• Jun 25th 2010 at 10:28AM
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Let's just say even we don't know how to get our hands on one of these. Click above for high-res image gallery

When we first caught sight of Roy Miller on his shiny new Ducati, sporting that great hair, some solid leather heals and a denim shirt rolled up just enough to let the world now that he means business, we're not going to lie, a little bit of jealously came out of nowhere and smacked us in the face. Hey, he even has June Havens clinging tight for safety... its enough to make any man rush out and buy a new Hypermotard, right? Ducati certainly hopes so!

Much more than a brief glance at this Hyper will reveal that, unless your name is Tom Cruise, the chances of getting your hands on one like the bike from the movie may be only slightly better than Stanley McCrystal's hopes to spend fourth of July with the Obamas. What we have here folks is a genuine Faux-cati.

So just what the heck is this creation, and more importantly, why? A close look at the two-sided swing-arm, the single front brake rotor and silver forks would immediately tip us off to the bikes real identity... its an Aprilia SXV. Well fine, it was all of that stuff, and the fact that it says Aprilia on the side of the motor. Certainly, a heck of a lot of time and effort went into making this Aprilia look like a Ducati. Why though would such an elaborate transformation take place?

We can only assume that girth was the number one factor. The extra hundred-plus pounds of the real Ducati must have been too much – even for a super cool action star with great hair – to pull off. No doubt the longer travel suspension of the Aprilia made theatrical stunts much easier to perform as well. Who knows, maybe Tom just couldn't choose which one he liked more so he said "give me both." Whatever the reason, keep your eyes peeled during the movie, see if you can spot the elusive Faux-cati for yourself. Now where can we get some of those great boots?

*UPDATE: Apparently, this bike was created for an ESPN promotion of some sort. Ducati reports that all the bikes used in the actual movie were in fact full-fledged Hypermotards. Of course, that doesn't change that the bike pictured above indeed an Aprilia wearing Ducati bodywork.

[Source: Hell for Leather]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This doesn't even look like Ton Cruise, could it be a stuntman !?

      Everything about this picture is fake ! LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool bike, but the movie looks lame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, Devon.

      It's, high 'heels', not, 'heals'.

      'Girth' refers to the distance around some object, such as a person's midsection. 'Girth' is not synonymous with 'weight'.

      So they strap a dummy with legs two feet shorter than those of Cameron Diaz so that Tom Cruise doesn't look like a dwarf. In 'Terminator', Ahnold drove a little Tundra pickup for the same reason.

      Is the Aprilla smaller than the Ducati placed in the movie?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who of sound mind would WANT to spend Fourth of July with President Disaster and his wife, Mrs. Overbite?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No_Libbie - TRUTH BROTHER! President Disaster and his wife, Mrs. Overbite, I love it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The bike was created by Seacoast Sport Cycle in Derry NH. They are a Ducati and Aprilia dealer. They told me the Ducs were not upto the demands of the stunts. They also had a special seat made to make Tom appear taller than Cameron when sitting on the bike for some shots. I don't buy the statement from Ducati that it was their bikes for the stunts. That doesn't match what I heard at Seacoast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yep that's a dummy with a mannequin on his back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never mind the boots...where and how can I get the faux Diaz (or even the real one thanks) on the back of a Ducprilla? She looks to be holding on tight at least. :-) Sigh...love Diaz - from most angles. Like to find out if I'd like the rest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...better than Stanley McCrystal's hopes to spend fourth of July with the Obamas"

      That was actually fairly amusing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice steal from "Hell For Leather"

      I thought Wes wrote for different auto blog?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's typical of Hell for Leather...

        Frequently wrong, never in doubt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        God forbid 2 blogs host the same content. I still wouldn't come here for my bike news, the same I wouldn't go to HFL for my car news. Who cares?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad you guys noticed this. I'm the lead tech at an Aprilia dealer in LA, and did some work on this particular bike during shooting. In person, it looks a lot more hodge-podge than it does on screen (like all props) but I definitely got a kick out of the fact that the stunt crew refused to work with the Ducati. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but there is nothing cool about that bike at all. It's hideous looking!!!!!!!!!!!!
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