10 of the Best Motorcycle Movies

10 of the best motorcycle movies from TMS parts' point of view

Our Favorite Motorcycle Films and Documentaries

One of the best parts of motorcycle culture is all of the great art that is inspired by the bikes we love. There are so many great films that focus on motorcycle racing, the freedom of the open road, and of course, the outlaw and biker gangs. No matter how big a gear head you are though, there are always those things that slip under the radar. So for our veteran riders, we’ve got some great new films. And for the younger crowd, we’ve got some of the classics, too. So break out the popcorn and get comfortable! Check out our list for the 10 best motorcycle movies.

10. The Born Losers (1969) 

motorcycle movie called "The Born Losers"

The Born Losers is the tale of Vietnam veteran Billy Jack (played by Tom Laughlin) who seeks to escape society by moving to a quiet beach town in California. However, he is unable to escape trouble as he saves a person from a violent altercation with a biker gang, The Born Losers. Unfortunately for Billy Jack, he is the one who ends up getting arrested for firing his rifle to stop the fight.

The gang terrorizes the local town, committing all sorts of terrible crimes and threatening anyone who would dare testify against them. Billy Jack is eventually released only to be taken hostage, along with a woman named Vicky Barrington (played by co-scriptwriter Elizabeth James). Billy Jack escapes and tries to get the police to help him, but they refuse, so he has to take matters into his own hands. Does Billy Jack have what it takes to rescue the damsel in distress all by himself?

9. Every Which Way but Loose (1978) 

best motorcycle movie called "Every Which Way but Loose"

Coming after the success of Clint Eastwood’s many Westerns including Dirty Harry, he really took the world by surprise with his comedic role in Every Which Way but Loose. It was not well-reviewed by critics upon release, but slowly grew to be a huge success, and one of Eastwood’s highest-grossing films. Definitely worthy of being labeled as one of the best motorcycle movies!

Eastwood plays truck driver, Philo Beddoe, who lives in the San Fernando Valley with his brother Orville, and his pet orangutan, Clyde. Philo meets a country singer that he falls in love with Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke). Everything is going well until she mysteriously disappears. Philo travels to her hometown in Colorado to confess his love for her, but not without angering a biker gang called the Black Widows along the way. Now when we would expect this to turn into Dirty Harry, it plays out a lot more like The Three Stooges. If you’re looking for a hilarious, action-packed film, this is a good choice.

8. Hells Angels on Wheels (1967)

one of the best motorcycle movies out there, called "Hells Angels on Wheels"

Hells Angels on Wheels is the story of a gas-station attendant named Poet (played by Jack Nicholson) and his introduction to a notorious biker gang, the Hells Angels. Poet meets the Angels when he is involved in a motorcycle accident with them. Poet, who is a bit thick-headed, demands the Angels pay him back. While he would normally be treated to a gang-wide beating, the leader, Buddy (Adam Rourke), says they will compensate Poet. He just needs to help them a little bit.

Little does Poet know that “a little help” sometimes involves murder. Poet becomes an official prospect after he proves himself worthy of the Angels, but gets himself into trouble when he meets Buddy’s girlfriend and falls for her. In the end, the two go head-to-head, but only one will survive.

7. The Wild One (1953) 

movie "The Wild One"

The Wild One is considered to be one of the first films looking at the American biker outlaw. And, in our eyes, one of the best motorcycle movies! Of course, it stars Marlon Brando in one of his most iconic performances as Johnny Strabler, leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club. Johnny and his gang of rebels are the resident “tough guys” in town until a rival gang, the Beetles, come to challenge them. 

Brando simultaneously falls for a young woman who just so happens to be a local police officer’s daughter. Watch as Johnny and his gang balance the on-going love story in between bouts of gang violence and general mayhem. 

6. The Wild Angels (1966) 

best motorcycle movies, one of which is "The Wild Angels"

The Wild Angels is a landmark film for biker culture because it was the first to put actor Peter Fonda on a Harley Davidson. Fonda plays Hells Angels chapter president, “Heavenly Blues”, opposite Nancy Sinatra as his girlfriend, Mike. 

