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If you’re going coronavirus stir crazy and itching to get out on your bike it’s probably time to settle yourself in front of your TV or laptop to watch the best biker shows you can find.
Here are Bikesure’s best biker shows, films and Netflix specials celebrating the power and the passion of bikes and biking.Sons Of Anarchy
Fraternity, felony, fights and furiously fast motorcycle riding, Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014) was an exhilarating crime thriller about a California biker gang struggling to change with the times.
It is one of the best bikers shows and it follows the lives of a group of outlaw motorcyclists with actor Charlie Hunnam riding up front as Jackson “Jax” Teller.
The series explored themes common within real-life motorcycle club culture and even had ex-Hells Angel, David Labrava, as a technical adviser. For added authenticity he also appeared in most of the later shows.
View with caution, the violence is extreme.Mayans MC
When the Sons of Anarchy rode off into the Californian sunset there was a gap in the market – that gap was filled four years later by the sequel, Mayans MC, which was another of the best biker shows.
The follow-up incorporates some of the same characters and themes as those in Anarchy.
The plot focused on the struggles of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a prospect in the charter of the Mayans MC based on the US–Mexico border. EZ is the gifted son of a proud Mexican family, whose American dream was snuffed out by cartel violence. Now, his need for vengeance drives him toward a life he never intended and can never escape, no matter how fast he rode. More extreme violence I’m afraid.What’s In The Barn?
For those with a milder ,manner, a reality TV show first aired in 2013 and hosted by petrolhead Dale Walksler, the show, explores random barns and garages across the USA to find the motorbikes hidden within.
Walksler had his own Harley-Davidson dealership and is an expert bike restorer whose life is totally consumed by bikes, biking and the best biker shows.
And he has quite a collection of bikes. Over the years, Walksler has acquired more than 300 classic motorcycles, with the majority of them classed as extremely rare. A definite watch for those who are serious about motorcycles.The Motorcycle Diaries
This is a 2004 biopic about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would become internationally known as the Marxist guerrilla leader and revolutionary Che Guevara.
The film recounts the 14,000km motorcycle expedition across South America by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado in 1952 on a dilapidated Norton 500 motorcycle, christened La Poderosa (“The Mighty One”).
As well as being a road movie, the film is a coming-of-age film; and an eye-opener as to how Guevara turned into one of the most iconic revolutionary characters of the 20th century. You really should see it as it is one of the very best biker shows.Nitro Circus
This show follows the life of Travis Pastrana and friends who travel the world performing boggling stunts on motorcycles.
The series concept emerged from a live motorcycle show, which then spawned a number of DVDs. Then, due to great sales, a television show was created in order to show the rest of the world what they had been missing.
A second television followed and then a feature film in 2012 which enabled bike fans to see those machines and the tricks being pulled in glorious 3D.
Click here to get a feel for Nitro Circus.Unchained: The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross Stuntmen
Just like it says on the label, this adrenaline-soaked movie from 2016 celebrates the birth and boom of the most extreme sport on the planet: Freestyle Motocross and it conspired to create one of the very best biker shows.
Narrated by Oscar nominated Josh Brolin, the film follows the lives, times and troubles of some of the best known bikers of the day including Mike Metzger, Brian Deegan, Travis Pastrana, Carey Hart, and Seth Enslow.
With near non stop action and candid interviews with riders and their families, this is a must see for those chasing the free spirit characterised by motorcycling.Why We Ride
From 2013 this is an inspiring celebration of the motorcycling community, sharing the passion of motorcycle riding and illustrating the camaraderie of the friends and families who ride together.
Told by the many racers, riders and pioneers in the sport, the story weaves its way through generations of motorcyclists who live each day to the fullest on their two-wheeled machines.
The refreshing message about the joys of motorcycling, in tandem with out-of-this-world photography, is inspiring and offers a counter-balance to the less savoury side of biking often portrayed. It is also one of the best biker shows you will ever see.Burnout
A French film, a love story, a crime thriller, and a biking film, so what’s not to like?
