Let me start out by making it clear that I am not a professional movie critic by any means. However, based on my love for most things to do with motorcycling, I feel that I’m qualified enough to give an honest opinion of the film ‘Why We Ride’.
I attended the first Atlanta showing of the film recently along with about 170 other motorcycle enthusiasts from this area and thoroughly enjoyed the film as did seemingly the rest of those in attendance. It was very cool seeing it on the big screen while hearing through surround sound in a theater full of moto-types.
As the film’s title suggests, ‘Why We Ride’ is a documentary made up of riders and racers simply explaining what it is about motorcycling that means so much to them. Some of these people are well-known in the industry and sport while others are just ordinary folks who all share the common bond that being a motorcyclist brings into ones life.
Along with the individual testimonies, the history of the motorcycle is touched upon along with various forms of the sport of racing motorcycles and the motorcycling lifestyle in general. A lot of emphasis is also put on the fraternity that exists amongst family and friends who ride or race together. Some of the thoughts shared by those in the film are humorous while others are emotionally charged and quite inspiring.
I’m not sure how much the film would appeal to somebody that has little to no interest in motorcycling but I do think that most people who have some interest in motorcycles or maybe has a close friend or family member that rides or races motorcycles would enjoy the film and hopefully better understand the passion that said friend or family member has about it. Of course there will be some people (even some motorcyclists) who see the film and are not impressed but the majority of those that I have spoken with or have read comments from about the film, that have seen it, found it to be very entertaining and easy to relate to.
At the showing that I attended, as the film ended, the audience broke-out into applause and most stayed seated to watch the credits roll as each of those featured in the film identified themselves and told of their main affiliation with motorcycling.
I hope you get a chance to view this film if you haven’t already and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did. Below is a link to the ‘Why We Ride’ film website where you can watch the preview trailer and check upcoming show dates, locations and times. The film has also just been released on DVD so I’ve included a link for that as well but do yourself a favor if possible and experience the film on the big screen if you have the opportunity.