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Urals, Dneprs, Harleys, Hondas and Kawas: Motorcycles as movie stars

Motorcycles as movie stars
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Motorcycles as movie stars. Or: Urals and Dneprs: The agreement between Indiana Jones and Saving private Ryan

Ha! That's an easy one: In both films, sidecar combinations ride that pretend to be BMWs, but are Russian tricycles.

And in all kinds of other films that are war-related, Harley-Davidson Softails pretend to be Liberators. It is all a matter of some sort of inverted makeup that aims to make these movie stars look older rather than younger.


In films, motorcycles are more often modified in appearance. That is easier with an engine than with a car. Another tank, different fenders. Some polyester work. Ready!

But 'normal' motorcycles can also become movie stars.

In Top gun, Tom Cruise rode a Kawasaki GPZ 900 R. Wijlen Prince took 1984 a lot slower on a Honda CB400 Automatic and in Stallone's Rambo in First Blood a Honda XL250 acts considerably more convincingly than the main character. And in Quantum of Solace, 007 drove itself on a Montesa Cota 4RT.

And if there is time for an evening of zapping and searching, then the recommended ones are A girl on a motorcycle from 1968 with a very young Marianne Faithfull and Hells Angels on Wheels from 1967.

That everything in the media is not always what it seems is proved by Keira Knighly on a Ducati ...

We wish you a pleasant weekend. And if you go to the motorcycle fair in Hardenberg, make sure that it is at a new location, even more to the east. That gives the chance to go shopping in Germany after the trade fair. The wine and whiskey costs half of what they cost us.

This 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer Classic is made old to the eye and the film by Justin Kell. But they left the disc brake. Five identical copies were made for the film. Two of them are now in the Harley museum

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