Motorcycles that made history on the movie screen

Bikers surely never miss a motorcycle appearance on screen: how many times, during a movie, you jumped off the sofa because the main character entered the scene on a motorcycle? 

Maybe riding your dream bike… Intense moments, we know it well. If it is true that motorcycles do not star in every movie (i wish they did!), it is also true that every time there is a motorcycle appearance in a movie, that movie automatically gets more interesting, remaining impressed in bikers’ mind.

Which are the most famous movies with motorcycle scenes? Let’s see 4 unforgettable ones.

EASY RIDER – Harley Davidson Chopper

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Freedom, road tripping, adventure, fear: who remembers Easy Rider, THE road movie, directed and interpreted by Dennis Hopper with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson in 1969? This movie, a window on the 60’s hippie culture, protracted an incredible road trip between California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Also the movie OST Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf, turned out to be iconic and known by everyone even today, 51 years away from the movie release. George Lucas about Easy Rider «More than any other movie before, Easy Rider open the Corporation eyes on how a successful movie looks like. Movies needed to appeal to youngsters».

The World’s Fastest Indian – Indian Chief

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The title of this movie, directed by Roger Donaldson and interpreted by Anthony Hopkins in 2005, leaves nothing to imagination. The movie tells the real story of a New Zealander, Burt Munro, who managed to travel to Bonneville salt lake to filfill his dream: participate to the annual Speed Week with his 1920 Indian Chief. Will he manage to beat the record? For that you’ll need to watch the movie.

MATRIX – Ducati 996

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Impossible to forget Trinity, interpreted by Carrie-Anne Moss, sweeping through traffic on a stolen Matrix Green Ducati 996. I bet that this movie, directed by the  Wachowski brothers in 1999, won 4 Oscars also because of sequences like this. 

Not to be forgotten is also what Morpheus tells Neo «The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.» A true cult.


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Inspired by a Paul Brickhil book, this movie directed by John Sturgis, granted Steve McQueen a place among Hollywood superstars. The scene in which Cpt. Virgil Hilts, jumps off a fence on his Triumph TR6. Steve was a true motorcycle enthusiast – who used to also participate in races – did not want to use any double. The result was so amazing to leave its mark in movies history.

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