Shotaro Kaneda's bike (バイク Baiku) is a futuristic, high-tech motorcycle and an iconic feature of the series. As the group's leader, he is entitled to have the most technologically and aesthetically-advanced bike.
It is a high-performing red-colored racing bike of unspecified make and model (a badge on it closely resembling that of the BMW logo is visible on its left hand side in the film). The logo could be referencing what the new BMW models of motorcycle would look like in the year 2019/2030. Indeed the similarly futuristically faired (and colored) BMW K1 was released the same year.
It bears the logos of Canon Inc., the Citizen Watch Co., Shoei Co. and Arai, as well as the roundel for the U.S. Air Force. It has a reverse function, as well as a "ceramic, double-rotor, two-wheel disk drive." The bike is also quoted as having an "Electronically controlled Anti-Lock Brakes" or ABS and "200 Horsepower," which both would have been very sophisticated for the 80s. In the modern day, These specs would still be considered as a very high end model for any current day manufacturer. The distinctive sound of the bike was created by splicing recordings of a MiG-21 fighter jet and a 1927 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Given the visible crank and gearbox case visible on the left hand side of the machine, alongside the distinctive green static electricity visible around the front tire the bike may be presumed to be a Turbine-electric hybrid.
- Towards the end of the the film, the bike is damaged extensively, but still manages to run.
- The bike appears in the film version of Ready Player One as Art3mis' ride.