A road trip inspired by “Dumb and Dumber”
Like most people who saw “Dumb and Dumber” as children, Zach Courts and Ari Henning have seen it countless times and can deliver quotes and entire scenes of dialogue.
Unlike most people, these grown men and professional enthusiasts now have a YouTube channel and a budget for a long-held ‘Dumb and Dumber’ dream: to build a replica of Lloyd and Harry’s mini-bike from the movie and actually. take him from the plains of Nebraska to a little place called … well, you know.
The result is “The Dumb and Dumber Mini Bike Road Trip,” a 30-minute episode of Courts and Henning’s “Common Tread XP” series on Revzilla’s YouTube channel. It comically recounts the couple’s cold and awkward trip to Aspen in April 2021.
Opening with a full-costume remake of the first mini-bike scene from the 1994 comedy classic, with Henning doing his best Lloyd Christmas and Courts making a believable Harry, Revzilla released the episode over the weekend. last end. It had over 350,000 views in its first five days online.
“We were hoping it would reach wider and resonate with people who aren’t necessarily into motorcycles and it looks like it is,” Coruts said in a Zoom interview this week from California.
In the Jim Carrey-Jeff Daniels film, it takes three minutes from when the couple switch on the “pig” pull-start mini-bike to the oft-cited “We’re Here” arrival in Aspen. In reality, it was a 400-mile trip with some 15,000 feet of elevation gain that the Common Tread duo said would take several days and knew it would be a hellish experience.
They picked up a line from Mary Swanson’s aunt in the end of ski season movie that indicated it was in April, so that’s when they did it. The result is a cold race, starting with a 29 degree day on the Nebraska plains.
“We wanted it to be cold, we wanted there to be snow and we wanted it to line up with when the movie suggests they actually made the trip,” said Courts, who has first saw “Dumb and Dumber” at age 10 but had never been to Aspen before.
The novelty wears off pretty quickly for him and Henning, who are freezing cold, battered by the shaking bike and stunned by its fumes. The vibrations dislodge their fuel tank and deteriorate their transmission as they burn multiple tires on rough roads.
But, yeah, they do, and they make a good comedic couple (although, in Henning’s words, they’re “vibrated intoxicated and carbon monoxide poisoned” along the way).
It ended up being a roughly 400 mile ride, with the hog hitting 35 mph. Avoiding the I-70 and other major highways, they spend a lot of time on rocky dirt roads, including dicey peaks on Cameron Pass and Cottonwood Pass.
They burn more gas than expected during the trip (Lloyd’s claim of 70 miles per gallon in the movie is an exaggeration, turns out).
For director Spencer Robert, the mini-bike trip has been a staple project for about a decade, he said, moving from a magazine pitch using a ready-made bike to that most cinematic statement. epic with full costumes, props (yes, they wore a briefcase on the mini-bike the entire ride) and an exact replica of the bike.
“We built this replica from scratch and tried to make it as close and as authentic as possible to what the fictional characters might have experienced,” Robert explained.
To start, they detonated a photo of the bike from the movie, measured the dimensions of all the parts, ordered them and built it to scale in their workshop and matched the paint job. In all, it took about three days of mechanical work and welding.
Living the journey – following Courts and Henning as part of a two-man production crew – was surreal for a kid who knew the film by heart.
“My brother and I probably watched it 50, 100 times, much to my parents’ dismay,” Spenser recalls.
Finally near Aspen on Hwy 82, in a drizzle of freezing rain, a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Cruiser follows the pair into the valley for a while and they expect to be stopped. But the cop doesn’t care.
When they finally walk down Main Street to downtown and descend to Paradise Corner under a snow-capped Aspen mountain, the couple kiss and Henning announces, “No movie magic here, folks. In fact, we’ve hiked it here all the way to Aspen.
They did it, maybe, so others didn’t have to. As Henning put it with another movie quote, “It wasn’t a fun trip, but if you’ve always wondered if it can be done, we tell you there is a chance!