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Top 5 Motorcycle Movies You've Never Seen

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Easy rider. motorcycle diary. The world’s fastest Indian. These same old, same old movies, like Groundhog Day’s Nightmare featuring bikers instead of weathermen, always seem to be on motoflick’s top five lists. I have written batman bikeAlso Bikes from the latest Bond movie,We have others, too. Many more! Dig a little deeper and you’ll find some really good, sometimes hilarious and bad big-screen biker videos. These are not just for your enjoyment. It also reminds me why I love riding motorcycles in the first place.

And please excuse the blatant Australian bias in this list. As a born and raised Sydney biker, it’s in my veins. There is also the fact that we are in no small part obsessed. It is just part of our psyche. More precisely, that is what the continent demands of us. But don’t worry. There are some international inclusions just to make sure no one dies from an accidental Outback overdose.

And for Australian readers here, yes, you may have seen some of these films before. You can think of this as a timely reminder to watch them again. In no particular order, grab some popcorn and dim the lights. please.

5. “Stone” – Australia, 1974

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While it’s loaded with drag, B-grade, and just as dated as Easy Rider, Sandy Harbutt’s 1974 film Stone is also less experimental and much more compelling. increase. Hugh “Toecutter” Keith Byrne in “Mad Max”.

Shot in and around Sydney, this photo is not only an amazing time capsule of a city lost in history, but one that (though exaggerated in the film’s depiction) does not or does exist in the modern world. It’s also a lifestyle that can’t be done. The story revolves around Gravediggers Vietnam veteran outlaw motorcycle police officer who infiltrates his gang and tries to find out who is trying to kill the members “one by one”.

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It’s pretty obvious where Mad Max got his love for the Kawasaki Z1000 from, right? That’s right, Stone did it first. There’s also prerequisite sex, drugs, and Satanism, but Harbutt also covers returning veterans, PTSD, the role of women in 70s Australian culture, and even Indigenous issues.

But let’s not overdo this custard. This is not high art. This is a crappy roller coaster ride, probably filmed without a permit, definitely without a safety officer. It also features one of his two all-time greatest motor stunts ever captured on film.

Other interesting tidbits include Australian shock jock John Lowes doing VO for the trailer, the fact that the director is also playing the role of The Undertaker, and Hell’s Angels, who is helping out with the production. Includes Sydney branch. Can you imagine that happening these days? Check it out.

4. “Mad Max” – Australia, 1979

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understood. I know this isn’t strictly a motorcycle-only movie, nor is it a hidden gem, but please bear with me. See, I think most people would consider it a car chase movie. In other words, it is often overlooked in the moto world. And as a movie that I think has some of the best moto action ever exposed to celluloid, it’s a huge oversight.

You’ll also notice that in the latest installment of the film, motorcycles play an important role in both the creative design and the film’s story. Simply put, the Mad Max series is one of the most important series of motorcycle movies ever made.

Clearly channeling Stone and another non-moto Australian classic, the excitingly titled ‘The Car That Hit Paris’ (see here) is ‘In a self-destructive world, a vengeful Australian cop’ Max Rockatanski sets out to stop a violent mob after his wife and son are murdered.” You can see the trailer below. Sadly, it looks like only the trailer for his US release is available on YouTube. But it still rocks.

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According to Quentin Tarantino, the film single-handedly rewrote the handbook on filming both car and motorcycle chase scenes, and has become legendary in filmmaking folklore for performing many of its stunts without permission. They drive onto an unguarded country road, toss several cars and bikes, sweep away broken glass and radiator fluid, and quickly yell again.

With all my heart, I can tell you that this is one of my favorite movies and the first time I saw it as a kid had a formative effect on me. It may be the reason why I ride.

Fun Fact: In the famous “drive through the caravan” stunt at the beginning of the film, the stuntman tethered a Myth Busters-style JATO rocket to an HQ Holden to spice things up. And boy, did it do its job well.

Guardian Australia journalist Luke Buckmaster said, “Murray, the explosives expert who came up with the idea for the rocket car, admits he misses the science experiments that killed them and now won’t do such a scene. ing.

