Contrary to popular opinion, a real motorcycle was built for the 2007 film “Ghost Rider” starring Nicolas Cage. However, it was 11 feet long and weighed over 500 pounds! It consisted of a chrome shell that was actually fiberglass and had been molded around a custom made Australian helicopter.
Not just CGI
Most of the people who saw the movie assumed that the bike was completely computer-generated, which is why it’s so interesting that there was a real bike that is actually somewhat drivable. However, it was never street legal and if the motor had been run for too long it would have melted the fiberglass. Of course the flames were CGI, but the motorcycle exists. In fact, according to Hollywood Star Cars, the custom-built panhead helicopter had a Harley-Davidson engine. The panhead name, BTW, comes from the distinctive shape of the rocker covers that resembles an upside down pan. It is a two-cylinder V-twin engine (with two valves per cylinder). In 1948, it replaced the Knucklehead engine and was continually manufactured by Harley until it was replaced by the shovelhead in 1965. An interesting note that only Harley experts know is that engine design has evolved over the years. Valve caps have always had distinctive shapes, which helped true Harley enthusiasts know what type of engine they were looking at simply by the shape of the valve caps.
A $ 300,000 construction
According to Volo Auto Sales, the Hell Cycle “Ghost Rider” cost $ 300,000 to build. Here are the specs according to Bad Ass Helmet Store Movie Bikes:
Specifications of Ghost Rider Bike – Movie Bikes
- Class style
- Exhibition / Publication
Unique custom frame
- Gas tank
Custom Unique Gas Tank
- Entrance cover
- Paint color (s)
- Rear suspension
Rigid / rigid
The story of «Ghost Rider»
Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is a stuntman who becomes a motorcycle bounty hunter for the devil himself and is called “Ghost Rider.” Johnny’s custom hardtail helicopter becomes the Hell Cycle, which is an organic combination of bone and metal on two wheels with a seriously bad attitude fueled by fantasy. It has no front or rear suspension and limited sound suppression, which means it’s incredibly loud. It is also equipped with front and rear disc brakes that give it sufficient stopping power. The engine and frame are surrounded by an artfully sculpted fiberglass body that is highlighted by some surprising organic textures and vertebra-inspired shapes. The entire bike was painted shiny silver and sported some dark gray accents as well. The front end of the Hell Cycle resembles a demon skull and the handlebars look like gleaming horns sticking out of the front. Also, the front forks are quite long with resin ‘chain link’ covers. At the rear of the bike, the protruding bony vertebrae pattern continues to the rear fender. The Hell Cycle also had two independent electrical systems. One of them is for the engine, while the second feeds the ‘interactive fire’, which are actually orange LED lights that were mounted on the outside of both wheels. Later in post-production, they were replaced by computer generated images (CGI) of burning fire.
The “Ghost Rider” (in both movies and superhero comics) is a human being who transforms into a skeletal superhuman who has supernatural powers and is engulfed in ethereal flames. The motorcycle you are riding is capable of traveling faster than any ordinary vehicle and also performs feats that are seemingly impossible, such as riding through water, climbing vertical surfaces, and even jumping great distances. Ghost Rider is practically indestructible. Knives and even bullets go through it, causing absolutely no pain. It would seem that it is actually immortal, as it is said that it was created by God and that God is the only one who can destroy it. Despite being made of bones and hellfire, the Ghost Rider has superhuman strength that is truly formidable. Johnny Blaze as Ghost Rider has also been said to be capable of pressing about 25 tons (50,000 pounds).
A nod to «Easy Rider»
The construction of the Hell Cycle Panhead …