Tom Cruise needs no introduction to action movie fans. Despite being a multi-millionaire and a three-time Oscar-nominated actor, he is well known for his thrill of living life on the edge. He has performed stunts and racing scenes at high speeds using expensive and fast bikes and cars.
Tom Cruise is not only a talented actor but also an enormous automotive enthusiast. Having been an active participant in the Celebrity Championship car races, Tom owns a massive collection of motorcycles and cars in his garage. This article explores some cool motorcycles that Tom Cruise owns and a few that he rode in his blockbuster movies, Mission Impossible and Top Gun.
10 Owned: Confederate Hellcat
We cannot talk about celebrities and their badass motorcycles without mentioning Tom Cruise twice or three times. The top-rated actor made a dramatic entry for Mission Impossible 3 movie premiere on a Confederate Hellcat. Famous for its unique design, Tom must have been impressed by this bike to include one in his collection. The Confederate Hellcat is built by Confederate Motors, currently registered as Curtiss Motorcycles, based in Birmingham, Alabama.
The bike is powered by a 56-degree 2.0-liter four-stroke DOHC V-Twin engine capable of 132bhp and 145lb-ft maximum torque. The Confederate Hellcat also features a 5-speed transmission, carbon-fiber wheels, double disc front brakes, single-disc rear brakes, an electric starter, and a solo seat with a removable passenger seat.
9 Ethan Hunt: BMW R nine T Scrambler
In the last Mission Impossible: Fallout, Tom Cruise rides a BMW R nine T Scrambler during one of the greatest fast-paced urban chase scenes as he tries to run from the police. The street race features some hard riding in Paris's streets, which ends abruptly with Tom Cruise's character, Ethan Hunt, crashing the bike into a Peugeot.
The BMW R nine T Scrambler boasts a 1170cc air/oil-cooled 8-valve DOHC two-cylinder boxer engine that generates 110bhp and 88lb-ft peak torque. The modular nature of this bike's frame allows it to accommodate radical customization possibilities. The tubular-steel modules are bolted together to form a structure that features a stressed engine as the keystone.
8 Owned: Ducati Desmosedici RR
In 2008, Tom Cruise became the first person to own a $72,500 Ducati Desmosedici RR. The Desmosedici is the first street-legal replica of the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP racing bike, and only 1500 presold units were made available for the public. The first 500 Desmosedici RR examples were explicitly designated for the owners of the Ducati 999R model.
The Desmosedici RR houses a 90-degree 800cc DOHC V4 engine that churns out 180bhp and 77lb-ft maximum torque. The bike features forged magnesium wheels, gas-pressurized Ohlins fork, Brembo brakes, 6-speed transmission, hydraulic steering damper, and extra-long swingarms.
7 Captain Maverick: Kawasaki GPZ900R
In the movie Top Gun, anyone fascinated by Maverick remembers the Kawasaki motorcycle that he rode in some of the scenes. The Kawasaki GPZ900R, also known as the Ninja 900, has a revolutionary design that preceded modern sports bikes. Although developed in secret, the motorcycle also prides itself on rocking the world's first liquid-cooled 16-valve inline four-cylinder motorcycle engine.
This 908cc engine delivers 115bhp that pushes the Kawasaki GPZ900R to reach a maximum speed of 151mph. The GPZ900R is the first stock road bike to exceed the 150mph speed mark. The bike features air suspension, a steel frame, 16-inch front wheels, 18-inch rear wheels, anti-dive forks, and a crankshaft counter-balancer.
6 Owned: Triumph Bonneville Scrambler
During the filming of Mission Impossible 3, a Triumph Bonneville modified in street scrambler style was one of two motorcycles built and used on set. The bike is built using the Triumph Scrambler platform, and a few tweaks converted it to emulate a blend of 1960s classic styling with modern technology. This one-off model features custom paint, a seat unit and fenders, retro knobbly tires, and a hand-made exhaust system.
The Bonneville Scrambler is powered by a 360-degree 790cc air-cooled parallel-twin 8-valve engine that is relatively bigger than the base Bonneville model. After the movie shoot was complete, the two models were later sold. One was actioned off at Bonham's, while Tom Cruise purchased the other model for $29,250.
5 Ethan Hunt: BMW S1000RR
Motorcycle action in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation featured Ethan Hunt speeding in a BMW S1000RR. Tom Cruise rides the bike on a winding road as bad guys chase him, using the BMW S1000RR. Initially built to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship, BMW made only 1000 units to satisfy homologation requirements.
The BMW S1000RR boasts a 999cc four-cylinder engine that produces 199bhp. The bike features a standard anti-lock braking system with electronic traction control offered as an option. It also features short velocity stacks, light valves, controlled interference exhaust pipe, cruise control, light aluminum chassis, and a Quickshift Assist Pro from BMW's Dynamic Package.
4 Owned: Honda CRF450X
The futuristic folding motocross bike in the box office hit, Oblivion, stands out, especially for motorcycle enthusiasts. The heavily modified CRF450X is fondly remembered by many for the scene where Tom Cruise wheelies his way across a vast landscape of desert salt flats. The ghost-white bike was lighter and faster since the original cooling system, fuel tanks, exhaust system, and bodywork were removed and replaced with modified parts from the Glendale facility.
Three modified Honda CRF450X models were used for filming the movie. One model was a victim of stunt work during the shoot, failing to survive till the end. However, the filming director gifted Tom Cruise with one of the two remaining examples as a birthday present. The last model was kept in storage in case an Oblivion sequel was in the works.
3 Captain Maverick: Kawasaki H2
Just as Tom Cruise was making a comeback to Top Gun's set as Maverick, so did the Kawasaki motorbike. In the original 1986 film, Captain Maverick rode the revolutionary Kawasaki Ninja 900 that made history in more ways than one. A few decades later, the supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2 is the preferred star bike for the film. From the movie trailer, Tom Cruise's character races this superbike with a fighter jet.
Known as one of the most powerful and the fastest production bikes on the market, the Ninja H2 boasts a 998cc supercharged inline four-cylinder engine coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This engine produces 228bhp and 105lb-ft maximum torque, but the Ninja H2 produces 239bhp when the engine is fed with ram air.
2 Owned: Vyrus 987 C3 4V
The Vyrus motorcycles are uncommon to some motorcycle enthusiasts, primarily because the bespoke manufacturer builds individual bikes on order. Since these limited-production bikes are made with high-quality components with no two bikes being the same, they are expensive. The cheapest model starts at $60,000, and Tom Cruise happens to own one of these unique beasts in his collection.
The top range 987 C3 4V, considered more potent than Suzuki Hayabusa, Ducati Desmosedici RR, or the Kawasaki ZZR1400, packs a 1200-cubic centimeter 4-valve water-cooled Ducati-sourced engine that develops 211bhp. Tom Cruise revealed his 987 C3 4V during his 51st birthday celebration, making headlines with his speedy exit.
1 Ethan Hunt: Triumph Speed Triple
Mission Impossible 2 was rated the highest-grossing film for the year 2000, an indication of just how exhilarating the action sequences were. Tom Cruise's character, Ethan Hunt, relied on the Speed Triple model to track down a biological weapon known as Chimera. The Triumph Speed Triple was so thrilling and distinctive after its launch that it created a new category dubbed Naked Streetfighter.
Tom Cruise personally chose the Speed Triple for the Mission Impossible 2 film since it was the most characteristic and iconic sports bike towards the end of the last millennium. The Speed Triple rocks a 955cc fuel-injected inline three-cylinder engine that generates 130 hp.