MovieChat Forums > Batwoman Discussion > Are capes on motorcycles realistic?

Are capes on motorcycles realistic?


This always looks really dangerous to me. Like the cape is gonna get caught up in the rear wheel and rip your butt right off that bike and probably break your neck in the process. Any bike riders out there ever try wearing a cape?

reply

Capes in general are unrealistic outside of parade ceremonies and in most situations offer a greater tactical disadvantage than their potential use (gliding, fire protection) offers advantages.

reply

I've always bought Batman's cape because he uses it to glide, but also because his first weapon is the fear. His ability to lurk in the shadows, appear as a semi-human thing, and disappear with a swirl of the cape (probably perceived by the cowardly and/or superstitious as wings or fog) is the way he operates. Combat isn't as important to Batman. He probably swirls it around to distract and befuddle opponents.

I'm assuming this applies to all members of the Bat-Family.

reply

I've been thinking about this since the Batpod in The Dark Knight. It seems like in-motion wouldn't be too bad, but if you ever stopped, you'd stand a better-than-even chance of the cape getting sucked up into the wheels the instant you tried to take off again...

reply

I've noticed in later episodes she (rather the stunt person) wears a shorter cape for the motorcycle scenes. I'm gonna guess the long cape was definitely problematic.

reply