List: Ten of Our Favorite Motorcycles from the Movies

By John Beltz Snyder

April 29, 2009


Triumph Thunderbird 6T – The Wild One (1953) If you want to impress the sheriff’s daughter, show her your motorcycle. Also, it helps if you’re a young Marlon Brando.


Triumph TR6 – The Great Escape (1963) Steve McQueen makes escaping from the Nazis look like fun.


Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide – Easy Rider (1969) The bikes used in this film were former police bikes. One was burned on film, the others were stolen before filming was completed.


Piaggio Vespa – Quadrophenia (1979) Amphetamines and scooters don’t mix.


Kawasaki GPz900R – Top Gun (1986) The closest thing to an F-14 on two wheels.


Honda VT 500 Custom – Raising Arizona (1987) The perfect bike for hunting infants and blowing up bunnies with hand grenades.


Kaneda’s Bike – Akira (1988) Apparently, in 2019, motorcycles will be electric, but will sound like they’re gasoline-powered.


BMW R1200C – Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) A rooftop motorcycle chase makes for splendid product placement.


1920 Indian Scout – The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) No brakes!


Moto-Terminator – Terminator Salvation (2009) Our mothers always warned us that motorcycles would kill us.

Triumph Triumph Harley-Davidson Piaggio Kawasaki Honda Kaneda’s BMW 1920 Moto-Terminator

Behold our incomplete list of our favorite motorcycles in the movies. We limited our list to ten, so we know there are scores of other bikes from movies we didn’t mention (Purple Rain, On Any Sunday, Officer and a Gentleman, Blade II, Mask, etc.)

Click through the gallery above, then feel free to add your own favorites to the list in our forums.