Motorcycles: Hollywood's dream machines

So, you think you know motorcycles? Do you know who rode what in the movies?

Hollywood loves motorcycles. They have featured in movies as varied as Pulp Fiction, Roustabout, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Terminator 3.

Can you identify what kind of bike the following actors rode in each movie?

  1. Marlon Brando in “The Wild One” (1953)
  2. Steve McQueen in “The Great Escape” (1963)
  3. Elvis Presley in “Roustabout” (1964)
  4. Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider” (1969)
  5. Robert Blake in “Electra Glide in Blue” (1973)
  6. Bruce Willis in “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
  7. Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible 2” (2000)
  8. Robbie Coltrane in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001)
  9. Colin Farrell in “Daredevil” (2003)
    10a. Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 3” (2003)
    10b: John Connor (Nick Stahl) in “Terminator 3”
    Bonus: what did George Hamilton ride in the biopic of Evel Knievel?

(Quiz by James Petersen, former editor of the Playboy Advisor column)

Correct answers will be posted in a few days.


What is the absolute best ride you have ever had?

If $$$ and Taiwan speed limits were no object, what is your dream bike?

You forgot Pee-Wee’s bike:

If I guess Harley Davidson for all of them I should get at least half right. :slight_smile:

I used to have a 1973 Yamaha 650cc that I loved to ride around the Texas hill country near Austin. It wasn’t a rocket but certainly was a rock solid ride with plenty of power to spare even carrying a passenger at 70 mph+. It was perfect for me then.

I dream of one day owning a shiny new BMW motorcycle. Those machines seem to me the perfect marriage of style, speed, technology, reliability and comfort. I’ve always thought it would be cool to fly into to Germany, get a new bike, tour around Europe for a month or so, then ship it home at the end of the tour. Maybe one day I’ll actually do it.

Steve McQueen was, I think, riding a Triumph Bonneville. Or was it a Speed Twin ? Triple ? Or perhaps a Norton ? BSA Bantam ? AJS ? Ariel Square Four ? (Am I even close?)

The others are likely to be motorized two-wheel sofas.

Hmmm, I’m not sure…

(too small to be a Bonneville?)

And what about Tom Cruise in Top Gun ?

I want…

'65 Bonneville

Just for the sound… (memories of my dad’s Speed Twin)

[quote=“blueface666”]You forgot Pee-Wee’s bike:

Yeah, blueface you would look great riding that. :slight_smile:

I found a picture of a bike (here) that looks exactly like my old 1973 Yamaha 650. Even the paint job is the same. That really brings back some good memories.

Notice how similar it looks to the Bonneville? The Yamaha was basically a rip-off version of a Triumph.

[quote=“Larsen Ni”][quote=“blueface666”]You forgot Pee-Wee’s bike:

Yeah, blueface you would look great riding that. :slight_smile:[/quote]

Forget the bike…I want the bow tie. :laughing: