Fifty Years of Kicks: Moto Documentary


Fifty Years of Kicks Video

Fifty Years of Kicks is a 20 minute video documentary featuring Paul Rodden and Larry Murray – two experienced motorcycle riders who continue to do what they love despite age and health issues.

Fifty Years of Kicks is a collaboration between the Canada-based and Traction off-road e-rag, and is our first attempt at video production.

The documentary was shot in a true “beg, borrow or steal” manner. The video and sound equipment used to film it was substandard, but generously loaned by colleagues and friends. The subjects and location owners were very accommodating with their limited time.

There are plenty of videos focusing on teenagers and young adults, pushing their sport to the limit. With Fifty Years of Kicks, we wanted to show older adults pushing their bodies to the limit. Instead of being inspired by the exploits of 18-year olds in extreme sports no longer within our grasp, we find ourselves being inspired by older people participating in activities typically reserved for the young.

Rather than lamenting, “I wish I could have tried that when I was young”, we want to say, “I want to be like them when I grow up!”

We would like to continue to produce episodes profiling other interesting characters in motorcycling and are looking for sponsors to make that possible. We want to tell the stories of the people who participate, the reasons why these people engage in a sport with inherent risks and dangers, and why they can’t live without these two wheeled machines.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).