History’s greatest sci-fi motorcycles


Any fan of science fiction and awesome motorcycles must by now have seen the pictures floating around the internet of the killer robot motorcycles from the forthcoming film Terminator: Salvation.

We thought that was a great excuse to revisit some of the most iconic motorcycles from science fiction movies and TV shows – admittedly the pickings were slim, but we managed to pull together the following…

Just in case you missed the pics which have circulating on the internet for a while, this is one of the new Terminator motorcycles, and it looks both terrifying and awesome, as any good motorcycle should. Although we’re not quite sure that it would be a particularly comfortable ride…

Robotic killer motorcycle from Terminator: Salvation. This film is going to rule so hard!
Robotic killer motorcycle from Terminator: Salvation. This film is going to rule so hard!

Christian Bale gets to play with all the best toys. Before going head to head with the Terminator bikes, he got to ride around on the Bat Pod, a kind of two-wheeled escape pod built into the Batmobile in The Dark Knight.

The Bat-Pod from The Dark Night. Unsafe, uncomfortable, unbelievably awesome.
The Bat-Pod from The Dark Night. Unsafe, uncomfortable, unbelievably awesome.

But we should spare a thought for the Batmen of earlier generations, who not only had to wear completely gay costumes, but also had to ride around on this piss poor excuse for a super-hero motorcycle.

The original Bat-Bike. Part motorcycle, part butt-plug.
The original Bat-Bike. Part motorcycle, part butt-plug.

Remember when Sylvester Stallone made that huge stinking turdburger of a Judge Dredd adaptation? The Lawmaster motorcycle from that is now part of a sci-fi movie prop exhibition somewhere in London and this is pretty much the only reasonable quality photo of it we can find.

Lawmaster motorcycle from the Judge Dredd movie. Whoever directed that piece of crap should be subjected to some Dredd style justice and executed on the spot.
Lawmaster motorcycle from the Judge Dredd movie. Whoever directed that piece of crap should be subjected to some Dredd style justice and executed on the spot.

For the sake of completeness, here’s how the comic’s creator imagined the original Lawmaster motorcycle.

The original Lawmaster from 2000AD
The original Lawmaster from 2000AD

Streethawk was supposed to be a motorcycle oriented version of the popular KnightRider TV show – unfortunately the show bombed because they forgot one important element: The Hoff.

Streethawk - retarded.
Streethawk - retarded.

Fans of Japanese manga sci-fi should immediately recognise this as Akira’s motorcycle, although to be fair it could just as easily be a road-legal machine from any of the major Japanese bike manufacturers these days.

A model of Akira's motorcycle
A model of Akira's motorcycle

Here’s a picture of the original comic strip version of the same bike.

Akira on his shiny red motorcycle, wearing his shiny red jumpsuit
Akira on his shiny red motorcycle, wearing his shiny red jumpsuit

Finally, although there were never any motorcycles in any of the Star Trek films or TV shows, we can’t finish this article without showing you this stunning piece of work. Somebody clearly has too much time on their hands, but then so do we…

Star Trike. See what we did there?
Star Trike. See what we did there?

Did we miss anything? If you can think of any sci-fi motorcycles we forgot, leave us a comment and we’ll add them to the article.

8 thoughts on “History’s greatest sci-fi motorcycles”

  1. Okay I have officially embraced my affair with all things Star Wars. Any chance anyone out there has a pic of a star wars themed bike?

  2. The ghost rider bike was really cool. The movie with Nichols Cage. That bike blew me away it was so awesome with great detail.

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