Tom Cruise Sure Does Ride Motorcycles

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June 6 2014 9:53 AM

Tom Cruise Sure Does Ride Motorcycles

Tom Cruise in Oblivion
Even in a spaceship-filled future, Tom Cruise still rides a motorcycle.

Still from Oblivion © Universal Pictures

For all the Tom Cruise-y moments in Edge of Tomorrow, the Tom Cruise-iest is when his character somehow escapes the base just so he can ride a motorcycle. Action stars like James Bond drive cars, but Tom Cruise rides motorcycles. Ideally to music, while wearing sunglasses.

Cruise’s love of motorcycles goes way back: He says he bought (and crashed) his first motorcycle when he was only “about 10 years old.” In the movies, the love affair began with Top Gun’s Berlin-scored sunset rides, and even when he played a racecar driver in Days of Thunder, he still rode his bike to the track. These days, no Tom Cruise movie is complete without a motorcycle ride: For the futuristic sci-fi movie Oblivion, they even designed him a special future bike. To recap Cruise’s cycling adventures thus far before Edge of Tomorrow, Vulture made the supercut above, reminiscent of the classic montage of Tom Cruise running. Enjoy.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

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