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Given that bikes are hardly cutting edge technology, a hell of a lot more use in war than horses and the Imperium consists of tens of thousands of worlds with technology exceeding our own is there any good background reason why Imperial Guard don't have access to bike troops?
My other bike is a Sentinel!
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In the future, bikes are so ridiculously fast that the only people who can control them efficiently are;
Super Soldiers, Elves in space and Green Mutant Freaks bred to have supersenses.
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In any case, yeah, that's pretty much my point. Besides horses are so much better at traversing terrain (well, safely anyway...). And you can probably wield a weapon easier from horseback than on the back of a speeding bike (that might very well hurtle you clean off if you try to take both your hands off the grips), and other general things that make horses easier for Guardsmen to use.
However I've seen some Roughrider conversions using bikes. Don't remember how the models were made, but they looked pretty cool. I think they were made with Krieg Death Korps in mind.
I agree, I can see why they don't have the same bikes as Chaos and Loyalist players, but I do think they deserve some kind of lesser bike. Maybe you could invent your own chapter with fluff for bikes and stuff? They would make an interesting conversion project from SM Scout Bikes or something...
Some guard regiments probably have access to bikes, but obviously the adMech did not like the idea of producing millions of motor bikes for the guard, instead giving them sentinels who are more fun to assemble!
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It could have been discussed in the Imperial Guard, I imagine it sounded something like:
OK, we've got a bike here,
It's not armoured but designed to take you fast across the battlefield and close in on the enemy.
You know private. Just like the Marines and Orks do. Ride up fast and beat the living crap out of the enemies.
It doesn't sound really safe sir.
You can mount a Plasma gun on it too!
It's been design by the same man who invented the Democharge!
Heck, sir. We might just as well use...a horse.
Hmmm...great idea private, great idea!