It’s the story of biker Tony who wants to ride professionally but his ambitions become blurred when he discovers his wife is having problems with a local drug dealing gang. He saves his wife by sacrificing himself to the bad guys, working for them by night and pursuing his biking dream in the day. But It’s a vicious circle.
Never mind the sub-titles, this is still worth a watch because the motorcycle scenes are magnificent.Sons of Deuces
Deuces is an American crime drama written and directed by Jamal Hill from 2017.
The story concerns Detective Jason Foster who goes undercover to infiltrate and take down a motorcycle crime ring.
However, Foster finds himself drawn in by the unique persona of ringleader Stephen “Deuces” Brooks and the dual life that he leads. The mission is further complicated when Foster’s sister Janet also falls under Deuce’s spell.
Things get even more complicated when Deuces and Foster realise they have much more in common than they have expected. Oh yes, there’s lots of bike action too.
For a taster, click here.The World’s Fastest Indian
‘The World’s Fastest Indian tells the true story of Burt Munro, the man who set the land speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Munro, played by Anthony Hopkins, is a Kiwi who spent years rebuilding a 1920’s Indian motorcycle. Diagnosed with heart disease in the early 1960’s, Burt mortgages his home and sets sail to LA with dreams of riding his homemade Indian on the Salt Flats.
The mechanically minded will love the genius behind Munro’s engineering and the rest will love the fact it’s simply a real heart-warming story. It’s one of the best biker shows and you can watch a clip here.
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Before the coronavirus lockdown limited us to all but essential travel, Adventure Bike Rider travelled to Tenerife for the launched of the Yamaha Tracer 700. We spent a couple days putting the mid-sized sports tourer through its paces on the network of gloriously twisty roads that litter the Spanish island. You can hear all about how the bike performed in the video below, but to begin with, here are five key takeaways from the Yamaha Tracer 700 launch.1. Simple and effective
While the other mainstream manufacturers seem to be locked into an increasing spiral of constantly adding more technology, more devices, and inevitably more cost to their new models, the engineers at Yamaha have an entirely different game plan. The combination of nothing more complicated than a great engine in a well-balanced chassis results in a very competent likeable and enjoyable bike.2. Sharp new looks
Immediately noticeable is the new ‘face’ of the bike with its mean-looking opaque slit lights, sitting over a pair of powerful LED headlamps that are tucked underneath the nose of the fairing. Compared to the 2016 Tracer 700, the new bike looks altogether more sporty, purposeful and focused.3. A great all-rounder
As a stand-alone road bike, it can handle everything you can throw at it and more. From weekday commuting to weekend scratching, two up touring to solo trips, you could buy this bike and do the lot.4. That £7,799 price tag
The Tracer 700 comes in at an extremely competitive £7,799. If you are a younger rider looking to make the transition from a hyper-naked bike, like the MT-07, to take on bigger journeys and adventures, then it’s an obvious and affordable next step.5. No pretence
Considering that most manufacturers seem to be avoiding the whole sports tourer label in an effort to dip into the deeper and more lucrative adventure bike pool, it’s again a mark of Yamaha’s independence of thought that they are calling the Tracer exactly what it is, a sports tourer. It would have been easy to add some dual sport tyres and call it an adventure bike, but they’ve resisted.Watch the video review
You can watch Julian’s video from the launch of the Yamaha Tracer 700 below.
Twenty years after four-times World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty was forced to retire, he remains a motorcycling legend. But he has now evolved into a people’s champion and he has found new joy in motorcycling.
Celebrating the start of the third decade since he quit the sport that made him a household name, he has agreed to continue as an ambassador for Bikesure, the bikers’ bike insurance broker.
