Unfortunately, vehicles are one of those things that have never made any real impact in the Fallout universe. It’s probably down to a few factors, like the game engine not being stable enough to cope with vehicles, or just how damaged the terrain is.
While it seems like Bethesda doesn’t want to implement their own vehicle system, that doesn’t mean the modders wont either. Both Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas both got there own share of vehicle mods, and now Fallout 4 is getting some too thanks to the modding community.
This post in particular is going to look at the “Driveable Motorcycle Mod” by Hunk92 on Nexus Mods. It adds a motorcycle to the game, which you can even customize by adding different paint jobs and equipment.
Head over to the mod page here. Ensure that you are signed in, if not create a new account (it’s free!). As of right now, I’m unsure on whether installing via the Nexus Mod manager is supported. Instead, we’re going to do it manually. Click the green “Download (Manual) button at the top. On the next page, under “Driveable Motorcycle”, select “download manually”, a ZIP file will begin downloading. Inside it are 5 files, select everything apart from the “README”. Drop the selected files inside the “Data” folder in your main Fallout 4 directory.
Now, you need to add one line to your Fallout4.ini, which should be located at Documents\My Games\Fallout4. Open it with notepad or your preferred software and add the following line: bApplyCameraNodeAnimations=0
You may already have that line inserted, so double check. The mod is now installed and you can run the game. Note: You may have to go into Nexus Mod Manager and go into the plugins tab. Here, you should tick “Driveable motorcycle”.
When you have installed the mod, you can find the motorcycle behind the Museum of Freedom. You should note that it isn’t directly behind it, there is a small area with some big containers and rusted cars, that is where you will find it.
Once you’ve found it, don’t expect to be able to ride it straight away, you’re going to need to repair it with:
- 3 Oil
- 5 Screws
- 5 Steel, Adhesive and Rubber
Once repaired, you can mount your bike and ride it! It’s much better to go first person. Use W to accelerate and use your mouse to steer, pretty simple. Your best bet would be to drive it to your nearest Chemistry station to do some mighty fine upgrades.
At the chemistry station, you can craft paints for the main body and the wheels. You can also create various equipment such as front lights, storage box and even a cart for dog meat to ride in! When you craft these items, they’ll end up in your wearable items slot. Just transfer them over to the motorcycle and equip them to make the changes.