Why We Ride

Synopsis: The passion of the riders and the soul of their machines.
Director(s): Bryan H. Carroll
Production: Walking West Entertainment
  1 win.
89 min

The sun in your face, the sound

of the motor and the vibration,

the unobscured view of everything

that's going on around you.

It's a bombardment

of the senses.

I just love it,

I just enjoy being on a bike.

The cliche of

feeling the wind in your hair,

even though I don't have much

hair anymore, is very true.

It's just...

It's a wonderful feeling.

It's a built-in passion to ride a

motorcycle, no matter what it is.

It's unlike anything else

that you'll ever feel.

There's nothing in my

life that's like it.

It's part of who I am,

and what I want to be.

Motorcycle riding is such a

filter for the brain for me.

I always end up singing while I'm

riding because it's just me and my bike

and I'm just enjoying myself and not

really thinking about anything else.

Some people paint,

some people sew,

some people listen to music.

I get on a motorcycle

and that really puts

my mind at ease.

It's a high, it's a good high, and

it's one that you can get addicted to.

In a spiritual sense

you could almost say, Namaste, you know,

it's that blending of the soul

of the motorcycle and you

and it's just this

perfect moment.

Everybody that rides a

motorcycle that's been around for a while

has got a personal connection

to their motorcycle

It's a person unto itself.

We all dream

about flying.

Well, when you ride

a motorcycle, you are flying.

You're flying through space

at the twist of a throttle.

When you ride motorcycles,

people always say hi to each other, you know,

you don't see people who drive

cars waving at everybody in a car.

They all have a bond, and

it's a bond that they share by desire.

The common denominator

is two wheels.

They are people that'll bend

over backwards to help ya.

You're not going to leave a comrade on the

side of the road without offering to help 'em.

There are some of the nicest people I've

ever met, are motorcyclists, hands down.

Being a motorcycle guy

cuts across every job description,

and you identify yourself

with being a motorcyclist,

first and foremost, before you're

a doctor, before you're an actor,

before you're a newspaper

tycoon, you're a motorcycle guy.

And that really levels the

playing field with a lot of people.

So you're talking to

a guy about bikes and then you find out

that this guy's a neurosurgeon,

and you're, like,

"Huh, I thought he was just some

guy who rode a Honda. "

If you ever get on

that bike, president of a bank,

a leader of a country,

you're in.

You could get out of work

totally angry, take a little ride,

and boy you don't get two miles

down the road, and all of a sudden,

you've let go of all of that

stress, all that anxiety,

and now you're...

you're free.

In my view people

travel in bubbles, a lot.

The motorcycle gets you

out of the bubble.

We can't know where we're going

if we don't know where we've been.

In the old days, you

know, there were thousands of people

that came out to watch

the motorcycle races.

Some of the greatest riders

of all time, Ben Campanelli,

Jimmy Phillips, Bobby Hill and

Bill Tuman, and Ernie Beckman.

Ed Kretz.

Ed Kretz was my hero.

They were badass,

they were real men.

Like rodeoing,

there was no money in it,

there was no prestige in it, you

did it because you liked doing it.

I would have loved

to have been around during that era.

You know, it was just

throw it all out there.

It was a great time

in racing for sure.

It's about tradition, I

wanna keep those stories alive.

I don't want these people

to be forgotten.

I think

it's important

to preserve the lineage.

I mean, it's kinda funny,

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Bryan H. Carroll

Bryan H. Carroll (born February 13, 1967) is an American director, producer, screenwriter and editor. He is best known for his award winning documentary Why We Ride, his distinctions from the American Motorcyclist Association and contributions to Titanic, Public Enemies, Die Hard, Predator, Collateral, Miami Vice, Ali, Skid Row and The Phantom (1996 film). more…

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