When the Gilroy Indian Motorcycle Company heard the famous words, “I’ll be back!” they knew a certain cyborg from the future was looking for a new set of wheels to blast across the screen, in this case for the 2003 blockbuster T-3: The Rise of the Machines. T3 was the sequel to highly successful The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), films that further advanced Arnold Schwarzenegger as a super star and made his three-word sentence world famous. T3 was actually his last film before becoming the 38th Governor of California.??The motorcycle offered was given to Schwarzenager’s after filming and used as his personal bike before being donated by him to Chapman University. The previous owner acquired the bike from the university in 2003.
The Indian ‘Police’ Chief is painted in full police livery and includes blue and red police strobes at both the front and the rear. A chromed siren graces the knee bar.
Arnold’s T3 bike is powered by the Gilroy Indian’s distinctively styled 100ci (1638cc) 45-degree air-cooled single-carb OHV V-twin matched to a five-speed transmission and belt final drive. Rounding out the custom package is a large backbone chassis, rising rate single-damper rear suspension and 16-inch wheels with four-piston Brembo brakes.
This bike’s 100ci powertrain was replaced with a new unit in 2005 by L.A. County Choprods with receipts totaling over $12,000. In addition to the powertrain, the ignition system, starter, lights, and other parts were restored or replaced. In total, over $16,000 was invested, certainly reversing any of the damage done while trying to stop the apocalypse during the movie. Receipts and invoices are included with the bike.
Now we all know that the Terminator/Governator is a major bike fan, most of his films including a bike riding sequence, and in this case the bike seen here was ridden by Arnold himself and as such carries the provenance as a unique film history bike and as one of the very limited Gilroy Indians. Check out the DVD and look for Arnold aka The Terminator. He’s the big guy on the big motorcycle.
Offered with a Certificate of Authenticity from Indian Motorcycles, a California Certificate of Title, and 4’x8′ promotional poster mounted on plywood that was used at the movie’s debut.
This piece of motorcycle film memorabilia was purchased over a decade ago by a discerning private California collector, where it has been on static display in a climate-controlled environment. In superb, condition, the bike now shows only 729 miles from new on the odometer. Fresh from service, the bike is offered in fine riding condition for the next collector.
Sold on a California title.