3 Films For The Classic Bike Lover
Vintage motorcycle lovers, if anything, can be difficult to please. Don't you ever dare mention Easy Rider to them, if you want to be taken seriously, for example. Not that it's a bad movie (it's a great one), but they'll have expected you to have already seen them, and therefore it is pointless to bring up.
But here are three films you could bring up instead, and maybe get some of those intellectual biker juices flowing while you're at it.
1. The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Anthony Hopkins in the lead role is almost a guarantee of this film's greatness but when the premise focuses around a middle-aged determined Kiwi, you know you're in for a ride. It's based on the true story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who against the odds, brought his modified Indian scout to Bonneville to set land speed records.
A character to emphatise with, an incredible amount of motorcycle content will make this a bike film worth watching again.
2. Stone (1974)
Being more than 40 years old alone ensures that this film only features bikes from the mid-70s and before, so you can be sure to spot a Norton alongside a Kawasaki Z1 900cc.
100% Australian made, this is a biker movie that has become a cult classic, featuring some of the goriest, roughest filming in the day and introducing some of the members of Sydney Hells Angels as well as others who would go on to Mad Max fame (Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward, Vincent Gil).
If violence and nudity don't remind you of the 70s exploitation era, nothing else will.
3. Girl on a Motorcycle (1968 released as Naked Under Leather)
Made a year before Easy Rider, this film was touted as the European hippie version of Easy Rider. This uncensored title follows Marianne Faithful as “the Girl” who leaves her newlywed husband and sets out on her Harley Super Glide to seek out her former lover. Wearing nothing but a leather jumpsuit (you read that right), it's a lovely existentialist film with a great view of the European countryside. It's also got Alain Delon for any of you who still remember THAT sex symbol.