“For the last two years I have been taking still photographs for a personal project entitled ‘It’s Better In The Wind,’ all the while collecting video footage from each ride as we traveled around the Western United States together.

I have been slowly editing the footage into a visual scrapbook of sorts for those who partook, and those who followed us via the web. No preaching the triumphs and failures of the motorcycle industry, no divisive commentary between manufacturers and styles…just a collection of imagery that will hopefully inspire more people to take to the road and discover what there is outside of our respective communities.

Chuck Ragan was kind enough to collaborate with me to write an original soundtrack for the film, to give me some anthemic tunes to edit with, and I can’t thank him enough for the kind gesture towards a fellow traveler.

Please, enjoy the film, everybody who took part in it is family, we are all grateful for your support these past two years while we tried to build a concept around the positive nature of motorcycling.”

–Scott Toepfer


  1. It’s a damp, grey winter morning here in the UK, and my bike is in the garage, waiting for me to fit new fork seals. IT’s been in there a month. Damn if I’m not going to work late tonight fitting those seals by torchlight. I need to feel the wind on my chin again!

    Outstanding work Scott, just outstanding.

  2. This is inspiring, not only to go riding into the parts unknown and experience the motorcycle in it’s pure essence – but creatively using limited resources (I believe just a DSLR camera with video feature) to create such a beautiful work of cinematography.

  3. Words exchanged between two riders:
    “That was fuc*ing awesome – seriously.” “I need some salt flats in my life. And the soundtrack! So, so good. ”

    You can tell this was shot by riders, for riders.

  4. Damn it JP, you’ve gone and done it again !!! Thanks for hipping me to yet another inspired and original piece of work, uplifting in every way.
    Australia has some stunning scenery however, your country is so diverse and so completely spectacular . . . one day I’ll get over there with my scoot . . . for all those who have never owned a bike, this is why you should.
    I think it was in ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ that being on a bike was described as letting you become part of the vista, as opposed to just anonymously passing through it . . . this superb snapshot illustrates the point admirably. Get your arse in the saddle and get out there and become part of your gorgeous country !!!

  5. Cold as snot here in Idaho … and the slash-six has carb with debris in the float needle. But I’ll fix it today because I too think It’s Better In The Wind … and after seeing ST’s short film I think I NEED some wind in my life TODAY. Thanks again JP for the inspiration!

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