Length: 75 Minutes
Written and Directed by JJ Turner
Available From: Motorcycle Theater.
Cost: $24.95 including U.S. shippingby Lori B. for webBikeWorldMore: Comments (Below)See Also: Throttle Days Mexican AdventureThrottle Days is the perfect vicarious motorcycle adventure for the rest of us. Pick any motorcycle owner from anywhere in the world, and you can pretty much guarantee that they harbor a secret desire to can it all and take off one day on a motorcycle adventure.The problem is that very few of us can actually do it. No problem! Let the Stosh brothers do it for you!
These are not professional travelers — in fact, no offense to the Stosh’s, but they definitely look like they’d be more comfortable knocking back a SuperSized order of wings and a half-dozen Rolling Rocks than they do sitting on an F650 BMW. And not even a GS at that…
And that’s just what makes this video so cool — regular old guys have a dream and act on it without much preparation or planning, but definitely with a whole lot of fun, a great attitude and a love of motorcycling. When you think about it, that’s really what turns a plain old trip into an adventure of a lifetime, no?
To make it even better, there’s no production crew, no $25k R1200GS outfitted for world travel and not even a fancy camera. Heck, these guys barely know how to boil water on a camp stove!
Now that could be the recipe for a video disaster — a drawn-out monologue backing somebody’s home movie. But this is so different — I’m going to say that it’s one of my most favorite motorcycle adventure videos for sure. Somehow, they pull it off — just the right combination of home-brewed fun, great camera work using the “Magic Broomstick” technology, and a lot of honesty — I really believe that nothing was planned and that it was filmed pretty much as it happened.
The rough plan was to ride for 100 days to see what happens. They picked the Trans-America trail (something I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t even know existed), which runs from Tennessee through 10 states, all the way to the Oregon coast. It uses dirt roads, farm roads and way-back roads and it looks like loads of fun.
Along the way there are tons of adventures, lots of fun and plenty of excitement. This isn’t a “how-to” video; it’s a fun time for the whole family and I think it is one of the few videos that is truly successful at blending the motorcycle part of the story with the adventure, the scenery and the people. Highly recommended.
Here’s a trailer from the Throttle Days website:
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From “B.W.”: “I didn’t think “Throttle Days” was helpful or particularly entertaining. But for anyone planning to ride the Trans-America Trail, It might be useful as a “how not to” video, in terms of planning, preparation, skills, and motorcycle loading. Instead of “Throttle Days,” I highly recommend two other videos.
First, for excellent, inspiring information about preparing for and riding the TAT, try the Trans-America Trail DVD. Second, if what interests you is good riding video, experienced adventure rider Mark Sampson offers a very good DVD containing exciting helmet cam footage of the eastern portion of the TAT. Most of the spoken audio in Mark’s video is difficult to hear, but the video footage provides a great look at the route in the eastern states. Fine music is provided by a KTM 950.
(By the way, I have no connection to either of the people whose videos I recommend. While Sampson’s video is an amateur production, it has excellent footage of the trail.)”
From “G.M.”: “If folks want more information and inspiration about the TAT, have a look
at the the Ride Report Forum at Adventure Riders – Plan your own trip this winter, no need to live vicariously ;^)
My riding partner & I are using ADV as a resource now for our September ’08 riding vacation in Moab, Utah.”