On the subway platform where I wait to come to work, new posters have been posted promoting the new Ghost Rider movie. All I can think of when I see it is, Why the heck does he need a radiator on the motorcyle? Dude, you’re on FIRE. That’s pretty much past anything a radiator is going to help you with.
Two things I learned in the course of being ridiculous:
1. There is no mistaking that air intake on the sides of the tank as being of anything other than Yamaha’s V-Max design. But as I poked around to see if Yamaha had announced a product placement deal with Marvel (why else drop the first movie’s chopper?), in one forum someone who knows the bike’s features well pointed out incongruities. It turns out that while the V-Max has an upstanding reputation as a street bike, it’s not so good for blockbuster movie flaming stunts. So they bolted look-alike parts on a Kawasaki motocross bike for the stunt scenes.
2. I’m not familiar with the Ghost Rider comic book, so at the comic book store this afternoon I checked to see if the brand of motorcycle in the actual book is recognizable. It turns out the Ghost Rider in the current issue (#8, I think) is riding something futuristic-looking. BUT… Did you know Ghost Rider is now a woman? Since a reboot of the title this past July, the new Ghost Rider is a Nicaraguan woman named Alejandra. The Wikipedia entry describes her in past tense, but she’s on the cover of the latest issue, so I think she’s current.
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