If you’re in a part of the country where you are snowed in this winter and can’t ride, or even if you’re not, you can feed your motorcycling jones by streaming a movie or renting a DVD.
Here are a dozen fun movies and documentaries available through Netflix or Amazon that will help get you through the winter.
1. “The World’s Fastest Indian” (2005). Starring Anthony Hopkins and Diane Ladd, this movie is about New Zealander Burt Munro, who is a land-speed racer in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The film is about Munro’s dream to run his home-built 1920 Indian Scout on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. He finally made it to the salt in the 1960s while in his 60s with a bad heart.
2. “Long Way Round” (2004). This documentary follows actors Ewan McGregor of Star Wars fame and Charley Boorman on an 19,000-mile trek riding adventure-tourers from London, England, to New York City. It was actually a British television series.
3. “On Any Sunday” (1971). Produced by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bruce Brown, this documentary stars, among others, Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. The film documented the 1970 season of AMA Grand National racing by following defending champion Lawwill. Brown’s movie conveyed the fun and enjoyment that motorcycling added to people’s lives, and helped spur the explosive growth of motorcycling during the 1970s.
4. “Dust to Glory” (2005). This documentary is about the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 so it features more than just motorcycles. But the excitement will make you want to start making plans of your own to race. Racers include J.N. Roberts, Ricky Johnson, Steve McQueen, James Garner and Mario Andretti.
5. “Little Fauss and Big Halsy” (1970). Robert Redford is a motorcycle roadracer called Big Halsey. Michael Pollard is his mechanic and is called Little Fauss. The movie follows their unsuccessful racing exploits, and their strained relationship.
6. “The Wild One” (1953). Starring Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin, this is the movie that made Hollywood decide to make a whole lot of motorcycle gang movies. The riders are basically young, rebellious hoodlums looking for a good time by riding, drinking and fighting.
7. “The Wild Angels” (1966). Before Peter Fonda rode a motorcycle in “Easy Rider” he was biker gang leader Heavenly Blues in this movie. Nancy Sinatra is his girlfriend oddly named Mike, and Bruce Dern is called Loser. The bikers are just plain old mean.
8. “Wild Hogs" (2007). This is a film many motorcyclists and non-riders alike can relate to. Four middle-aged friends (John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William Macy) feel they are in a rut with their lives. They want some adventure, so they decide to take a road trip on motorcycles. Hilarity ensues.
9. “Hell’s Angels on Wheels” (1967). Jack Nicholson, a gas station attendant, loses his job but luckily, or unluckily, hooks up with a motorcycle gang. The bikers ride hard, party hard and fight hard. Nicholson, who goes by the name Poet, is smitten with the biker gang leader’s girlfriend. He wants her to leave the gang life. Things don’t end well, which is often the case in a Nicholson movie involving motorcycles.
10. “Road” (2014). This documentary is about racing the Isle of Man TT, as seen through the eyes of the Dunlops: Joey, Robert, William and Michael. This is real road racing.
11. “Easy Rider” (1969). Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. Fonda and Hopper, called Wyatt and Billy in the movie, head out looking for freedom adventure on their motorcycles. They find it, along with communes and drugs. It’s a great motorcycling movie and a good look at the 1960s counterculture. This definitely is a film that belongs in everyone's movie library.
12. “Unchained: The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross” (2016). This documentary explores the birth and popularity of freestyle motocross. Among the riders featured are Carey Hart, Mike Metzger, Travis Pastrana and Brian Deegan.
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