6 Incredible Motorcycle Movies
Fastest is Mark Neale’s third film documenting the on- and off-track drama and excitement of the MotoGP race series. Fastest was filmed throughout the 2010-2011 season, as Valentino Rossi sought his tenth world championship with a recently recovered broken leg and an untamed Ducati. The Doctor faced intense competition on the grid from Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa for Respsol Honda, and from former Yamaha teammate and defending champion Jorge Lorenzo. It’s a riveting view into the intense world of the fastest motorcycle racers on the planet, all of whom share, above all else, a singular desire to be number one. The film showcases their incredible battles on the track, reveals their passion and struggle, and will make you a race fan even if you’re not.
The only thing better than owning Fastest? Owning the trilogy. Faster and The Doctor, The Tornado, and the Kentucky Kid are just as good as Fastest. Watch any one of them and you’re sure to want more MotoGP. Oh, and the bonus features are fantastic as well.
Mark Neale’s latest, Hitting the Apex, may be released on DVD in the United States next year. For now, it’s available in European format from various online retailers (shipping from Europe).
Dust To Glory
Though not strictly about bikes, you don’t have to go far to find a moto-head who would tell you Dust To Glory is their favorite motorcycle movie of all time. Directed by Dana Brown, Dust To Glory follows truck and motorcycle teams all the way from pre-race preparation to the finish line of one of the most grueling offroad endurance races on the planet, the Baja 1000. Brown, whose famous father changed motorcycling and documentary film making for good with On Any Sunday, is a master at constructing a film that captures the heart and soul that drives extreme competitors. His incredible aerial shots and first person sequences bring viewers along with the drivers in the dust, with all the intensity of the race and the harsh, beautiful desert landscape.
Want more from Dana Brown? Look for Brown’s newest documentary, On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter, available on DVD now.
Penton: The John Penton Story
A world without John Penton would very likely be a world without KTM offroad bikes and Alpinestars motorcycle gear today. But unless you remember the revolutionary effect the release of Penton’s lightweight, Austrian-made dirt bikes had on the offroad world, you’ve likely never even heard the name. Penton: The John Penton Story wants to change that, and tells the incredible life story of a man that went against the tide and propelled offroad racing into a new era of faster, lighter, and better bikes. Old and young alike will be touched and inspired by this film, and every knobby-tire rider should know The John Penton Story.
Moto 7 The Movie takes us to Blake Baggett’s El Chupacabra Ranch to spy on Baggett and Ken Roczen as they run lap after lap on a huge, epic track. It gets us ground-level with Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin, and Jason Anderson as they train together, each pushing themselves to the limit and against the others to be the next motocross champion. In these and other scenarios, Moto 7 delivers intense action and mind-blowing skills demonstrated on the track and trail, with a varied cast of some of the best riders in the world. Moto 7 The Movie stars Blake Baggett, Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia, Billy Laninovich, Tom Parsons, Kris Foster, Ronnie Renner, Colton Haaker, Anthony Rodriguez, Ryan and Justin Sipes, Adam Enticknap, and more.
Long Way Round
Long Way Round was filmed for British TV in the summer of 2004, and ten years later it still easily makes the short list of motorcycling’s most beloved film stories. The TV mini-series follows actor Ewan McGregor and longtime friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman (remember the creepy kid in the golden armor in Excalibur?) as they ride the path less traveled east from London to New York on two BMW R1150 GSs. We join these two friends and avid motorcyclists on an epic, 19,000-mile journey across Europe, Russia, Mongolia, Siberia, Canada, and the U.S. Caution: after watching Long Way Round, you may feel compelled to trade in your sportbike or cruiser for an used BMW GS and a pair of 50/50 tires.
Long Way Round turned out to be a such a hit, the guys managed to take a second trip, this time from Scotland to Cape Town, in 2007. They named their Africa trip series Long Way Down, and it’s a necessary accompaniment to the original. Which one is your favorite?
Why We Ride
Why We Ride tapped into something the motorcycle community had been waiting for, for many, many years. When it was released in 2014, this cinematic love letter to the sport took our breath away. Gorgeous photography and a stirring soundtrack accompany dozens of interviews of riders, including some well-known ones, each representing a completely unique aspect of motorcycling and offering their own answer to the eternal question. Why We Ride celebrates the diversity of motorcycling and it uplifts what we share: a community built on a complete, transcendent, love of the ride. It’s a beautiful film, and something to be enjoyed best with others who ‘get it’.