3. ‘The Leather Boys’ – England, 1964

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Please stop laughing behind my back. Again, you are not far off either. The title of this classic British working-class cafe-racer drama may frown on contemporary brows with its painfully obvious homoerotic overtones for us in the modern age, but in a more naive era it would have been more like that. And the rainy England of the 1960s.

But the real truth is that the film actually tackled the subject of being queer. A movie about motorcyclists that blatantly broke even the Hollywood production code. Are you a rebel with a cause?

And while Kitchen Sink’s drama elements far outweigh the movie’s sugary Triumph motorcycles and Nortons, this is a true classic that has really stood the test of time.

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But aside from my moto glasses, how nice is it that a movie made in the midst of the cafe racer era captures the phenomenon in such amazing detail? It’s like shooting a riot or filming a movie in the Los Angeles Motordrome at the height of the board truck racing era.

Given an X-rating at the time for its “controversial” content, the film tells the “story of an immature teenager”. [who] She marries a young biker, but becomes disillusioned with the realities of working-class marriages and the relationship between her husband and his best friend. “

Locations used in the film include the legendary Ace Café in its heyday, and textbook and boring early 1960s London. Extras used in the film also included the local Cafe Racer and Ace Cafe crowds. is really missing an opportunity.

2. “The Wild Angels” – USA, 1966

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Clearly an Easy Rider prototype of sorts, the 1966 film sits somewhere between 1953’s Marlon Brando’s The Wild One and 1969’s Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda and the super-popular Nancy Sinatra and Jurassic Park father Laura also make an appearance. Darn, Bruce. It was also heavily influenced by the growing popularity of Hells Angels. This is also due to Hunter S. Thompson’s book of the same name. The director, Roger Corman, used his members of the real club as extras and made sure all the actors were in the film. You can ride a bicycle to increase realism.

The story follows “The Angels,” a motorcycle gang from San Pedro who party in the Palm Springs Indian Canyons of Coachella Valley, California, and wreak havoc on the local police. Basically, a funeral is held for one of the movie’s main characters, her one long build-up to the story’s climax her final his party (here to ruin the paper-thin plot) there is no).

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Musically, he’s famous for “What do you want to do?” The quote, sampled by British band Primal Scream, is also a very good catalog of his 1%er motorcycles in the mid-’60s proper. Or, as Fonda himself says of the “Dragon” bike he rode in the film:

“In some ways, the Dragon is even more of a biker’s bike. It was the grandfather of all choppers and cemented my role as the original in chopper history. It handles very well, is comfortable, has a lot of power and is rarely run over by small children on tricycles.”

Being a Roger Corman movie, it’s an exploitation par excellence and, in my book, a much more enjoyable movie than its little brother Easy Rider. You can see the full story here.

1. “Silver Dream Racer” – Great Britain, 1980

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James Garner’s Grand Prix, movie star British pop star David Essex, and Liv Tyler look-alike Christina “are filming at real, real events so they don’t have to spend a ton of money on extras.” It’s one of those movies called “Let’s do it.” After a series of heartbreaking setback-type incidents, the classic underdog-untested idea-beat-reigns of the big boys. Like many movies in this genre, the reason to watch this movie is mainly the quality racing (Brands his hatch, Donington Park, the famous Silverstone circuit, etc.) and the hardware on display at the time. That’s it.

The most amazing thing is the fact that the bike at the center of the story is a real racer named ‘Phoenix’ developed in North Wales by Barry Hart and his Burton Motors. Also, some reports suggest the bike wasn’t even close to being competitive at the time, but its looks were way ahead when compared to other “real” bikes in the film. I have to say… from some angles it looks like a bike from the 90’s.

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A number of Americans have also made appearances to help spread the film’s international appeal, as well as Beau Bridges (Jeff Bridges’ brother) and many of the usual questionable British actors making ends meet between stints on West End Shakespeare. You can also see what you are trying to achieve. gig. If you’re an adult who grew up watching 80’s British TV, you’ll notice that there are plenty of TV shows out there. Doctor’s Who assistant Sarah-Jane Smith also makes an appearance.

One look on Rotten Tomatoes and you’ll know it’s not the greatest movie imaginable in the world. It suggests that there is no better record to spend his hour or his two with Beal and a few mates at a British Grand Prix race in the late 70s. You can watch the full movie here.