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MOTORCYCLE MAN is a short documentary about a man who has pursued a single passion in life: motorcycle racing. Dave Roper has raced every year since 1972, competing on exotic vintage bikes at racetracks around the world and winning a reputation as a folk hero of the sport.

MOTORCYCLE MAN premiered on Sept. 14, 2019, at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, where it won Best Short Film. We will be scheduling screenings at other festivals and special events internationally in the coming months.

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About the film


MOTORCYCLE MAN is a short documentary about a man who has pursued a single passion in life: motorcycle racing. Dave Roper has raced every year since 1972, competing on exotic vintage bikes at racetracks around the world and winning a reputation as a folk hero of the sport.

But Roper is hardly an adrenaline addict. He takes a philosophical approach to racing, viewing it as a test of mental and physical abilities. As he enters his twilight years, Roper reflects on the unconventional path he has followed in life, the dangers he has faced and the choices he has made.

MOTORCYCLE MAN follows Roper from a workshop in Brooklyn to his home on Long Island to a racetrack in Canada. Along the way he encounters autograph-seeking admirers, old friends and fellow racers eager to test their skills on the track. It also delves into Roper's past, including his historic win at the Isle of Man TT in 1984, when he became the first American to win the notoriously dangerous race.

MOTORCYCLE MAN celebrates the speed, sweat and thrill of motorcycle racing, while offering a meditation on craft, obsession and what it takes to pursue your dreams.


the filmmakers


Daniel Lovering is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. His first feature-length documentary, “Through the Place,” won the Best Architecture Film award at the 2016 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Festival Director’s Award at the Queen City Film Festival in Cumberland, Maryland. An experienced journalist, Daniel has reported from more than a dozen countries. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Economist and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Daniel worked for eight years as a staff writer for The Associated Press in Asia and the United States, reporting on subjects ranging from business and politics to war and natural disasters. He began his career in film and television production, working as an intern on the children’s television series “Bill Nye, the Science Guy.” 


Chi-Ho Lee is a film and television editor with over 15 years of experience in broadcast television, fictional and documentary feature films, as well as museum films. His broadcast work has aired on PBS, BBC, Smithsonian Channel, TV One, MTV, Animal Planet and NESN. Chi-Ho has also edited award-winning documentaries that have screened at film festivals throughout the country and abroad. In addition to his broadcast and feature work, Chi-Ho has edited numerous museum films for the Sant Ocean Hall at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, The National WWII Museum, The Peabody Essex Museum, and New England Aquarium. He has also edited a collection of video guitar lessons for the legendary musician James Taylor.  


Photo: Bill Burke

Photo: Bill Burke




9/14/19 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival Newburyport, Mass.

10/4/19 Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival Toronto, Canada

10/5/19 Barber Vintage Festival Birmingham, Alabama


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‘Motorcycle Man’ in Post-Production


Motorcycles & Misfits Podcast

(Interview starts around 6:20)

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New documentary hopes to tell the story of America's first Isle of Man TT winner


Interview with 'Motorcycle Man' and the only US man to win an Isle of Man TT



Adam Silverman

Alan Sutherland

Andrew Capone

Andrew Innes

Andrew Surwilo

Anne-Marie Lubenau

Austin de Besche

Ben Schmitt

Ben Thorner

Bill Irwin

Bill Ramon

Bob Ones

Brian Conner

Bud Clauer

Butch Sprain

Carla Nierlich

Charles Weeks

Charlie Gauthier

Charlie Mahoney

Christian Amendola

Christian E. Jensen

Christian Kelleher

Christopher Owens

Curtis Wheat

Dale Miner

Daniel Kiefer

Dave Roper Fan Club
North American

David Case

David Dickerson



David Greenwood

David Spencer

David Swanson

Donald Ruff

Elspeth Slayter & Murat Recevik

Emily Lovering

Eric Haessler

Ethan Mutschler

Evan Hause

Gary DiPietro

Gary Nurnberger

George Fern

Greg Wallack

Harriett DeLong

Herm Narciso

High Society
Motorcycle Club,
New England

James Philip Johnson

Jay Richardson

Jeff Buick

Jeff Law

Jeff Wilmington

Jeffrey Boyd

Jeri Simmons

Jerrett Martin

Jerrold Wood

Jim Doyle

John McCoy

John Norton




Jonathan Glaefke

Jonathan Nikkels

Karamagi Rujumba

Katy Osterloth

Kevin Burns

Kim Martineau

Liam O’Connor,
Aileen Tiro &
the LadyO’s

Marian G. Michaels

Marilyn Mellowes

Mark B. French

Mark Morrison

Mark Patti

Matthew Pennington

Matthew Weaver

Maureen O'Reilly

Meghan Lytton

Michael Newbill

Mike Brenneman

Mike Daecher

Mike Greenblatt

Mike Lewis

Moto Patois

Motorcycles &
Misfits Podcast

Nancy Baxter

Ned Heidel

Osh Minelian

Patrick Barta

Patrick FitzGerald






Paul E. Ruimerman

Paul Millichip

Paul & Peggy Outon

Perry Feuster

Phillip Daulton

Rakesh Surampudi

Razee Motorcycle

Retsu Takahashi

Richard Marshall

Rick Newman

Robert Fox

Robert J. Giroux

Sam Lovering

Scott Dell

Scott Young

Shaul Perry

Spiro Manouselis

Stephanie Stanley

Steve Kiener

Steve Craddock

T.D. Lovering

Team Ministry of

Theodore Page

Todd Trumbore

Tom D. Fowler

Tini Tran

Tracy Bienen

Walridge Motors Ltd.



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