Springsteen broke down on bike he got from Billy Joel

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — It was Billy Joel's motorcycle that was not born to run.

The motorcycle that broke down while Bruce Springsteen riding it on a sunny, Nov. 11, Veterans Day in Wall was from Joel's custom motorcycle shop, 20th Century Cycles, in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

When Joel heard about the breakdown, he called the Boss.

“Was that the bike I built for you?” said Joel, relating the story at his Monday, Nov. 21 concert at Madison Square Garden, according to the New York Post.

The answer was an affirmative.

"No worries," Springsteen said.

“No good deed goes unpunished,” said Joel to the Garden audience.

The bike was an Italian-made Moto Guzzi, which Joel sells.

Three bikers from Freehold, Dan Barkalow, Bob Grigs and Ryan Bailey, stopped to help Springsteen when he broke down on Nov. 11.

“I just pulled over and got off the bike and said, ‘Hey, I think I know you,’” Barkalow said.

They tried to fix the Boss' bike to no avail. Springsteen then got on Bailey's bike and they rode to the Original Mulligans Grill in Farmingdale to wait for Springsteen's ride.

The Boss also has a reproduction of Joel's Sacred Cow bobber. The Sacred Cow started out life as a Kawasaki W650, according to Cycle World.

"Bruce is always looking for a character bike," said Joel to Cycle World in 2013. "I told him about our shop, so he came down in the middle of winter. It’s freezing — minus five degrees — and he wants to take out my Sacred Cow bobber. I said, ‘Are you crazy?’ It’s so cold, and he had no gear, just a helmet. After a ride, he came back and said, ‘I want you to build me that bike.’ So he gave us the specs, and we’re almost finished with it. It started out as a Kawasaki W650. The frame is black and the tank will be metalflake gold. Man, he’s hardcore.”


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