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Cloud motorcycle

Cloud Strife on the Hardy-Daytona in Final Fantasy VII.

Motorcycles and hoverbikes are a mode of transportation in the Final Fantasy series. Their most major appearance is in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII where, functionality wise, they operate roughly the same as real-world motorcycles. However, their design is radically different, and in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, motorcycles are capable of maneuvering in ways no real motorcycle possibly could.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

Cloud Strife rides a display motorcycle of Shinra make out of the Shinra Headquarters leading into a minigame in which Cloud must ride behind a pick-up truck carrying the other party members while using his sword to attack pursuing Shinra Electric Power Company troops on their motorcycles. The motorcycle minigame when escaping Midgar was the first idea for a minigame for Final Fantasy VII.[1]

There is a simple trick to avoid being hit; only the orange enemy motorcyclist seems to attack always, as the red enemy motorcyclist stops attacking if Cloud is continually slashing with his sword, even if he is only slashing air. Thus, the easy strategy is to kill the orange motorcyclists and leave the red ones, and then smash the attack button and the enemy motorcyclists will stop attacking the car.

The minigame can later be replayed at the Gold Saucer Wonder Square, where GP and a Speed Source are awarded for a high enough score.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenEdit

RemnantsofSephiroth

The Remnants of Sephiroth on their motorcycles.

Cloud's motorcycle is the Fenrir whose wheels are much wider than a normal motorcycle's, allowing it to remain upright even without a rider. It has a series of retractable compartments in the front that Cloud stores the Fusion Swords in. Cloud's acquisition of the bike is covered in On the Way to a Smile, in which he trades for it to help with his deliveries, agreeing to the unspecified original owner to give them free food and drink for a lifetime at Tifa's bar.

The remnants of Sephiroth ride unnamed motorcycles that have three large pipes emerge over the rear wheel and a series of other pipes that cover the vehicle otherwise; they are not exhaust pipes and are merely cosmetic. Designer Takayuki Takeya has said he designed their motorcycles "without a face," which gave them character, and admitted he "never really thought about what made [it] move. If I did, I'd be stuck thinking about it all day." In a scene in Advent Children Complete, it is shown that some type of rapid-fire guns are mounted on the sides of the wheel on the motorcycles' front.

The motorcycles can maneuver in unrealistic fashion; in one scene, Cloud, Loz, and Yazoo loop and turn around each other effortlessly, sliding and even riding backwards at times, in ways no real motorcycle possibly could without sustaining severe damage. Cloud destroys one of the remnants' motorcycles and a second is blown up by the Turks. The motorcycle belonging to Kadaj is unaccounted for, as he abandons it before fighting Cloud one last time.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

Cloud rides the Fenrir during the Battle of Midgar, and other motorcycles are used by the World Regenesis Organization. Hoverbikes are ridden by enemies called Pegasus Riders.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

There are two motorcycles: the Hardy-Daytona seen in Final Fantasy VII that is in the Shinra Building, and an unnamed model with a sidecar, the latter of which Zack uses to transport a catatonic Cloud.

Final Fantasy VII G-BikeEdit

FF7GB Cloud Brake

Cloud rides a motorcycle.

The motorcycle was at the forefront of the game. The player could choose which motorcycles to use, and customize them with Materia.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

Galbadian soldiers ride motorcycles in the Battle of the Gardens, driving them off ramps to launch onto Balamb Garden. The Galbadian motorcycles have rockets strapped to their rear wheels to help propel them. The ramps which they drive off likely have a launching system as well.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Not a motorcycle, but a similar vehicle called a hoverbike is used by Balthier, Fran, and Vaan to make their getaway from the Royal Palace of Rabanastre. As it is disabled by the Goddess's Magicite, the engine gives out and the party becomes stranded in the Garamsythe Waterway.

A hoverbike is also featured in a promotional artwork (Fran-ashe-baltheir FFXII) of Balthier, Ashe, and Fran.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

The Shiva Sisters, Stiria and Nix, can combine into a motorcycle which Snow rides. The motorcycle can perform various attacks, including Shiva's trademark attack, Diamond Dust.

Hoverbikes feature as a common means of transportation throughout Cocoon. In Eden, the party lands on a hoverbike racetrack, disrupting the ongoing race.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

The Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega reveals scrapped plans for an extension to Snow's downloadable scenario episode titled "Perpetual Battlefield". Alongside the existing part of the episode in the Coliseum, there would have been a separate minigame in which players would play as Snow as he rode through the Archylte Steppe and the player's objective would have been to try and kill 30 monsters using Snow's skillset—which included being able to spin, drift, jump and use a water-based spell. Once this part of the DLC was scrapped, it was used as a base for the Chocobo Racing minigame in Serendipity.[2]

Snow still rides the Shiva Sisters motorcycle in one of the paradox endings.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

FFXIV Fenrir Motorbike

Fenrir motorcycle as a mount.

According to director Naoki Yoshida, Cloud's Fenrir motorcycle from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children exists in the game as an unused mount. Since it is a grounded mount it would be too slow to make sense. If they increased its speed, it would make the other grounded mounts useless.[3]

Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future-Edit

Solara Aldercapt Antiquum has an unreliable motorbike with a sidecar, which she calls "Regina". After it breaks down she calls Cindy Aurum for advise on repairs, and afterward, Sol and her new friend Lunafreya need to make frequent stops to maintain it. After freeing Lunafreya from captivity in Lestallum, Sol takes her to Insomnia in the motorbike.

The Final Fantasy LegendEdit

FFL Hoverbike

The hoverbike is only usable and available while on the World of Ruins. It is acquired in Southwest Town when So-Cho lends the party his hoverbike since it'll help them avoid Su-Zaku's attack.

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