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What movies or documentaries about motorcycles would my boyfriend like?
December 16, 2009 3:41 PM   Subscribe

What movies or documentaries about motorcycles would my boyfriend like? Details inside.

Things he's already seen that I know he likes:

On Any Sunday
World's Fastest Indian
Brittown
Choppertown
Easy Rider

Other factors:

He likes old Triumphs.
He pretty much hates most motorcycles post 1975.
He doesn't like Harleys even though he likes the movie Easy Rider.
He's not too much into BMWs either although he doesn't hate them.
Don't suggest Motorcycle Diaries.
posted by MaryDellamorte to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Motorcycle Diaries

And for a really fun rainy day with popcorn Chopper Chicks in ZombieTown
posted by Sophie1 at 3:49 PM on December 16, 2009


Is Mad Max too obvious? When I had a motorcycle riding boyfriend, I swear he and his friends watched that movie Every Single Weekend, like for an entire summer.
posted by jessamyn at 3:52 PM on December 16, 2009


Please read the entire post before answering.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:52 PM on December 16, 2009


Oh yeah he loves Mad Max too, I completely forgot about that one.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:53 PM on December 16, 2009


Oops! I didn't read the very last line! Sorry!
posted by Sophie1 at 3:53 PM on December 16, 2009


Cafe Society
posted by cazoo at 3:53 PM on December 16, 2009


And Steve McQueen famously rode a Triumph in The Great Escape.
posted by cazoo at 3:55 PM on December 16, 2009


If blogs count, the Vintagent will set him up for hours of browsing, and Otto Nero is worth sticking in Google Reader for quick easily digested and frequently updated (occasionally non-worksafe) bike pictures.
Oh, and Deus with its links page is bags of fun.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 3:59 PM on December 16, 2009


And Stone (1974). Gravediggers!
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 4:02 PM on December 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Psychomania!
posted by cazoo at 4:05 PM on December 16, 2009


Well, it's not quite what you're looking for, but maybe you could get him the first season of the FX show "Sons of Anarchy".
posted by smitt at 4:11 PM on December 16, 2009


Quadrophenia?
posted by paanta at 4:25 PM on December 16, 2009


Oh, and "Dust to Glory" is BAD ASS.
posted by paanta at 4:27 PM on December 16, 2009


Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman did a motorcycle journey from London to New York called Long Way Round and a followup project called Long Way Down (Scotland to South Africa) a while back. They're great travel documentaries if he's into that kinda thing. Though, they do it on new BMW bikes, FYI.
posted by Craig at 4:29 PM on December 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Race to Dakar
She Lives to Ride
posted by headless at 4:34 PM on December 16, 2009


Elctra Glide in Blue. Yeah I know its a Harley, but its an awesome movie. (Pyschomania is pretty good as well).
posted by tallus at 4:44 PM on December 16, 2009


So... um... these are "B"... so "B" they made MST3k...


The Hellcats

The Side Hackers
Wild Rebels

And if he really hates modern bikes... he'll get a lot of mileage out of the hate he can feel towards the Knight-Rider-on-bike rip-off Warrior of the Lost World
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:46 PM on December 16, 2009


Dust to Glory
posted by Confess, Fletch at 5:13 PM on December 16, 2009


Not in the same genre of those mentioned above, try The World's Fastest Indian
posted by Drasher at 5:19 PM on December 16, 2009


Long Way Round
posted by cmoj at 5:49 PM on December 16, 2009


If you can't find something here, I don't know where you will :)
The Castrol History of Motorcycle racing is superb.
My Dad rode a '56 Triumph T110C till the day before he died.
posted by Duke999R at 6:14 PM on December 16, 2009


Seconding the Long Way series.

Also check out anything involving John Britten.
posted by HiroProtagonist at 6:30 PM on December 16, 2009


The Wild One (Brando). Not sure what kind of motorcycles they use.
posted by bingo at 6:39 PM on December 16, 2009


Nam's Angels
Hell's Angels vs. the Viet Cong!
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 7:24 PM on December 16, 2009


George Romero's Knightriders is pretty amazing, if memory serves. Ed Harris's first starring role in a movie, too.
posted by pkreutzer at 7:37 PM on December 16, 2009


Hells Belles is cheesy fun. The bikes might be Harleys though.
posted by vespabelle at 8:21 PM on December 16, 2009


Doesn't he ride a motorcycle in The Brown Bunny?
posted by CarlRossi at 7:15 AM on December 17, 2009


Came in to say The Wild One. bingo beat me to it.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:22 AM on December 17, 2009


The Top Gear episode where they rode through Vietnam on bikes. Their best one, imo. Quite beautiful, and humorous.

Thirding the Long Way Round/Down etc series.

I am the person least interested in bikes, and found the narratives created by their journeys, and their love (and hate) of their bikes, to be quite absorbing. Also, both of my suggestions have elements of "Boys' Own Adventures" woven into the narratives that I also find engaging. (I'm a girl, btw).
posted by chronic sublime at 9:16 PM on December 18, 2009


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