Tom Cruise has a long history of incorporating motorbikes into his films.
From the Kawasaki GPZ900R he rode in Top Gun in 1986, to the Triumphs and BMWs in the Mission Impossible franchise and a Ducati Hypermotard in action/comedy Knight and Day.
He has recently been snapped riding a Kawasaki Ninja H2 on the set of the latest Top Gun film, too. Cruise does as much of his own riding as he can, and clearly likes his bikes. Here is a selection of five times he has been captured on two wheels:
Cruise filmed a chase sequence on the streets of Paris which included a lap of the Arc de Triomphe against the flow of traffic and ended (unsurprisingly) in a crash. The film makers used state-of-the-art camera equipment mounted on an electric bike to capture the tracking shots for the sequence.
The bike used in 2010’s Knight and Day is a Ducati Hypermotard, except when it’s not. In order for stunt riders to successfully perform a jump in one scene they used a dressed-up Aprilia SXV 550 instead.
You might be scratching your head to remember where a Hellcat featured in the third Mission: Impossible film, but that’s because Cruise rode the bike to the New York premiere, rather than in the film.
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Another movie premiere, another bike. This time Cruise arrived at the War of the Worlds premiere with his then wife, Katie Holmes, on a Honda Valkyrie Rune which he rode right up the red carpet.
Triumph made a custom Thruxton especially for the filming of Edge of Tomorrow featuring matte black paint. Cruise’s character uses the bike to speed through the streets of London, including a spin down the Mall. How British can you get?
Top Gun – Kawasaki GPZ900R
The film that started Cruise’s on-screen love affair with the motorcycle, Top Gun, had a starring role for a Kawasaki GPZ900R. A now iconic scene shows him speeding (helmetless, of course) down the runway alongside a fighter jet, complete with Ray-Ban sunglasses and a leather flight jacket.
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