Bruce Springsteen's motorcycle broke down so he headed to a bar with the bikers who stopped to help him

Coming across Bruce Springsteen on a broken down motorcycle on the side of the road could probably be a lyric from one of his songs, but it really happened for a group of guys from New Jersey.

A group from the Freehold American Legion were riding after a Veterans Day event when they saw a stranded motorcyclist up ahead near Allaire State Park, in Wall Township.

Biker Dan Barkalow said: “Bikers gotta stick together. I stopped to see if he needed help, and it was Bruce.”

Dan said they tried to get his bike running, but when they couldn’t, The Boss – wearing a brown riding jacket and a red handkerchief – hopped on the back of Ryan Bailey’s bike and they headed to a local bar.

“We sat there and shot the breeze for a half hour, 45 minutes till his ride showed up,” Dan said.

“Nice guy, real down to earth. Just talked about motorcycles and his old Freehold days.”

Bruce was raised in Freehold and still lives in New Jersey. Ryan said: “It was nice to help out. One Freehold person helping out another.”


More in this Section

Michael Ball: The theatre industry feels ‘forgotten’ in the pandemicMichael Ball: The theatre industry feels ‘forgotten’ in the pandemic

Mission: Impossible filming to resume in UK under quarantine exemption plansMission: Impossible filming to resume in UK under quarantine exemption plans

Dermot O’Leary reveals baby son’s nameDermot O’Leary reveals baby son’s name

Tributes paid to screen ‘legend’ Earl CameronTributes paid to screen ‘legend’ Earl Cameron


Lifestyle

Liz O’Brien talks to Niall Breslin about his admiration for frontline staff, bereavement in lockdown, his new podcast, and why it's so important for us all just to slow down.Niall Breslin talks about losing his uncle to coronavirus

Podcasts are often seen as a male domain — see the joke, 'What do you call two white men talking? A podcast'.Podcast corner: Three new podcasts from Irish women that you should listen to

Esther McCarthy previews some of the Fleadh’s Irish and international offerings.How to attend the Galway Film Fleadh from the comfort of your own couch

Whether you’re on staycation or risking a trip away, Marjorie Brennan offers suggestions on novels for a wide variety of tastesThe best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer

More From The Irish Examiner