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Iconic motorbike movies

Steve McQueen's motorbikeA motorbike that once belonged to Steve McQueen is to go under the hammer this month: a good reason to take a look at five iconic motorbike movies.

Actor and motorbike enthusiast Steve McQueen's 1914 Indian Model F is up for auction.

The bike, an example of a board-track racing motorcycle, is expected to fetch between £22,000 and £28,000.

International Classic MotorCycle Show

It is among more than 242 bikes going up for auction at the Bonhams sale at the International Classic MotorCycle Show.

The event takes place at the Staffordshire County Showground on 28 April.

In honour of the late actor's love of two-wheels, we've put together a list of our favourite biker movies as voted for by our readers.

On Any Sunday

A must-watch for racing fans, this documentary follows the lives of motorbike racers including Steve McQueen, David Evans and Mert Lawwell.

Asking: "Why do they do it?" the film looks at the people who devote, and risk, their lives to racing.

Packed full of adrenaline, it is one of those awe-inspiring films that will make your chicken strips seem a mile wide.

As life-long biker Marc puts it: "There is nothing better than a day spent dirt biking then sitting back with a beer and On Any Sunday."

The World's Fastest Indian

Starring the legendary Anthony Hopkins, The World’s Fastest Indian tells the story of Burt Munro, who has spent 25 years working on his 1920 Indian to make it go faster.

He dreams of leaving New Zealand for the Bonneville Salt Flats, where he hopes to set a new record.

A real heartwarmer, it got many votes in our poll.


Narrated by bike-mad actor Ewan McGregor, Fastest follows the riders in the 2001 and 2002 MotoGP seasons.

All the usual suspects are there – Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Carlos Checa and John Hopkins –  and the film captures all the emotion superbly.

It is the ideal choice for a Sunday afternoon in the winter months when the season is over.

TT3D – Closer to the Edge

What could be better than the combination of fast bikes competing in the world's most infamous street race and 3D technology on the big screen?

TT3D follows sideburned racer Guy Martin and his colleagues during the Isle of Man TT 2010.

The challenging mountain circuit throws up huge dangers for the riders and spectators, and this film is a no-holds-barred account of the reality of road racing.

"No film has ever captured a sporting event so well," explains TT-wannabe Simon. "An absolute must-see, and just as good if you’re not into bikes."

Silver Dream Racer

Described as "Not bad in its day" by two-wheel enthusiast Stephen, Silver Dream Racer is a 1980 film starring none other than David Essex.

As a young, hot-headed motorbike enthusiast he inherits the prototype for a ridiculously fast machine designed by his brother.

He secures finance, and heads off to Silverstone, the home of motor racing, to challenge for the world championship.

Without wishing to spoil the ending for those yet to see it, the crash was mentioned as the best moment by many bikers.

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