Narrated by Ewan McGregor, Fastest is a documentary about the 2010 MotoGP racing season — a memorable season when Valentino Rossi broke his leg in an accident and Jorge Lorenzo became the world champion. Fastest is not a dry, boring documentary; on the contrary, it stays true to its source material by bringing the racing action to life in an exciting way.
Choppertown: The Sinners, paints a realistic picture of what it means to be a biker — no mean feat, considering how negative the image of bikers tends to be in America. From drunken slobs to violent outlaws, movies, television shows, books, and newspapers have created a fictional image of a motorcyclist that so many people have accepted as real. Choppertown thus provides a valuable service by dispelling all the falsehoods and revealing the truth.
The Great Escape may not be a motorcycle movie, strictly speaking, but it contains what is arguably the most famous motorcycle scene in history. Steve McQueen solidified his place as an top Hollywood actor after appearing in The Great Escape as well as his place as the king of cool with his famous motorcycle chase for freedom.
Easy Rider is the classic road film. In fact, it's come to almost define what the road film is all about: two friends sick of the establishment head out on the open road in search of freedom. But whereas so many other road films have used cars, Easy Rider is a movie about motorcycles as well.
Every once in a while Hollywood puts out a big budget movie with an A-list actor that is centered around the world of motorcycling. It doesn't happen often, but in 2005, Anthony Hopkins brought the story of Burt Munro to the big screen with The World's Fastest Indian.
Imagine 10 years, 2 wheels: 77 countries, and 250,000 miles - could you do it? Helge Pederson did. Pederson is an adventure motorcyclist. It's what he does for a living. But before he started his company GlobeRiders, which takes anyone infected with wanderlust on amazing journeys in all parts of the globe, Pederson took his own motorcycle on a 10 year journey around the world.
There are plenty of motorcycle books out there that can inspire riders to take off on a multiple continent trip. Pick up a copy of Long Way Down, Jupiters Travels, Against the Wind, or 10 Years on Two Wheels, if you want to find motivation to head out on the open road. If you want some tips on how to do it, grab Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: Worldwide Motorcycling Route & Planning Guide.
Robert M. Persig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values is the Godfather of motorcycle philosophy books. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance may have not been the first book to combine motorcycles with philosophy, but it has influenced the most writers, inspired the most riders, and has kept many riders' minds busy during the solitude of a motorcycle ride.
Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon was the book that gave birth to adventure motorcycling. McGregor, Boorman, and thousands of other adventurers were inspired because of Simon's four year, 78,000 mile journey around the world. Sponsored by The Sunday Times, Ted Simon rode through wars and revolutions, visited 45 countries, met peasants and kings, and documented it in his book Jupiter's Travels. A sequel, Riding High, fills in some of the gaps in Jupiter's Travels.
The "Long Way Round" is the most famous motorcycle book to be released in the last decade. Why? Well, when an A-List actor does something as crazy as a global motorcycle trip, the world seems to pay attention. (A Discovery Show documentary doesn't hurt either.)
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