On Any Sunday

On Any Sunday (Amazon link)

On Any Sunday is often credited as the best and/or most important motorcycle documentary ever made. Roger Ebert says it “does for motorcycle racing what The Endless Summer did for surfing”. Steve McQueen is the star, along with Mert Lawwill, Malcolm Smith and lots of other motorcycle racers from the late 1960s and early 1970s. From a historical perspective, the motorcycles featured in the film include Triumph, Husqvarna, Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and other manufacturers that are still in business or gone by the wayside such as BSA, Bultaco, and Hodaka.

The Long Way Round, McGregor and Boorman

Long War Round (Amazon link)

Long Way Round (LWR) is the defining adventure motorcycling documentary television series. Also a DVD set and book documenting the 19,000-mile (31,000 km) journey of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York on motorcycles. They travelled eastwards through Europe and Asia, flew to Alaska and continued by road from there to New York.

The World’s Fastest Indian

The World’s Fastest Indian (Amazon link)

The World’s Fastest Indian is a 2005 New Zealand biographical film based on the Invercargill, New Zealand speed bike racer Burt Munro and his highly modified Indian Scout motorcycle. Munro set numerous land speed records for motorcycles with engines less than 1000 cc at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. Legendary.

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