DOCUMENTARIES about bikes and bike racing are often disappointing. There’s a tendency for them to either put too much emphasis on facts and figures, with a dull voiceover reading an uninspired script, or for them to be dumbed-down in an attempt to reach a mass, non-motorcycling audience, with cringe-worthy errors and stereotypes.
But amongst the dross there’s also a host of well-made, interesting and sometimes even legendary documentaries, from TV specials to feature-length, big-screen extravaganzas.
We’re focussing on racing documentaries only here, as the number of travel and road-riding ones means they’re worthy of a top ten of their own another time.
These are the ones we reckon hit the sweet spot, but let us know what we’ve missed out…