Six Great and Not So Great Motorcycle Movies

Our Six Motorcycle Movies Worth Watching

There weren’t a lot of criteria applied to these choices, in fact, a couple of them are just plain bad. But like anything in life, how good some things are is often defined by knowing what isn’t good.

Motorcycle movies have the virtue of a made-to-be filmed subject, motorcycles in motion, and for the most part, these flicks fit the bill.

Born to Ride

This is a  “famous motorcycle movie”  (but not necessarily a good one) featuring some stunts involving military Harleys and a  love story which has John Stamos playing a motorcycle mechanic who falls in love with a Colonel’s daughter. Not ideal, but on the list for being notorious, Born to Ride is a sorry effort, but that’s part of what makes it the Plan Nine From Outer Space of motorcycle movies.

The script is pathetic, the dialog tips over into the unintentionally comedic,  and the performances are, well, not entirely professional.

Electra Glide in Blue

From the ridiculous to the sublime, Electra Glide in Blue is everything Born to Ride is most certainly not. Robert Blake played a Harley Electra Glide-riding motorcycle cop, Big John Wintergreen, just back from Vietnam and looking to do some good in the world.

This darkly existential film from director James Guercio and cinematographer Conrad Hall is one of the best-looking movies ever made and the dirt bike versus cop bike chase scene is a breathtaking achievement in its own right.

Electra Glide in Blue gets it all right. Superb performances, beautiful cinematography and a coherent and interesting plot make this movie a forgotten gem.

Easy Rider

Easy Rider is a given on this list. The 1969 classic launched the careers of  Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. It’s the cool point of view, the “road movie” plot and Nicholson playing the foil to Fonda and Hopper’s quasi-hippy characters made sure that Easy Rider would enter the pantheon of great motorcycle movies and set the bar for what we want from them.

Girl on a Motorcycle

Girl on a Motorcycle stars Marianne Faithful, a woman so dissatisfied with her life that she leaves her husband to go back to her former flame, Alaine Delon.

Rebecca, the main character, played by Faithful, chucks her life of comfort and security with a boring teacher husband in search of freedom and excitement. That’s heady stuff in the year before Easy Rider made it a staple of motorcycle movie plotting. It’s a bit dated with its psychedelic and now-hackneyed camera work, but some of the riding scenes and the sight of the lovely Marianne Faithful in a skin-tight leather riding suit make it all worthwhile.

Roadside Prophets

Never meant to be a “Hollywood Movie,” Roadside Prophets features the bass player from the LA punk band X, John Doe, playing Joe, a Harley-riding loner who kisses off his factory job and sets out to find Eldorado, Nevada where he plans to spread the ashes of his pal Dave.

Joe places his buddy Dave’s ashes in motorcycle gas tank, straps it on the back of his 50’s vintage bike and heads out to take care of his solemn duty. On the way, he meets up with Sam, played by Adam Horovitz of the rap band The Beastie Boys.

Guest appearances by Arlo Guthrie, 60’s hippy icon Timothy Leary, David Carradine and John Cusack make this movie a must-watch bit of entertainment.

Cusack steals the movie as an activist with an enormous appetite and a penchant for stuffing his face at restaurants and then beating the check…
The Wild One

Based loosely on the famous 1947 Hollister incident, the plot of this 1953 classic motorcycle flick revolves around a local townie girl (Mary Murphy) and the bad boy motorcycle gang leader (Marlon Brando) who wants her approval and love.

The Hollister riot went down during the Gypsy Tour motorcycle rally in Hollister, California, over the July 4 to July 6, 1947, weekend. The press at the time had a field day sensationalizing the event which reports said featured outlaw bikers “taking over the town,” and that provided the basic structure for The Wild One.

Originally, the rally was sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and attended by some 4,000 people there to race and trade parts.

Somewhere around 50 people were arrested for public intoxication, reckless driving, and disturbing the peace, and it was this event that launched the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club into the public consciousness.

This 1953 film about the incident which starred Marlon Brando was inspired by the event and based loosely on an article LIFE magazine. In what has since become an iconic photograph, a LIFE photographer staged picture featuring a drunk man resting on a motorcycle amidst a carpet of shattered beer bottles.

