- Code name of special top-secret undercover police unit created to handle
difficult criminal cases and the name of a specially designed
computer-assisted pursuit motorcycle on the police drama STREET
HAWK/ABC/1985. Police officer Jesse Mach (Rex Smith) is assigned to drive
the super-secret pursuit cycle "Street Hawk."
Behind the sun visor of the
black crash helmet is the nerve center of the pursuit unit. As the rider
looks ahead, he views a digital read out on the left hand corner of the
visors interior which indicates speed and rpms. The right side of the
visor displays calibrated distance.
Directly below is a monocle targeting system and an infra-red detector and
light amplification unit used for night fighting and bad weather
conditions. Anything the rider sees is
transmitted to a central computer center monitored by Norman Tuttle (Joe Regalbuto),
Street Hawk's inventor (he called it "My Baby") who offered tactical
recommendations to Jesse Mach while he was on the fly.
Mounted on the front of bike is a high energy particle beam emitting a
bright red laser ray. (In the TV movie, the ray was blue). It had two
settings. Maximum charge stopped a ten-ton truck. Reduced power setting
stunned/immobilized a suspect. It also shot rubber slugs and later .50
caliber machine gun rounds.
The motorcycle also has a hyper-thrust mode which increased the bikes
speed and vertical lift for jumping over objects. The motorcycle maximum
speed is 300 mph.
When pursued the Street Hawk could perform a 360 degree aerial flip which
placed the bike directly behind its pursuer. Street Hawk is programmed for
only one rider-Jesse Mach. Anyone else attempting to mount the vehicle is
given an electric shock.
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