Although moto videos are mainly a positive thing for the sport, the videos we see nowadays tend to lack the core lifestyle aspect of the sport. A prime example of a video that conveys such things is of course Steel Roots.
If you aren’t familiar with the Steel Roots series, familiarize yourself. In an era where mixing gas and kicking ass with your buddies in the hills was the norm’, Jeremy McGrath and his crew lived a lifestyle most people only dream of. So why not capture it on film? Here is why Steel Roots is and always will be worth watching:
1) Dat Intro. Okay, right off the bat, my eyes are glued to the screen. There is literally no better song for this video to start with than Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth. It previews some clips of the video to come, including MC’s step-up to wheelie at Coop’s which in 1997 was the most mind-blowing thing that had ever happened. Just a little taste of sweet champagne that is the coming 25 minutes of riding footage. Needless to say, I’m hooked.
2) Seth Fucking Enslow. The guy turns his wrist into the letter ‘S’ and isn’t even wincing (probably a result from being under the influence of one or several narcotics, but whatevs). He hits some jumps, and most importantly, he’s Seth Enslow. I rest my case.
3) “Around the House” segment:
On the way
Trying to get where I’d like to say
I’m always feeling steered away
By someone trying to tell me
What to say and do
The Meaning of Life by the Offspring. How fitting. Going against what’s considered acceptable by society’s standards, and getting drunk with your BROs while throwing water balloons at sluts in Canyon Lake, and then (probably) nailing those same girls that night. That, my friends, is the life. Notice that these are top level pro’s, by the way. McGrath, Carmichael, Ryno, Antunez, Button and more all rocking the shit out the Inland Empire. Have you seen any videos of Villo, Stewie or the Dunge raging or hanging it out on any natural terrain lately? No, no you have not. Proof that motocross was cooler back then. Guaranteed, the next day they woke up and tossed some mean whips at Beaumont without the slightest hesitation, too.