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Motorcycle Movies. Why We Ride is One of Our New But There Are Others !

Now through Dec at Martin Moto, we’re continuous showings of  Why We Ride . widely acclaimed feature film is now in simultaneous (limited) and DVD/BluRay release. It’s a 90 min celebration of the joy of motorcycling as told by the

Why We Ride offers great and back-stories from all the the different “clans” – from hillclimbs, to to insane top speeds at Bonneville and all the and crannies in between. Road too! It’s clearly a miss” for any, and every, enthusiast.

The gauntlet now being down is this. Is Why We Ride the motorcycle motorcycle ever? have labelled it so, others not so For that assessment I’ll let you be the You can seen the theatrical trailer

And, of course, you can come by Moto and have a look. We supply the popcorn!

Movies around motorcycling or motorcycle are a hardy perennial in the film We offer no real explanation to surmise that perhaps combine action and danger in a way holds some elemental to Hollywood producers. And the film-going

  Likewise for leading men. Did you that Marlon Brando, Nicholson, Robert Redford, McQueen, and Anthony Hopkins all, at one time or another, on starring roles as motorcyclists?

Why We may, or may not, ultimately be as the best motorcycling movie However, we certainly rank it in our own “Top Ten.” We thought share the other nine are on our list. These are all movies we

A lot! Here you have in no particular order.

We might as start with what we as the the “Big Dog” of motorcycle movies, On Any Sunday . This 1971 classic from Bruce Brown ( “Endless ) adopts a documentary format like Why We Ride . attempting to the many facets of the motorcycle On Any Sunday does a great job the exploits of AMA Grand National Mert Lawill, as well as recreational rider/amateur desert by the name of Steve McQueen also help to produce the If you’ve never seen it, missed a lot.

Released a of years earlier than On Any in 1969, Easy Rider   the story of a couple of counterculture (Director Dennis Hopper and Fonda) transcontinental ride, on choppers, in search of “America.” A product of the 60s, Easy gave a great big nod to the “…, and rock-n-roll” feel of the era. In the however, it all turns out badly for America, Billy, and their buddy “George,” played by a young Jack Nicholson. for a couple of Academy Awards, Rider has also earned a in the Library of Congress’ National Registry of those films “culturally, historically, or aesthetically

In 1947 some bikers tore up Hollister, California and global notoriety for themselves, and everywhere, by getting pictures of “festivities” published in Life Then, sixty years ago week, on Dec 30, 1973, Columbia released The Wild One . Starring Brando, The Wild One paid to the Hollister “riot.” In this version of the story a dark and Johnny (Brando) and his motorcycle the Black Rebels rough up the town of Wrightsville.

Brando’s of Johnny became an icon for the leather” clad biker for to come. And Triumph’s got lot’s of in the film including Johnny’s Campy but entertaining.

Released in Quadrophenia is a Brit non musical very loosely based on The album (and rock of the same name. Set in the mid 60s, tracks the (mis) adventures of London “Mod” Jimmy and his full dresser Lambretta

Like Easy Rider . the is true to the 60s ethos of “…, and rock-n-roll.” Quadrophenia features the seaside brawl between the and the Rockers as well as a featured for english musician Sting as The Ace defacto leader of the Mods.   of course, scooters for our Mods and bikes for the Black Leather and sporting Rockers. Entertaining but

The Great Escape isn’t a motorcycle movie. Rather, a WWII movie with a or actually a motorcycle ride, as signature scene. Steve (yeah, him again) plays an POW who spends the greater part of the scheming an escape from his captors. Without divulging too of the story, he manages to end up outside the walls aboard a German (actually a Triumph, badly as a BMW) that he has filched.

A ensues and between McQueen and his in/buddy Bud Ekins, they both an epic chase but a famous jump over fencing. The movie was one of the the highest film of 1963 and the motorcycle scenes are never to be forgotten.

in the fall of 1970, Little and Big Halsey ,was in theaters a few months out of phase with  On Any What a time to be a Motorcycle LFBH is a little movie, a big cast that didn’t make much impact in day but has a semi-cult kind of following

Redford starred as a womanizing cad who was on the verge of getting the next deal” or “factory ride.” just a couple of years snagging Golden Globe and Award nominations for his portrayal of Moss in Bonnie and Clyde, was the sidekick who ultimately makes and kick’s Redford’s …. The desert and road race went a long way toward up for the failed character development and lame dialog.

The film came off as almost a paid for Yamaha with lots of time for its DT-1 Enduro and road racers. Little Big Halsey was also one on the first on-screen roles for then Lauren Hutton. A genuine enthusiast, Hutton made in 2000 when she crashed he own outside of Las Vegas and suffered injuries.

