Moto-Legends: The Most Iconic Motorcycles from Fiction

Written by Carly Hallman

Motorcycles began to achieve mainstream popularity in the United States in the years following World War II. With this popularity came a powerful rise of two-wheeled vehicles to Hollywood stardom. A motorcycle included in a film often meant that the bike itself would be seen as just as much of a character as the riders themselves. This infographic showcases the most iconic real and fictional motorcycles to ever grace the silver screen.

Iconic Fictional Motorcycles

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Moto-Legends: The Most Iconic Motorcycles from Fiction

Real Motorcycles

Movie and (year) Motorcycle name
Thunderball (1965) 1965 BSA Lightning A65-L
Easy Rider (1969) 1952 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide
Mad Max (1979) 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000P
Wild One (1953) 1950 Triumph Thunderbird 6T
Top Gun (1986) 1985 Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900R
Streethawk (1985) 1984 Honda XR500
World’s Fastest Indian (2005) 1920 Indian Scout
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 1991 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
The Great Escape (1963) 1961 Triumph TR-6 Trophy
First Blood (1982) 1982 Yamaha XT 250
Inglorious Basterds (2009) 1939 BMW R71
The Walking Dead (2010-Present) 1992 Honda CB750 Nighthawk

Fictional Motorcycles

Movie and (year) Motorcycle name
Akira (1988) Shotaro Kaneda’s Bike
Tron Legacy (2010) Lightcycle
Galactica 1980 (1980) Turbocycle
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) Fenrir
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) 74-Z Speeder Bike
Ghost Rider (2007) Ghost Rider’s Motorcycle
The Dark Knight (2008) Bat Pod
Dredd (2012) Lawmaster

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