What are your favorite motorcycle adventure movies?

MTVR

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The Long Way Round, The Long Way Up, and The Long Way Down are obvious choices, even though they are actually TV series, not movies.

I think my favorite is the 2014 documentary "Road", narrated by Liam Neeson, featuring Michael Dunlop, his brother the late William Dunlop, their father the late Robert Dunlop, and Robert's brother the late Joey Dunlop. Like Michael, I held my father's hand as he passed- I cannot watch this movie without my eyes leaking. We visited Joey's statue above the Bungalow Curves on the Isle Of Man during the TT. It was moving.


My second-favorite would probably be "Dust To Glory", made by Dana Brown, son of Bruce Brown (maker of the iconic film "On Any Sunday").


And I think my third favorite would probably be "The World's Fastest Indian", featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins and based on the amazing true story of Kiwi Burt Munro, who at 68 years of age, using a 47 year old 1920 Indian Scout (original top speed of a little over 50 mph), did 205.67 mph at Bonneville, and set a land speed record that still stands today, more than 50 years later.


Honorable mention for the 1971 Burt Munro documentary "Offerings To The God Of Speed" that inspired TWFI.

 
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MTVR

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...and of course, we must pay homage to the 1971 Bruce Brown documentary "On Any Sunday", bankrolled by "The King Of Cool" Steve McQueen and featuring Malcom Smith and Mert Lawill, as well as McQueen. On Any Sunday went to such great lengths to repair the damage done by the "fake news" coverage of the 1947 Hollister "riots"...

 
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MTVR

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Even though it has nothing to do with motorcycle riding, I also appreciate the humor of the comedy film "Wild Hogs". Remember, that in order for comedy to be humorous, there has to be an element of truth to it...

 

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MTVR

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Yes. Bud Ekins did the jump in place of McQueen for insurance reasons, but McQueen was an expert motorcycle rider, and did most of the rest of his own riding, as well as portraying some of the German motorcyclists that were chasing his character.
 
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