If there’s an award for unusual motorcycle marketing campaigns, we think Yamaha must have it in the bag this year with the launch of this anime-style web series promoting its MT-07 and MT-09 naked streetbikes.
Masters of Torque will run for four episodes (each around 10 minutes long), telling the story of three young motorcycle riders in a futuristic Tokyo. The show is produced in Japanese, unsurprisingly, but features English subtitles.
According to Yamaha’s press materials, the series is designed to break away from conventional Japanese motorcycle marketing, which tends to focus on US/European locations, by instead celebrating Japan’s own style, culture and geography.
These awesome super-hero motorcycle leathers are made by Toronto based UD Replicas, who are famous for creating these kinds of Hollywood style costumes for motorcycle riders.
If you feel like riding around looking like Batman or a Storm Trooper from Star Wars, and you’ve got a few thousand dollars to spare, you get in touch with the company through its website. We’re not sure if these would make you look awesome, or just really, really geeky – but we’re down with it either way.
Of course, what we really want to see is a Catwoman motorcycle outfit, possibly modelled by Emma Watson… Please? Pretty please?
This armour plated battle-motorcycle, featuring a pair of front-mounted Gatling guns, might be just what you need for a cruise through down-town Kabul, so long as you’re not too worried about fuel economy, performance and cornering speed.
Also, despite the bad-ass looks, this bike isn’t really going to office much protection for the rider, because it does kind of leave you a little exposed from all sides except the front – although it’s obviously the ideal machine for an insane kamikaze charge into the enemy lines if that’s what you’re looking for.
We have absolutely no information about this bike, so if you know who built it please share the details with us in the comments, we’d love to give credit to its creator.
The title says it all really – if you’re looking for a picture of Paris Hilton on a motorcycle, you just found it. OK, you probably want a bit more information: as far as we can tell she’s doing some kind of sponsorship activity with a MotoGP racing team this year. The team is called “SuperMartxe VIP by Paris Hilton” and will be racing in the 125cc class with riders Maverick Viñales and Sergio Gadea.
Early reports are that both riders have been performing well in testing, although we don’t know if they’ve been given leathers that match Paris Hilton’s sparkly pink outfit in this photo. Whether or not you’re a fan of Paris Hilton or MotoGP racing, it’s hard to argue with a picture of a blonde chick in a skintight bodysuit draped over a motorcycle….
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…
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.
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.
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.
For the sake of completeness, here’s how the comic’s creator imagined the original Lawmaster motorcycle.
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.
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.
Here’s a picture of the original comic strip version of the same bike.
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…
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.