Speeders are common sights on the technologically advanced worlds. Equipped with repulsorlift drive technology, they hover above the ground at a height of anywhere from a few centimeters, to several meters, and can achieve remarkable speeds. Speeders ignore penalties for Difficult Terrain.
Repulsorlift Vehicles of The Old Republic Era follow simple and thoroughly tested design standards. Many varieties of Speeders exist throughout the Republic, and urban worlds such as Taris and Coruscant are home to literally thousands of different Speeder makes and models. The Speeders presented in this section represent a basic cross-section of the repulsorlift Vehicles available during this time.
Speeders are the standard for all Planetary Vehicles, a fact that doesn't change after the rise of the New Order. Though military Speeders see less new sales during this time, military adaptations of civilian landspeeders are common.
Speeders are the preferred mode of transport for criminals, thrill-seekers, and paramilitary force scouts in the period following The Sith-Imperial War. Speeder Bikes allow characters to get around quickly, but most do not offer much protection. Two popular models of Speeder Bikes are presented below, each manufactured by corporations that have survived since the days of the Galactic Civil War.
Throughout The Rebellion Era, the Empire focuses on Walkers, both as instruments of intimidation and in response to a growing number of Repulsorlift Inhibitor Mine design, but the sale of Speeders to civilians and small planetary defense forces continues unabated. The long range and heavy velocity of Speeders makes them popular with legitimate business owners, smugglers, bounty hunters, Rebels, and others who rarely need to worry about Mines or cowing the populace of an entire world.