I, like many others, have rarely watched a film adaptation of a book that I enjoyed more than the book itself. Books give us so much more detail and let our imaginations run wild with interpretations of our own. We rely on the author’s creative prose to help us feel the grit of the dust that has made it into every nook and cranny of our being, to help us imagine the isolation one would feel thousands of miles from their home in an unknown environment, and the fatigue yet satisfaction of back to back days of hundreds of miles on the road.

That all being said, film helps bring to life the pages from our favorite books with sights and sounds, and it also expands the audience to those who enjoy movies more than books. I have compiled the following eight books, most of which I have read but not all, to be books we would like to see made into movies. If you haven’t had the chance to pick up and read some of these titles, I would highly recommend giving them some consideration.

  • azicat

    Telemovies, documentary, or direct distribution flicks to arthouse and niche audiences, perhaps; but I doubt they have enough appeal to mass cinema audience without some narrative embellishment. A lot of these books are in the biographical or travel journal form, and lack the protagonist/antagonist figures and sensationalist appeal so loved by Hollywood these days.

    • BMelPel

      See Deryl Clark above. “Stealing Speed.” That’s a story! And a true one. And one with multi-dimensional real-life characters.

      • azicat

        The Ernst Degner story certainly fits the mould. It’s an incredible tale.


    I would add Journey to the End of the World by Alfonse Palaima (Author), Colin Evans.

  • Deryl Clark

    Sorry to break the news to you but you have no clue.
    Compared to “Stealing Speed” these are all bad romance novels.

  • Starmag

    I don’t know about movies, but this is an excellent motorcycle reading list. As you first point out, reading lets you create your own word pictures. There’s a few in here I don’t have yet, but will soon.

  • Mahatma

    @3: That could be awesome if done right.The best book on HA I’ve read,to be fair the only other book is by the founder of HA and Thompsons protagonist in his book Hells angels mr Barger.

    Thanks for reading list.Bookmarked.

  • Bmwclay

    “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

    • Johnny Blue

      I hope not! That book is different… that book needs to be read.

      • Tom Pava

        Could not agree more!

  • Keith Spicer

    If you want to up the ante and step outside of travel journals, how about “Two Wheels Through Terror”, by Glenn Heggstad.

  • David Kraft

    Motorcycle Camping made easy. Lol, it’s the only cycle book I have read!