The Motorcycle Diaries

Ernesto Guevera de la Serna, who later becomes revolutionary political icon Ché Guevera, struggles with his asthma throughout his trip of South America, but doesn’t let it hold him back.

But all of that is far in the future as Ernesto and Alberto mount their battered old 1939 motorcycle and roar off for a trip around a continent they'll be seeing for the first time. Guevara is a medical student with one year still to go, and Alberto is a biochemist. Neither has ever been out of Argentina. From the alarming number of times their motorcycle turns over, skids out from under them, careens into a ditch or (in one case) broadsides a cow, it would appear neither has ever been on a motorcycle, either.