Actors aren’t the only ones stealing the attention in movies. Customized choppers are drawing more and more excitement on the big screen as they’re used to make legendary road trips, escape the police, and fight back against the bad guys.
Here are 10 of the most famous motorcycles from the movies that’ll get your heart pumping and your jaw dropping.
Do you have a need? A need for speed? Maverick and Goose did in Top Gun, and when they wanted to feel an adrenaline rush, the skies were the limit. When Maverick (Tom Cruise’s character) wasn’t getting his fix by flying around, he hopped on his Kawasaki GPZ 900 R.
It’s hard to talk about famous motorcycles without mentioning Easy Rider. More specifically, the “Captain America” chopper, a customized bike made from the Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide. This bike, adorned with stars ‘n’ stripes, was the star of the movie, followed only closely behind by it’s co-star and rider, Peter Fonda Wyatt. Need proof that the motorcycles in this movie were popular? Just look at the police reports of nearly all of the motorcycles that were stolen prior to the end of shooting.
Prince is famous for his love of the color purple. In the 1984 movie, Purple Rain, this love came through as he rode on his custom purple 1981 Honda Hondamatic CB400A. Just seeing this bike inspires a ride on the open road while listening to the soundtrack.
The movie Salt is filled with stunts. Some of the most impressive happen on Angelina Jolie’s character’s 2009 Triumph Street Triple R. Jolie did all of her own stunts on this bike, making it that much more enticing to watch.
It’s hard to list famous motorcycles without listing the 2009 Aprilia RS 125 from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This movie is all about fast cars and bikes. When two of the most famous actors - Megan Fox and Shia LeBeouf - are put on the back of this lightweight bike as they zip away in a rescue, you remember the scene and the bike.
There’s something about a good car chase, isn’t there? Put Sylvester Stallone as the leader in that chase and replace the car with a Yamaha XT 250 and you have a scene to remember. In First Blood, Stallone rides his bike through all types of terrain, making this one of the most memorable motorcycles in a movie.
What’s more impressive than a modified Montesa Cota 4RT? One with James Bond riding on the back of it. In the 2008 movie, Quantum of Solace, Agent 007 hops on this impressive bike, which happens to be a similar model to the one used by the world trials champion, Dougie Lampkin when he won his titles.
Need to make an escape? Trinity, in The Matrix Reloaded did, and chose a 2001 Ducati 996 to do so. You don’t need to see the whole movie to be inspired by the chase scene that ensues on the back of the 996. The way she weaves through the streets to escape a businessman on her tail is impressive enough.
When you think of Kill Bill, does the image of a bright yellow bike, matching Uma Thurman dressed in all yellow, come to mind? It does for most people. This Kawasaki ZZR 250 helped make the movie famous as it zipped through the streets while Thurman’s character tried to get revenge on the man who tried to kill her.
The Bat-Pod might not be a motorcycle you can buy in the real world, but it’s too impressive not to list. This motorcycle emerges out of the Tumbler with dual-front cannons, machine guns and grappling hooks. The goal? To give Batman all of the power he needs to fight the bad guys while making his escape. Agility and extreme firepower are key.