There’s nothing better than a nice relaxing evening watching a documentary. Well, I tell a lie – there is something better, and that’s riding a motorbike. However, when we’re not on the roads or in the office, you can probably find us sat in front of the TV watching a documentary!
We Buy Any Bike have teamed up today to share with you our favourite motorbike documentaries. We got a little help from the internet too, just to extend the list a little! Please note that there are many more to add, but we tried to stay away for TV series so we can save them for another day!
TT Closer to the Edge
This gripping documentary draws a closer to the eye, capturing behind the scenes footage and an exclusive insight from Grimsby’s very own, Guy Martin. It is a firm favourite and a great watch.
Where can I watch this documentary? This is available on Virgin TV, and BBC iPlayer.
Dunlop is probably the most familiar name in the world of motorbike racing. This 2014 documentary had been put together by directors, Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery to capture the rising success and tragic losses that this family has endured.
Where can I watch this documentary? Road is available to watch for prime members for free!
On Any Sunday
A golden oldie, and a very underrated story from 1971. Here we see Bruce Brown’s view into motorcycling. Featuring various stars such as Steve McQueen.
Where can I watch this documentary? Watch this on YouTube here.
We’ve briefly discussed the career of Evel Knievel in a blog post a few years ago, when we talked about Travis Pastrana’s attempt at his Caesar’s Palace jump. In this documentary we see Daniel Junge, the director discusses the research of this icon’s life and career.
Where can I watch this documentary? UK citizens can watch this on the BBC iPlayer here.
We did initially list Mondo Enduro but unfortunately it seems near impossible to watch that one! Instead, we’ve decided to go with Mondo Sahara; a documentary made by Austin Vince and his friends who go on a huge ride into the Sahara Desert, all the way from London! I’ve not watched this one, and it looks interesting, so I’ll make sure to ass it to the list?
This documentary is available on Amazon; you can find it here!
Why We Ride
Why We Ride is a documentary that simply pulls together a whole variety of people of all ages and all walks of life who have one thing in common… motorbikes! Director, Bryan H. Carroll and his team ask them all one question… “Why do you ride?” This documentary is an amalgamation of their answers. A very heartwarming view for all motorcyclists.
Where can I watch this documentary? Rent now on Apple TV.
Riding Solo at the Top of the World
Indian Filmmaker and Adventure Seeker, Gaurav Jani takes his camera and his motorbike on a trip to the Changthang Plateau in the Indian region of Ladakh. This looks like a great watch. It’s to be noted that it was made by a camcorder in 2006 so it ain’t quite HD, but I’m still adding this to my list! I’ve looked into the Changthang Plateau and it looks beautiful.
Where can I watch this? Watch for FREE on YouTube here.
The Doctor, The Tornado, and The Kentucky Kid
This 2-hour 40-minute documentary is a gripping watch focusing on the MotoGP Career and rivalry between Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards, and Nicky Hayden. It also stars racer John Hopkins and is narrated by actor and motorcyclist, Ewen McGregor.
Where can I watch this? Rent or buy on Amazon
Dust to Glory
This exciting feature focuses on the fight to the finish line at the Baja 1000. This event is held in Mexico and the documentary is a piece by Dana Brown. This race isn’t strictly about motorcycles, it’s a race of machines!
Where can I watch this? Rent or buy this today on Amazon Prime.
Hitting the Apex
This documentary comes from the same producer as The Doctor, The Tornado, and The Kentucky Kid, Mark Neale. This time, he focuses on 6 riders at the MotoGP; Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, and Marco Simoncelli. Narrated by none other than Brad Pitt.
Where can I watch this? Hitting the Apex is free for Prime members, or you can watch it on YouTube, Google, or Apple TV.
This hidden gem of the entertainment industry highlights the use of 2-strokes at the 500GP. Hear the stories from riders themselves as they tell gripping tales of how they took these beasts to the finish line. A great documentary by Rob Hurdman, and this is just part 1.
Where can I watch this? The Unrideables is available to watch on Amazon, YouTube, and Google Play.
This inspiring documentary contains interviews from iconic legends of the racing industry. Just watching the trailer instantly made me add this to my list!
Where can I watch this? You can watch this on the Red Bull website.
Have you got any other documentaries to add to our list? Don’t forget to leave them below!