Looking for some Christmas viewing? MCN run down the films you can use to fuel your obsession with all things motorbike. When the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and if you’ve no place to go - turn on the telly for some burning rubber.
Man it doesn’t show signs of stopping, and if you’ve brought some corn for popping, the lights are turned way down low - fire up the sound system for some proper Christmas noise to scare away the carollers.
You often find that TV listings over the festive period provide larger turkeys than the one served up during Christmas dinner. So, if you catch yourself tired of Noel Edmond’s Christmas jumpers, endless Top Gear repeats and cringe worthy reality documentaries where David Beckham loses his car keys, Katie Price eats a sandwich or Joey Essex tries to recite the alphabet - stick these on for a bit of escapism…
Now firmly a part of Americana - just like Abe Lincoln’s beard, apple pie and voting for Donald Trump - Easy Rider needs no introduction. With a top-notch cast - Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson - and a moral message for us all to absorb, very few films can change your perception on life. However, this is one of them.-
Yet, if it’s a bit too mainstream for you, there is a little known Scottish film up next…
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For those (we assume, the majority of you) who haven’t yet enjoyed 1985’s Restless Natives, prepare yourself for some ‘Local Hero’ style charm. Filmed in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands, this story follows two teenagers who make a living as modern highwaymen on their Suzuki GP125 - becoming local folk heroes and a tourist attraction into the bargain.
It sounds silly on paper, but stick with it - Restless Natives is well worth a watch, especially with a soundtrack by Big Country and cameos by Mel Smith, Ned Beatty and Bernard Hill.
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The World’s Fastest Indian
Having already played Donald Campbell in the BBC film Across The Lake, it was only a matter of time before speed-junkie Anthony Hopkins brought legendary bike racer Burt Munro back to life for the silver screen. Not every aspect is historically accurate, but don’t let that stop you enjoying the incredible true story.
Unlike Across The Lake, this feel-good heart warmer is easily obtainable through Amazon. And if you haven’t yet seen it, we would heartily recommend it.
World's Fastest Indian - Buy It From Amazon
On Any Sunday
Still legendary among riders, even 45 years on, On Any Sunday was not only nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for best documentary, but was also backed by Steve McQueen - the coolest man ever to have graced Planet Earth.
Still considered the most important motorcycle documentary ever produced, the film’s impact popularised BMX biking across the world. Featuring old-school desires from Triumph, Husqvarna, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, this is compulsory viewing for any bike enthusiast.
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