the later episodes he
rides a Triumph motorcycle. Overall, the Fonz
drove a variety of models including Harley
Panhead, Harley Knucklehead, Harley Sportster,
Triumph 500 CC Twin, Trophy 650 CC and a BSA.
The Fonz parks his bike in front of Arnold's
Drive-in Restaurant (where he beckons a bevy of
lovely young ladies with the snap of his
fingers) or by his garage apartment at the
During the show's 11 seasons, Fonzie's
motorcycle (and the theme of motorcycles in
general) were seen in a number of episodes. Here
is a sampling:
Moves In - The Cunningham's decide
they need to rent the room above their
garage. Richie rents the room to Fonzie.
Howard is shocked at his choice but after
Fonzie crashes his motorcycle into their
garage and has to stay with them to
recuperate, Howard warms up to Fonzie and
lets him stay.
Motorcycle - Fonzie finds his bike
broken into pieces, and seeks revenge on
the perpetrator (who happens to be Ralph
Fonzarelli (Part 1-2) - Worried that
he's losing his cool, Fonzie tries to jump
14 garbage cans on his motorcycle. His
jump is successful, but he crashes his
bike upon reentry. The Cunninghams take
him home but their attentive pampering
hinders his recuperation.
Loves Pinky (1-3) - Fonzie reunites
with an old flame, Pinky Tuscadero (she's
cooler that the Fonz), who visits
Milwaukee to perform motorcycle stunts at
the Third Annual Auto Demolition Derby.
Pinky tries to convince Fonzie that she
should be his partner. When Fonzie finally
accepts her, rival competitors, the
Mallachi brothers, set out to sabotage
Pinky's car. Fonzie wins the demolition
derby and then proposes to Pinky (which
Fonzies, Don't They? - Joanie enlists
Fonzie to be her partner at a marathon
dance at Arnold's. But his motorcycle
breaks down, and he has to push it 12
miles to get to the dance competition
where Joanie wants to outlast cheerleading
captain Jill Higgins (who had cut Joanie
from the squad earlier).
Weird Boyfriend - Joanie joins a
motorcycle gang called the Red Devils.
When kissing games start, she panics, only
to be saved by her brother. Richie, and
friends Fonzie, Potsie, Ralph, and
Carmine, "The Big Ragu."
Baptism - After a motorcycle accident,
Fonzie prepares for the hereafter and gets
baptized by Al's twin brother, a Priest.
Almost Dies - Richie falls into a coma
after crashing his new motorcycle in a
near-fatal accident. Of course, the Fonz
prays for his best friend's recovery..
Blindness - Al accidentally hits
Fonzie in the head with a serving tray,
and he becomes blind. Fonzie soon begins
to think of himself as useless and has
everyone do everything for him - with the
exception of Richie who tells Fonzie to do
things for himself. Richie takes Fonzie's
motorcycle apart to motivate him to stop
feeling sorry for himself. The Fonz tells
Richie, "I hate your guts Cunningham !"
But, he rebuilds his bike and soon after
regains his sight and his dignity.
Roger - Roger Phillips,
Marion's nephew, comes to Milwaukee to
become the basketball coach at Jefferson
High School. He gets off on the wrong foot
with Fonzie crashes into his motorcycle.
Sense - Fonzie thinks he has been
robbed by the new cook at Arnold's, but
actually Chachi had taken the money (and
added more from friends) to buy Fonzie a
new motorcycle for his birthday.
It's There - Fonzie tries to fulfill
his old goal of conquering Suicide Hill on
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nothing about motorcycles. I have an
education. Fonzie is a dropout. I refuse
to be that macho in my life. Fonzie is
afraid of nothing."
Winkler - TV
Guide, January 1976
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