Thursday, December 13, 2012

Motorbike Flix on Netflix etc.

I don't know about you, but I have the damndest time deciding what movies to stream on Netflix. Not unlike Spotify, there are just too many options. Here I'm gonna attempt to streamline things for you, at least on a topical level. If you wanna watch a decent motorcycle movie, here's a handful of one's I'd recommend. In no particular order (and for the sake of keeping this list short, I'm gonna leave out the motorcycle gang movies)...

On Any Sunday
Yeah, its been called the best motorcycle movie ever made. Bruce Brown knows his craft well. Watch it and you'll understand. You can stream it on Netflix, Hulu and if you look, you'll even find the full movie on the Youtube. You can also stream On Any Sunday II on Netflix.

One Week
A 1974 Norton Commando plays a starring role in this flick about a guy who's just found out he has a limited time left to live and goes on a road trip across Canada. Its a little hokey at times, but overall, not a bad movie. Stream it on Netflix.

World's Fastest Indian

Hands down, this is one of my favorite movies of all time. The great story of New Zealand's Burt Munro and his Indian Scout land speed bike. If you haven't seen this, its not to miss. Stream it on Netflix.

Motorcycle Diaries
If only every movie featured a Norton motorcycle. This one does and is the story of the revolutionary icon, Che Guevara and his buddy's road trip across South America on La Poderosa aka The Beast which was a 1939 Norton 500 (although some modern Suzuki's were used for some stunt scenes). Good movie. Stream it on Netflix.

Cycles South
Three dudes hop on their BSA's and ride from Denver to Panama. Sounds simple enough. Watch it on Netflix or free on the Youtube. Groovy man.

If stars Malcom McDowell and is Ton Up NC Jim's pick for favorite motorbike movie. Its not necessarily about motorbikes (but it is since motorbikes symbolize freedom and rebellion), but more of an English prep school flick with some great Brit bike scenes. The movie was original in black and white, but has been colorized now... enjoy: on Netflix or watch the whole movie on Youtube.

Once a Jolly Swagman
Once a Jolly Swagman, a British movie about life, love, war and vintage speedway racing circa 1930's. Recommended by one of our blog followers. Watch it on Netflix or the entire movie for Free on Youtube.

Easy Rider
What can you say about this one? It defined a generation of motorcycling, is the ultimate road trip movie, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson... Watch it on Netflix.

Long Way Round
Inspired by the great Ted Simon, author of Jupiters Travels, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman set off on a 20,000 mile journey around the world. It's an inspiring journey with with many ups and downs.  It will make ya want to grabs your best bud and hit the road.

Feel free to recommend one of your own under appreciated favorites.

Ton Up NC = Riding, Restoration and Racing of Vintage Motorcycles



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