Honda Powersports is really interested in your butt. Well, to be more specific, Honda wants to know what your butt is sitting on, which is why they’ve put together a new campaign urging people to get off their butts and start riding its latest models, the Honda CBR300R and CB300F. Both bikes are designed to be enjoyed by novices and experienced riders alike, and start at just $3,999. Learn more on Honda’s official site, and then head over to their Learn to Ride page for step-by-step help on how to start living life to the gluteus maximus.
For some initial, subjective, thoughts… What makes a great motorcycle movie?
First and foremost, it’s the writing. A motorcycle movie can go from cool to camp if the script isn’t any good. There were a number of motorcycle gang movies made in the 1960s and each one is campier than the last, which is why none of them made this list.
Acting is another important element. Talented actors are what make a good movie great. 1977’s “Viva Knevel” could have been a great motorcycle movie, if it didn’t star Evel Knevel. Knevel’s acting was laughable at the best moments, but oftentimes so outrageously bad it was hard to stomach the scene.
Also, a great motorcycle movie has to have cool bikes. Who can forget Wyatt and Billy’s retro Harley Davidson Hydraglides? The motorcycles in a motorcycle film should be special, unique, or otherwise crave-worthy.
FYI– It’s unfortunate, but they don’t make the Hydraglide anymore – not since the 1950s. Many people have replicated the motorcycles from Easy Rider. This number of these done has made it possible to purchase a similar bike, but you’ll need to find a good source of motorcycles that are for sale by owner, as you can’t currently purchase a replica directly from Harley Davidson. American Listed is a good option here in Texas but you may need do your own homework depending on your area.
Finally, a great motorcycle movie has to be memorable. If it’s forgettable, it didn’t make this list. We sought to add recognizable titles that have been universally enjoyed since its initial box office success.
Although all movie lists are debatable, we believe the following 5 films truly stand-out and fit the criteria outline above.
1. “The Wild Angels” (1966)
Actor Peter Fonda plays “Heavenly Blues,” a motorcycle gang leader from Venice, California. In the film, Blues and his gang consorts party hard. This film went on to become the 16th highest grossing film of 1966. The first of its kind, Wild Angels set the tone for more progressive films, such as “The Trip” and “Easy Rider.”
2. “Easy Rider” (1969)
Easy Rider has its boring moments, but who can deny its impact? This film inspired multiple generations to climb on their motorcycles and hit the open road to experience America’s rough-and-tumble countryside in a whole new way. Written by Jack Nicholson and staring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, “Easy Rider” was an easy choice for our number two spot.
3. “Mad Max” (1979)
Futuristic motorcycles? Check! Mad Max made crotch-rockets look cool, and since its box office success it has inspired more than a few speed-demons to pick up their own Kawasaki K-1000 (the same bike that was used in the film). Overall, Mad Max has it all – incredibly stunning cinematography, quality acting, motorcycle stunts, and it’s one of the most memorable films on this list.
4. “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004)
Before he was “Che” Guevara, he was simply Ernesto, or Fuser to his friends. “The Motorcycle Diaries” is about the 8,000 km motorcycle trip taken by Guevara and Alberto Grandado. Its inspiring true events unfold as both men become brow-beaten and poverty-stricken by the journey, and yet they persevere, and the watershed journey helps shape the futures of both men.
5. “The Wild One” (1953)
Shot entirely in black and white, this classic film stars Marlon Brando. Brando plays Johnny Strabler, the deadly leader of a vicious motorcycle gang. This is the movie that launched Brando’s career and also spurned countless other movies with “rebel” types as the lead characters – see anything staring James Dean.
Here’s a great shot of lovely brunette Sonny Frazier stradling a motorcycle and showing off her nice tush!
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Whether you’re new to racing and are looking for a starter bike, or are looking for a powerful performance motorcycle, you’ll find a wide range to choose from this year. The following are five of the most exciting bikes to be released in 2013, for both practical and sporting purposes.
