Motorcycle-focused television shows have developed a bit of a bad name for themselves: between stereotypical biker gang fiction ("Sons of Anarchy"), shenanigans-driven spectacle ("Nitro Circus Live"), and family custom builder soap operas ("American Chopper"), the vast majority of two wheeled entertainment seek mass appeal by choosing titillation over soul.
Taking an altogether different approach is Neale Bayly Rides Peru, a new series hosted by-- you guessed it-- motojournalist cum philanthropist Neale Bayly. Full disclosure: I've hung out with the dude on numerous press junkets, and might even dare call the cheeky Brit my buddy. Anyway, Bayly's the kind of quick-witted, irreverent guy you'd probably enjoy having a beer (or five) with, so his show's altruistic angle-- adventure traveling with three average riders to an orphanage in a remote Peruvian outpost-- is somewhat unexpected, given his preternatural ability to have a stonking good time.
Sure, the above trailer is a bit hype-heavy and smacks of familiar reality TV suspense conceits, but the core of the show has-- as Bayly describes it-- heart, enmeshed with healthy doses of "will-they-make-it" challenges, a la Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's and series.
"Neale Bayly Rides Peru" premieres June 9th at 9 pm ET on Speed, followed by Parts 2 and 3 on the following two Sundays (June 16 and 23), also at 9 pm ET.