Appearances in other media
A GUN motorcycle
Dark Rider, also known as the Bike, is a vehicle that appears in the . It is Sonic the Hedgehog series Shadow the Hedgehog's personal motorcycle.
Shadow the Hedgehog
The Dark Rider first appears in
as an unnamed vehicle. It is shown in the game's intro, where it gets destroyed, and in Shadow the Hedgehog Lethal Highway.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
Shadow riding the Dark Rider.
The Dark Rider reappears in
, where it can be used in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Radical Train and Aquatic Base. It also appears in Shadow's seventh Town Mission, " Motorcycle License Test". It has been completely redesigned, is now armed with machine guns, and its speed can be increased using an ability called the Boost Dash. Unlike in , the Dark Rider is needed on certain missions to advance as it allows Shadow to travel faster.
Shadow the Hedgehog
In gameplay, the Dark Rider is harder to steer. While it is faster than the
Buggy and can jump higher from Ramps, the Dark Rider has weaker armor. Additionally, should the rounds for its machine guns empty, it will reload in seconds. If the Dark Rider rams at into a wall at full speed, it will overturn and cannot be flipped back unless the player gets jumps off of it and back on again. When its Health Gauge is critical its engine starts to smoke, and when it empties, the vehicle will explode (without harming the player).
To board or dismount the Dark Rider, the player can press
/ . Pressing / makes it reverse/brake, pressing / twice triggers a Boost Dash, and / fires its machine gun.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
, the Dark Rider appears as Shadow's vehicle. Its appearance is identical to that in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing , but it lacks its machine guns. Instead of the GUN insignia, it has the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Black Arms insignia on its fuel tank. It has the following statistics:
In other media
comic series and its spin-offs published by Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics, the Dark Rider debuted in . In its debut, Sonic Universe #23 Amy asked why Shadow had the bike, and he explained that all G.U.N agents must be issued with a vehicle. Rouge pointed out that he did not need it, but customized and maintains it himself, to which he admitted that he "really like(s) that bike."
The Dark Rider bears an resemblance to a 2003 Harley Davidson XL1200 Custom Anniversary Edition.
The Dark Rider was made into a toy for the Sonic & Sega All-Stars 3" action figure series, coming with a Shadow figure with hands especially molded so that they could wrap around the handlebars of the bike, keeping him on it. The Dark Rider was also made into a radio-controlled toy with a working headlight.  
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