Series / Street Hawk
"This is Jesse Mach, an ex-motorcycle cop injured in the line of duty, now a police troubleshooter. He's been recruited for a top-secret government mission to ride Street Hawk, an all-terrain attack motorcycle designed to fight urban crime, capable of incredible speeds up to three hundred miles an hour...and immense firepower. Only one man, federal agent Norman Tuttle, knows Jesse Mach's true identity...

The man... the Machine... Street Hawk."

A fairly trope-heavy 1985 series centered around Jesse Mach (played by Rex Smith), a police troubleshooter enlisted by the government to fight crime undercover on the superbike Street Hawk. Notable for its soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Has a kickass opening theme song.

A single season of thirteen episodes was made. A lot of interesting information on the series can be found at the Street Hawk Online website.

The franchise provides examples of:

  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Jesse Mach.
  • Cool Bike: The titular Street Hawk, capable of high speeds (300-plus Miles Per Hour) through hyperthrust and packing a nose-mounted particle beam (changed to a lightning gun in the Canadian version), and eventually machine guns and rocket launchers.
  • Cool Garage: Command Central, comes complete with a gym and a secret exit.
  • Da Chief: The Chief of Police, to whom Jesse reports while not fighting crime on a motorcycle.
  • Dueling Shows: Went up against Knight Rider. You can probably guess how that went. Unless you were in India at that time.
  • Evil Counterpart: The episode "A Second Self" featured an old friend of Jesse's who turns out to be an assassin who does his killings with a tricked-out car.
  • Mission Control: A special agent, Norman Tuttle (Joe Regalbuto), was able to see through Jesse's eyes via cameras on the helmet and bike and communicate with him via radio. Norman was also responsible for monitoring the motorcycle's systems, providing Jesse with intel on missions, and navigating the bike during 300 MPH "hyperthrust" mode.
  • Opening Narration: See page quote.
  • Over Drive: Known as "Hyperthrust".
  • Secret Identity: The entire premise of the show is a crime-fighting superhero by night who's really just an ordinary guy by day, and only one man knows his identity.
  • Shout-Out: The secret exit to the Cool Garage is suspiciously similar to the one in The Green Hornet, complete with an ad billboard that slides apart to let the vehicle through, and also has enough electronics to compete with the BatCave.
  • Translation Matchmaking: In Argentina, the show was released as The Fantastic Motorcycle, implying it was part of a franchise that included The Fantastic Car (Knight Rider) and The Fantastic Helicopter (Airwolf), series which had absolutely NOTHING to do with one another!
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