Motorcycles feature in some of the most exciting chases in sci-fi history. (Or, as we sometimes think of them—"chase scenes involving bad guys who can't aim a gun well enough to hit someone on a motorcycle.")
With Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opening today, we thought we'd take a look at 17 classic sci-fi bike scenes.
Mission: Impossible 2
This Tom Cruise-led bike battle shows us what would happen in a world where the only weapons were fists and motorcycles. The answer is "unreasonably painful games of chicken."
The Matrix Reloaded
Carrie-Anne Moss finally shows why her character needs to be clad in skintight leather: for emergency motorcycle theft.
Do you think the people who drive the trucks that paint lines on the highway ever play a real-life version of this game?
This scene, while not as impactful as the light cycle scene, makes us wonder if even everyday traffic would look awesome while listening to Daft Punk.
I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle
Sadly, this vampire motorcycle is responsible for fewer deaths than a normal, real motorcycle.
While this film is pretty awesome, sometimes the enemy's fighting techniques are so sloppy that we expect them to start picking up their bikes and using them as weapons.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The fact that he tried to outrun motorcycles on a motorcycle with an occupied sidecar shows why Indiana Jones wasn't a physics professor.
We always thought the Terminator should be able to transform into a motorcycle, but that's a different movie.
This was back in the days when we thought that our fuel supplies would somehow outlast the apocalypse, and not be the cause of it.
A man jumps from building to building on a motorcycle while being pursued by Arnold Schwarzenegger riding a horse on an elevator.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Perhaps the highlight is when Angelina Jolie slaps a bad guy with her rear wheel. Perhaps it's the lowlight, as well.
James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies
This clip illustrates why you should never try to actually subdue criminals using a helicopter. Common sense illustrates this, too.
Wesley Snipes shows how to deal with attackers riding motorcycles. Well, besides the obvious answer of "climb up on the hood of a car or a dumpster, or something."
To save the day, the protagonist uses the universal hatred of motorcycles for 1980s GNR on cassette tape.
The Dark Knight
This made us wonder if the bike race scene from Batman and Robin was actually good, and our overall impression of the movie tainted it. Nope, it's still pretty bad.
Skip ahead to 7:55 to see Stallone enact true justice on a Lawmaker motorcycle. It's even better if you pretend you're watching Demolition Man instead.
This sci-fi masterpiece illustrates how much more effective attacking from a motorcycle can be when one is also packing explosives.
We hope these clips have got you charged up for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. We'll be on the edge of our seats wondering if a stray ember is going to ignite Ghost Rider's gas tank.