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Video: Roads We Ride

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Andrew in Video. 6 comments

Transport for New South Wales approached us earlier in 2016 to help keep riders safe. Specifically, they wanted us to start a conversation with our peers around how to stay safe on the roads we love riding.

So Pipeburn, in conjunction with our good mate Cam over at Stories of Bike, were let loose to show how we’d do things. Sadly, our first idea where we were flown by space shuttle to the South of France for a month-long biker party in our very own Chateau was rejected almost immediately. But then we came up with something called ROADS WE RIDE. Put simply, it’s real local riders talking about their custom bikes, their favorite pieces of road and the things they do to make their ride safe. This first episode features our good mate Chris, who’s just about the most Zen guy we know, riding his Bonnie tracker along Sydney’s famous Putty Road.

Yes, it’s intended for local riders, but we genuinely think that pretty much anyone who rides will get a kick out of the episode. We’ve also roped in a whole bunch of other Aussie motorcycling institutions including The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Throttle Roll, Return of the Café Racers, Tank Moto and Rising Sun Workshop to help us spread the word.

We’re pretty proud of what we’ve done. We hope you like it, and we’d really like to hear from you in the comments as to how we could maybe improve things for episode 2.


  • guvnor67

    Y’know, sitting here unable to ride at the mo, I watched the vid and think to myself “Damn this is a beautiful country”. I live just past the start/end of the Great Ocean Road, a road I’ve driven trucks along, and ridden bikes along more than a few times. And each time out, you learn that bit more, where you can nail it, where the cops hide, the “shit, that corner’s got bad” moments, and those neat little stops to stretch the body and get a bite to eat. I’ve been riding now for about 30 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever left a bike completely stock. I like the video a lot, I think it was made with soul and passion. Change? When you book that shuttle to France, let’s take a slow old freighter instead, take it sloooooow, and in France hit the Riviera, then the Alps, see Italy,Switzerland, Germany, Across Russia, boat into Alaska, Canada, USA, and eventually home. Might be gone a while, but hey, beats daytime TV!

    • Len Farquharson

      I concur with you about this being a beautiful country! I also like your itinerary for other continents!

      • guvnor67

        Would be a hell-of-a-trip huh? Back on the bike in a week or 2, and It’s getting warmer, and dryer too hopefully.

  • Len Farquharson

    i am blessed to live just over an hour from the northern approaches to the Putty Road and being a relative newcomer to motorcycling it was high on my list of roads to ride. it did not disappoint! The road has been upgraded to the highest standard for a road of its type with a continuous ribbon of beautifully cambered hot mix providing confidence, predicability and therefore safety. The exception of course is a small group of sports bike enthusiasts who treat it as a race track and time trial venue, endangering their own lives as well as the lives of other road users. The road snakes its way though the ever spectacular Sydney sandstone escarpment country and is a testament to the surveying and engineering skills of the road makers. Top marks for your creative efforts in producing a short educative film that is big on the beauty of the journey, the joy of the riding experience with the golden thread of safety woven naturally through the narrative. Superb photography and an excellent choice of Chris as the story teller; very authentic, full of wisdom and engaging. I look forward to the next instalment!

    • guvnor67

      Sounds like the NSW government care more about the roads than VICROADS?! I was impressed with the quality of the production too- no wonky Go-Pro footage here. And I’ve added the Putty Road to my ever increasing list of “must do’s”!

  • Thanks for all the kind words, guys. Cheers.