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10 things most people didn’t know about Tom Cruise’s bikes in Top Gun

Kawasaki GPZ900R ridden in the Top Gun movie by Tom Cruise

People always like movies with beautiful cars and bicycles. They are the reason we watch these movies. And the Top Gun is no different, and it features planes too! The camera crew fled to capture the film, giving the film a realistic feel. However, Top Gun faced 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 cycling. That’s why we can see the famous actor on bicycles in multiple movies like Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation in which he controls the beautiful asymmetrical headlight BMW S1000RR. Yet another BMW is the R nineT in Mission Impossible: Fallout. Cruise loves cycling, which is why he also has some specials in his collection, such as Vyrus 987 C3 4V. Tom Cruise almost always drives BMW cars or bikes in any Mission Impossible series, but Kawasaki is Maverick’s pick here.

So why exactly does Maverick choose a Kawasaki over other brands? Well, we’ve put together a list of why the Kawasaki deserved the spotlight and some facts that people may not be aware of.


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

The producers of Top Gun knew exactly what would captivate the crowd, and they anticipated the idea closely. Tom Cruise carried the pilots on the GPZ900R and added the wow factor to Top Gun and helped keep the film in the top charts for months!

The GPZ900R could reach the top speed of 241 miles per hour, making it the fastest bike of its time. So the producers didn’t even have a second thought about the bike. It’s the fastest; it must be there!

9 Kawasaki’s first Ninja was indeed the GPZ900r

Kawasaki debuted in 1984 with the GPZ900r. Kawasaki spent six years secretly working on the GPZ900r and the thrill that came with it was pretty sweet. It is the first ever to be called Ninja and the forerunner of all Ninjas offered by Kawi today.

The GPZ900r came with a lot of technologies and therefore it was ahead of its time compared to other modern sports bikes of the time. It amazed every rider and non-rider by its appearance and captivity, making it more worth inheriting the legendary first Ninja tag!

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8 The GPZ900r had many firsts

The first Ninja had many firsts that are sure to blow your mind. Liquid cooling and four valves per cylinder with OHV are now standard; however, the GPZ900r was the first motorcycle to receive them. It also came with anti-dive forks which are a variable damping system.

Not only this, but what made the GPZ even more amusing is that it came with an aircraft-inspired recessed spring-loaded fuel cap instead of a traditional twist cap. Apart from this, the bike was lower to the ground and acted as a tensioned part, giving the rider more stability. Now that’s what we call a match killer!

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7 Gpz900r was the first production bike to exceed 240 km/h

Many modern bikes can go over 250 km/h, but even if we were talking about this figure on a bike in the 80s, people would think you are bluffing. But you would experience silence if they knew you have the GPZ900r.

The GPZ900r came with a 908cc 16-valve inline four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produced 115 horsepower at about 9800 rpm. He could cover a quarter of a mile in under 11 seconds and hit a top speed of 255 mph. This made the GPZ900r the first production motorcycle to exceed the 250 km/h limit.

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

Just after unveiling 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. It seemed inevitable, given the speed and power of the thing.

The GPZ’s performance intrigued everyone, because to them it was just another motorcycle out of the garage; this time though it was the first Ninja, so it had to be the first! This gave the GPZ900r all the post-feature glory in Top Gun.


5 Like the Gpz900r in Top Gun, another fastest production bike of its time is used in Top Gun 2: Ninja H2

The Ninja H2 needs no introduction, we’re a community that can’t miss the update of a bike that can hit 250km/h in just 26 seconds! However, while it was the H2r that is not road legal, that gives us clues as to how powerful the H2 is because it shares the same engine.

Powered by a 998cc inline four-cylinder supercharged engine that produces approximately 228 horsepower and 104.9 lb-ft of torque, the Ninja H2 is impressive. Reason enough for drivers not to consider other options.


4 The Ninja H2 is the first supercharged production bike

Kawasaki is always trying to move the floor under our feet. And yet they succeed every time. They put a supercharger on a bike! That too in a production engine! So it whistles every time you give it a pump (of course, with the clutch engaged, as full throttle isn’t an option given the next paragraph).

Kawasaki used the centrifugal supercharger which creates an insane boost of 20.5 psi. It also means that the impeller spins 9.2 times faster than the crankshaft, which is equivalent to 130000 rpm and rams 200 liters of air per second! This is why the H2 outperforms all other bikes.

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3 The Ninja H2 has self-healing paint

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

Although it has self-healing paint, it does not show large and deep scratches as it is not a ‘miracle paint’; it is science and has some limitations. However, the stunning metallic gray paint looks fantastic on the H2 and it doesn’t lack a futuristic bike.

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2 There is no warranty for parts in Ninja H2

With an insane supercharger, self-healing paint and terrifying power, the Ninja H2 has everything to offer except a parts warranty. Yes, you are not dreaming. Somehow Kawasaki decided not to guarantee any parts of the H2.

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

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1 The power-to-weight ratio is much more than that of the Bugatti Chiron

The Ninja H2 weighs approximately 524 lbs. While it’s heavy for a sports bike, that doesn’t mean it’s slow everywhere. The H2 generates about 228 hp, making its power-to-weight ratio about 957 hp/ton, which is more than the Bugatti Chiron. The Chiron produces about 750 hp/ton. However, the Ninja

The top spec H2R sits at the top as it weighs 476 lbs and creates an insane 326 horsepower on Ram Air. Judging by the numbers, the H2r is enough to dust most machines, with a power output of over 1,400 hp/ton.