It’s always exciting to see motorcycles in movies. Whether it’s a classic like Easy Rider with bikes at the center of the whole film, or the new Avengers movie that has Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow riding a H-D LiveWire—we always love seeing two-wheeled machines plastered across the silver screen.
It’s difficult to tell exactly what’s what in this photo, but we’re going to do our best to sort things out. First off, after several earlier photos of a rider in a helmet, later being replaced by this masked rider, we believe the first person was a stand-in and the rider seen in the picture above is the actor playing Bruce Wayne himself, Robert Pattinson. There’s no real way to confirm this, but we’re 100 percent right 60 percent of the time, so… we’re just going to take it as fact.
Second, and more importantly in our eyes, is the bike he is on. You can’t see too much of it from this angle, but let’s work with what we got. The motorcycle has been painted matte black, the pipes have been wrapped, rear fender removed, and we can assume those are aftermarket bars. It’s clearly a double overhead cam, inline four-cylinder engine that looks like it’s from the late ’70s or early ’80s. Without knowing the stock bike, we can’t really say if the spoked wheels are stock or aftermarket, but most DOHC bikes from that period rolled off the line with mags, so we’re going to assume that’s a custom touch. At first glance, the tank looked like that of a Suzuki GS1000, but the more I look at it, the more I think it’s an aftermarket King Sportster 3.3-gallon unit.
So with the details we can see, this bike could be a GS1000, a KZ1000, XS1100, CB900, CB1100, or any one of a long list of late-’70s/early ’80s DOHC sportbikes. But with the custom work that’s been done to it and this low-res image, it’s really difficult to tell without seeing the machine up close.
Identifying movie bikes is a fun pastime for us, so if you have any mystery bikes you’re trying to figure out, email a picture to Morgan.Gales@bonniercorp.com and we’ll sleuth it out for you!