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The 74-Z speeder bike[6] was a model of speeder bike which saw service during the Clone Wars[1] and then later used by the Galactic Empire in combat, and for reconnaissance purposes during the Galactic Civil War. They were usually piloted by scout troopers and were able to jam comlinks.[5] The 74-Z speeder bikes had any machinery that the Empire thought unnecessary stripped off to maximize their speed. Some might call it a "death trap", but the speeder bikes' terrain sensors had a connection to a HUD in in every scout trooper's helmet, to let them know what was ahead of them.[source?]

In the thirty years after the Battle of Endor, 74-Z speeder bikes could be found on the black market.[9]

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The 74-Z speeder bike is among the oldest speeder bike models the Aratech Repulsor Company still produces. A militarized variant of Aratech's popular 74-Y speeder bike, the 74-Z was first fielded by the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Its first test under fire was at the First Battle of Geonosis, and since then, the popular vehicle served with countless militaries, paramilitary groups, mercenary crews, and criminal organizations. It was, perhaps, most famous for being the Imperial Army's ride of choice for reconnaissance and scout troopers, who made good use of its speed and maneuverability.[3]

Jedi General Stass Allie rides a 74-Z speeder bike on Saleucami next to two 91st Reconnaissance Corps troopers, who are riding BARC speeders shortly before Order 66 is issued

Like its discontinued civilian ancestor, the 74-Z was built for speed rather than survivability. It had a relatively fragile twin-spar frame that mounted the powerful Aratech VV318 Scoris repulsorlift engine. A pair of tiny ion turbines supply thrust, and a remarkably intelligent fly-by-wire system controled the forward-mounted steering vanes and mid-mounted maneuver control unit to keep the bike upright and on the level. The pilot sat far aft over the repulsorlift engine and controled the bike with a set of handlebars and rear-set foot pegs with foot-controlled yaw and pitch controls. The instrument panel was rudimentary at best, with indicators for heat, boost, coolant, and turbine pressure. Under Imperial service, the 74-Z was equipped with a forward-mounted Ax-20 blaster cannon, on-board comlinks, simple optical sensors, and a close-range comlink jammer.[3]

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