Despite it’s this film is solidly in our top

2004′s The Motorcycle Diaries in an extremely entertaining fashion, an 5000 mile South motorcycle trek taken in by a youthful Ernesto “Che” Yes, THAT Che Guevara! We much of his journey of discovery a sad and abused 500cc Norton, the star of the film. In the saddle of the we watch as “Che” studies the of his people and the pain inflicted by injustice.

Was he converted into a revolutionary during the course of ride? Perhaps, but in any case a compelling, well written, acted piece that an old motorcycle as one of its stars. What be better?

Academy Award Anthony Hopkins has said playing Burt Munro in The Fastest Indian was his favorite That’s quite a claim one of the world’s finest actors. But Burt was quite a character!

In the New Zealand motorcyclist Munro up at the Bonneville Salt Flats a heavily modified and “home 1920 Indian Scout with which he proposed to set records. And set them he did, actually. Munro competed on the a total of nine times and one of the that he set still stands.

The depicts his struggles to compete a 40+ year old motorcycle and a minimum of but with heart and determination seen before or since. story, great acting. great all around!

They’ve been racing on the Isle of Man for over a century. Not on a racetrack but, rather, 38 miles of the tiny island’s closed to public use specifically for the Modern superbikes achieve 200 mph top and lap the circuit at average speeds of 130.

This on a course not by guardrail or hay bales but rather, by hedges, curbs and stone Suffice to say, its a very circuit under … by a of very special riders. Closer to the Edge   was filmed at the edition of the famous Isle of Man TT.

The “on shots will give you a of the course and the participant interviews leave you with a strong of the people who risk all to do such things. The DVD cover says it “Spectacular… Must See.” are two things difficult about movie. One is finding a version will play on a US Spec DVD The other is trying to understand rider, and fan favorite, Guy Martin he speaks with his heavy

Both difficulties are well putting up with! Must For sure.

“Top Ten” are a very personal thing. we missed some on your Maybe we just forgot In any case we’d like to the pics that you like the

What do you think with our Were we even close??

you have it. Our ten favorites

Turbocharged/Supercharged Staging a Comeback?

Currently on in the Martin Moto showroom is a Suzuki XN85 Turbo. stunning bike, from a collection, is a great example of the brief “era” of forced bikes in the early 1980s.

In the 1980s factory turbocharged roamed the highways, promising the weight and responsiveness of a middleweight, the and performance of a liter bike, and a somewhere between the two. In to the Suzuki, Honda weighed in it’s CX-500 Turbo in and later the 1983 CX-650 T.

there were the ’84-’85 GPz750 Turbo

and Yamaha’s Turbo Seca.

Marketing promises notwithstanding, what group actually delivered was a difficult power delivery dreaded “turbo lag”) as as the weight, cost, and mechanical of of much bigger bikes. were, frankly, anemic and the bikes ultimately screeched to a at this … end on the motorcycle path by 1985.

Now let’s ahead some three to today. An interesting dynamic has surfaced in the industry. Are supercharged coming back?

Two recent shown in conjunction with the Tokyo Motor Show certainly beg that very

At the Tokyo show Suzuki the wraps off of their Recursion bike.

Suzuki Recursion. Motor Show 2013.

Recursion. Tokyo Motor 2013.

Looking beyond the exhaust and other obvious at mass centralization (has Buell seen this?) we ourselves drawn to the completely new It’s a 588cc inline with, get this, an intercooled system. How else to easily 100+ hp and 74 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm from less 600cc?

Yes, we know a GSXR delivers similar (and less torque) but got to spin it into the 5 digit rpm to deliver those numbers. the claimed 50-ish MPG rating and low rpm into the mix, and Suzuki’s comes into its own. Two stand out in our mind.

Has thirty of technical progress made a new Turbo bike a much viable product than we from the 1980s? Is Suzuki enough to bring something the Recursion to the market? Stay

Not to be trumped by their friends at Kawasaki also got into the act at the show. With minimal no hardware, nor much in the way of technical the “Good Times” folks the “press release only” with their revelation of an four cylinder “motorcycle-use engine.”

Supercharged Kawasaki concept Tokyo Motor Show

The text of the Kawasaki release like this, “Kawasaki Industries, Ltd. also has a history of developing technologies for engines. The lifeblood of these is their blades, which to be able to cope with heat and vibration while at high speeds. Know-how years of designing turbine blades was instilled in the first developed by a motorcycle manufacturer.

And of designing a motorcycle-use supercharged in-house means that efficiency could be pursued.” Not here to sink one’s into, right? But then these three facts. 1. For time now Kawasaki has been Roots type superchargers to deliver over 300 HP from 1498cc Ultra 310 watercraft.

  2. of a forced induction replacement for the Ninja have swirled the industry for several years. 3. In years the Japanese motorcycle have taken to showing new engines well before the for which they were Think Yamaha 3 cylinder shown well in advance of the

Draw your own conclusions again, stay tuned.

