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This year’s list of the best motorcycle movies to watch during the winter season has a few films I recommend last year (always ready for a good visit) and some new ones.

While they will not replace the wind in your face, they might help take the edge off.

Many of these films/shows are available on streaming services like NetFlix, Amazon Prime.  Just do a search to find out if you have access.  The title is linked to their IMDB page.

SIT STAY RIDE – The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots.”  My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised with Sit Stay Ride.  Not only was it well shot it was well told story.  It was also quite inspiring, to the point that Debbie stated, “almost makes me want to go buy a sidecar”. You can read my review of the film here.

Best Bar In America – In this film the motorcycle should have gotten a best supporting actor award. The film uses a vintage BMW sidecar motorcycle throughout the show as a character playing a role. The basic plot of this motorcycle movie is that the owner is riding his motorcycle to every bar in the western United States in order to write a book about the best bar in America. You can read my full review of the film here.

The Ride: London to Beijing – Following Guinness Motorcycle Endurance World Record hold Kevin Sanders as he leads a group of ordinary riders on a (13,000 miles) trip from London to Beijing. Generally following the Silk Road, they are impacted by snow, ice, altitude sickness and political upheaval during their run through 20+ countries. Yes, this is reality TV but it is a real group of riders from the UK, US and Poland with a broad range of adventure motorcycle skills. You can read my full review of the film here.

Globeriders Iceland Adventure a Motorcycle Tour of Iceland  –  (No IMDB entry) This is NOT one of those typical helmet cam “adventure” video’s.  These guys had an actual camera man as part of the team. The star of the show were not the riders or the bikes it was Iceland itself. You can read my full review here.

21 Days Under the Sky – Four friends riding old school Harley Davidson choppers across America and the fun, trouble and adventure they find.  By old school I mean vintage Sportsters, Shovel and Knucklehead motorcycles. Their bikes have small tanks and more than a few break downs during their cross-country trip. You can read my review of the film here.

Wild Hogs – John Travolta, Tim Allen, William Macey and Martin Lawrence… do I need to say more. Campy fun about friends riding cross country!

Long Way Round – This is a 7 show TV mini-series so either spread it out over multiple days or binge it all at one time. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s around the world adventure trek.

Long Way Down – Again McGegor and Borman but this time they travel from the North of Scotland, down through Europe, into Africa, finally winding up in Cape Town, South Africa. Not as good as Long Way Round in IMHO but worth a watch on a snowy day.

Being Evel – “A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel–watching him every Saturday on Wide World of Sports and buying his Ideal toys. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous.” You can read my review of the film here.

Do you have a motorcycle movie to suggest for the list…. add it in comments!!

9 movies

If you are anything like me, if you can’t ride you still want to be hooked into the motorcycle life.  I took a look at all the motorcycle movies, or TV mini-series, that I am aware of and put together a list of those that I would like to watch for a first time or even a second or more time.

I know these films include some of the “tried and true” movies, not unlike a lot of other lists.  For next year I will be on the lookout for some of the not so usual suspects.

The title is linked to the film’s IMDB page.

On Any Given Sunday the Next Chapter – The film is an exploration into the pursuit of excitement, passion and life in the world of motorcycle riding. If this doesn’t scratch that two-wheeled itch over Christmas, I don’t know what will.

Easy Rider – needs no introduction. With a top-notch cast – Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson – and a moral message for us all to absorb, very few films can change your perception on life. However, this is one of them.

World’s Fastest Indian – While not 100% historically accurate it is based on the true story of Burt Munro. Burt restored a 1920s Indian and used it to set a land speed record.

The Wild One – The 1953 classic, a story of two rival motorcycle gangs in a small town. This is the movie that help create the bad biker image that can still haunt riders today. Oh and Marlon Brando on a Triumph

Being Evel – “A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel–watching him every Saturday on Wide World of Sports and buying his Ideal toys. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous.” You can read my review of the film here.

21 Days Under the SkyFour friends riding old school Harley Davidson choppers across America and the fun, trouble and adventure they find.  By old school I mean vintage Sportsters, Shovel and Knucklehead motorcycles. Their bikes have small tanks and more than a few break downs during their cross-country trip. You can read my review of the film here.

Wild HogsJohn Travolta, Tim Allen, William Macey and Martin Lawrence… do I need to say more. Campy fun about friends riding cross country!

Long Way Round – This is a 7 show TV mini-series so either spread it out over multiple days or binge it all at one time. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s around the world adventure trek

Harley and the Davidsons – Based on the true story of how the Harley Davidson Motor Company came to be. Of course there are the literary licenses moments but the film is a fun watch.

There are hundreds of other motorcycle themed or linked movies out there.  These films are the ones that I would want to watch on a cold, snowy winter afternoon. Are you aware of any, beyond the standards, that we should watch?  If so put them in the comments below.