10 things we learn about motorcycles from the movies

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Published on 11 February 2016 by Tom Wadlow

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Forget training schools and the DVLA, you can learn rather a lot about riding a motorbike from the movies. 

Here are ten facts provided by motorbike helmet suppliers Lids Direct about biking from the stars of the silver screen:
  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger taught us that you don’t need impressive facial hair to ride a Harley. You just need clothes, boots and your motorcycle. Oh, and a bionic body to take those things from the owner of a Fat Boy. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
  2. Motorcycles are so versatile. You can ride them on roads through busy towns and markets or take them just as easily off road, up staircases, through windows and over rooftops. You don’t even need a motorbike helmet! It does help, however, to be an international spy like Bond, James Bond... Skyfall (2012)
  3. …or Ethan Hunt. He taught us that the best way to make a really dreadful retro shirt look pretty cool is to straddle a BMW 1000RR Sportsbike and get involved in a high speed chase. Don’t worry about wearing leathers but don’t forget your shades. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) 
  4. Modified motorbikes are the super cool transport of choice, even for the world’s greatest superheroes. However, Batman refuses to share his Batpod mod tips so we’ve also learned that superheroes are selfish. The Dark Knight (2008)
  5. You are never too old to feel the need for speed. The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)
  6. Marlon Brando taught us that with the right outfit and the right bike it’s possible to be, all at once, a badass rebel, a heart throb and a gay icon. The Wild One (1953)
  7. You don’t need a passport to cross the border from Germany into Switzerland, you just need a Triumph, a good run-up, a bit of a hill and the skill to jump a fence…The Great Escape (1963)
  8. …unless you’re as cool as Vanilla Ice, in which case you simply can jump a fence with no kind of ramp at all. All you need is Suzuki GSR and some snazzy neon clobber. Steve McQueen may have got his freedom but Vanilla Ice got the girl. Cool as Ice (1991)
  9. Even if you’re a little girl, with a motorbike you can always, ALWAYS outrun the cops. Kick Ass 2 (2013)
  10. And finally, you don’t need skill or experience to do stunts on a Ducati Hypermotard. Hell, Jim Carey taught us that you don’t even need shoes or underwear, though we suspect riding like this involved a little movie trickery. Yes Man (2008)

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