When it comes to incredible bike stunts, it certainly doesn’t get much more impressive than Hollywood. From insane scripted crashes, to flying over impossibly big distances, some of these stunts really do defy belief. Yet, a stunt driver actually had to pull these unbelievable acts of death defying driving off.
Take a look at our list of the most amazing bike stunts, keeping in mind that we’ve obviously excluded any options that were created entirely with computer trickery.
The Great Escape
Renowned as an iconic bike stunt that would steal moviegoer’s imaginations for decades, virtually everyone with an interest in cinema knows the barbed wire jumping scene from 1963’s The Great Escape. In the scene Steve McQueen’s character, Virgil Hilts, is attempting to evade capture by Nazi’s, and in a last ditch effort jumps his bike over a barbed wire barrier. A burst of gunfire throws him to the ground, however, and he goes crashing into the second barrier.
Yes, it isn’t very impressive by today’s standards, but it is worth keeping in mind that stunt driver Bud Ekins pulled this off with not only with no protective gear, but also virtually none of the safety measures used today. The bikes used was a 650cc Triumph TR6 Trophy painted olive green.
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If you haven’t seen Terminator 2, shame on you. Regarded as the best action movie of all time, this science fiction masterpiece is nothing short of incredible. There are more than a few mind-blowing bike stunts to choose from, but the one we’re going to mention earned stuntman Peter Kent a spot in the Hall Of Fame.
Kent jumped a 280lb Harley Davidson Fat Boy into a canal, defying physics in what can only be described as a breath-taking sequence.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Okay, this may not be on the level of launching a Harley through the air like an eagle, but is truly incredible due to the stunt driver being none other than Tom Cruise himself. The 2015 entry into the Mission Impossible franchise has numerous stunts performed by Cruise, but the BMW S1000 sequence on the freeway and in the hills of Marrakech are what really stand apart. Not only is the destination a bucket list must for bikers, the stunts are insane.
Watch them and be reminded, once again, that it really is Cruise pulling off these death-defying moments. We will mention, however, as with our rule about CGI, some of the shots were enhanced.
Lastly, we’re going back to 2012. James Bond is once again up to his spy nonsense in Skyfall, and we’re looking at stunt driver Robbie Maddison in a lengthily chase on a Honda CRF250. According to Maddison himself, in some of these sequences he was literally just a few feet away from death, and could not wear a helmet for any of the stunt work involved.
All we can say is bravo.
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