Motorbikes in the movies

By: Dave MotorCycle Direct Posted: March 29th, 2016

With 2016 turning out to be a great year for film lovers with upcoming releases such as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ghostbusters, Suicide Squad, Finding Dory, Jungle Book, Tarzan and many many more. With all these top films due to be released in the upcoming year, here at MotorCycle Direct we thought we would look back at some top motorbikes in movies well worth remembering. If you're not familiar with these already, be sure to check out these motorbike scenes, great for admiring the very best of motorcycling.

1) Indiana Jones, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - This 2008 release used a Harley Davidson Softail Springer to reflect the 1957 setting that the film took place in. Great for any classical bike enthusiast. Another film is Indiana Jones and the last crusade (1989) - In the escape from the castle, the motorcycles used to chase Indiana Jones and his father were Honda XL 500S's. The bike and side car ridden by Indiana were a Dnepr MT-11.

2) Mission Impossible 2 - This 2000 release used a Triumph Speed Triple for its thrilling chase scene. MI5 used a BMW S100 RR Sports bike in their dramatic highway chase in Rabat, Morocco.

3) Yes Man - used a Ducati Hypermotard in their famous bike scene with Jim Carrey where he gets out of hospital and rides this bike through the streets carrying out wheelies and speedy accelerations.

4) Top Gun - In the 1986 Top Gun film a Kawasaki GPZ900R was used in the scene where a bike rides alongside an aeroplane. This classic film is great for any bike enthusiast.

5) James Bond, Tomorrow Never Dies (1981) - In this 1981 classic a BMW R1200C is used in the intense chase through the streets of Saigon ending in an impressive stunt jumping from one building to another over the blades of a helicopter. Another film is the James Bond, Skyfall (2012) - The opening scene in the 2012 Bond film used a Honda CRF 250R where Bond can be seen riding over rooftops in an epic chase opener. This high pursuit opener took place in the streets of Istanbul through the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest covered market places.

6) The Terminator 2, Judgement Day (1991) - This 1991 film used a Harley Davidson Fat Boy in it epic chase with a very impressive stunt jump completed with the Harley where Arnie's character rides the bike of a high wall onto lower ground which looks very impressive.

7) Jurassic World (2015) - Released only last year, this episode following the previous films displays an epic scene of Chris Pratt riding a Triumph Scrambler alongside the raptors in a thrilling chase tracking down a threat to the park. He can also be seen riding the bike and working on it throughout the film.

8) The Matrix Reloaded (2003) - The Matrix has a thrilling bike scene where Trinity riders a Ducati 996 off the top of a vehicle transportation lorry and manoeuvres through heavy traffic at which after an almost crash turns around and drives against oncoming traffic in an impressive manner.

9) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - in the impressive chase scene a Honda Cota 4RT was used for the speedy manoeuvres and jumps around the streets of Tangier.

10) The Great Escape (1963) - In this classic a Triumph T6 is used in the motorcycle scene Steve McQueen tries to outwit the Germans on his T6 leading them on a mad chase through fields where he successfully jumps a barb wire fence however his luck runs dry when he eventually slides on his bike and ends up tangled in wire.

11) Knight and Day (2010) - The incredible bike chase featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz a Ducati Hypermotard racing through the streets of Seville, Spain with the climax being filmed in Los Angeles.

12) Mad Max Fury Road (2015) - Released last year with Max riding a Yamaha YZ250F, this action packed mad film is not your classic bike film with many bikes used being custom made for their specific role. Each with their very own wacky appearance of feathers and worn, shaggy materials reflecting the wasteland their post-apocalyptic world has turned into.