Space Marine Bike
These vehicles are equipped with powerful engines, required to propel a fully-armoured Space Marine at high speeds, and boast highly-responsive controls required to perform complex battlefield maneuvers. They are able to be operated in a wide range of environments, from shifting dune seas to ice-strewn wastelands to rocky moonscapes, and are simple enough in design that their riders can perform repairs in the field if necessary. Their sturdy construction and wide, thick tires allows the bike to easily smash through rockcrete walls at full speed without harm to either bike or rider. The average bike weighed nigh on a ton.
A variant of the Bike is the Space Marine Attack Bike, which includes a Heavy Bolter or Multi-Melta mounted on an attached sidecar. These heavy weapons, combined with the manoeuvrability of the Assault Bike, makes it excellent at rapidly deploying large amounts of heavy fire-power to those areas which require it urgently.
A Scout Bike Squadron is a mounted, rapid-strike version of the Scout Squad. The squadron is made up of a Sergeant and between two and four Scouts, all mounted. All wear lighter Carapace Armour, but are excellent at scouting out forces a long distance away, which would take too long for Scouts on foot to investigate. The bike is usually armed with either twin-linked Bolters or an Astartes Grenade Launcher, while the rider typically carries a shotgun, bolt pistol, combat knife, frag grenades, and krak grenades.
For 1st edition of Warhammer 40'000 was released Vincent Black Shadow Bike - first bike-model for Space Marines.
Vincent Black Shadow Space Marine Bike miniature, 1st edition
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