Taking a coronavirus enforced break from his busy schedule, Bikesure caught up with Foggy for a Q&A session. He spoke about his success on the track, his premature retirement through injury, his MBE, being crowned King of the Jungle and how he has rediscovered his love for bikes and biking.Foggy’s fantastic racing record
Dad George Fogarty was a motorcycling champion and there seemed to be only one path for the young Foggy: “I was surrounded by bikes and bike racing and it had a huge influence on me and the choices I made.
“From the age of seven I would stare out of the window and say that I wanted to be World Superbike Champion. I was always going to ride bikes and race bikes and I was just lucky that I seemed to be pretty good at it.”
Pretty good at it? That’s a bit of an understatement from the modest Blackburn boy. Foggy was aggressively competitive and was renowned for his frighteningly quick corner speed. That helped make him one of the most successful World Superbike racers of all time. As well as his four outright championship wins (1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999) he racked up the second highest number of race wins at 59.
Such is his fame that he even has a road named after him — Carl Fogarty Way — in his home town of Blackburn.The crash that ended Foggy’s career
Most motorcycle racers don’t talk about “if you crash” it’s “when you crash”. Carl Fogarty is no different and he remembers every crash he has ever had, apart from the one that ended his career.
It was Phillip Island when he clipped privateer Ducati rider Robert Ulm’s rear wheel and was flung headlong into the tyre wall. He suffered multiple injuries, including a serious shoulder fracture which failed to heal well-enough to allow him to race again.
It was in the rain-sodden second race. Foggy had made, by his standards, a poor start, but he was making good progress working his way through the field when the accident occurred.
“I remember every crash I ever had, apart from that one. I can recall all the others and work out what happened, what I could possibly have done to prevent them
“But I have no memory of the crash that ended my career. I remember the previous race well. It was the race of my life. I felt like it was the best I’d ever ridden.
“I don’t remember it but I saw the footage of the crash. I saw myself clip the guy in front. I went over and skidded into the tyre wall with my head and shoulders taking the heaviest impact.
“It was a freak accident and I was lucky to be alive. Of course, at the time I didn’t know that. All I remember is coming around a day or so later in the hospital.
“I stayed in hospital for around six days. I should have been in a lot longer and I would have been if I suffered that sort of accident these days. I came out of hospital asking myself, ‘why me’ because I really did not know why the accident happened.”How long did it take Foggy to recover from his near death crash?
“I smashed my shoulder and suffered a bruise on the brain so I was in a very bad way. I remember sleeping and being extremely tired for the best part of six months.
“I was treated by the brilliant Professor Andrew Carr and his team at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
“Eventually I got a little energy back but it took a good two years for my shoulder to fully repair. Even then I only had 75%-80% movement in it. That’s fine for normal life but it’s just not good enough for the unique challenges presented by racing a superbike.
“It was inevitable really. I could have never got back to the level I had been at, I had to call it a day.
“I remember reading about it in the papers – everyone was so concerned that Carl Fogarty had announced his retirement and I couldn’t believe I was reading about myself, an ordinary guy from Blackburn. Everyone was so concerned about it, more so than me it seemed.”How did you fill the void left by superbike racing?
“I’d already had a lot of success. Four world championships and lots of wins and podiums. I think that level of success probably made it easier for me to accept that my racing career was over.
“Other people were shocked and upset about it, but it was different for me. There was always so much hype and expectation when I raced, then when I had to call it a day, it was almost a relief. It was like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. As soon as I announced I was going to retire the pressure lifted.
“Everyone else was worried that I was no longer racing but I didn’t really start missing for a good two years.”How did Foggy get involved with Petronas?
“In 2002 the Petronas deal came through and I was asked to build a racing team for the following year’s superbike world championships. I surrounded myself with good people, great people. Building and managing the team took all my energies.
“Foggy Petronas Racing was a five year deal and the last race was in 2007. I had enjoyed the whole experience and would have kept going but couldn’t.
“I looked for a new sponsor but nothing was doing and that’s when I decided to sell up and chill out.
