Suspend Your Disbelief: The Host

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“The Earth is at peace. There are no wars. There is no hunger. Honesty, courtesy and kindness are practiced by all. The world has never been more perfect. It is no longer your world.” – Melanie, The Host

The Host is a science fiction romance novel written by Stephenie Meyer of “Twilight” fame. Aliens nicknamed “Souls” have invaded earth and have begun taking over human bodies, suppressing the hosts’ personalities. The story centers about Melanie, one of the last free humans, who has fallen in love with another free human. Melanie is eventually possessed by a Soul and goes through a journey to remove the alien parasite and find her true love once again.

The Movie
The movie is adapted from the novel of the same name. It follows the same storyline, Earth is attacked by a group of aliens called Souls, and the main character becomes possessed by a soul. As the movie progresses, Melanie eventually makes an emotional connection with the Soul residing in her and they set off to find their true love and a way to remove the Soul from her body without resulting in their deaths. Along the way, they come across a slew of chrome laden vehicles the Souls use, including an all chromed-out Aprilia RSV4.

A Soul on a RSV4.

The Bike
The Aprilia RSV4 debuted on February 22, 2008 at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan, Italy as their flagship motorcycle. This superbike weighs in at 390 pounds and is powered by a 999.6 cc V4 engine which happens to be Aprilia’s first production four-cylinder engine. It boasts 180 horsepower and 85 foot pounds of torque and comes with a whole slew of rider aids like traction control, launch control, wheelie control and quick shifting.

Action in the desert.

The Action
All we can see in the trailer is the RSV4s riding across the desert with unknown riders to meet other Souls in their chromed out vehicles — aside from that there isn’t much else.

RSV4 on the trails.

The Reality
I don’t doubt the ability of an RSV4 to ride on firm sand, but in all that chrome she’d get awfully dirty.

Where Are The Bikes Now?
AF1 Racing in Austin, Texas now own all three of the bikes used in the movie. They say: “They chrome wrapped them, so they definitely unique… every vehicle in the movie is chrome.” They will have them on display in Austin at the premier of the movie and other upcoming events. You can contact AF1 Racing here.

  • RT Moto

    Uhh… RedBox rental maybe?? Idk if the motorcycles justify a walk to the nearest 711 though.

    • nightscout13

      Drive-thru

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.davis.35977897 Jonathan Davis

    AF1 is in Austin and in New Braunfels, but not in San Antonio

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.cook.549221 Corey Cook

    I know people used to chrome out their ‘Busa’s a while back and they looked fucking awful (can’t fix ugly), but these RSV4′s look pretty damn amazing. Even Shinya Kimura might approve…

    • http://www.facebook.com/tomwito Tom Witoshynsky

      Busa’s look good with flames. I mean in flames. I mean on fire.

  • john ashman

    Alien souls inhabit human bodies? What an original idea for a movie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.howard.9889 Michael Howard

    “…one of last free humans…”
    “…and find her truth love once again…”
    “…It follow the same storyline…”
    “…character becomes becomes possessed …”
    “…they set off on to find …”

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      Thank you.

  • Corey

    Correction, AF1 is in New Braunfels and Austin, TX. I think the bikes are still at the Austin location.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.Awesome Clint Keener

    It looked promising until “from the creator of Twilight” came onscreen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aguhly Audrey Wye

    “…novel written Stephenie Meyer of “Twilight” fame…”
    “…their true love and way to remove…”
    And a few punctuation issues.
    On another note… that chrome must be blinding in the desert… let me guess, they don’t really need to see to know where they’re going?

  • http://twitter.com/mchale2020 Jordan

    The woman has become so arrogant she can make fun of her own faith through her bad story telling… wait… she’s serious?

    Also, this plot reminds me why there is worse things than being 25 and single.

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      That made me laugh, thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/KeyserBroze JB

    Why’s it always gotta be tricked out superbikes? When can we get some ratted out adventure bikes mounted with miniguns and grenade launchers?

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      Look at GI Joe, some of their old school bikes were like that.

  • KeithB

    I know that content is King but as this is a text based communication, please, proof reed, poof read ; proofreed !

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      Apologies, when I’m sick I can barely do anything…

  • MVista

    This movie would be great if Bruce Lee was in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kentaro.a.roy Kentaro Roy

    This movie looks like it’d be really great if there was a racetrack, more Aprilias and no actors.

    • yipY

      I like that notion.

  • john ashman

    Aliens dig chrome.

  • http://www.faster-faster.com/ Marc Fenigstein

    This is a nitpick, but HFL really needs to stop using dry weights in your articles. It is both a useless and misleading figure, and only the Italians seem to think they can get away with it. Relaying it reflects badly on the site.

    • nightscout13

      You sem to forget that HFL are Italian fanboys……