Motorcycles in the Movies – Part 2

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy in Terminator 2. James Cameron, 1991

Judgment Day ranks among cinema’s greatest-ever sequels and Arnie’s shotgun-blasting, motorcycle-riding T-800 played a big part in how immensely popular the film became. When you conjure up images of the T-800 and all of its tools, you can’t help but think of the Harley Davison Fat Boy.

As soon as our hero gets on that bad boy and the engine starts roaring to the moment he saves John Connor from bad “guy” T-1000 in a semi-truck, blasting away with his shotgun, the motorcycle becomes something of a hero in its own right. James Cameron and co couldn’t have chosen a better bike, with its 49-horsepower being perfectly fitting for Arnie’s imposing frame.

Batpod in The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan, 2008

Simply one of the greatest movies in history, The Dark Knight is full of iconic vehicles, costumes, and gadgets. Among the best vehicles is undoubtedly the rugged and burly Batpod that detaches from the Batmobile/Tumblr, reigniting an awesome chase scene with the movie’s villain, the Joker.

The beast of a bike comes with fibreglass-made cannons and wheels that rotate sideways in order to prevent the bike from skidding, seeing as the tires can’t lock. The Batpod, with its two enormous wheels that look like they could roll over pretty much anything, is a perfect tactical companion for our costumed hero. There were not one but six Batpods constructed for the movie.

Kaneda’s bike in Akira. Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988

Akira was responsible for Japanese cyberpunk, giving the genre such Japanese anime as Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell. No-one, however, has managed to recapture the swagger of Kaneda, the leader from Akira with his stolen bike.

The teenager, in the famous manga and 1988 anime version, rides around the streets of Neo-Tokyo on his futuristic bike in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s hard not to wish the red bike was real so it would be possible for you to one day ride it yourself. A number of builders have attempted to replicate the bike and some have even made quite a good job of it.

The original light cycle from Tron inspired the Katsuhiro Otomo design. The design for the Iron bike, however, was cut into two for a sleeker appearance, and a number of modifications were made to enable the bike to stand out from the Tron bike.

Honda CRF250R in Skyfall. Sam Mendes, 2012

Any James Bond movie brings with it a number of expectations. One of those expectations is an action-packed opening sequence. The best of all opening sequences just might be Bond on a Honda CRF250R, riding along the rooftops of Istanbul. Bond uses the bike to chase the bad guy.

The bike itself is perfect for progressive riding, with its durable aluminium frame and weighing in at just 227 lbs. After chasing through the streets and across rooftops, Bond flips the bike and lands on a moving train. What a great way to open the movie.

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