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Bikes on film (or thumb drive)

Here’s what a fast motorbike, GoPro camera, editing, and a good tune can do.

Turbo Hayabusa WMV Movie, 1:32
Click image to download movie clip

Those of a certain age will recall the 1968 Easy Rider scene of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper astride their Harley choppers. When Steppenwolf sang “Get your motor running. Head out on the highway”, it turned a cinematic page. It was a break with not just old Hollywood, but with old everything. They used small hand-held cameras to supplement the big old dolly-mounted Mitchell cameras.

For some, Steppenwolf‘s command was an imperative, and we did get our motors running. These days, a Harley panhead motor is pretty sedate, and a giant Mitchell film camera is out of the question. Fast-forward to this century and tiny GoPro cams. When you click on the graphic, you’ll download a brief (1:32) update on the fast bike with accompaniment theme. This time it’s a turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa on Florida’s US Highway 27, accompanied by Stabbing Westward‘s “Save Yourself”. Its opening lyrics:

I know your life is empty
And you hate to face this world alone.
So you’re searching for an angel —
Someone who can make you whole.
I can not save you.
I can’t even save myself.
So just save yourself.


Yes, the bike hits an indicated speed that seriously exceeds 220 MPH. Here is the raw footage, sans edits and music.