Winter is right around the corner, and if you own a motorcycle and live in a part of the country that endures freezing temperatures, rain and snow this time of year, you're likely also staring at a long, painful stint out of the saddle. The good news is that time keeps on slipping into the future, and spring is but a skip down the calendar. Fortunately, we have the power of the internet to help scratch the riding itch during the dark months. Scott Toepfer has finally released his short film, "It's Better in the Wind," and the 15-minute clip spends time following three riders as they explore the world on a trio of vintage customs.

Toepfer himself rides an old Yamaha XS650, and the machine consumed a number of mechanical pieces during the months that it took to shoot the film. While Toepfer relied on plenty of digital equipment to capture his scenes, he also turned to a classic Super-8 as well. The finished product is perfectly cool, and makes us pine for another road trip. Hit the jump to check it out.

It's Better In The Wind - Short Film from Scott Toepfer on Vimeo.



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      theloop82
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hipster squids with DSLR's
      Santi Hossni
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares about what you liked and what you didn't... it's only important if it inspired you to do something that has the same value to yourself, as that travel had to them. Each and every one of us should have our own motorcycle diaries, travel through our own countries and discover them, our people, and ourselves.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Loved: The bikes The riding scenes. Not so much: Redundant hillbilly soundtrack Retro Grainy footage Personal reflection stories Goofing around off their bikes I usually like these retro videos that AB has been posting recently, especially the motorcycle ones. But this one was almost unbearable about half-way through. I also don't understand why they would use a EOS 5D MKII and then degrade the overall quality with heavy grain and color degradation to achieve the retro look. Like taking a Lamborghini and disabling 6 of it's 12 cylinders. Also, the Super 8 footage was almost unwatchable. If they took out all the crappy Super 8 footage, all the off-the-bike BSing, etc and just took it all out, it would make the video a lot better. I dunno, my opinion I guess. I'm sure others will disagree, but this one was just "not good".
        Peter Middleton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Sorry that you would have made it differently. Maybe the way this was made suited its purpose? By reading the back ground information I have a feeling that this montage was not really "for you" ya know? Just curious if you ever complimented anything in your life without stating a negative about it as well? Lighten up buddy :)
      kcroc10077
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too "artsy" if you ask me. IMO they're trying too hard to be "creative". Just tell the story. I know its all subjective but IMO the short film about the brit riding a Triumph in the English countryside and the short "Escapism" are much better than this. This has the same vibe as the Audi R8 short. A whole lotta not good.
        breakfastburrito
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kcroc10077
        No, unfortunately. Wish I were a part of that video tho. The guys in that video are actually doing things...losers like you and me are hanging out online, posting silly critiques. If you are, in fact, making great vids, please post the link. Yup, thought not.
      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      They might be cool!, ..................but we have at least one motorcycle fatality/wreck per week here in Houston.............
      Tarantula
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me of days when I used to ride with my buds.........I wonder what happened to that and how did I became an appliance driving robot.....I think it's my job...
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      The clip used at 8:15 was really dragged on (and barely visible), but otherwise I enjoyed the video. It's definitely slower paced than most videos, but just as great to watch.
      smgoeller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing video. It was a blast to watch, must of been one hell of a journey for you and your friends, youre lucky to have lived such a great time.
      Rob Cook
      • 3 Years Ago
      My first "real" motorcycle was a Yamaha XS850 three cylinder, what a fun bike!
      Wes N.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is the bike in the picture on the top of this page a Triumph? If so, what model?
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