What Motorcycle is in Nerve?

What Motorcycle is in Nerve

The movie Nerve (2016) is a techno-thriller starring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts. The plot revolves around a truth-or-dare reality game, wherein “players” accept dares from “watchers,” earning money for their antics. Not surprisingly, such a game has both comic and dark consequences — both of which are portrayed in the film.

Nerve Movie Motorcycle

In the movie, Dave Franco’s character, Ian, rides a motorcycle — at one point, he accepts a dare to ride blindfolded through NYC at 60 mph with Emma Roberts’s character, Vee, steering with her body. Below is the scene.

Nerve Motorcycle Scene

The Motorcycle in Nerve

Nerve Movie Motorcycle

Franco’s motorcycle in Nerve is a 2015 Triumph Bonneville outfitted with blue neon underlights and a couple of Scrambler accents, including a mesh headlight guard and knobby tires. However, the low exhaust and mag wheels indicate the bike is not a Triumph Scrambler — a fact verified by various online sources.  The Scrambler, on the other hand, has a high-mount exhaust and spoke wheels.

Triumph Bonneville

2015 Triumph Bonneville

The Triumph Bonneville is often classified as a modern retro — a contemporary machine with old-school flair. The 2015 Bonneville offered an air-cooled, 865cc, 68-hp parallel twin with a 5-speed transmission, twin rear shocks, and 7-spoke cast aluminum mag wheels. The bike has been lauded by professional moto-journalists and amateur riders alike. Says The National:

“The current Bonneville will leave classic owners cold, with its decent brakes, electronic ignition and the ability to keep its oil on the inside. It even has an on-board trip computer, cleverly hidden in the main gauge. But one of the biggest advantages of the Bonneville is that it was designed in an era when handlebars were wide and people sat upright on the bike. Triumph has stuck to that design – and that makes it perfect for a new rider or someone returning to bikes after a long break. It’s as easy to ride as a 125cc training bike, but without the terrible looks and total lack of power.”

In a world of high-power Transformer lookalikes, the Triumph’s combination of nostalgic styling, modern engineering, and practical ergonomics is hard to beat.

Triumph Custom Motorcycles

Below is a selection of custom Triumph builds we’ve featured from around the world.

