We all love a little thrill — that’s why we got into motorcycles after all. So when we sit down for a film, many of us want to experience action-packed moments, intense chases, and exciting adventures. Motorcycles help take things up a notch in Hollywood movies, and we love them for it. We’re breaking down a few of our favorite modern motorcycle movie moments below that will get your heart pumping and make you want to take a ride for yourself.
Kawasaki GPZ900R – Top Gun
We’re taking things back to the 80s with our first epic movie motorcycle. Top Gun is a fan favorite and while the plot mostly covered fighter jets, there were a few shining moments for all of our motorcycle lovers out there. The movie that launched Tom Cruise into mega fortune and fame featured a show-stopping Kawasaki GPZ900R Ninja red and black motorcycle. While the ride doesn’t necessarily enhance the overall plot of Top Gun, it definitely succeeds in showing the audience how cool Maverick is from the get go. Who doesn’t want to ‘race’ fighter pilots on the back of an insanely cool ride? Count us in.
Harley-Davidson FLSTF “Fat Boy” – Terminator 2: Judgement Day
If you love insane motorcycle chase scenes, Terminator 2 is the movie for you. The iconic 90s sequel featured Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator and showed the star barreling down the highway attempting to save Sarah Connor’s son (who is destined to become humanity’s savior) from an indestructible android threatening to run them over with a semi truck. Spoiler alert — the Terminator gets the job done. During the scene, Schwarzenegger is riding a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy when he takes huge jumps, completes dangerous turns, and more. Fun fact: the Harley featured in the film sold at auction for nearly $500,000.
Honda CRF250R – SkyFall
Bond films are known for being action-packed and aim to leave audiences on the edge of their seats, and SkyFall was no different. The 2012 Bond film starring Daniel Craig was visually stunning and opened with Bond being chased down the streets of Istanbul on a Honda CRF250R. The stunts on this ride were incredible and included a few bike flips and rides on the tops of buildings — would you expect anything less? Fun fact: there were around 20 different versions of this bike on set to accommodate various motorcyclists and their specific riding needs.
Kawasaki ZZ-R250 – Kill Bill
Uma Thurman rode in style in her film, Kill Bill where she traveled to Tokyo, chasing the man that attempted to kill her. Her mustard yellow Kawasaki ZZ-R250 was a show stopper and perfectly matched her iconic pinstriped riding suit. Who doesn’t want to ride in style when plotting their vengeance? While the bike was only seen for just under a minute in the film, it made a lasting impression on fans.
BMW R nineT – Mission Impossible: Fallout
When you put Tom Cruise on a motorcycle, magic happens. He makes our list again for riding a BMW R nineT in the film, Mission Impossible: Fallout. You’ll see some sort of motorcycle action in nearly all of the Mission Impossible films, but this bike chase through the streets of Paris took the cake, in our opinion. Tom Cruise performed many of his own stunts on the retro-styled roadster including high-speed riding around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. Fun fact: the Arc de Triomphe was cleared from traffic momentarily and production had just two hours to get the shot. No pressure, right?
Modified Honda CRF450R – The Dark Knight
Sure, Batman can get around in the Batmobile… but why rumble around in that clumsy thing when you can ride one of the most epic motorcycles we’ve ever seen? In the film, Batman was geared up with some of the most amazing technology we’ve seen and this includes the infamous Batpod. This motorcycle was the creation of director Christopher Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley. The Batpod included 20-inch wheels and is powered by the water-cooled single from a Honda CRF450R trail bike. Fun fact: the Batpod recently sold at auction for more than $80,000.
If you haven’t seen any of these awesome films, we definitely recommend that you check them out. Do you have any favorite motorcycle movie moments? Let us know in the comments and we might pick your favorite for part two where we’ll discuss motorcycles found in classic films.
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