Your hero needs a way to get around aside from walking, and since driving a car is too common what's the solution? A motorcycle! Often times the rest of the team rides in a car or truck or van while the hero rides next to, behind or in front of them on a motorcycle. Typically it's a CoolBike. See BadassBiker and BikerBabe for the kinds of heroes that have their whole shtick revolve around motorcycles, and AllBikersAreHellsAngels for when [[EvilCounterpart Villains Prefer Motorcycles]] (or at least a NinetiesAntiHero).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''s has so many of the heroes on motorcycles you'd think that it's the only way to be a hero. Sadly, it's not.
** In the original ''Anime/YuGiOh'' series, Tristan/Honda rides a motorcycle.
* Saber [[spoiler: a.k.a. King Arthur]] from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is a medieval knight in modern-day Japan with a skill that grants instant mastery of anything that can be ridden. With a lack of horses in the setting, how else would one quickly get around town? One episode of the anime adaptation is even titled "Knight on Two Wheels".

[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''Animation/BlackCatDetective'': All members of the police force ride one extremely cool bike that can also transform into an even cooler ''flying bike''.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/AStarToSteerHerBy'': Rhi can do some badass stuff on a bike, despite being more or less terrible behind the controls of any other kind of vehicle.
* Jiro Fujiwara from ''FanFic/MineralPrettyCure''.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* Cloud from ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.

[[folder:Film -- Live-action]]
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' has Sam Flynn, who in the beginning rides his dad's [[CoolBike Ducati]] and later rides a Light Cycle.
* ''{{Paycheck}}'' has Michael Jennings searching a BMW dealer lot for a car that goes with his BMW key fob (one of the items he needs to save the world.) Turns out he bought a CoolBike instead.
* In ''Film/KickAss2'' Hit-Girl has a custom Ducati Panigale as her preferred mode of long-distance transport.
* ''TheNorthAvenueIrregulars''' Rev. Hill uses a car when absolutely necessary but prefers his Kawasaki.[[/folder]]

* ''Literature/JaneYellowrock'': Jane's preferred mode of transport above all others. Her own is called 'Bitsa' but she rides other bikes when the situation calls for it.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'': Blake Thorburn's sole nonessential possession is his motorcycle, which symbolizes his desire for freedom.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise gets its name from the fact that the heroes have {{Cool Bike}}s as their primary methods of travel. Only one in the entire franchise ([[Series/KamenRiderDrive Drive]]) uses a car exclusively; [[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX Black RX]] has a car ''and'' a motorcycle, and a rare couple of {{Second Rider}}s don't have their own dedicated vehicles at all.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': In "[[Recap/TheWalkingDeadS04E04Indifference Indifference]]", Daryl rides a motorcycle. Daryl will drive hotrod cars. Daryl will kill walkers of all sorts. Daryl will even fix minivans. Daryl will not DRIVE a minivan. Daryl will rather ride shotgun and let a quasi-rookie (Bob) or a woman (Michonne) drive instead.
** It's not clear if the side-seat is Daryl's idea, or if he's sulking because his [[CaptainCrash driving privileges]] have been [[DrivesLikeCrazy taken away]] by the rest of the party in self-defense.
* Oliver Queen in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' uses a motorcycle to get around as the Arrow, rather than the "[[{{Thememobile}} Arrowcar]]" his comics counterpart was known to use in his earlier appearances.
* ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'': in "The Bells of Saint John" the Doctor produces an [[CoolBike antigravity motorbike]] from his TARDIS and rides it with his latest companion.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Part of Cloud Strife's image from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. It continues to ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''.
* Holiday has a motorcycle she takes on a mission to a space station in [[VideoGame/{{Revolution60}} Revolution 60]]. It ends up being more practical than you might think.
* Ben and his Hog in ''Videogame/FullThrottle''.
* Jet Bradley and Mercury in ''[[{{Tron 20}} Tron 2.0]].'' Jet even manages to get an upgraded lightcycle after making a successful bet in the Game Arena, and Mercury (Encom's undefeated lightcycle champion) only decided to help Jet directly after he proved himself by successfully racing to the finals.


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'': Snake-Eyes steals a motorcycle from a villain and rides it for the rest of the series.
* Robin from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* Brooklyn, Broadway and Lexington on ''Westernanimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', despite being [[WingedHumanoid Winged Humanoids]] capable of [[NotQuiteFlight gliding]] high above the New York skyline, become enamored with motorcycles and elect to build a genuinely badass custom chopper... which Brooklyn accidentally wrecks the first time he takes it out for a spin.