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Motorcycles are often treated as the modern day equivalent of horses. Some works take this an extra step and have the protagonist engage in jousting from the back of a motorbike.

Do Not Try This at Home unless you are on a closed stunt course and are trained in stunt riding and are either left-handed or have a modified brake. Waving or pointing an object, especially if you're right-handed, means taking your hand away from the handbrake, which is often in and of itself a lethally stupid idea. (Unlike motorcycles, horses can be commanded to stop or slow down verbally as well as via the reins, and reins can be held in either hand. Unless a motorcycle is modified, its handbrake is on the right hand, and until voice command technology improves, a vehicle cannot be commanded to stop or slow down via voice.)


Left-handed people or a specially wired handbrake can prevent that, but holding out or waving a long object can also cause your bike to become unbalanced or the object to catch on something - which will also often cause a crash. Note the Darwin Award winner and the guys that managed to crash each other in the examples...

Sister Trope to Air Jousting.


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     Comic Books  

  • In keeping with their theme, the Knight and the Squire (England's equivalent of Batman and Robin) have lances they use from the back of their motorcycle steeds.
  • This one of the events held during 'Bike Week' in Sherwood, Texas #2. Rob poses as Much to win the contest so Much will be accepted into the Nobles gang.

     Fan Fic  

  • A one-sided version occurs in Fall of Liberty. The Lost MC ride their bikes into zombies hordes while taking them down with baseball bats.



  • The movie Knightriders is all about this.
  • Fred in the live-action movie Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed rides a motorcycle to duel the Black Knight Ghost.
  • Indiana Jones charges a Nazi motorcyclist using a flagpole as an improvised lance in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • Terence Hill and Bud Spencer do it in Watch Out, We're Mad. After being chased by mobsters on motorcycles, both protagonists enter a meadow with cows to perform this, using long branches as weapons.
  • In a variant involving cars, in Herbie Rides Again there are people who are called Knights and who dress in wacky costumes who joust in one scene.
  • In another variant, Quick Change gives us a bizarre (and apparently lethal) bicycle jousting scene. Loomis panics and yells that "it's bad luck just seeing a thing like that!"
  • At the climax of Mission: Impossible II, Ethan and the Big Bad do this.
  • RoboCop 2. Alex Murphy has a joust with Cain: Murphy on a motorcycle, Cain in an armored car.
  • There is some motorcycle jousting in the city where the girl goes to get help in the 1990 z-grade flick Dune Warriors.
  • Dhoom 3 has Jai and Sahir (Or is it Samar?) motorcycle jousting in the end chase.


  • Used for an Establishing Character Moment for one of the Bohemians in Matt Ruff's Fool on the Hill.
  • Done as a team by Harry Dresden and Karin Murphy in The Dresden Files. The normal difficulties are somewhat alleviated by Harry handling the "lance" (a magically charged wizard's staff in this case) while Murphy drives the bike. A heaping helping of magic supercharged with Hell-Fire smooths out the rest.note 

     Live Action TV  

  • Doctor Who: The Doctor has a motorcycle jousting match against one of the Bannermen in "Delta and the Bannermen".
  • Disney's JESSIE did this as well.
  • Happens in the Wizards of Waverly Place episode "Graphic Novel".
  • One American Chopper episode had them doing this in pairs, though one was on a scooter.
  • An episode of Sliders features this as part of a parallel universe that seems heavily inspired by Mad Max.
  • Jackass did it with bicycles. Close enough to fit.
  • Get Smart: In "The Mild Ones", Max has to infiltrate a biker gang called the Purple Knights. The initiation test is jousting on motorcycles.
  • In the "Camelot Capers" episode The Goodies had to joust a horseback knight while mounted on their iconic three-seater bicycle. It doesn't go well for them.
  • Happens infrequently in the Kamen Rider franchise. The most famous example is Kamen Rider Kuuga, where the titular Kuuga had a bike specifically known for maneuverability, and could joust just about anywhere (roads, beaches and even inside buildings).

     Manga And Anime  

     Music Videos  

  • This is the theme of Daft Punk's music video for "Derezzed"; a fictional videogame of this nature.
  • In the music video for "Team", Lorde heads up a secret society as two guys participate in motorcycle jousting as part of the initiation process.

     New Media  

     Tabletop Games  

  • Shadowrun 1st edition supplement Shadowbeat. In the Combat Biker game the Lancebiker player carries a 2 meter long lance that he can use against other players.
  • In Deadlands: Hell on Earth, the Omega Knights are a group based in Junkyard. They ride motorcycles and battle other biker gangs with lances.

     Video Games  

  • This occurs as a minigame in Full Throttle.
  • Henry Stickmin Series: in Stealing the Diamond, during the Agressive scenario, Henry can try this when rushing through the museum on his scooter. It fails because Henry loses his balance, so the lance strikes the ground and Henry is catapulted off his scooter. The fail screen even comments on this.

     Western Animation  

  • The Simpsons did this once, in an episode where Homer won a motorcycle in a steak-eating contest.
  • In the Star Wars: Clone Wars episodes 4 and 8, Obi-wan Kenobi and a platoon of clone lancers do this against IG lancer droids and the bounty hunter Durge, riding speeder bikes.
  • Hal Jordan does this (on a flying motorbike) as part of a tournament in the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode "Heir Apparent".
  • Grojband: In "Dreamreaver", Grojband confronts a dream version of themselves inside Trina's mind. Dream-Corey uses his guitar as a lance while charging on a dirt bike.
  • A cutaway in an episode of Family Guy upped the ante by having Peter and his father-in-law partake in "limo jousting."
  • When the Biker Mice traveled back in time they had to fight with their bikes in a tournament against Limburger's robotic knights to save Camelot. The effect was even greater since they were wearing the armors Charley built for them.

     Real Life  


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