MV Agusta Rivale 800
Aggressively styled with a powerful engine, the 2013 MV Agusta Rivale 800 is ready to tear up the roads with ease. It weighs in at only 375 pounds, which will help push it ahead of the pack in terms of speed. The Rivale 800 is powered by an engine with an output of 125hp, along with 60 lb-ft. of torque. It offers excellent traction control for unsteady terrain or inclement weather, which could make it a good fit for long haul races or even off-roading.
BMW S1000RR HP4
Although BMW motorcycles are a bit pricier than some other marques on this list, they still offer great value for money due to the use of technology and outstanding performance. This is clear when you look at the BMW S1000RR HP4 model, just released for 2013. The HP4 technology includes Dynamic Traction Control, which helps improve rider safety even at high speeds. It operates more fluidly than ever and drivers can choose from over a dozen different power settings to enhance performance. The bike is designed for racing at high speeds, with a 200hp engine. The bike can zip a quarter of a mile in under 10 seconds, in addition to its use of dynamic technology.
Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
If you love the look of 1970’s sport bikes, you’ll be intrigued by the new Moto Guzzi V7 Racer; which looks straight out of this classic era. Although it is powered by a simple 744-cc V-Twin engine that only offers 50hp, the bike is sleek, stylish, and zips along nicely. Its vintage good looks are open to modification, for those who want to take this Moto Guzzi out on the track.
Electric motorcycles have been gaining more attention from the racing circuit over the past year, with a fully electric model from Lightning Motorcycles winning the Pikes Peak challenge a few months ago. The 2013 Zero X seems to be one example of the new breed of speedy electric motorbikes, with improved battery technology. The new model can now reach top speeds of 95 mph, up from 88 mph just last year. It can also travel up to 137 miles without any need for a recharge, which makes it better suited to long distance challenges. For those interested in saving money on fuel while enjoying a high performance bike, this is one to watch.
With a low entry price, the new Honda CBR500R is a fully equipped sport bike with decent engine power and a light weight. It would be a good starter bike for those just beginning a hobby in motorbike racing, with its finely tuned frame and easy handling response. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled, 55cc parallel Twin engine and can handle tight turns with ease.
Superbike racing is a real test of how man can harness the abilities of a machine – many would say no more so than the illustrious Moto GP, which is faster but perhaps less testing. Jonathan Rea is one of the stars of the Superbike field and one of those sportsmen who have graced the scene for a number of years due to their prodigious talents. Still only in his mid-twenties, Rea’s career could be about to really take off.
Rea cultivated his talents on the Motocross circuit where he learned the invaluable arts of balance and handling – essential in managing a bike’s varying dynamics. A move to the racing circuit was inevitable for a rider of his talents.
He competed in the British Superbike Circuit where he achieved 2nd place overall in 2007 and was named Irish Motorcyclist of the Year in 2008. Rea competed in the final race of the World Supersport calendar that year and in 2009 he moved on to complete a full season in in the World Superbike Championship.
He took two wins in his first proper season and an impressive four wins the season after. He’s been a steady presence in the World Superbike field since then, and a much respected member of Pata Honda’s team.
2012 was a good year with Rea finishing fifth in the World Superbike Championship and won the Suzuka 8 Hour. Rea goes into 2013 as a confident and more experienced rider and has already taken a victory at Silverstone. He’s well placed to compete for a top 5 finish, chasing after the breakaway pack of Guintoli, Sykes, Laverty and Melandri.
Rea rides the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and is a stable mate of the legendary Casey Stoner. Because of the recent rider test ban in Moto GP, Rea worked on the testing of Honda’s 2011 RCV which Stoner rode to victory in that season.
There are firm links between the worlds of Moto GP and Superbikes as the two sports move technically closer together. Anyone who admires the Moto GP season would do well to watch the exploits of their Superbike counterparts. Valentino Rossi is a known enthusiast of the sport.
Like any sporting talent, Rea is much in demand when it comes to sponsorship. Honda, RedBull, Oakley, and motorbike insurance specialists Carole Nash, are all proud to back one of sport’s most promising talents.
You can catch Jonathan’s blog on the Carole Nash website for an insight into his character and all round profile: http://www.carolenash.com/insidebikes/bikers-blog/jonathan-reas-first-insidebikes-blog.htm