Heroes Prefer Motorcycles
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 Cool Bike. See Badass Biker and Biker Babe for the kinds of heroes that have their whole shtick revolve around motorcycles, and All Bikers Are Hells Angels for when Villains Prefer Motorcycles (or at least a Nineties Anti-Hero).
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Anime & Manga
- Saber a.k.a. King Arthur from Fate/Zero 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".
- Black Cat Detective: All members of the police force ride one extremely cool bike that can also transform into an even cooler flying bike.
Film — Animation
- Cloud from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
Film — Live-action
- TRON: Legacy has Sam Flynn, who in the beginning rides his dad's 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 Cool Bike instead.
- In Kick-Ass 2 Hit-Girl has a custom Ducati Panigale as her preferred mode of long-distance transport.
- The North Avenue Irregulars' Rev. Hill uses a car when absolutely necessary but prefers his Kawasaki.
- The Kamen Rider franchise gets its name from the fact that the heroes have Cool Bikes as their primary methods of travel. Only one in the entire franchise (Drive) uses a car exclusively; Black RX has a car and a motorcycle, and a rare couple of Second Riders don't have their own dedicated vehicles at all.
- The Walking Dead: In "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.
- Oliver Queen in Arrow uses a motorcycle to get around as the Arrow, rather than the "Arrowcar" his comics counterpart was known to use in his earlier appearances.
- Part of Cloud Strife's image from Final Fantasy VII. It continues to Advent Children.
- Holiday has a motorcycle she takes on a mission to a space station in Revolution 60. It ends up being more practical than you might think.
- Ben and his Hog in Full Throttle.
- Jet Bradley and Mercury in 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.
- G.I. Joe: Renegades: Snake-Eyes steals a motorcycle from a villain and rides it for the rest of the series.
- Robin from Teen Titans.
- Brooklyn, Broadway and Lexington on Gargoyles, despite being Winged Humanoids capable of 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.