Motorcycle combat, samurai swords, and Keanu Reeves. The epic battle on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge between John Wick and a squadron of sword-wielding assassins on Yamaha MT-09 motorcycles is one of the most intense scenes in a movie filled with them. But it should come as little surprise that one of the most edge-of-your-seat sequences in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum features motorcycles. Keanu loves to ride and is a co-founder of Arch Motorcycle Co., maker of high-end performance cruisers. He learned to ride when he was filming a movie in Munich after asking a young lady on-set who had an enduro if she’d teach him how to ride. Keanu’s ridden motorcycles in past movies including Chain Reaction and My Own Private Idaho. Then there’s the unforgettable Ducati 998 piloted by co-star Carrie-Ann Moss that played a starring role in Matrix Reloaded. To this day, he still likes to escape his demanding filming schedule on his 1973 Norton Commando 850 MK2A, one of the first bikes he ever bought.

While Keanu said he did indeed ride the Yamaha MT-09 during filming of John Wick: Chapter 3, he told entertainment website Collider that pulling off the scene did involve some movie magic.

“So the motorcycles is one of the first environments where we had to do something that wasn’t in the real world, so we had to do, I mean it’s a long process of how they did it. But it’s like wind machines, motorcycles, people moving motorcycles on trolleys, and kind of dancing that. It’s still really long shots, you know, so there are sequences. Basically we’re doing it but not on motorcycles and it’s in a CG environment,” said Reeves in the interview.

We won’t spoil the movie for you, but John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum just unseated Avengers: Endgame as the number one movie at the box office, so if shoot-em-up action movies is your thing (it's definitely one of mine), grab you a bucket of popcorn and hold on for one wild ride.