Say the words “best ever motorbike film” to most riders, and you’ll probably hear them namedrop films like “The Wild One”, “Easy Rider”, or “On Any Sunday”. But there’s one that those in the know will tell you trumps them all when it comes to showing the insane rush of riding road bikes at speed; the original Mad Max movie from 1979.
Short on cash, George Miller (the film’s writer, director and co-producer who went on to make the Witches of Eastwick, Babe, and Happy Feet) enlisted the help of the Melbourne chapter of the Vigilantes outlaw motorcycle gang… as you do. Giving them access to free bikes and paying them mostly in beer, he let them loose on Victoria’s country roads and filmed the chaos. In the now infamous bridge scene, Vigilantes members were asked to drop and slide two Kawasaki KZ1000’s for the cameras. The riders, trying to get the best shot possible, stayed nice and close to the bikes after they hit the deck. The results? A tumbling 250kg bike comes damn close to breaking a gang member’s neck and the world gets one of the best bike stunt sequences ever filmed.
This beautifully shot and edited short film of Shinya Kimura is truly inspiring. Filmed by Danish born director Henrik Hansen it gives us a glimpse into Shinya’s life and his passion for motorcycles. [Found on Throttle]
Fourstar Clothing video featuring ‘A Day In the Life’ with Max Schaaf from 4Q Conditioning. It’s great to catch a glimpse of Max cruising the streets on his bike and then bombing some hills on his skateboard. Seeing the old Natas board on the wall of his shop brought back some memories. You can check out more ‘Days in the Life’ at the Fourstar website. [Found on Paul Van Denton]
We don’t usually post a lot of weird motorcycle videos but we thought it would be crazy not to post this one – almost as crazy as these indian circus folk. You have probably seen many other Wall of Death videos but the talented young guys from The Diamond Maruti Car Circus in Delhi take it to a new level. At first glance you might think this is dangerous, but if you look closely the white car does use his indicator at the end. The only other picture that tops their impressive performance is this old Wall of Death photo featuring a women driving a car with a lion in a side car. It was called the ‘Liondrome’ and was very popular in the 1930’s and just by looking at this amazing photo you can see why. If you want to know more about the Liondromes and the history of the sport check out this great article on darkroastedblend.
We have posted quite a lot of motorcycle safety commercials recently, including one from Australia, one from Norway and now here’s a pretty good one from Britain. The Department of Transport has launched this new ad created by London agency Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO as part of its THINK! campaign. This ad was inspired by research stating that drivers who personally know a motorcyclist are much more careful and aware while driving – so by using these huge Vegas style neon signs they make you feel like you know these riders. It made me think what my sign would say, maybe something like “extremely handsome, witty and suffers from a delusional disorder”. But seriously, would love to get your feedback on the commercial and whether you think it will be effective. Also check out the making of video if you are curious about how they did it. [Found on Rippin Kitten]
This is a disturbing but powerful Norwegian Motorcycle safety commercial. Comparing humans to animals in a commerical is not the most original idea but I think this takes it to a new level. The ad will definitely make audiences stop and pay attention, and hopefully impact them in a way that will change their driving habits. Its also interesting to see how different countries tackle the same problem. After you watch the one below check this New Zealand Motorcycle Safety commercial that uses humour and naked bodies to raise awareness for motorcyclists. Lets hope they both work their tits off (pun intended). [Via Adfreak]
Found out about the release of this film on the best cafe racer blog ‘The Return of the Cafe Racer’. Two years in the making, “Cafe Society” is the first, full-length documentary film to chronicle the origins, legacy and rebirth of this, one of the world’s most unique motorcycles and motorcycle subcultures. Filmed on location throughout the UK, Europe and U.S. by crews from Chet Burks Productions and Mike Seate of Cafe Racer magazine, “Cafe Society” brings viewers a rare, intimate view of the Ton-Up culture. For more info, previews and pics visit Cafe Society Film. Heres a preview of the film…
Jay Leno has an amazing collection of cars and motorbikes. Just some of his motorcycles include a couple of Vincents, a Ducati Desmosedici and a rare 1930 Brough Superior. His garage where he keeps all his machines is about 17,000 square feet, sizeable, to say the least, for a private garage. Anyway heres a little vid from Jay Lenos Garage talking about his beautiful 1962 Honda 305 Superhawk.
You have probably seen, worn or heard of these jeans. They are called Draggin Jeans and they take the humble denim jean and place a kevlar liner inside to save your skin (and any other precious ligaments). Over the years they have made some big claims about these jeans but have backed it up by dragging people on their backside to show how durable they are (that will do it). Heres one of the latest video of the Draggin Jeans Drag Test.
[I find it funny that the guy in the pic below is wearing shorts. They couldn’t give him a pair as well?]