A Street, a Track...
An Open Road
Being invited to the launch of a unique industry DVD was an opportunity for us to head for the bright lights of Londinium, so we shot out of Croydon like a fox on the last day before the hunting ban.
The DVD, entitled 'A Street a Track an Open Road' is a documentary-style film brought to you by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI). It was produced not as a training video, but as a humorous, real life documentary about life on two wheels. And it hasn't failed. Having watched the film, we were genuinely entertained. It's a refreshingly original idea; it's as honest as your grandmother and is well put together.
The story is quite straightforward. Take three experienced bikers (all accomplished in very different styles) and get them to mentor each other on their own skills. And that's where the name of the film comes in. They learn on a street, a track and an open road. Clever, eh?
The three riders certainly have the right credentials. Chris 'Stalker' Walker is the man with the skills to thrill on the track. And the World Superbike star isn't short of a pun or two either. Bob McMillan, former Head of Honda UK, provides most of the swearing and brings his 41 years experience of riding bikes to the open roads. And Steve Manning, despite squashing his bollocks at Thruxton, enjoyed himself showing the boys the delights of being a courier in London.
Needless to say, the footage of those three speeding through the centre of town was mental. When it came to Bob taking the guys round the country roads of Hampshire, it was more menthol than mental. But it was raining in buckets, so that certainly made things interesting for them. And when they went off to Thruxton, it was Stalker Walker's turn to pass on his knowledge and scare the shit out of the other two.
All the while the three riders were arsing about, their every move was being scrutinised by a judging panel. One of which is 2004 World Superbike champion James Toseland, no less. The judges looked at how well each rider taught their own core skills to the others, how they learnt the proficiencies of the other styles and how well they performed in three very different challenges. Of course there could only be one winner and to find out who it was, you'll have to watch the film...
And here comes the best bit - The DVD comes free with all new bikes in 2005 and if you want to buy it yourself, it only costs three quid. We would definitely recommend you see this film, because apart from being good fun, when you see a World Superbike racer saying he's done things he's never done before and that he's actually learnt something, you know that you will learn something too. And that can't be a bad thing. Oh, and it is presented by the eternally tempting Suzi Perry as the hostess with the mostess, fast gaining her MILF status.
The DVD will be available from the end of February from http://www.stordvd.com