Do we any insider knowledge? Do we know a supercharged bike is on it’s way one of the major manufacturers? Absolutely

Nevertheless, it just seems there is way too much chatter action) on the forced induction for it to all be smoke and mirrors. While we await the next development, about ready to place our bet the answer is yes. Time as it always does, tell the

P.S. In the meantime, if you have an in the older bikes, including and all the other technical marvels of the 70s, and 80s then put the Fourth Modern Classics Bike on your calendar for March 1,

EICMA Show – Some Show Bikes We a Lot!

EICMA. E sposizione I C iclo M otociclo e A ccessori. If you are in any way in motorcycles. you have likely of it. If not, here’s the scoop.

is the world’s largest motorcycle Think Disneyland, specifically for motorcyclists.  This annual of the two wheeled sport commandeers the Italy convention center about this time November.

This year 1000 exhibitors – representing and aftermarket suppliers from the globe (not to mention a half a million attendees,) just completed the 71st of the show. If you missed the excitement maybe you ought to give to a trip to Italy next In the meantime we thought we’d your attention to just a of our favorite new bikes that revealed at this year’s

Ducati Monster 1200

Can you believe it’s been two decades now since that groundbreaking Ducati Monster? Who have thought that 900 would spawn an entire of Monsters great and small. Now the latest Monster-osities. sitting on the top of the family tree.

In the spring of Ducati will be delivering the 1200 and the even further “S” variant. Both offer the liquid cooled,  four desmo powerplant, wrapped up in the trellis frame, and packaged all the electronic toys – selectable modes, traction control, etal.

The standard version of the 1200 starts at $13,495 and the spec “S”, with Ohlins, Brembo superbike brakes, carbon bits and all a touch more power and carries a price tag starting at Available after the first of the The Ducati Monster 1200 were hot enough to have voted “The Most Bike” at the EICMA show by the of attendees.

Harley Davidson Street 500 and 750

only the first totally new Davidson platform in 13 years. took the occasion of EICMA to introduce the 2014 “Street” 500 and variants. Powered by the (also) liquid cooled SOHC 4 Revolution X engine, the Street Harley’s lowest price offering for the new year.

Intended as an American style urban and also as a vehicle to gain to markets in the rest of the world, The will be manufactured both in Kansas City plant as as in India. Competition for Yamaha’s introduced (and very Bolt? Maybe.

Naked seem to follow a very pattern as they evolve their plastic-fantastic progenitors. BMW to a T with the introduction of their own of a streetfighter based on their class S1000RR sportbike. comfy seating position? Reduced peak power but a (and fattening) of the low to mid range

Check. Here’s a sportbike people can comfortably ride for than those 20 minute day sessions. And it retains all the electronic first show on the RR – ABS, selectable power and traction modes, gear shift and such. Ultimate sportbike for the world?


Brough SS100

Like the retro but hunger for thoroughly modern Maybe this is for you, but your wallet. Once as “The Rolls Royce of the honored Brough Superior returns for 2014 as an extremely edition build.

With a liquid cooled 997 V-Twin that just oozes this modern treatment of the features the engine as a stressed member, innovative disc and the classic look of the essentially fuel tank. Unfortunately, it may be too late to order for 2014 as the manufacturer plans just 20 for the first year build. At a $100 K per, they’re all spoken for.

Perhaps in – and you’ll have another to save up the necessary funds.

didn’t exactly pull the off of this motorcycle at EICMA. All did was confirm the long standing that there will be a Triumph in the pipeline by the time rolls around. Discussion centered around a … and a sporting variant as shown in computer generated rendering. Not detail was provided to hang hat on but it was revealed that the assembly will be India to meet a demand.

We do understand that it be coming to the US, perhaps in the … Stay tuned on this Better yet, take up a loitering around your dealer’s showroom.

And keep eyes peeled.

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So, EICMA as it always does, provided a mix of introductions – entry level like the Harley and Triumph, priced units like the and BMW, and ultra exclusive like the Brough. For sure, were more than you see here and maybe those are personal favorites.  Nonetheless, are the ones that talked to us the If you were there, or maybe you just read the show then please tell us your favorites.

Most make your travel for EICMA 2014 soon. The around the Milan Convention sells out early when comes to town.

Off the beaten A Rokon was capable of taking you far off the beaten path!?

In the last we spoke about some of the two … bikes that on the lookout for as we put together the fourth Modern Classics Motorcycle coming up on March 1, 2014 at Moto in Boyertown, Pa.  just yesterday our attention was to yet another possibly forgotten from the 1970s that we had Simply couldn’t resist this one too!

