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What Was The Motorcycle Used in Terminator 2?

If you haven't seen the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, you don't know what you're missing out on. As a matter of fact, many people consider this particular film to be far superior to its predecessor, largely because the stakes are even higher and the action is there to match. One of the most thrilling scenes in the film is a rousing motorcycle chase between Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, The Terminator, and the T-1000, played by Robert Patrick.

In the chase, Furlong's character is on a dirt bike of all things. This happens directly after the scene where he encounters the T-1000 at the mall. That's right, he encounters someone else while he's there, someone that is even more frightening than the Terminator himself. Connor quickly learns that he doesn't have to worry about the Terminator killing him, but the new villain in town, the T-1000, is a very fluid mass of liquid metal that can take any form or shape and it's out to get him. Despite his best efforts, he's not able to get away from it. It isn't until the Terminator shows up on a 1991 Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle that the two have an opportunity to thwart the T-1000 and get away, at least for the time being.

One of the things that makes this seem so special is the motorcycle itself. In fact, you might even say that it's capable of taking center stage. Harley-Davidson has a long and rich history in the motorcycle industry and this is definitely no exception. In fact, the company went to great lengths to create something special for this film that would really stand out. It had to be a robust motorcycle, one that was capable of not only carrying Schwarzenegger's massive frame, but not being completely made invisible by it. The bike definitely does its job and holds its own quite well. In fact, it's so robust and it fits so well in this particular scene that it is easy to see Schwarzenegger himself riding up and down the streets of Hollywood on a bike just like this. It looks like it's been made for someone who doesn't kid around. When you really stop and think about it, that's precisely what it's made for. Harley Davidson has never been a company to kid around with the products they sell and that fact is even more true with this particular motorcycle.

What makes it so special? For starters, its appearance is second to none. It's a big motorcycle. It has plenty of chrome and black leather and that fact alone makes it stand out. When you see it in a sea of other motorcycles, it's the one that tends to grab your attention before anything else. It has a fairly low stance, but it's not one of those narrow bikes that looks like it's going to fall over regardless of what you do with it. In fact, it looks like it could almost take on some full-size automobiles and come out ahead. The next thing that makes it so special is the fact that it has power to match its looks. This is a heavy motorcycle. Therefore, it requires a lot of horsepower to get moving in one direction and Harley-Davidson delivered on their promise and then some. This particular bike is capable of moving quite quickly. Despite its overall heavy weight and robust appearance, it's capable of accelerating faster than a lot of bikes that were available at the time.

Perhaps one of the more interesting things about the particular motorcycle that was used in the film is that it hasn't been destroyed or rusted into oblivion since the film. This is surprising, especially when you consider the fact that that particular film was made in the late 1980s and early 90s in order to prepare it for its 1991 release. That means that this motorcycle is over 20 years old. Despite that fact, it's been kept in fairly good condition. News has even been circulating recently that the bike is up for auction. It will be interesting to see how much money a bike like this with this type of history can potentially bring, especially if it happens to land in the hands of someone who just happens to be both a film buff and a Harley-Davidson a fishy and Auto.

As far as anyone can tell, it was Schwarzenegger himself who piloted the motorcycle during the film's scenes. Obviously, this makes it worth even more money then it would have been worth otherwise. It's one thing if a stunt man is riding the motorcycle and then Schwarzenegger's faces put in place through the magic of cinema, but it's another thing entirely when he himself was actually sitting on the bike and writing it from one location to the next. That makes the bike worth a lot more in terms of both sentimental value and monetary value.

It is rather surprising that the motorcycle even managed to survive the shooting process, especially when you consider just how intricate and potentially dangerous that motorcycle scene was. There was nothing easy about any part of that scene. The dirt bike that was used in the scene was completely obliterated but fortunately, the Harley-Davidson did not share the same fate. Therefore, fans now have the opportunity to get their hands on a bike that is rich in cinematic history. The bike was sold once before, back in 2018. It will be interesting to see who ends up with it this time and if they will give it the same tender love and care that past owners have provided. One thing is certain, whoever ends up with this motorcycle is going to have a real piece of Hollywood history on their hands oh, and that's not something that many people can truthfully claim. The fact that it's in good enough condition to ride up and down the street makes it even more impressive.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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