Too often, modern travel takes place in the cramped quarters of an airplane. Besides the obvious inconveniences of air travel, it’s often hard to experience the scenery along your journey when you are 30,000 feet in the air. Air travel is fast, but it often takes some of the “journey” out of traveling. For many, the solution is clear: travel by car or by motorcycle instead.
If the two great passions in your life are motorcycles and movies, then you need to check out these great travel documentaries. Whether you are in the mood for a single, film-style documentary or a whole season of TV programming, these documentaries are perfect for the person who wants to see the world on the back of a motorcycle.
1. Riding Solo to the Top of the World
This documentary follows Gaurav Jani, an Indian film maker, as he travels from Mumbai to the remote highlands in Kashmir along the Chinese border. Jani filmed the entire project himself with a single camera, giving his documentary a unique look that mimics the intimacy of home movies.
The terrain is remote, challenging, and a bit haunting. In other words, it’s captivating to watch his progress along this kind of backdrop. The documentary captures a wide range of the different terrains and cultures in India, succeeding where many other travel programs and documentaries about India have failed in the past.
2. Long Way Round
Movie star Ewan McGregor teams up with UK motorcycle enthusiast and film maker Charley Boorman to film this documentary TV series. The two travel a total of 19,000 miles around the world, starting their journey in London and ending in New York City.
Their travels take them through central Europe, Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska, and Canada. The two men rode BMW all-terrain bikes for most of the shoot, and suffered numerous injuries and setbacks. This series celebrates both the great aspects of travel, as well as the pitfalls. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of motorcycles, you’ll be impressed by the sheer magnitude of the undertaking.
3. Feasting on Asphalt
Hosted by Alton Brown, this program chronicles a TV crew traveling and eating their way across the United States by motorcycle. The program focuses on classic “road food” destination, as well as historical and regional foodways. The first season follows the crew from South Carolina to California, while the second season tracks the crew as the follow the Mississippi River northwards. Who knew watching someone ride a motorcycle could make you so hungry?