The journey of 2 guys on a 1946 BMW R71 w/ Sidecar from NY to L.A., taking what's left of Route 66. One's never been on a motorcycle. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 15, 2011.
About this project
We want to film a documentary on driving a 1946 BMW CJ R71 Motorcycle w/ sidecar, from New York to Los Angeles, and taking what's left of the original Route 66. Route 66 is probably one of the most iconic roads in America and not many people realize that it is being dismantled for newer highways and shopping centers every year. We want to capture it before nothing is left.
One little hitch, I've never ridden on a Motorcycle. My friend Matt has decades of experience, but based on the facts, he has no interest in what he is calling "a nightmare mission".
1. At his estimate, with two individuals plus the sidecar weight, the bike will go tops 45-50 mph.
2. Taking Route 66 rather than a direct path, we will be traveling over 3000 miles.
3. This is an old bike. A really old bike. Not maybe, It WILL breakdown.
4. He's not exactly ecstatic on teaching me how to ride and less thrilled about sitting in a sidecar with me at the helm after only a couple hours of training.
Check out the hidden camera video above, of me trying to convince him just to do the journey.
Matt reluctantly agreed after I told him that his life is meaningless without this endeavor. We plan on making the drive in about 2 weeks straight and seeing all of middle America from the View of a Sidecar...
The motorcycle has already been purchased and is currently sitting in Homer, NY. We have hired one of the top vintage motorcycle mechanics on the East Coast, Johnson Motors, to thoroughly go through the bike, sidecar and all running parts. Prior to our launch, he is going to give us a crash course on motorcycle repair and hand us a bag of spare parts. (we will capture all of this). We hope to schedule our voyage for the middle to end of September. The route we plan to take is:
Homer, NY towards Buffalo then to Erie, PA and on to Cleveland, Ohio. From there Toledo,OH on to South Bend, IN and end up in Chicago, IL. At that point we will pick up the Original Route 66 and take it all the way to Santa Monica, CA. Along the way we plan to do a daily blog with our photo of the the day. This way, all you supporters can travel along... virtually? cyberally?... whatever.
Once we have returned and healed our wounds we will start post production. Our estimate is approximately 3-4 months till we have a final edit. Upon completion, we will be having our celebratory Premiere Screening in Los Angeles and start submissions to film festivals.
Norman Lehnert - Director and Passenger
Matt Hoffman - Driver and... Sucker
Travis MacRitchie - Cinematographer
We are in hopes of raising $20,000. This would be the bare minimum to get this project shot, cover equipment rentals and our travel expenses, pay for all post production and editing, and hopefully have some funds left over for film festival submissions.
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