Yup. It’s a Rokon! full of unusual features pull cord starting lawnmower) and a fully automatic and snowmobile-like drive system, laid claim to a market pretty far off the beaten path. they earned their as serious dirtbikes by regularly various enduro and trials

And through the middle part of the they were even competitors in International Six Day Trials events in both the US and Europe.

at the 1973 ISDT

Interestingly was a New England based manufacturer, headquarters in New Hampshire where pushed out the sturdy bikes with a 337cc Sachs two engine that put out some 30+ in stock form.

While never sold in huge and while the parent company had its ups and including a visit into it is interesting to note that continues on to this day with a of “Trail Breaker” 2 wheel utility vehicles that popular with hunters, forest service types and some military users.

got (or know of)  a Rokon RT 340 to for the 2014 Modern Classics Show?

We would love to from you.  For more go to

Wanted Dead or The Search Is On For the 100 Stunning Classic That Will Be Presented at the 4th Martin Motorsports “Modern Show, March 1, 2014.

just over four now until the Fourth Annual Motorsports “Modern Classics” Show. In just three this one day, indoor has has gained a hefty regional and has even begun to attract national attention. Check out the local papers had to say about year’s show HERE.

take a look at the coverage in Classics magazine.

Do you want to consider missing this show? Uuhhhh, don’t so!

So here are some important The showroom doors open at and the show runs until As in past years, Modern is an invitational show – entries are to the show planning committee then determines the 100 bikes will be this year’s Classics.” “Modern Classics” is an show but there are Peoples’ awards in both the primary – classics from the 60s, and 80s as well in the featured supplemental

For the 2014 show the featured class is Two Stroke bikes! The committee is soliciting the nominations of Two Classics from the same meaning the 60s through the 80s. The that the committee is looking for are engined motorcycles offered for between 1960 and 1990.

significant bikes from before and after this frame may be considered if they are in telling the story of two strokes and place in motorcycle history. The is primarily focused on “street” but a limited number of off-road and models may also be considered. about nominating your For all the information you need go  HERE .

are a few of the Two Stroke Classics we’re for Modern Classics 2014. If you one of these bikes or know there is one that might be a for the show, the by all means give us a You can either go directly to the “want to your bike ” page or

Here ya go…….

the Zenith of Two Stroke history? Of we’re looking for a Suzuki GT 750 Buffalo. Or Steam Kettle if you

Yamaha Catalina or Big Bear? the first of the “big” Japanese Two and we’d love to have a example of either one. 250 or Doesn’t matter.

Was the Suzuki X-6 Hustler the first 250 of going 100mph? The debate Nonetheless, if you have a nice then please nominate it for our

Kawi H2. Mach IV 750. Widowmaker.” By any name or alias, like to see one. A nice III 500 would be welcome too – especially a year white one! we like 350s too.

the late 60s well into the two … enduros were a contributor to the explosive growth of Suzuki TS’s all welcome – 185, 250 – we love ‘em all. Of the Yamaha enduro series is on our hit too. Where is that one white1968, first year DT1 been waiting years

Kawis too – How about a nice

It’s easy to forget was a major player back in the A 350GTR would be a great addition as would any of the smaller offerings. 90s. 175s.

Who to ride on a Bridgestone?

We’re not on the lookout for Japanese Two Strokes. figured mightily in the Two Stroke And a hefty part of that was was scooters. Vespa? Lambretta? Davidson Topper?

Silk. The Evolution of the old Scott 2 strokes England. This would be a add!

All American Brand even had two strokes badged as own. They were an Italian-American hybrid cooked up partner Aermacchi.

We’d much like to snag a Flying Squirrel. Though considerably earlier than our 60s through 80s time frame, Brit Classics are important in the two … history story.

So you have a few examples of the kind of that we are on the lookout for. Two Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em!

You can review the list of two … candidate for the 2014 Modern Classics by HERE. If you know where bikes are, or you have please nominate your And if you think there’s something forgotten, we’d like to about that too.

a reminder though – Two Strokes just a portion of the magic is the Modern Classics. We are also to run down a new and exciting collection of all the of the 60s through 80s bike population. are just a couple of the bikes looking to score for this show.

Long before were Hayabusas and ZX14s were Kawasaki Ninjas. the first hyperbike (Tom thought so in “Top Gun”) the Kawasaki Gpz900 Ninja was in 1984. Can it really be 30 years?

And will we score a first Ninja for Modern Classics? 2014.

A bike that had on our search list for all four of The Modern Classisc – the Munch (Mammoth.) Had kind of forgotten this rare breed we saw one recently. If there’s one, must be more. Help us one for Modern Classics 2014!

So you have it. Hopefully a preview of the of stunning bikes you’ll be in just about four The 4th Annual MartinMoto “Modern Bike Show. It’s sooner than you think!

If you can us in any way find the classic bikes searching for don’t hesitate to us! We’re as close as

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