After a scuffle with a local Mexican gang, Blues and his gang attempt to evade police, but one of their own, “The Loser”, is shot and taken to a hospital. Blues and the Angels devise a way to break him out of the hospital and get back on the road, but things don’t go according to plan.

5. The World’s Fasted Indian (2005)

"The World's Fastest Indian"

The World’s Fastest Indian is a New Zealand biopic following the life of infamous speed bike racer Burt Munro, played by Anthony Hopkins. The movie follows Munro’s story from small-town motorcycle hero to his introduction to America.

Munro saves up enough money as a young man to board a cargo ship headed for Los Angeles to achieve his dream at the Bonneville Speedway. But things don’t go quite as smoothly as he would have hoped. Accompany Munro on his journey through the trials and tribulations of an uncertain entry to a new world, and his eventual rise to the top.

4. TT 3D: Closer to the Edge (2011) 

a great motorcycle movie would be "TT 3D: Closer to the Edge"

TT 3D: Closer to the Edge is a British documentary showing the exploits of TT riders Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin. More specifically, it showcases the dedication and commitment needed for riders to participate in the Isle of Man’s TT race every year.

The film is narrated by Jared Leto. It’s shown in 3D, following races as they prepare and participate in the TT race. It also features Bridget Dobbs, a widow of one of the riders who died during the race that year. It is an emotional look at the dedication and love these riders have for their sport.

3. Riding Solo to the Top of The World (2006) 

"Riding Solo to the Top of the World"

Riding Solo to the Top of the World is a documentary. It is filmed by and stars Gaurav Jani as he journeys on the Chang Pas in India. This trail is one of the most treacherous motorcycle trails in the world. And Jani travels it alone on his Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle. 

Watch as Jani tests his endurance and his sanity against himself and the world in this solo adventure. This film is a true testament to what riding a motorcycle can teach you about the world and about yourself. 

2. Easy Rider (1969) 

"Easy Rider" is a classic, certainly one of the best motorcycle movies

Easy Rider has got to be one of the most iconic films of all time. And certainly one of the most iconic motorcycle films. It is the story of Wyatt and Billy; two drug smugglers who have just sold off a load of cocaine in California. Played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, respectfully, who also wrote and directed the film. They’re headed to New Orleans to have some fun at Mardi Gras… when they get arrested. And then they meet George Hanson (played by Jack Nicholson).

The three go on some adventures and do some hard-partying before their outlaw ways finally catch up with them. This film was an integral part of the counter-culture movie scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s. And it was also a huge success, grossing over 60 million dollars from a budget less than $50,000.

1. On Any Sunday (1971)

the movie "On Any Sunday"

On Any Sunday is a documentary directed by Bruce Brown. It features the intense skills and determination needed to participate in motorcycle racing. The film shows the different approaches and mentalities towards the world of racing. It was partially funded by Steve McQueen, popularly known as “The King of Cool”, who was an actor and motorcycle enthusiast.

It features professional and famous riders like Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. It’s very widely regarded as perhaps the most important film about motorcycles. It is also credited for popularizing BMX riding across America. Because it was the first major film to show it on screen, as featured in the opening sequence. 

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The Best of the Best Motorcycle Movies

What do you think of our list of the best motorcycle movies? There are so many amazing motorcycle films, we, unfortunately, don’t have the time to list them all. But we definitely think we hit some of the best motorcycle movies! Let us know if there were any that you think should have been on the list.

Also, make sure to watch these with all the motorcycle lovers in your life! We’d hate to think that there was a whole generation of riders who had never seen a classic like Easy Rider or The Wild Angels! And, assuming you love your bikes… be sure to look at our list of these awesome custom paint jobs!

ATV Covers: What to Look For

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How Heavy Duty Does an ATV Cover Need to Be?

We’re not always so gentle with our ATV’s. You bring it out on the trail, cover it in mud, run it ragged until it’s out of gas and then bring it home to hose off in the backyard. It’s a good life for us, but it’s hard on your ATV. We treat them pretty rough, but deep down, we love our ATV’s and we want to take good care of them. That includes the off-season as well, which is why it’s so important to find a good cover for your ATV. 

