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Why We Ride Movie Review

Why We Ride Movie Review

Why We Ride tells the story of the motorcycle and the motorcyclist. It’s full of passion and made with an obvious love for the sport. We have included a short clip below.

Why We Ride tells The Story. You know the one. It started with board tracks, moved onto the beaches at Daytona, eventually got on a banking and found popularity with soldiers returning from WWII.

The Story is told with archival footage and narrated by a who’s who of American motorcycling — Jason DiSalvo, Arlen Ness, Don Emde et al. There’s also plenty of other folks that decribe why they ride.

It’s a tale you, as a motorcycle enthusiast, have seen retold a thousand times, but never before with this level of slick editing or with such a moving soundtrack. And, unlike previous retellings, Why We Ride incorporates a powerful call-to-action to ensure motorcycling’s future, compelling viewers to get their kids started on small dirt bikes.

Nor does it adhere to only one discipline. We here riders ranging from hardcore bikers to dirt bike racers to Daytona 200 legends to fathers, daughters, uncles and grandmothers explain how their own particular interpretation of motorcycling has improved their lives.

 

I have been riding for a long time, but about 10 minutes into the whole thing, I couldn’t help but wonder what the point was. A movie made by motorcyclists for motorcyclists about motorcyclists is…to put it nicely, preaching to the choir. I get it, you get it, that’s why we put up with getting wet and cold and injured to do it. Sure, as an affirmation of our belief system, it’s worth a watch, but you can’t shake the feeling there’s a sell here. The entire movie feels like it’s trying to convince you to take up motorcycle riding, but the trouble is, if you’re watching it, you already have.

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The Same Old, Same Old

Once in a while I get up early in the morning to catch a local TV show that airs in Indiana. It covers motorcycle events, news and tips, which is pretty neat since there are a lot of events and rides that occur around the state. However as I keep watching the program I can't help but notice that there's a lack of variety in the show. There's some highlights to break up the monotony but they are very far and few between, almost like an afterthought. For a show that claims to be aimed for motorcycle riders and enthusiasts all over Indiana, there's very little, if any coverage on the vintage motorcycle scene.

 

I've combed through the entire season of 2013 and only ran into one episode that spent some time on a small vintage motorcycle event somewhere up north. I have nothing against the program itself, or the rides and other events that are covered- I support raising awareness for various illnesses and do enjoy a great time. It's just that I feel other aspects of the motorcycle culture in Indiana are extremely underrepresented. I don't know if it's because the producers think that the show should only appeal to one demographic or what, but what I do know is that Indiana has a growing vintage motorcycle scene and it's odd that the program doesn't give it more exposure.

 

Rockers Reunion Indianapolis, Indiana

There's a vintage motorcycle event called Rockers Reunion that has been happening for about 8 years and keeps growing with each year. In the past decade or so there's been a growing movement of vintage revival in general and it's also been sweeping through the motorcycle world. The growth in Indiana's interest in vintage bikes doesn't just stop at Rockers Reunion. There's also Kokomoto which is around the Sharpsville area in an authentic 1950's town. A few places in northern Indianapolis hosts vintage bike nights. Neighboring states of Illinois and Ohio respectively have Motoblot and Queen City Mods vs Rockers. Born Free out in California is only six years old, but has swiftly grown into one of the largest vintage chopper/classic motorcycle shows in the nation.

 

Kokomoto held at 'A Summer Place' in Sharpsville, Indiana

Sure cafe racers, bobbers, and choppers may not be every person's cup of tea, but they're still a part of the overall motorcycle culture and deserve recognition.

Posted From: AsianBikerGirl

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