When you just need a break from the office, but can't quite hop out on your own adventure, sometimes a good film is the next best thing... I'll share a few of my favorites to get the list started. Please chime in below with your favorite moto travel videos!
Long Way Round - The one that started it all for me. This now iconic film inspired me to hit the road and ride from New Hampshire to Tierra del Fuego. It's completely different from how almost all of us would travel, but it's still a great piece of film.
Long Way Down - The sequel to Long Way Round documents the ride from the top of the UK to the bottom of South Africa. Not quite as adventurous as its predecessor, nevertheless, it's still great entertainment.
Mondo Sahara - A series of "Mondo" films from Austin Vince, I actually planned to list Mondo Enduro which is the tale of his first big around the world ride, but couldn't find a trailer for it online... Austin is packed with energy and his carefree film style is refreshing compared with more dramatic films. Group rides don't get much better than this!
Ecuador Motorcycling - This is a short documentary I put together in 2018 from my recent ride through Ecuador. We flew in, rented bikes from Freedom Bike Rental and set off on a self-guided tour around the mountains of Ecuador
The New World Ride - Another documentary I put together in 2012 that chronacles a week long ride through the heart of Colombia as we partnered with Motolombia.
GlobeRiders - This parternship between infamous traveler and guide Helge Peterson and filmmaker Sterling Noren is one in a series of films that follows riders on cross-country and cross-continental rides. The Eursasian Odyssey got me really excited for the idea of moto travel.
Beyond The Border - Another film from Sterling Noren that covers his ride south through Baja and then north through Mexico's Copper Canyon. He's a one man show, doing all the riding and filming by himself. At the end of the film, he stumbles into the greatest footrace the world has never seen.
Riding Solo To The Top Of The World - Forget the fale-drama of many moto travel videos. This excellent documentary was filmed by and stars Gaurav Jani on his ride through the mountains of northern India. It's a beautiful journey and film with excellent story telling that will make you want to pack up a backpack and hit the road.
Horizons Unlimited - Sue and Grant Johnson travelled the world before the advent of internet and then created the first worldwide community for motorcycle touring. It was their presentation DVD (which is no longer availble) that helped me realize that my dream was possible. They have since revamped their video and added more in the series. The Achieveable Dream is a great place to start if you're looking for moto travel education.
Motorcycle Mexico - Along the lines of moto travel education. I put together a 5 hour (yes, 5 hour...) DVD set of curated interviews from my fellow travelers about riding in Mexico. It's not a thrilling travel story, but it is a gold mine of information for someone planning their first ride south of the border. It was my goal to have travelers help other travelers. We also have a Facebook group where we share advice and inspiration on riding in Mexico. (shameless plug - it's available for sale on Amazon)
Ed March - No video list would be complete without mentioning the charismatic Ed March. He created a documentary abour his ride on a 90cc scooter from Malaysia to the UK. And he details his travels in long form hilarious videos that will make you belly laugh. Because no matter how hardcore you are on a 1200GS, you're still not as badass as riding across Canada in the winter on a 90cc scooter!
Alright, I got the party started. Now it's time to hear from you... Post your favorite motorcycle travel documentaries below. I'm stuck at home working (and taking care of a newborn) and need some inspiration!