In the not-too-distant future motorcycles will be banned because they are the last dangerous vehicles in a world of electric automated cars, trucks and buses.
That’s the fear of many riders and it’s also the subject of a three-part series called The Last Motorcycle on Earth featuring Morgan Freeman that is being crowd-funded on Indiegogo.
Check out the trailer. It looks like a great, if disturbingly realistic, dystopian film.
Unfortunately, the three-part series may not materialise as the funding goal of $US145,000 is unlikely to be reached with just a few days to go and only 14% raised.
The independent filmmakers have pleaded with backers, saying the controversial film is not something that the corporate world would support.
They have completed the first hour-long episode, but it appears the last two incomplete episodes may never see the screen.
Life imitating art
The shocking thing is that the series is not 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.
Paris wants to ban pre-2000 motorcycles, Singapore is banning pre-2003 motorcycles 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 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.
And then there are the
Let’s hope films like this spur riders to some sort of political action before it’s too late.
Last Motorcycle plot
The Last Motorcycle on Earth is a dramatic series about 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.
After spending a lifetime collecting, racing, and building motorcycles, Conrad watches as the United States seems poised to turn away from a culture of individual freedom– the right and ability to travel anywhere, anytime– to one where passengers ride in robot vehicles, trusting in technology to safely carry them to a destination.
After the Supreme Court decides that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to own private, petroleum-powered vehicles the clock starts ticking toward an outright ban on petrol-powered vehicles, starting with motorcycles.