Triumph Scrambler 900 Sunset Rider: Triumph Scrambler 900 “Susie” - A fuel-injected, vintage-styled daily rider from Bunny Builds Customs…  In 2006, Triumph introduced the Scrambler, which featured a twin-shock chassis, an air-cooled 865cc parallel-twin engine, and styling that spoke directly to the glory days of […]
Triumph Tiger Cub Catamount Cub: 1965 Triumph Tiger Cub - Red Clouds Collective builds a Pre ’65-style Trials machine…  In 1952, Triumph introduced the Tiger Cub, a 200cc four-stroke OHV single designed by the legendary Edward Turner. Sometimes known as the “Baby Bonnie,” the lightweight […]
Triumph Thruxton Street Tracker Fast For Fun: Triumph “Traxton R” Street Tracker - From Thruxton to Traxton: Street Tracker from Speakeasy Motors, et al. Introduced at Bike Shed London in 2015, the Triumph Thruxton R was the sharp point of the Bonneville range, a modern café racer with […]
Triumph Scrambler Triumph “Whitehall Scrambler” by Acre Moto - Classic style, modern performance…  For a long time, we’ve been fans of restomods — vintage motorcycles whose period aesthetics are largely retained while the bike’s suspension, brakes, electronics, and overall performance are boosted to modern […]
Triumph Bonneville T100 Scrambler King Wolf: Triumph “Mardanis” Scrambler -   Lord Drake Kustoms builds a wild Triumph Scrambler…  The Triumph T100 Bonneville is one of the most popular modern platforms for customization. It’s easy to see why. The retro lines hark back to the […]
Triumph Street Twin Custom BAAK Rambler: Triumph Street Twin - “A classic look, influenced by the street…” In 2016, Triumph Street Twin launched onto the scene as a retro roadster with a liquid-cooled 900cc parallel twin engine. Quickly, it became the best-selling of the Bonneville […]
Triumph Scrambler 1200 Supermoto British Supermoto: Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE - Thornton Hundred’s Supermoto Scrambler… The Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE is the factory scrambler we were waiting for — a machine that backs up its retro aesthetics with real on/off-road performance: “On the road it can […]
Triumph TR6C Desert Sled Come Correct: 1968 Triumph TR6C Desert Sled - Joey Yedowitz builds a period-correct ‘sled down to the nuts, bolts, and washers… The Triumph TR6C was the 1960s version of the company’s single-carb, high-pipe 650 scrambler. Not only did it perform the most iconic […]
Triumph T100 Bonneville Scrambler Sunrise Bonneville: Triumph T100 Roadster - The sun rises on FCR Original’s Triumph T100…  In 2012, engineers Mathieu Ménard and Sébastien Guillemot founded French workshop FCR Original, quickly demonstrating their skills with victories in the French Dragster National Championships. In 2017, […]
Triumph Bobber Custom Triumph “Bobber Moon” by BAAK USA - A modern tribute to the post-war bobbers of the 1940s-50s… The Triumph Bonneville Bobber debuted in 2017, featuring a high-torque engine and WWII-era aesthetics. It was dead handsome, looking like a modernized version of the […]
Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition Triumph Scrambler 1200: Steve McQueen Edition! - A retro scrambler inspired by the King of Cool himself… In 2019, Triumph launched the Scrambler 1200 XE — one of the few factory production scramblers to be worthy of the name. The engine is […]
Triumph T100C Desert Sled All Parts Fun: ’66 Triumph T100C from Tamara Raye - A Disneyland engineer and rockstar bassist builds a desert Tiger… While the 650cc Bonneville may have been the big seller for Triumph in the 1960s, the 500cc Tiger 100 range remained extremely important to the […]
Supercharged Triumph Bobber World’s Fastest Triumph Bobber: Supercharged! - Thornton Hundred builds a 200+bhp, 10-second Bobber…  The Triumph Bonneville Bobber debuted in 2017, featuring an adjustable solo seat, softail-style monoshock suspension, and a 1200cc liquid-cooled “high-torque” (HT) parallel twin good for 77 hp and […]
White Helmets Triumph White Helmets Tribute: Triumph Bonneville T100 “No.2” - White Helmets veteran Oli Blount builds one stunning tribute machine… For nearly a century, the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team — better known as the White Helmets — was a team of soldiers from the […]
Triumph Scrambler Trusty Steed: McQueen-Inspired Triumph Scrambler - Colorado’s Shaz Sedighzadeh builds a McQueen-inspired Scrambler… Whether you have a single motorcycle or a stable, it’s nice to have that one bike that you can always count on — the one that always fires […]
Bud Ekins Desert Sled Bud Ekins Desert Sled by Ace Classics - Ace Classics builds a faithful replica of Bud Ekins’s desert sled… James Sherwin “Bud” Ekins was an accomplished motocross, desert, and enduro racer from Southern California who would become one of Hollywood’s most famous stuntmen, […]
Triumph Bobber Cafe Racer Lake Placid Blue: Triumph Bobber Cafe Racer by Hidemo - Japanese master Hideya Togashi turns the Triumph Bobber into a classic classic café racer… In 2016, Triumph introduced the Bonneville Bobber to great fanfare — a postwar-style factory bobber whose single shock absorber is nearly […]
Triumph T120 Bonneville Black Bonnie: Triumph T120 Bonneville by MJH Performance Bikes - In 1971, Triumph introduced a new oil-in-frame Bonneville, whose steel chassis held the bike’s oil in its 3-inch diameter backbone instead of a separate oil bag. These “Oilers” would also get a 5-speed gearbox, a […]
Cheney Triumph Tiger Cub Scrambler Pure Nostalgia: Cheney / Triumph Tiger Cub - Best of British: Cheney / Triumph Tiger Cub built to battle the two-strokes… If you dig very far into the history of motocross and scrambles, you’re sure to come across the name Eric Cheney, an […]
Triumph X75 Hurricane Vetter Days: Triumph X-75 Hurricane - MJH Performance Bikes builds a reproduction of Triumph’s first factory custom… In the late 60s, BSA Group was struggling. Though their BSA Rocket 3 and Triumph Trident triples set several speed and distance records at […]
Supercharged Triumph Speed Triple Supercharged Speed Triple 1050 RS by Thornton Hundred - “It’ll eat Panigales for breakfast.” About three years ago, we featured a Ducati 900SS cafe racer from a 22-year-old builder out of the UK, Jody Millhouse of Thornton Hundred Motorcycles. A couple of killer builds […]
Triumph Bonneville Motocross Strictly Business: ’67 Triumph Bonneville Scrambler - Not a Desert Sled: Street-legal vintage Triumph motocrosser! In 1963, the Triumph T120 Bonneville received an all-new 650cc unit-construction engine — it was lighter, stronger, easier to build/maintain, and remains one of motorcycling history’s best-looking […]
Triumph Tiger Street Tracker Street Tiger: Triumph 955i Street Tracker - Frateschi Garage rescues an aged, abused Tiger… Introduced at the turn of the 21st century (2001), the Triumph Tiger 955i was something of a monster dual-sport, a 104-bhp brute with a 34.5″ seat height, a […]
BAAK USA BAAK to The USA! - French workshop BAAK Motocyclettes comes to America… One of our favorite European builders is BAAK Motocyclettes, a French workshop based out of Lyon that founder Rémi Reguin started in his grandmother’s garage in 2013. Since […]
Triumph Scrambler Freedom Machine: Triumph “Libertas” Scrambler - Tamarit Motorcycles builds a 60s-style scrambler for American shores… Tamarit Motorcycles has quickly become one of our favorite builders, especially when it comes to modern Triumph machines. The Spanish workshop was born from humble origins […]

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