IT’S BETTER IN THE WIND…THE FILM | SCOTT TOEPFER & CREW, “SHOW, DON’T TELL.”

It’s Better in the Wind” by Scott Toepfer (shot mostly on Super 8mm) chronicles the freewheeling life of adventure on the road.

Scott was kind enough to bless TSY with a look at this masterpiece, featuring his good buddy Chuck Ragan who’s contributing some original songs for the soundtrack– which is a combination of music and spoken word. I’m pretty stoked to see the completed work.

For me, “It’s Better in the Wind” is the essence of leaving the hassles and drama of the 9-to-5 grind in the dust– where it belongs. That’s the vibe that Scott captures so beautifully.  It’s not about posing, man.  It’s about showing. The images crystalize the adventure and joy of hitting the road with good friends– to inspire themselves, as well as us, to never stop living for the day– not the man.  Hell yes.

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Image by © Scott Toepfer
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Image by © Scott Toepfer

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Image by © Scott Toepfer

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Image by © Scott Toepfer
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Image by © Scott Toepfer
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Image by © Scott Toepfer

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Image by © Scott Toepfer
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Image by © Scott Toepfer

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Image by © Scott Toepfer
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Image by © Scott Toepfer
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Image by © Scott Toepfer

It’s Better in the Wind website 

The music of Chuck Ragan

12 thoughts on “IT’S BETTER IN THE WIND…THE FILM | SCOTT TOEPFER & CREW, “SHOW, DON’T TELL.”

  1. Nice post. Great pics. Makes me want to throw the iPad down and jump on a Triumph and ride!

  2. Getting past the machinery, gear, accessories, and affectations of riding to the actual action of riding, well, that’s where the magic is. Watching the trailer I was reminded, rolling down the road, how all the noise and chaos of everyday life burns away on a motorcycle, or in my case a Vespa.

    Great photography as always.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  3. I hope there’s less art shots in the movie than in the trailer. Tell your story with clarity, instead of trying to show us how brilliant you are.

    Good to see that there are other cinematic bikes than the usual Harley rolling cliches. Love the new Triumphs. Good bikes, not just nostalgia pieces.

  4. Love looking at the pics of the Triumphs! Just bought a Thruxton myself, seeing one on this site made me really happy, Selvedge Yard is the coolest site on the web

  5. Steve W – dude, you’re riding a hairdryer.
    Equivalent to watching a movie about wolves, then saying ‘cool – I’m going for a walk around the block carrying my toy poodle.’
    Scooters blow – a little bit of hot air.
    Its the duty of every motorcyclist to kick scooters into the gutter at every opportunity.

    And yes, these are tongue-in-cheek comments, but by all that is holy get rid of the hairdryer and get a motorcycle!

  6. Hey Paul,
    Don’t dis the Vespas!
    Well into my 50’s I ride a 40 year old Norton, (and ride it hard) around my home, Hawaii’s big island.
    I’ve been riding almost 40 years now… last time wife and I went to honolulu, I could’ve rented a sportster, but I rented a scooter instead (a first, as far as I can remember). Good Fun! full throttle everywhere, and no need to shift! Give it a try sometime….

    Yet another great post Mr. JP, many thanks!

    Cheers,
    Don

  7. Hi Don, (and Steve).
    light hearted comments only about the scooters; I hope that came across. I’ve been riding since the late 1970s. Got one of the ‘modern classic’ Triumphs now (Thruxton), had that for the last couple of years. Props to you for the Norton.
    I live in Brisbane Australia, there are heaps of great motorcycling roads here once you get an hour out of the city – twisty mountain or country roads.
    The city is full of scooters, but I’ve never seen one on the twisties!
    ‘Full throttle and no need to shift’ – just like my wife’s hairdryer – just switch on and set the fan speed!

    Great site JP and crew.

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