Video: Fifty Years of Kicks

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“Men do not quit playing because they grow old, they grow old because they quit playing.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

When Anthony Kerr and Dallas Shannon set out to make a motorcycle documentary, they wanted to make it not about pushing a machine to its limit, but pushing the human body beyond what it’s supposed to be capable of. The result, “Fifty Years of Kicks,” tells the story of two dirt bikers with a combined 95 years of experience on two wheels. Of course, the fact that both these guys are faster than you or I just makes their story that much more compelling.

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  • PenguinScotty

    Great video.

    Nothing greater than having people enjoy what they are doing to the fullest.

    And i agree, they ride much better than me. Hell, i got a lot more years to catch up to them, but still!

  • craymor

    that was really worth watching, thanks!

  • Edward

    Great vid. These dudes are heroes.

  • Frosty_spl

    This reminds me of my dad. He will always be faster than I am.

  • Coreyvwc

    Awesome, thanks guys!

  • TuffGong

    I am 51 with over 400k miles(and counting) ridden and I also have Menieres Disease. If this doesn’t inspire me to keep myself in shape,nothing will. There is no one “old” who wasn’t young once. If you consider youth to be some sort of accomplishment and an asset,you will one day find yourself in a world of hurt. There is nothing more fleeting nor as completely unearned as youth. We all have it and we all lose it. Find something else to hang your hat on,because it will disappear before you know it….Enjoy yourself,enjoy your friends.And know ,if you are lucky enough to last,that you will most assuredly join the “old”….be ready…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I hope I’m as tough as you when I’m 51.

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    that was awesome. thanks!

  • Bronson

    Awesome video. I hope I’ll still be riding like those guys in another 20+ years.

  • rvfrules

    Awesome, talk about inspirational…

  • pplassm

    I’m 55.

    “I don’t have any 50-60 year oldfriends that don’t have motorcycles.”

    Exactly.

    I have two titanium knees, been riding since I was 12, and hope to continue dirt riding for at least another decade. The bad part is, you lose touch with people after they drop out.

  • pplassm

    “Get on with riding, or get on with dying.”

  • BigRooster

    Great video – I can only hope I am as healthy as these dudes in 40yrs.

  • Filipe

    fuckin’ awesome.

  • John2

    The Holmes quote reminds me of one I heard attributed to Jack Lalanne, something like “The reason people can’t do what they used to do is because they stopped.”

  • Keith

    Great vid!
    I really liked the way the credits were in the bike manual.
    Nice to see something from my Ontario :)

  • Jeff Berry

    Absolutely killer vid. Put the rainy day in the woods yesterday into perspective. I can no longer bitch at all when don’t clear a hill or get caught by a rut!

  • jonoabq

    excellent!