In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Cianfrance talks about The Place Beyond the Pines and how Ryan improved his motorcycle skills:
For a car chase sequence — Cooper in a patrol car, Gosling on motorcycle—Cianfrance filmed 22 takes of Gosling weaving in and out of traffic. (The director was adamant that there be no edits in the scene; “stitching it together just has a different feel.”)The movie was acquired by Focus Features at TIFF and will be released in 2013.
Soon Gosling began to internalize Cianfrance’s approach of spending the extra hours. To get his motorcycle skills up to par, Cianfrance said, the actor spent six hours a day for nearly two months working with a top Hollywood stuntman.
Read the whole interview at the source.