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Girl Meets Bike motorcycle movie

It’s about time a decent motorcycle movie was made – and Girl Meets Bike could be that movie.

The independent American motorcycle movie about a woman who buys a 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000s with her wedding dress money is struggling to find distributors and is likely to go straight to video.

From the trailer, it seems like the arthouse film actually “gets” bikes. That’s because the Minneapolis-based filmmaker, Eric Tretbar, is a biker.Girl Meets Bike motorcycle movie
“Freedom, danger, defiance and escape – motorcycles have always been about cultural and sexual anxieties,” he says. “But I wanted to use the motorcycle as not just a symbol of freedom, but as an actual feeling, because that’s what we all love about riding – the physical sensation – the speed, the vibration, the sound.”

The movie is about a young woman, Kat, who is sick of being told what to do by men.

She uses her wedding dress money to buy an old Guzzi that she has fallen in love with and then joins up with a group of riders of similar retro bikes for a 400-mile ride through the pretty state of Minnesota in the summer riding season.

Along the way there are crashes, fun, romance and drama.

It’s beautifully shot and, despite most of the extras being amateurs (like in Easy Rider), it’s pretty well acted.

Most of all, this motorcycle movie seems to understand bikes and bikers. Tretbar actually owns the lead bike.Girl Meets Bike motorcycle movie“I fell in love with my Moto Guzzi at first sight in a Guzzi dealership located on a rustic Minnesota farm – which is frequently the case in the US,” he says.

It is interesting that his film’s lead character is a woman.

“I intentionally told a woman’s story since the built-in social tensions, expectations and pressure accentuate the drama.

“Girl Meets Bike is an education plot, but making the student female and the teachers mostly male, it’s a story of a woman in a mostly male world of motorcycling.Girl Meets Bike motorcycle movie“I learned from Melissa Holbrook-Pierson’s amazing and poetic book, The Perfect Vehicle, that since 1900, 8-12% of motorcyclists have consistently been female. But, first-time buyers of new motorcyles are 30% female today.”

It’s been a long time between popcorn for bike movies.

The first decent bike movie was The Wild One, an angry postwar film starring Marlon Brando in 1953.

It spawned a raft of rip-off teen biker movies that were simply a waste of celluloid and cast bikers as shallow one-dimensional menaces to society.

Easy Rider in 1969 turned the outcasts into multi-dimensional characters that we cared for despite depicting a drug-fueled bike experience.

It again spawned another generation of rip-off films of no consequence.

Australia took up the mantle of portraying our outlaw bikie culture with Stone in 1974, a film revered by many even today. Despite its success, the rumours of Stone 2 are just that … and that’s probably a good thing. Sequels rarely live up to the original.

We then didn’t see any decent motorcycle movies out of Hollywood until Wild Hogs in 2007, a comedy about mid-life crisis bikers.

And that’s about it.

Faster and TT: Closer to the Edge were great, but they were feature-length documentaries about motorcycle racing and the Long Way series were travel documentaries for TV.

Sure, there have also been some great bike chases in movies, such as The Great Escape, The Bourne Legacy and a couple of James Bond films, but there hasn’t been a whole movie that depicts the bike culture.

That is, until now.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Girl Meets Bike to hit the silver screen, but you can buy the DVD for $25 plus postage from the website. You can also buy merchandise such as biker boots like Kat wears in the film, t-shirts, scarfs, stubby holders and patches.

What’s your favourite bike movie? Add your comments in the box below.

  1. Easy Rider, if nothing else because of the sound track (The Band, Steppenwolf, Jimi Hendrix, etc etc)…

  2. Hi, I am a woman biker myself and relate how men at times react to women riding motorcycles, especially in a conservative nation like India. I recently watched a Malayalam movie (South Indian) called Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi which means blue skies, green ocean, red earth. If you can find sub-titles and watch it, you’ll hopefully like. A huge part has been shot while riding motorcycles and it’s truly captured the essence of the phrase “nothing can clear your mind better than riding a motorcycle”

    Here is a link to the trailer of the movie

    And this the the particular song from the movie that really got to me.

  3. I ordered this DVD just because “my Guzzi” was in a movie !
    The pictures are really great and the scenery is amazing.
    But in some way I was a bit disappointed, because it was difficult for me to follow the story or to find the meaning. (Although the German subtitles helped me a lot.)
    Anyway, the characters were so fascinating that I watched it another 3 times.
    Now, I know that the “problem” was me.
    As a middle class consumer, well-conditioned by Hollywood, I expect from movies:
    Actors with skilled gestical form of expression.
    Detailed dialogues that always keep me informed.
    Maybe a narrator, if actor’s dialogues are not sufficient.
    And so on.
    “Girl Meets Bike” is different.
    The actors are non-professionals. They are talking and behaving “really” naturally.
    Dialogues are short and rare. You really have to pay attention !

    Maybe if compare a typical Hollywood movie with a guided city bus tour.
    (You know exactly what you’ll get. Lean back and enjoy.)
    “Girl Meets Bike” however could be rather compared with an art exhibition.
    It totally depends on you what you have seen in the end and what impressions you’ll take with you.
    (If you have the chance to watch the DVD, take a second tour and watch it with the director’s commentary. It’s really worth it.)
    Girl Meets Bike is an extraordinary film and a real piece of art.
    It’s one of my most favorite films now (…and not just because of the Guzzi).

  4. Looks great! Not only is the lead character a woman, but the bikes are an eclectic mix of unfashionable – to a lot of bikers used to the latest and greatest – bikes. We need more films like this to sink into the mainstream consciousness of the non-riding public, offering a completely different view of the diversity of motorcyclists’ backgrounds.

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