“I took it easy for a while and spent a lot of time with a dear friend of mine who was very ill. I learned a lot from him and took much from his positivity before he passed away.”What effect did the MBE have on you?
“I’ve never thought about MBEs and such things. Going to Buckingham Palace and meeting the Queen was amazing, but it’s way out of my comfort zone.
“It was 1998 when I received the honour and obviously I was still racing. That’s all I wanted to do, race motorbikes and be world champion, not hobnob with royalty.
“Obviously, 20 odd years down the line I look back with pride, but you have to remember I’m just a normal guy from Blackburn.”Talking of royalty, how did you become King of the Jungle?
“They first asked me to do I’m a Celebrity around 2004 I said no but they kept asking and opportunities kept coming. I agreed to do it in 2014 but I took an awful lot of persuading.
“I eventually agreed to do it even though my wife was against it. Mind you, I didn’t think I would be there for long. I thought I would fall out with someone and walk out, or get chucked out. I didn’t think I had a chance of winning it.
“It was brilliant though. I learned a lot about myself and how much of a people person I was. I was always thought of as the cocky bike racer but here I was showing I could be OK and help people.
“The other contestants seemed to warm to the fact that I was just an ordinary guy who liked to have a laugh.
“I made some good friends in the Jungle and I still get the odd text or call from people like Jimmy Bullard and Melanie Sykes.
“It was tough in the jungle though. You really miss the simple things that you take for granted in life, your family, a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich in the morning.”How did you feel when you won I’m a Celebrity?
“I couldn’t believe it. It’s a people’s vote and they voted for me, Carl Fogarty. The elation I felt was up there with winning the world championships.
It was overwhelming and I dropped to my knees. I was so emotional when I came across that bridge. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.
“I couldn’t understand how this ordinary guy from Blackburn had won. It was an unbelievable, incredible feeling.”You have two daughters. Did they show any interest in motorbikes?
“No, they never had an interest, they’re more concerned with fashion and make-up.”Would you have steered a son towards a career in bike racing?
“No. It’s probably a blessing that I didn’t have a son because the pressure on him being the son of Carl Fogarty would have been huge. I know what the pressure was like for me and my dad.
“Having said that, if he, or the girls for that matter, made a decision to make a career out of motorbikes I would not have discouraged them. I would support them, no matter what they chose to do.”You say you have fallen back in love with bikes. How did that happen?
“In 2010 I got back into bikes in a big way and I probably ride more now than I ever did before. When I was racing it was Carl Fogarty’s job, while it was a thrill to win I never really took any enjoyment from it.
“At the moment I’m enjoying my trials bike. I took it up about a year ago but you pick up a few silly aches and pains with “dabbing” injuries to your ankles and knees.
“I also love my Moto X and did a bit of enduro with friends in Spain just before the coronavirus lockdown. I love bikes now more than I ever have before.”What’s next on the horizon for four times World Superbike Champion and King of the Jungle Carol Fogarty MBE?
“With the current coronavirus crisis the horizon looks a long, long way away. I know how lucky I am to have a nice house and a bit of land to keep me busy. I use the home gym to burn off the calories and work out frustrations, but I realise a lot of people will be struggling badly at this time.
“In the short term I just want to keep busy. At the same time I want to cut down on the things I don’t like doing and enjoy my downtime more.
“I have a number of motorcycle commitments looking forward through the year (coronavirus lockdown permitting) not least my role as ambassador for Bikesure which gives me great satisfaction and enjoyment because the team there are real enthusiasts who are involved in the whole biking scene.”
Bikesure business manager Robert Balls said: “Carl Fogarty describes himself as an ordinary guy from Blackburn but he has had a truly extraordinary life and everyone here is delighted and excited that he has agreed to be our brand ambassador once again this year.
“Our clients will get the chance to meet Foggy at a number of Bikesure backed events up and down the country once the coronavirus lockdown is lifted. Watch this space and our social media channels for details.”
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