The Hollister event was also famous for spawning a moniker which is still used by outlaw motorcyclists today to describe their status. A representative of the AMA trying to put a good spin on a public relations disaster for the group and motorcycling in general, said: “the trouble was caused by the one percent deviant that tarnishes the public image of both motorcycles and motorcyclists.”

And there you have it…

Captain Zig-Zag the Zouave

More Than Just Rolling Papers – The Story of Captain Zig-Zag

Zig-Zag, founded in 1855 by Maurice and Jacques Braunstein, was based in Paris. Their factory, the Papeterie de Gassicourt, was the production plant they built in Mantes-la-Jolie, and they ultimately manufactured rolling papers with their invention of the process of “interleaving.”

They called their papers Zig-Zag (due to the zigzag alternating packaging process) and in 1900 their product was awarded a gold medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

Captain Zig-Zag

Captain Zig-Zag is the Zouave soldier whose image is on the front of Zig-Zag products. Also known as the “Zig-Zag Man,” the choice of a member of a French North African regiment as the Zig-Zag icon grew out of a story which occurred during the battle of Sevastopol.

It’s said that as that soldier’s clay pipe was shattered by a bullet, the ‘Captain’ then rolled his tobacco to smoke using a piece of paper torn from his gunpowder bag.

And as for other famous rolling papers?

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Apprentice For A Flop

Have a Coke and a Smile. This guy, the majordomo of B15 Rod and Custom, has achieved a perfection I once aspired to my own self, but now see as folly given my character traits.
I am considering asking if he’ll take me on as an apprentice – if he’ll let me flop in the back room…


I Was Out Riding In the Rain and Found Nirvana On Earth


B15 Rod and Custom is so far under the radar that a Stealth Bomber puts off a bigger signature.

It may not have a high profile, but to me, standing in a light rain as I stopped for a smoke after riding a couple hundred miles, it looked like the Garden of Allah to a thirsty man.

“Between Topino’s stream and that which flows
down from the hill the blessed Ubaldo chose,
from a high peak there hangs a fertile slope;

from there Perugia feels both heat and cold
at Porta Sole, while behind it sorrow
Nocera and Gualdo under their hard yoke.

From this hillside, where it abates its rise,
a sun was born into the world, much like
this sun when it is climbing from the Ganges.

Therefore let him who names this site not say
Ascesi, which would be to say too little,
but Orient, if he would name it rightly.”

– Dante


You Meet the Nicest People On a Honda

Photo by Todd Halterman,

Grey Advertising, at the time a major player in the U.S. ad game, came up with a campaign anchored by the catchy slogan, “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda,” and it
was peopled by an unlikely array of “bikers” such as housewives, a parent and child, young couples and other “respectable” members of society.

Referred to as “the nicest people”-the fantastic depiction of these invented Honda 50 devotees struck a chord among those who would otherwise have recoiled in horror at the thought of buying, much less riding, a motorcycle.

Against all odds, this cornball bit of salesmanship…worked.

Mothers who once were sure to respond to their adolescent child’s plaintive keening for a motorcycle – any motorcycle – with a dismissive snort, suddenly found themselves closing out the argument with, “I’ll buy you one, if it’s a Honda.”

Feel free to blame the Honda 50 for becoming the ultimate “gateway motorcycle,” as ownership of one led thousands of otherwise sensible children to become my kind of Scooter Trash.

While you may meet the nicest people on a Honda, it takes a machine of considerable more displacement to bring out the Sausage Creature, but once that inner Mad Dog is released beside the wild centerline of the Lost Highway on two wheels, it’s so long to being a citizen…

The Craigslist Cannonballer

Buy pre-1930 Indian Scout 101 motorcycle on Craigslist. Wrench it with your pals. Ride it across America during the Motorcycle Cannonball 2013. That’s what this guy did…

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Classic Lines


Dawn Patrol

Howard City to Muskegon. Midnight. Saturday into Sunday. Home again…


HST and His Ducati

That is the attitude of the New Age superbike freak, and I am one of them. On some days they are about the most fun you can have with your clothes on. The Vincent just killed you a lot faster than a superbike will. A fool couldn’t ride the Vincent Black Shadow more than once, but a fool can ride a Ducati 900 many times, and it will always be bloodcurdling kind of fun. That is the Curse of Speed which has plagued me all my life. I am a slave to it. On my tombstone they will carve, “IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME.

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