Based on the seventies television classic, ‘ChiPs’ brings the roles of Jon and Ponch to the big screen in what appears to be a comedy action movie. Kimmel has made a reputation for revealing movie trailers on his late night show, and to help him with the new CHiPs movie were its stars Dax Shepard and Michael Pena.
But it’s what they rode which makes this a very cool story. Even though the movie accurately shows the California Highway Patrol riding BMW R1100RT’s, the lead-in action scene on Kimmel and the stars themselves ‘rode’ onto the stage on two Ducati Hypermotard’s. While they were outfitted to resemble the look of California Highway Patrol motorcycles for the Kimmel taping, Ducati’s are seen in the movie used by bad guys and good guys pretending to be bad guys.
Yet, not only did the trailer cut out any BMW badges on the CHiP motorcycles, but they spotlight was firmly on Ducati for the late night appearance.
A press release from Ducati explains its Hypermotard appears in the film as a contrast to traditional police motorcycles.
‘The Hypermotard family is Ducati’s interpretation on the supermotard style of motorcycle that are used on alternating types of racing surfaces,’ writes Ducati. ‘With a high, slender tailpiece and narrow sides, the Hypermotard has a dirt bike-inspired aesthetic and was created to be versatile enough for urban commuting, weekend touring or track day excitement.’
Ducati motorcycles riding through the El Capitan Theater
The entire segment poked fun at itself and at Hollywood. The action sequence of two CHiP officers riding the Ducati motorcycles off the crowded Los Angeles street, up stairs and through the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard cut to the actors appearing on stage. Well, Dax Shepard rode, pretty confidently we might add, but Pena was pulled on with the motorcycle sitting on a dolly, propped up with wooden blocks.
Evidently, Pena isn’t as good in the saddle as Shepard. This 2015 article shows Hollywood doing its usual magic to film around this.
The movie, slated to be released in the US and Canada on March 24, 2017 by Warner Bros. Pictures, focuses on two California Highway Patrol police officers, and is a remake of the popular television show. The film was written and directed by Shepard, who also stars alongside Peña as characters Jon Baker and Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello, respectively.