July 15, 2011

My Favourite Motorcycle Movies

As I'm a bike lover AND a movie enthusiast, especially SF, I thought I'll write down some of my all time favourite motorcycle movies.  I will list them in no particular order.

1) The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
     The one that makes me feel good every time I watch it. It's a movie about an extraordinary person who dedicates his life to his passion and it's made by people who share this passion. 

The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

2) The Girl on a Motorcycle(1968)
A pretty unknown movie starring Marianne Faithful in supertight black leathers riding a big bike. Sweeeet!

A married woman leaves her husband and zooms off on her motorcycle to see her lover.

3) Roadside Prophets (1992)
Kind of weird but funny movie with interesting actors: Timothy Leary (of LSD fame), one of the Beasty Boys, David Carradine (of Bangkok asphyxiation fame) and Arlo Guthrie (who wrote a very funny motorcycle song song in the 60's).

Two strangers meet on the road and travel through Nevada on motorcycle to find an elusive spot where they can dump another man's ashes. ____________________________________________________________________________

4) Long Way Round(TV mini-series 2004)
Not strictly a movie, but a must see for motorcycle fanatics like myself. 

This documentary series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Alaska, before finally ending the journey in New York. The filming will be done by on board cameras and one ride along cameraman.

5) Easy Rider (1969)
A classic. I don't think I need to say more....

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of freedom. 

6) Freebird (2008)
A very funny and very unknown British movie. The magic mushroom scene is priceless!

Three friends out for a weekend motorcycle ride through Wales stumble upon a marijuana field and biker gang war.

7) The Motorcycle Diaries(2004)
Che` riding around South America with his friend on an old Norton. Very enjoyable movie.

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

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