1 9 8 5 (USA)
13 x 60 minute episodes
Top motorcycle cop Jesse Mach (teen heartthrob Rex Smith) is badly injured in a crash and assigned to desk duty, but after undergoing cutting edge “experimental” surgery he joins forces with federal agent, scientist and inventor Norman Tuttle (Joe Regalbutto) who has created a super-secret all-terrain police attack motorcycle called the ‘Street Hawk’.
The $3 million mega-bike can travel at “hyperthrust” speeds of up to 300mph, has a computerised targeting system, and is equipped with all manner of gadgets and gizmos purpose-built for crime-fighting.
And so, by night, Jesse dons a futuristic black helmet and fights crime on city streets on the Street Hawk. By day he maintains his cover at a desk in the police public information office.
The motorbike in the pilot episode was based on a 1983 Honda XL500, whilst the ones used in the series itself were based on 1984 Honda XR500’s. Overall, fifteen motorbikes were used in the show.
The theme tune was composed by Krautrock group Tangerine Dream.
Lt. Leo Altobelli