10 Things Most People Didn’t Know About Tom Cruise’s Bikes In Top Gun

People always love movies that have gorgeous cars and bikes. They are the reason we watch these movies. Upper gun is no different, and it also features airplanes! The film crew flew out to capture the cutscene, giving the film a realistic feel. However, Upper gun dealing with the tragic death of one of the stunt pilots, Art Scholl, while filming one of the scenes. Later the film was dedicated to his life.



Tom Cruise goes hand in hand with bikes. Thus, we can see the famous actor on a bicycle in multiple films such as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation in which he drives the magnificent asymmetric BMW S1000RR headlight. Yet another BMW is the R nineT featured in Mission Impossible: Fallout. Cruise loves to ride motorcycles, which is why he also has some specials in his collection, like the Vyrus 987 C3 4V. Tom Cruise almost always drives BMW cars or bikes in every Impossible mission series, but Kawasaki is the Maverick choice here.

So why exactly does Maverick choose a Kawasaki over other brands? Well, we prepared a list of why the Kawasaki deserved the limelight and some facts that people might not know.


ten The GPZ900R was one of the fastest production bikes of its time

The producers of Upper gun knew precisely what would fascinate the crowd, and they expected just this idea. Tom Cruise wearing the aviators on the GPZ900R added the “wow” factor to Upper gun and helped keep the movie at the top of the charts for months!

The GPZ900R could reach the top speed of 151 mph, making it the fastest bike of its time. The producers didn’t even hesitate on the bike. It’s the fastest, so it had to be there!

9 Kawasaki’s first ninja was indeed the GPZ900R

Kawasaki released the GPZ900r in 1984. Kawasaki had been secretly working on the GPZ900r for six years, and the suspense harvested was pretty sweet. It was the very first motorcycle they called Ninja, and the predecessor to all Ninjas offered by Kawi today.

The GPZ900r featured a lot of technology, which is why it was ahead of other sport bikes offered at the time. He amazed all riders and non-riders alike with his appearance and captivity, making him more worthy of inheriting the legendary first Ninja tag!

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8 The GPZ900r has seen many firsts

The first Ninja had many firsts that will surely amaze you. Liquid cooling and four valves per cylinder with an OHV are now standard; however, the GPZ900r was the first motorcycle to receive them. Additionally, it came with anti-dive forks which are a variable damping system.

Not only that, but what made the GPZ more fun was that it came with an aircraft-inspired recessed spring-loaded fuel cap rather than a traditional screw-on cap. Other than that, the engine was lower to the ground and acted as a stressed member, giving the rider more stability. This is called a competition killer!

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seven Gpz900r was the first production bike to break the 150mph mark

Many modern bikes can go over 150 mph, but even talking about that figure in the 80s on a bike would have people thinking you’re bluffing. But, you would experience silence if they knew you had the GPZ900r.

The GPZ900r featured a 908cc, 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline-four engine that produced 115 horsepower at approximately 9800 rpm. It could cover a quarter mile in under 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. This made the GPZ900r the first production bike to break the 150 mph mark.

6 The GPZ900R also won first and second place in the Isle of Man TT

Right after the unveiling of the GPZ900r in 1983, they put three factory GPZs in the Isle of Man TT race. And surprise, surprise, the Ninja came in first and second place. It seemed inevitable, given the speed and power of the thing.

The exploit of the GPZ intrigued everyone since for them, it was just one more motorcycle out of the garage; however, this time it was the first Ninja, so he had to be the first! This gave the GPZ900r all the glory after the feature of Upper gun.


5 Another fastest production bike of its time is used in Top Gun 2: the Ninja H2

The Ninja H2 needs no introduction as we are a community that can’t miss the update of a bike reaching 250mph in just 26 seconds! It’s the H2R that isn’t road legal, however, that gives us some clues as to how powerful the H2 is as it shares the same engine.

Powered by a supercharged 998cc inline-four engine producing around 228 horsepower and 104.9 lb-ft of torque, the Ninja H2 is impressive. That was reason enough for the admins to consider no other options.

4 The Ninja H2 is the first supercharged production bike

Kawasaki is always trying to move the ground under our feet. And yet, they manage to do it every time. They put a compressor on a bike! That too in a production motorcycle! So it hisses every time you give it a pump (of course, with the clutch applied, since full throttle isn’t an option given the next paragraph).

Kawasaki used the centrifugal-type supercharger that creates an insane 20.5 psi of thrust. This also means that the turbine spins 9.2 times faster than the crank, which equates to 130,000 rpm, and pushes 200 liters of air per second! That’s why the H2 outperforms all other bikes.

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3 The Ninja H2 has a self-healing paint

Yet another amazing fact about the masterpiece. He gets a self-healing paint that removes small scratches on its own. You don’t have to worry about dust scratches anymore since you have the beautiful monster with healing paint that will keep the H2 as it is for a long time.

Although it has a self-healing paint, it does not suffer from significant and deep scratches, because it is not a “miracle” paint; it’s science and has some limitations. However, the stunning metallic gray paintwork looks fabulous on the H2 and does not fail to represent a futuristic motorbike.

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2 There is no warranty for Ninja H2 parts.

With a crazy supercharger, self-healing paint, and freaking power, the Ninja H2 has it all but a warranty on all parts. Yes you are not dreaming. Somehow Kawasaki decided not to give any warranty on the parts of the H2.

With a price tag of $29,500 for the H2 and $33,000 for the H2R, the no-warranty policy might seem unfair, but Kawasaki knew how that could backfire since the H2 is the first supercharged bike. However, those who own the H2 or want to own it better take care of it because things can get expensive.

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1 Its weight/power ratio is much higher than that of the Bugatti Chiron

The Ninja H2 weighs around 524 pounds. Although it’s heavy for a sport bike, that doesn’t mean it’s slow. The H2 develops around 228 horsepower, bringing its power-to-weight ratio to around 957 hp/tonne, more than the Bugatti Chiron. The Chiron creates around 750 hp/tonne. However, the ninja

The top-of-the-line H2R sits at the top as it weighs 476 pounds and puts out an insane 326 horsepower on the Ram air. Looking at the numbers, the H2r is enough to leave most machines in dust, creating over 1400 hp/ton.

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