If you’re reading this article then chances are that you ride a motorcycle or at least want to. And in that case you won’t need me to convince you that riding a motorcycle is an awesome experience and something that everyone should look into. Riding a motorcycle is fast, it’s romantic and it can make almost anyone look instantly cool.
And of course this is something that Hollywood knows well, which is why there are just so many motorcycles in movies and why the motorbike is the vehicle of choice for so many heroes. Her we will take a look at some of the coolest films for bike lovers that will make you feel awesome just for owning one.
While Top Gun might be about flying primarily, it’s also more broadly about speed and metal. Tom Cruise’s character Maverick rides a Kawasaki GPZ750R and almost always to awesome 80s music. And the most exciting bit? They might be making a sequel! (I know right?)
Tron and Tron: Legacy
The original Tron was one of the first films to rely so heavily on CGI, and what did they choose to portray with it? Motorcycles of course – futuristic ones specifically that left light trails behind them and drove around on grids. While the first film is something of a curiosity, Tron: Legacy is an awesome film in terms of style and manages to make riding a bike into the night look like one of the sexiest things in the world. Which it is…
Hey what’s Iron Man doing in here? That’s not a bike film! Well maybe not, but it’s still a film that perfectly captures the symbiosis of man and machine and the thrill of travelling at high speeds thanks to a piece of metal. The most amazing scene is when Stark first tests the MK2 and flies it out into the sky. The camera work really puts you there and makes you imagine the one thing that could be even more exhilarating than riding a bike…
Awesome though riding a motorcycle is already, James Cameron and Arnie managed to make it even more awesome by adding a shotgun and a huge truck. This has to be one of the best action films of all time, and Arnie looks like he was born to ride a Harley. (Special mention goes to Terminator 1 too in which he rode a Honda 750).
Werewolves on Wheels
This title says it all really. If you want one of those ‘so bad it’s good’ films to watch late at night with pizza, then this a great one to go for.
Ghost Rider is never going to be one of the classic Superhero films of our time, but it’s nevertheless good fun and has a lot of good action. And that latter point is particularly true if you like your bikes: one of the most memorable scenes seeing Nick Cage scale the side of a building on his skull-covered bike leaving a trail of fire behind him. There’s a reason that the ghost rider is such an iconic image, and this is something that does still come across in the film.
Another classic action film that heavily features motorbikes is Mad Max. Set in an Australian dystopia, motorbikes seem to be the desired form of transport and are as much a vital part of the film as the horses in any good Western. Highlights are a Kawasaki K-1000 and 900. Oh and also good are… all the other Mad Max films.
The Dark Knight
When you think of Batman, the instant association to make is with the Batmobile – not a motorcycle. That said though, The Dark Knight does feature a bike in the form of the ‘BatPod’ and like all of Bruce Wayne’s gadgets it’s kitted out with cool gadgets and a neat look. It gives Batman more manoeuvrability and it proves instrumental in taking out the Joker. Kind of makes you wish it was real…
A film starring the Evil Knievel should always be on any motorcyclist’s to-watch list. This one is a fun film that has sees meeting fans, while also thwarting his rival’s plans to smuggle drugs into America using the Team Evel 18-wheeler.
Sit down, put on one of these flicks, then feel fuelled up and raring to go when you hop onto your bike and start tearing up the tarmac!
The contributor of this article, Miley Stevens is an employee at Pit Stop Parts and Apparel, which specializes in motorcycle helmets. She is very fond of action movies and cars.