NRG 900 from GTA IV.

Motorcycles are two-wheeled motor vehicles that have appeared in almost all Grand Theft Auto games, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto Advance. Other names and types associated to motorcycles in GTA include motorbicycle, motorbike, bike, crotch rocket, moped and chopper. The Quadbike is included in this group, even though it has 4 wheels instead of two. Motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles in the game. They are small and narrow enough to travel in places where larger vehicles normally cannot fit, and usually have much better handling and are very "nimble". Since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the player can perform a forward drive-by while on any motorcycle. The downside of riding motorcycles is that, without a protective cage, the player can be ejected from the motorcycle during collisions and is prone to damage from gunfire. Getting busted is much easier as the cops do not have to open a door. Reversing on a motorcycle requires the character to use their feet to reverse (except for the Quadbike).

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In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the player can increase the Bike skill of Carl Johnson, either through long rides on motorcycles or lessons in the Bike School. The higher the skill, the less chance Carl will fall off the motorcycle and the more responsive the motorcycle is.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, The Ballad of Gay Tony, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, the player character will automatically put on a helmet if left idle for a few seconds. Some mission-specific characters will wear unique helmets not seen anywhere else in the game.

Grand Theft Auto 1

Grand Theft Auto London 1969 & 1961

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Added in The Lost and Damned

Added in The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V and Online

Added in the High Life Update

Added in the Independence Day Special

Added in the Last Team Standing Update

Added in the Heists Update

Added in the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 Update

Added in the Cunning Stunts Update

Added in the Bikers Update

Added in the Import/Export Update

Added in the Gunrunning Update


  • One slight inaccuracy in the operation of motorcycles in GTA IV is that when the player answers his cell phone while driving the bike, he uses his right hand which in reality would disable his ability to accelerate as the throttle is located on that side. Yet the player is somehow still able to operate and accelerate the bike while talking on the phone.
  • Another inaccuracy is that in real life, only touring motorcycles with a front fairing have built-in radio whereas in the Grand Theft Auto series, all motorcycles do. Using this theory, the Wayfarer in GTA San Andreas and the WinterGreen in GTA Vice City Stories would be the only bikes that accurately have a radio.
  • In all GTA games up to GTA IV, the handlebars don't move when the player turns the front wheel. However, this is fixed in the Episodic Content.
  • In GTA San Andreas, when the player has a recruited Grove Street Families gang member and gets on a motorcycle, sometimes the passenger will call out "Shotgun" to sit in the front seat, but he can only get on the back. This proves the same dialogue is used for both cars and motorcycles in the game.
  • According to the Liberty Tree themed instructions manual in Liberty City Stories, due to their dangerous nature bikes were being voted to be banned off the streets of Liberty City during the time LCS is set. This might be the story-wise explanation for the lack of bikes in Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto III.
  • In GTA IV and GTA V, the Police can easily ram the player off the motorcycle, making driving a motorcycle with a Wanted Level in either game very dangerous and risky.
    • In GTA V, if the LSPD/sheriffs knock the player off a motorbike, they will instantly be Wasted a good majority of the time.

See Also

  • Category:Bikes - Direct alphabetical list of motorcycles and bicycles in the Grand Theft Auto series.
  • Bicycles - pedal bicycles introduced in GTA San Andreas.
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