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

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.

Tamarit Thunderbird Tamarit Thunderbird: Thruxton 900 Café Racer - Thunderbird 1: Built for an RAF veteran…  Introduced in 2003, the Triumph Thruxton 900 was a modern café racer, a “neo classic” with a big-twin engine, clip-on bars, sporty suspension, and a racy riding position. […]
Triumph Trident Bobber Hinckley Howler: Triumph Trident Bobber - Triumph T300 “Tri-Bird” from Chris Forward…  The early Hinckley Triumphs of the 1990s are quickly becoming modern classics. These “T300” machines brought the great British marque back from the shadows and spearheaded the brand’s many […]
Triumph 955 Cafe Racer All About The Bends: Triumph Trident 955 Café Racer - Hinckley Howler: Trident 955 from Chris Forward…  In 1991, the Triumph brand reemerged into the global motorcycle market, offering a stable of new machines developed in their new Hinckley factory. The Trident 900 would be […]
Triumph 955 Street Tracker “Thundersprint” Triumph 955 Street Tracker - Triumph Triple Street Tracker from Chris Forward…  Back in 1991, Triumph returned to market with a quiver of brand-new models designed and built in their new Hinckley factory. These early Triumphs would make a strong […]
Triumph Daytona 900 Cafe Racer “R” Treatment: Triumph Daytona 900 Café Racer - Hinckley Hero: Joe Pitman’s Triumph 900 Triple “CR2″…  At the 1990 Cologne Motorcycle Show, Triumph Motorcycles returned with a bang, revealing a six-strong range of modern multi-cylinder machines built out of a new state-of-the-art factory […]
Triumph 1050 Speed Triple Cafe Racer Gulf RS: Triumph 1050 Café Racer - Speed Triple Café Racer from ETTO Motorcycles…  Back in 2005, Triumph introduced the Speed Triple 1050, a factory streetfighter that packed a 128-bhp, three-cylinder gobsmacker of an engine. Here was a hooligan’s dream, just as […]
Triumph Tiger 900 Scrambler Like a Bear with a Shotgun: Triumph Tiger 900 Scrambler - “Dead End” Triumph Tiger from Cool Kid Customs…  In 1993, Triumph entered the adventure bike market with the Tiger 900, powered by a re-tuned version of the same 885cc liquid-cooled triple as their Daytona and […]
Triumph Scrambler 865 Custom Back to the Days: Triumph Scrambler 865 - Roy Welton’s Custom Triumph Scrambler…  In 2006, Triumph introduced the 865 Scrambler, which took inspiration from the machines of the 1960s ISDT (International Six Days Trial) — a time when competitors like Steve McQueen rode […]
Triumph Thruxton RS Custom High-Power Roadster: Triumph Thruxton RS - Thruxton 1200 RS “Classic Roadster” from FCR Original…   Introduced in 2020, the Thruxton RS pushed the performance envelope of Triumph’s production café racer even farther, boasting 104 horsepower from the 1200cc “High Power” parallel-twin […]
Triumph Scrambler 1200 Street Tracker GRMTO Street Tracker: Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE - Triumph 1200 Street Tracker from Gas&Retro…  The Triumph Scrambler 1200 was the first modern production scrambler to nail both ends of the spectrum: form and function. Here was a scrambler that could boast true off-road […]
Triumph T120 Bonneville Custom Urban Fox: Triumph T120 Roadster - 130 Fox: T120 Bonneville from Tamarit Motorcycles…  In late 2015, Triumph introduced their new liquid-cooled lineup, including the 1200cc T120 Bonneville. While some purists may scoff at the radiator, the big Bonnie has been continually […]
Triumph Retro Roadsters Retro Roadsters: Triumph “Ride and Chrome” Twins - FCR Original’s Triumph Speed Twin and T120 Bonneville…  These days, the café racers and scramblers of the world seem to get the lion’s share of the limelight, but the roadster remains one of the most […]
Helsington Scramble 2023 Race Report: Helsington Classic Scramble 2023 - Graham Watson follows his father’s tire tracks at the 2023 Helsington Scramble!  Back in 2021, we featured the unique Cheney / Triumph “Cantilever Cub” of Graham Watson. In the 1970s, Graham’s father wanted to build […]
Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker Steeplechaser: Triumph 1200 XE Street Tracker - Tamarit Motorcycles transforms a Scrambler 1200 XE…  It’s always interesting when the custom world influences the major manufacturers. A few years ago, the factories reacted to the resurgence of the scrambler style in custom culture […]
Triumph T100 Bonneville Bobber Scrambler Classic Meets Off-Road: Triumph T100 Bonneville “Sigma” - A Hybrid-Style Triumph from Tamarit Motorcycles…  The Triumph Bonneville T100 combines the retro style and character of the 1200cc T120 with the lighter weight and quicker-revving engine of the 900cc Street Twin. As the old […]
Triumph Trackmaster Go Time: 1969 Triumph T120 Trackmaster - Vintage Flat Tracker from Caleb Grisson of Storagebuilt…  In 1967, Triumph enlisted renowned race tuner Ray Hensley to create a series of lightweight frames purpose-built for flat track racing. These streamlined Trackmaster frames featured race-specific […]
Triumph Bobber Custom Functional Muscle: “Yellow Edition” Triumph 1200 Bobber - FCR Original unleashes a new Bonneville Bobber…  When Triumph introduced the Bonneville Bobber in 2017, everyone wondered how well a production bike could replicate the style and substance of a hand-built custom bike. However, the […]
Tumulte Bike: Triumph Speed Triple “RC30” - A Speed Triple 1050 inspired by 90s sportbikes…  The Triumph Speed Triple was one of the first and most formidable production streetfighters, a bug-eyed brute with a high-powered three-cylinder triple and scant bodywork. With the […]
Triumph Speed Triple Custom A Hotter Triumph: Speed Triple 955i “Chilaca” - Ludwig Tekne spices up an aging Speed Triple…  Introduced in 1997, the Triumph Speed Triple 955i was essentially a naked streetfighter version of the Daytona superbike, featuring a 120-bhp triple-cylinder engine and bug-eye headlights straight […]
Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer Lean, Mean, Green: “Dr. Banner” Triumph Thruxton 900 - A Hulk-inspired Thruxton from Tamarit Motorcycles…  Produced from 2003 to 2018, the Triumph Thruxton 900 was a café racer version of the air-cooled Bonneville, featuring a hotter engine, firmer suspension, drop bars, rear sets, solo […]
Triumph Thruxton 900 Cafe Racer All Metal Monocoque: Triumph Thruxton “Lithium” - Race-inspired Thruxton from iT ROCKS!BIKES…  Introduced in 2004 to much fanfare, the Triumph Thruxton 900 was a more aggressive, sport-oriented version of the Bonneville with higher compression, hotter cam profiles, and the factory accoutrements of […]
Triumph Scramblers Kings of Cool: Triumph “Legend” Scramblers - McQueen-inspired Scramblers from FCR Original…  More than four decades after his untimely passing, Steve McQueen remains one of the most iconic, influential figures in the world of two wheels. The uninitiated may assume it’s simply […]
Supercharged Triumph Thruxton Supercharged Triumph Thruxton 1200 R - Tamarit Motorcycles builds a 160-bhp Triumph Thruxton R…  In 2016, Triumph introduced the Thruxton 1200 R, the highest performance machine in the Bonneville lineup. Though it has the looks of a ’60s café racer, the […]
Triumph Drag Bike Blown Beauty: Supercharged ’56 Triumph 750 Drag Bike - Weems Motor Co.’s alcohol-fueled, fuel-injected, supercharged 1956 Triumph drag bike… In 1950, drag racing pioneer C.J. “Pappy” Hart began renting an unused runway at the Orange County Airport for street racers to compete in a […]
Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer Air-Cooled R: 988cc Triumph Thruxton R - For Sale: Air-cooled Thruxton R from Trident Cycles…  Some of our very favorite builds start with a “What if?” question in the mind of the builder. In this case, Andrew Graham of Virginia’s Trident Cycles […]

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