This is Jesse Mach, an ex-motorcycle cop, injured in the line of duty. Now a police troubleshooter, he’s been recruited for a top secret government mission to ride Street Hawk — an all-terrain attack motorcycle designed to fight urban crime, capable of incredible speeds up to three hundred miles an hour, and immense firepower. Only one man, federal agent Norman Tuttle, knows Jesse Mach’s true identity. The man…the machine…Street Hawk.
Street Hawk aired for 13 episodes in 1985. The series is a Limekiln and Templar Production in association with Universal Television. Its central characters were created by Paul M. Belous and Robert “Bob” Wolterstorff, and its core format was developed by Bruce Lansbury, who had initially commissioned the program’s creation.
The pilot episode shows the backstory: Jesse Mach’s (Rex Smith) earlier work as a police officer and amateur dirt-bike racer; his recruitment by Norman Tuttle for the Street Hawk project; and the capabilities of the motorcycle and its computer backend, from providing the motorcycle rider with real-time mission information, to assisting the motorcycle during its high-speed “hyperthrust” runs.
All subsequent episodes show Mach leading a double life, a police public relations officer by day, and crime fighter by night. Street Hawk is regarded as a lawless vigilante and a public relations embarrassment by the police, especially by Mach’s commanding officer Captain Leo Altobelli (Richard Venture). Each episode deals with a specific crime or mission, and there are no multi-episode story arcs.