- For the component of the same name, see: Turbine (component).
Turbines, also known as flying motorcycles and turbocycles due to their similarity to the Earth bike, help Warriors like Troy and Dillon to get around quickly, and escape quickly if necessary. The motorcycles appear normal and are usually operated as wheeled ground vehicles, but can also be used as aircraft if the situation requires it. They can also be rendered invisible by pressing a hidden switch located between the left handle and the seat, in order to avoid detection when parked (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I"). Additionally, the motorcycles are outfitted with forward mounted laser guns, which Troy and Dillon use to strafe the Nazi train station, thus allowing the Jewish prisoners to escape from the boxcars (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part III).
At several points during the Galactica 1980 television series, Troy and Dillon are forced to engage the flying mode of the turbines in full view of civilian Earth people who have never seen the technology. This leads to looks of amazement from Willy's assorted bikers and law enforcement personnel who witness the bikes soaring into the skies (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part III). This is a source of comic relief with the series.
- The bikes are modified from the Yamaha MX 175 bicycles; there were only two of these machines modified. A third was being produced as a functional dummy but was chopped in half in order for it to have been suspended from a helicopter, thereby creating the realistic lift-off effect for "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I".
- A Battlestar Galactica script for "Showdown" makes mention of land probes that are, for all intents and purposes, strikingly similar to the turbines.
- In a version of the script for "Galactica Discovers Earth", the turbine is described as a hovercraft without wheels. For reasons that are likely practical and cost-effective, the turbines became wheel-driven in the production.
- In the Galactica Discovers Earth novelization, the turbines do not have flying capabilities.
- The turbines make an appearance in the fourth issue of the re-imagined Galactica 1980 comic book release by Dynamite Entertainment.
- ↑ In "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I", Troy calls the bikes by this name as they are being unloaded from their Vipers. During the series run, however, the bikes are referred to a "turbocycles", a name that is confirmed in the script for "The Day They Kidnapped Cleopatra".