Boni Productions releases mini-documentary of Rokon riders in Maine
For bikes that claim they can “go anywhere,” Rokon motorcycles have certainly been tested by a number of powersports enthusiasts. One such group met up in Sanford, Maine, brought together by their love of the Rokon Trail-Breaker, a 2×2 motorcycle.
The short film, entitled “Chip’s Winter Ride,” features the Rokon riders in a half-hour program as they take on snow, rocks and water. The mini-documentary will premiere on Maryland Public Television’s “MotorWeek” during the week of March 28. An encore presentation will also appear on the Velocity channel during the week of April 7.
“MotorWeek” host and executive producer John H. Davis shared his admiration for the riders. “We were bowled over the first time we saw the snowy muck that these Rokon enthusiasts were willing to take on to have some good, anything-but-clean fun,” said Davis.
Director Dennis Boni has already received two TIVA Peer Awards for “Chip’s Winter Ride.” The Television, Internet and Video Association of D.C. (TIVA) recognizes regional excellence in media. Boni Productions received a silver Peer Award for non-fiction and a bronze award for Best Documentary less than 30 minutes.
The first Rokon originated in the 1950s, under the development of Charles Fehn, who wanted to create an off-road vehicle like no other. His design featured a rugged, lightweight motorcycle with all-wheel drive. The wide tires and high clearance guarantees pulling power and expanded traction for off-road driving. In 1963, Orla Larsen purchased the company and gave Rokon its namesake. Smaller models of Rokons were also produced in China for a time, but it remains a U.S.-based brand.
Modern day Rokons are available in three models: Trail-Breaker, Ranger and Scout. They have a top speed of 25 mph and can withstand intense terrain and strive to live up to their “go anywhere” reliability. The Trail-Breaker and Scout feature a 208cc Kohler single-cylinder, four-stroke engine. The Ranger has a 160cc Honda single-cylinder four-stroke.