“WHY WE RIDE” , A Documentary Film – Full Movie Review and My Chat with the Producer
Originally Published: November 2013
Why We Ride is a story about who we are. Individuals with a desire to dream, discover and explore. Seeking a life outside our daily confinements and sharing those moments together. It’s a story about the journey, not the destination. Motorcycles represent the milestones of our lives. From a kid’s dream come true, to a retiree’s return to freedom. From a family riding together on the sand dunes, to hundreds of choppers carving through the canyons – the bond is the same. It’s about the passion of the riders and the soul of their machines. Your senses will heighten as the world rushes in, your heart will beat to the pulse of the engine, your mind will race and set you free. Once you let a motorcycle into your life, it will change you forever. – copied from http://whyweridefilm.com/synopsis.html
Why We Ride, the film, is all that it claims to be. For a motorcycle rider, it so eloquently shares our passion with the world. However, this movie is not just for us, it is for everyone who cares about a biker. It is is for anyone who has watched a rider and thought for just a moment “I wonder what that would be like”. It is even for those people who question why. Why do we “risk our lives” and why do we love it so much?
I had the privilege of getting a sneak preview of Why We Ride while at the 2013 AIMExpo (American International Motorcycle Expo) in Orlando, Florida. I was also lucky enough to catch up with the Producer, James Walker during a demo ride at the event and got some behind-the-scenes information not shared in the film.
Why We Ride is a series of interviews with unidentified riders and their families. They share how they feel, where they ride and how it affects their lives. You can see the passion and excitement in each person’s story as the screen flashes from an interview, to the riders in action and back again. The visuals are truly beautiful and the stories are funny, touching and awe inspiring. Even the sound is amazing. I was told a microphone was actually placed on the motorcycle for some of the filming, no movie magic, just pure thunder. It is often difficult to stay in your seat, you want to hop on your bike and share their experiences.
The producer shared with me that the creators did not start out to make an inspirational film, or even a whole movie about riding. They were gathering information for another project and after hearing a few of the stories and seeing the love that riders have for the road, their machines and each other, Why We Ride the film, began to take shape. In fact, James did not even ride when filming began but was inspired to do so by what he saw and heard from the riders.
One reason I love this movie is because it focuses on many of the greatest aspects of riding and avoids all that the mainstream media would have us believe. We are not all outlaw bikers, we are not all stunting through traffic and MotoGP is not just a series of spectacular crashes. The film successfully portrays the adrenaline rush of a track day, the escape of adventure touring, the camaraderie among bikers, the commitment of a young motocross racer’s family, the legacy of a road racer and the transcending affect of a good ride.
Just like any good film, each viewer comes away with something a little different. One viewer said that it inspired him to get out and meet more riders and get more involved on the social side of riding. It inspired another person to secretly go take a rider’s education class and surprise her husband, that she can now ride her own. It encouraged me to know that there are no limitations to what I can do on the bike, and if I want to travel around the world or even become a racer nothing that can stop me.
The creators wanted this movie to be about the the journey. There is no discussion about proper riding gear, traffic law controversies or manufacturers, its purely about the passion for riding. Whether a drag racer, a biker, a sportbike rider, a motocross racer, a track day junkie, a Sunday stroller or a cross country adventurer; if you are on two wheels, you can relate. If you are not, then you begin to understand.