'''''Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann''''', directed by William Dear, is a 1982 time travel-influenced action film starring Fred Ward as Lyle Swann, a cross country dirt bike racer. The movie was written, scored, and produced by [[Music/TheMonkees Michael Nesmith]].

Lyle, in the middle of a motocross race, gets lost and wanders into a time travel experiment which transports him and his bike to 1877.

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!!Tropes present in this film:
* ArcNumber: Lyle Swann is from 1982. Both the racing number on his chest and the number on his bike are 82.
* AutomatonHorses: Can't have an [[ImplacableMan Implacable Cowboy]] without one!
* AwesomeMcCoolname: The BigBad's name is Porter Reese. The actor who plays him has an ''even more western name'': Peter Coyote.
* BigBad: Porter Reese.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: The head scientist for the Timerider project shows up in a helicopter as the heroes run out of ammo, scaring away Reese's gang and unintentionally dispatching of Reese with the tail rotor.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Lyle is brought back to the present, but his bike is destroyed in the process and he is forced to leave Claire behind, [[MyOwnGrampa starting the Swann clan.]]]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Early on in the movie the bad guys squeeze off many shots with nary a reload.
* CaptainOblivious: ''Somewhere'' along the line all the STRONG HINTS that he ''could'' be in the wild west add up and he figures out ''when'' he is, but it can't be until shortly before the end of the movie, because this character is clueless.
* CharacterTitle: We all knew who Lyle Swann was, right?
* CreatorCameo: Director/co-writer William Dear shows up as a tech at the Timerider labs, and co-writer/executive producer/composer MichaelNesmith shows up as a member of Swann's pit crew early in the film. Dear points out where both are on the DVDCommentary.
* CuriousAsAMonkey: The boy in the mission basement.
** When Porter brings the bike to the camp the others ''poke at it with sticks''. This is people living in a world with ''steam locomotives''.
* FreakLabAccident: Hey, there's a guy on a motorcycle!
* GetBackToTheFuture: Though Lyle seems to be completely oblivious to the fact that he's time traveled for the better part of the film.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Porter becomes the first man in history to be chopped up by the tail rotor of a helicopter.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: A group of cowboys unload all their ammo at the motorcycle and only one person hits it.
* ImplacableMan: Porter Reese really, really, ''really'' wants that machine.
* InformedAttribute: Everyone at the beginning of the movie talks about how awesome a racer Swann is. We never see any proof aside from long shots of him riding cross-country and popping a wheelie from time to time.
* MeaningfulName: Claire's last name is "Cygne". [[spoiler: "Cygne" is french for "Swan". They even point out that she's from Louisiana, a heavily French area.]]
* MetaGuy: Porter steps into this for a moment after the camp unloads their guns at the motorcycle.
-->'''Porter:''' You ''shot'' it. What a bunch of dumb sons of bitches, you ''shot'' it! A ''machine'' - you butt-heads!
* MyCarHatesMe: When Swann is surprised by Porter and his thugs.
** He also ''finally'' runs out of gas at the worst moment, though pretty long after you'd expect him to.
* MyOwnGrampa: And it's seen from a mile away by grandma.
* PinballProtagonist: Lyle pretty much just lets things happen to him.
* RampJump: Many, notably when entering a the mission town.
* {{Ramprovisation}}: Who knew the wild west had so many handy ramps?
* RuleOfDrama: Lyle can't slowly wheel into town and politely ask where he is, noo... he has to jump his motorcycle over a wall by complete surprise and continue to ride around town shouting questions at the obviously terrified people - which wouldn't be nice to do in the 1980's, either. Only after he has done that for a bit do the bad guys show up and give him a reason to continue riding around.
* ShootTheMoney: A lot of our audience is here to see a cool motorcycle, and the first 20 minutes is spent paying up on that.
* SkinnyDipping: Claire is doing this when she first sees Lyle, who is also doing this.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Claire is skinny dipping and Lyle comes along and decides to do the same in the same lake without noticing her. The three bad guys arrive, too and notice Lyle but not Claire. Five people at the lake at once. In the wild west, that's practically rush hour.
* StableTimeLoop
* SurpriseVehicle: Both a motorcycle and a helicopter.
* TapOnTheHead: Claire is hit on the head and is out for however long it takes to be ridden across a horse to the bad guy's hideout.
* SwissCheeseSecurity:
** There is no fence nor guards around the time travel test, despite it taking place near a major motorcycle race.
** Despite the villain's secret hideout no one is on guard duty on the ridges above.
* TimeMachine: Under development by a lab.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Lyle's bike has a cassette deck, but that helmet with a built in zoom feature and distance readings sure isn't 1980's standard (nor 2010's, either!)
* XMeetsY: TheEighties motocross meets TheWildWest.
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