Film Vault: Not So Easy RiderWe're guessing that this edition of Film Vault is the end result of a community service sentence. It's a motorcycle...

We're guessing that this edition of Film Vault is the end result of a community service sentence.

It's a motorcycle safety film narrated by a listless Peter Fonda – check out him out at the beginning, constantly looking down to either check his script of just avert his eyes from the camera's gaze – which makes us think his involvement may have been a means of avoiding the sting of a drugs conviction.

Motorcycling icon Evel Knievel also makes a quick appearance, offering a little more enthusiasm and demonstrating his ability to do figure 8s on a football field.

The film takes on an surprisingly adversarial tone that one wouldn't normally expect from a safety video.

Film Vault: Not So Easy Rider

"For some reason, most car drivers just don't seem to see bikes," Fonda says. "So you've got to think of them as asleep, blind, or drunk."

With a super funky soundtrack, the film offers a certain amount of ill-informed logic about how to ride safely – e.g., advice on where to place yourself in the road and why – and strangely advises against lane splitting.

This rider, featured in the film, is taking none of your crap.

This rider, featured in the film, is taking none of your crap.

"Forget about slot riding, man," says Fonda.

Midway through the 18-minute film we get a display of precision riding from the LAPD shot in all kinds of wacky it-seemed-cool-in-the-70s angles. This is followed by a dubious safety quiz, which asserts that 9 out of 10 car-motorcycle accidents can be blamed squarely on car drivers.

If you're just starting out as a rider, we'd suggest taking this film's advice with a grain of salt. Get yourself to a modern MSF course instead.