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"Why We Ride" Documentary

Does this look awesome or what? You can stream this from Amazon video-- I definitely plan on watching this ASAP. Looks very well done. Has anybody actually seen this yet? Here's a link to the trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxGNI4jpzL4

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Well, I'm just going to throw in my two cents. Some people won't like what I say here ... then again ... what's new?

The older I get and the longer I ride, the more tired I get of this notion that all of us riders are "family". That we're all 'ONE'. It's just simply not true. Sure it makes for a great movie. It's all touchy feely and all ... just not what I have found living life, riding for almost 30 years, and riding around the country.

I also getting tired of the statement, "There's just nothing else like it.". I think it's arrogant, pompous, and again just simply not true. Riding a motorcycle is what SOME of us like to do. But that doesn't make it any more incredible than someone else's love of painting, or playing a guitar, or gardening. I'm tired of the sensationalism of it, I suppose.

Let's just ride our bikes, and stop trying to make us out to be more than we are. Just people ... who happen to love riding an over-grown bicycle with a motor attached to it.

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A friend gave me the DVD and I enjoyed it very much. I thought it was well done, and had a couple of my riding buddies over to see it and they got a kick out of it too.

I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys riding.

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I remember watching this a few months ago and was not really impressed. Nice film but should have been called, Why We Race. The premise was that if you ride a motorcycle, you most have had a race background or love racing....bull. Just did not appeal to me.

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I remember watching this a few months ago and was not really impressed. Nice film but should have been called, Why We Race. The premise was that if you ride a motorcycle, you most have had a race background or love racing....bull. Just did not appeal to me.
And this validates my post. We are not all "one". We do not all feel the same about every aspect of riding. I LOVE Moto GP, but I do not expect every rider to appreciate it.

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Just saw it last week in a local theatre here.. screening organised by the Motorcycle Council of NSW, which is a leading non-govt support body for anything motorcycle related.

From an "outsider's" POV... I knew it would be very much American-centric, and it was overly so... there was some lip-service to Europeans and a touch on the Moto-GP... but it was overly about the grand American motorcycle dream....

What I did find fascinating was the history they delved into of Indian and HD, although if you took it all for granted then no other country in the world come up with the idea of a motorised bicycle (maybe they didn't, I have no idea...)
My grandfather owned an Indian with sidecar in the 30's in Oz, guess that's what gave me a passing interest in it all.
Worth watching in the overall context of motorcycle history... mostly a well done documentary.

Only laughs came from that comedian rider... (the only black guy in the motorcycle village, it seems?).... that was a bit odd...

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I have the DVD & thought it was well done for a Documentary. What I likes best is I know a few of the people in it & because of them I ride today. They got me into riding & racing (in my younger days).

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I also getting tired of the statement, "There's just nothing else like it.". I think it's arrogant, pompous, and again just simply not true.
Interesting perspective Joe, hadn't really thought about it that way. I've got no problem with "There's just nothing else like it.". I think its a fair statement as I don't read it to mean There's just nothing as good as it...

But I get your point. It does amaze me how diverse the LT (or any bike for that matter) ownership pool is. And yet all those different folks some how found their way to the exact same bike, same model, and same color.

I guess my only other comment is that with motorcycling there is a shared risk that those outside of the community don't appreciate.


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Clearly passion levels vary when it comes to riding. Because you don't agree with "there's nothing else like it" doesn't invalidate the integrity of the passion from another.

I personally haven't found anything else that fills the need for 2 wheels in my 46 years of riding.

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whether it's "the world's fastest Indian," "on any given sunday" or this one, any motorcycle movie is gonna be worth my time (well, except Easy Rider, that movie sucks)

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I guess I agree with that it is one big community, when we travel on a motorcycle we always make instant connections in places we have never been. When we travel on ferries the car drivers seem to all remain in their family groups where the riders are all one group having a great time. On the Newfoundand crossing, which left at midnight for a 15 hour crossing, we took over the back corner of the bar and then the same for breakfast. Last we took another 14 hour ferry ride and basically the same kind of bond.

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My experience riding with other riders, they either are way slower than you, or drive like a bat out of hades. I like riding with other people if they can keep up with doing 80-90. I firmly believe you are safer staying ahead of most of the traffic than getting passed by it. Riding with harleys, foggetaboutit, maybe they slow down to smell the flowers, but most harley riders putz at 10 mph below the speed limit. Went riding in AZ with a guy that owned a Ducati (with my ZX-11), figured he might be into some spirited riding. I was deeply disappointed, I could not get this guy to go above 65. Found out later he had numerous car related DWI's, so mebbe he and the fuzz were not good friends, and he was being cautious.

I do find that other people riding bikes are friendlier towards you, and at least you have something to talk about. Unlike the day we were out calling coyotes, were dressed in camo, and had 8 dead ones dripping blood down the sides of my Pathfinder when we stopped at the Dairy Queen near Picacho Peak, and this woman had a total connuption fit when she saw it. Closest I ever came to doing the opposite sex bodily harm!

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