In these days of pandemic where many can’t even ride their motorcycles, The Last Motorcycle on Earth depicts a world where motorbikes are banned. The film is almost too real!
Director Eric Ristau tried to get crowd-funding for the movie and failed, but went ahead and produced it anyway.
It is now available for download her from Vimeo on Demand for $A3 or North American and UK viewers can stream it from Amazon Prime.
Apart from the cold reality of the film’s theme, it’s a great show to pass the time during the current pandemic lockdown.
The film depicts a not-too-distant future where motorcycles are banned because they are the last dangerous vehicles in a world of electric automated cars, trucks and buses.
It’s the fictional story of a vintage motorcycle collector and bike builder, Conrad Mendel (played by co-producer Neil “Morto” Olson), as he grapples with a new world of technology that threatens to destroy his passion and way of life.
Down to earth film
The sad fact is that the film may not be too far from reality.
The safety nannies consistently and unfairly target motorcycles and riders. They want motorcycles off the road.
In fact, it’s already happening.
Cities such as Paris, Singapore and Milan ban older motorcycles from their CBDs for pollution reasons and they have been banned in some Mid-East and Asian cites because they are the preferred vehicles of assassins and thieves.
Around the world police and politicians are also seeking tougher laws on “bikies” and loud exhausts.
And in 2017, a group of American motorcycle industry luminaries, aptly called “Give a Shift”, released a report on the future of motorcycling saying bikes are in danger of being killed off by autonomous vehicles.
With the rise of allegedly safe, electric-powered automated vehicles, motorcycles will stand out as the last “dangerous” and polluting vehicle.
Let’s hope the film raises public awareness of the possible dangers to our freedom.