This week one of the most anticipated films of the year has been released. This is ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, the second installment of Top Gun, the popular film of the 80s.
In that first installment, Tom Cruise, who played the young Maverick driver, paid homage to a mythical motorcycle of the time.
We talk about the Kawasaki GPZ 900 R, a motorcycle with which he chased fighter planes on takeoff and that it also served to make him fall in love Kelly McGillis (Charlie Blackwood).
Famous for this installment, for example, are the scenes in which Maverick, without a helmet and without gloves, criticized for this, stands parallel to one of the fighters in the film while it takes off.
And also with the motorcycle scene after the argument with Kelly McGillis. That’s when Tom Cruise takes the motorcycle and stars in a sequence at full speed through the streets of San Diego (with horse included). Meanwhile, both Kelly McGillis chases after Maverick in a Porsche 356 Speedster.
What was the Top Gun Kawasaki of the 80s
Well, starting with the motorcycle that Tom Cruise used in the first part of the film, we have to point out that it is a Kawasaki GPZ900R. This bike belonged to the GPZ series, which began with the Japanese brand in the early 1980s.
The first bike created was in 1981 and it was a GPZ1000. Then, two years later, in 1983, the GPZ900R arrived, which was the one used by Tom Cruise in this movie. Recognized by fans of two wheels as the Ninja 900, this Kawasaki would be one of the preludes to what later became the sportiest motorcycles.
Among its strong points, the engine stood out, with a four-cylinder engine, almost a liter of displacement (908 cubic centimeters) and a power of 115 CV. A high figure for its time (mid-1980s) that allowed it to exceed 240 kilometers per hour.
What motorcycle does Tom Cruise ride in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’?
So far the motorcycle from the first Top Gun movie… But, what about the second installment? what motorcycle do you use? Well, from here, those who want to see the film, we recommend that you do not continue reading because some details of the film are discussed.
And in this sense, for example, we highlight that the film by ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ has continuous nods to the film of the 80. And therefore, in the used vehicles it could not be otherwise. Thus, when Pete “Maverick” Mitchel (Tom Cruise) gets on a motorcycle in the early stages of the film, it is the same GPZ900R that he used in Top Gun and that he discovers by pulling on a protective blanket.
However, it is when he returns to the academy to meet the new pilots he has to train that the next surprise occurs. And it is that the ‘old’ GPZ900R is replaced by the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, one of the best bikes out there today.
Therefore, Tom Cruise and Top Gun return to make a nod to the past with the first installment of the film. And they do it by betting again on the Kawasaki brand and on a motorcycle from the Ninja series, that is, with a very sporty character.
It is a spectacular motorcycle. Among other reasons because it is one of the most powerful ‘street’ bikes in the world, with close to 310 hp of power and with the possibility of increasing it to beyond 320 hp.
This power is achieved with a four-cylinder engine and almost a liter of displacement (998 cubic centimeters). This engine offers maximum power at 14,000 revolutions (a high figure) and has a maximum torque of 165 Nm, also at a high speed: 12,500 revolutions.
It has a six-speed transmission, double Brembo front discs with 330 millimeters and a radial caliper; rear disc of 250 millimeters and a weight of 216 kilos.
A motorcycle that once again uses Tom Cruise ‘Maverick’ to chase a fighter as it takes off and to give rides to Jennifer Connelly (Penny Benjamin), instead of Kelly McGillis (Charlie Blackwood). Some ‘tours’ on a motorcycle that, once again and despite criticism from the two-wheel community, continue to set a bad example by not wearing a helmet or protective clothing.
Tom Cruise passionate about motorcycles
Once again with this new installment of Top Gun: Maverick it is clear that Tom Cruise is passionate about motorcycles. He showed it in the 80s, now also in 2022 and soon we will also see him on the big screen with risky actions in Mission Impossible 7which has already been shot and will be released in 2023.
In Mission: Impossible 7, in fact, Cruise usually shoot with BMW motorcycles and in fact there is a scene in which the actor drives a motorcycle up a ramp and jumps into the void that leaves the viewer with goosebumps.
A passion that is not only reflected in his films but also in real life he has been seen with a Ducati Panigale V4 through the streets of Los Angeles in the United States.