According to the “King of Cool” himself, “The Fonz” (Henry Winkler) never actually rode any motorcycles during the ten year Happy Days television run.  Winkler, never rode a bike in real life either, he has dyslexia, which made it difficult for him to co-ordinate the clutch, throttle and brake.  Instead, the bikes (Harley Davidson’s, Triumph’s, BSA’s were used) were mounted on a piece of wood with wheels to make it look like he was riding, even though I am not shocked, I am a little disappointed…

You can watch the interview with Winkler, the famous motorcycle jump “The Fonz” made over 14 trashcans and a bonus “Jump the Shark” video after the jump.

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“Jump the Shark”, as per Phoghat’s request:

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  • Phoghat

    What? You couldn’t find the “Jump The Shark”?

  • Joe Magro

    Ya, I was going to throw it in but decided not to at the last minute, you made me feel bad so its in there now, enjoy!

  • Spectre Steve

    Well, granted Henry Winkler, the actor, never rode. But the character he created, The Fonz? He rode. He is still, and forever, the epitome of 70’s sitcom cool.

  • FZ

    No worries folks, THIS Fonz rides! :)

  • Max Manroe

    Poor Winckler, maybe he is a motorcycle enthusiasts but never ever rode a bike in real life… :(

  • Mike Tully

    wrong! He rides right here in this link at 3:50 into the clip.


    I love Fonzie, whether he rode a motorcycle or not. All he has to do is just stand there… and breathe! I love him! :)

  • Joe Knight

    Hey..not everyone is cut out to ride. But I love Henry and the Fonz just the same…And I ride a Shadow 1100