With so many different materials and types of covers on the market, it’s difficult to know what features are worth your money and which ones are better left for those who didn’t do their research. Luckily we did the research for you, so keep reading to find out all of the things you should be looking for in your ATV cover.

Do I Really Need an ATV Cover?

do you really think you need an ATV cover? We sure do!

An ATV cover might seem like one of those superfluous accessories. It’s a nice thing to have, but not entirely necessary, right? Well, if you don’t have a cover, your ATV will still work, but the purpose of a cover is all about protection.

If you leave your ATV outside in the off-season, or even during the season, your biggest enemy is always the elements. Depending on where you live, rain or direct sun exposure is the real killer. For some of us, it’s both. Your cover is your ATV’s first line of protection against the weather.

Types of ATV Covers

what types of ATV covers would work best for your ATV?

While you can find a variety of different materials and features for ATV covers, they are divided into two basic categories: indoor and outdoor. 

Indoor covers are usually made from a softer material like cotton or nylon. They are not usually UV resistant, and because of the materials that are used, they are rarely water-resistant. The primary use for an indoor cover is to keep dust off of your ATV. The real advantage over outdoor covers is that they are made from breathable material. This allows air to flow freely around the cover and your ATV and reduces the opportunity for mold and mildew to form.

Outdoor covers are built to handle just about everything from light rain, to relentless UV ray exposure and even snow. They are made from a few different materials that are generally better at protecting your ATV from extreme nature. Canvas, micro fiber, PVC, and Tyvek are the most common materials used, and each offers different benefits. They range in effectiveness between water-resistant and waterproof, so make sure you know!

  • Canvas is a good general material. It’s tough and water-resistant, but not waterproof. 
  • Microfiber is very soft, and it offers breathability that other outdoor materials don’t, but it is not as tough.
  • PVC is the material you want if the water is your main concern, but you should keep in mind that it is not effective at deterring UV rays.
  • Tyvek is one of the best all-around materials. It’s breathable, water-resistant and UV-resistant. 

The Mark of a Good ATV Cover

So now that we know a little bit about the different kinds of covers and the materials they’re made of, let’s talk about the features that make the best covers.

the mark of a good ATV cover

Elastic Hem 

Elastic hem at the bottom of the cover’s fabric edges should be the first thing you look for in a cover. The elastic hem keeps the cover pulled down and in place. This way the wind isn’t going to blow it away, and more importantly, it won’t blow it upwards allowing dust and debris to get under the cover. 

Double-Stitched Seams 

This is going to be your mark for a very durable ATV cover. If you don’t know much about stitching seams, follow us as we get a little lost in the weeds. A plain seam is just a seam sewn between two pieces of fabric on the raw edges. Double-stitched seams simply add an additional seam to give the material enhanced durability. This is going to keep your cover from fraying and falling apart easily over time.

prevent rust from water damage with a good atv cover

Durable Water Repellant 

Durable Water Repellant, or DWR, is a synthetic coating added to ATV cover materials (or really just about anything) to make them hydrophobic, or water-resistant. Please remember that there is a difference between water-proof and water-resistant, so figure out what you need and make sure your cover complies. 

Breathable 

Breathable fabrics are important for your indoor-covers. It protects your ATV against mold and mildew by allowing moisture to freely flow in and out of the cover. It is important for your outdoor covers as well. The outdoors are always more extreme, and moisture that causes mold inside causes rust outside

keep your ATV protected from natural elements

UV Protection

You need to keep your body protected from overexposure to UV rays, and the same is true for your ATV. Too much exposure to the sun causes your ATV to look faded. That includes the paint, the chrome, and all of the other finishes on your ATV. While a faded-looking ATV doesn’t seem like the worst fate, it opens the door for worse events. Like paint chipping, heat damage, and discoloration. 

You’re Now a Certified ATV-Cover Expert!

ATV covers are the best option for keeping the integrity of your ATV safe

Rejoice, you’ve graduated from ATV Cover University! You now have the knowledge to wade through all of the subpar covers to find one that’s actually worth your money! You love your ATV as much as we love ours. So go out and get an ATV cover to protect your baby! Keep it safe for many years to come. And if you’re curious about some other ATV accessories you may find useful, check out this blog!