Scenery and challenging roads are the most important attractions for riders when they travel, road safety and road quality are our biggest concerns and we want quality motorcycles that are durable.
These are among the many interesting insights into MotorBikeWriter readers gleaned from our comprehensive global motorbike survey taken by 739 riders, more than half of which are aged 35-54 and 11% are female.
Thanks to all who participated in our survey.
For your efforts we offered $A200/£100/$150USD cash to one lucky winner and 10 free movie downloads of the feature-length documentary Why We Ride.
As the survey asked some personal questions such as income brackets, we chose not to take names. Without giving away the whole address, the winner is cyclone2011 who has been contacted by email.
Similarly, the winners of the 10 free movie downloads are: notsnhoj, kennyeasterbrook, wagonweel, pcavallo1, c.g.henderson, shirulinux, vapeor, pimentel.rod, themotorcyclejones and ojusvabhatnagar. They have been contacted by the makers of the movie to arrange for their free download.
More stories on the results of our survey will be published in coming days after we have analysed all the responses.
Your survey answers will help us to illuminate your needs and the industry to shape the future of motorcycling.
Even Charley Boorman completed and endorsed our survey.
There hasn’t been a quality Hollywood-style motorcycle documentary since On Any Sunday in 1971 until Why We Ride was released in 2013.
The award-winning high-quality Why We Ride has a host of Hollywood production staff involved.
The beautifully shot feature-length motorcycle documentary features interviews with a host of motorcycle greats including 1969 AMA Grand National Champion Mert Lawwill who starred in the On Any Sunday motorcycle documentary.
Other motorcycle greats are father and son custom bike builders Arlen and Cory Ness, Motorcycle Hall of Famer Don Emde, bike clothing designer Troy Lee, GP winner Kenny Roberts, Sr and Ted Simon, the man whose best-selling book, Jupiter’s Travels, about his dual circumnavigation of the world inspired Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor to film The Long Way Round.
The project boss is Bryan H. Carroll who was responsible for films such as Public Enemies, Miami Vice and Collateral. Apart from a crew of Hollywood and American TV network specialists, the documentary
“Why We Ride is a story about the passion of motorcycle riders,” says Carroll. “From a family riding together on the sand dunes, to hundreds of choppers carving through the canyons — the bond with two-wheels is the same – it brings people together in a unique and memorable way and we wanted to share that joy with an audience.”
But the real features of the film are the cinematography and stunning scenery. Filming took a year and took the crew from the deserts of California to the salt flats of Bonneville, visiting Sturgis and Daytona rallies.
The doco has a special emphasis on the increasingly popular women, youth, and family groups of the sport and recreation. Why We Ride screened in New York at the Motorcycle Film Festival 2013, where it won Best Feature Documentary.