The 74-Z Speeder Bike is the Scout Vehicle used by the Galactic Empire, Galactic Republic, and the Rebel Alliance. It has a Blaster Cannon as a primary weapon, but has no secondary weapon. It handles in the same way as the BARC Speeder or the STAP, but is noticeably faster with a more powerful, slower firing gun. The 74-Z Speeder is not called this in the game itself. When the targeting reticule is placed over the speeder, it is simply called a "Speeder Bike". The 74-Z is replaced on Hoth by the Tauntaun, and on Naboo by the Kaadu.
Oddly enough, it is usually safer to just run over your opponents rather than shoot them in open maps such as the Dune Sea from Star Wars Battlefront I.
The 74-Z speeder bike has some sort of a glitch that allows it to crash into a vehicle and destroy it.
If you hit a infantry unit with a laser bolt on this speeder bike, it can be killed with one shot.
In Battlefront 1, the speeder bike is the fastest land vehicle avalible.
With the right speed and enough open area, you could "straft" your speeder bike in Battlefront 1 as an effective way of running over people.
As the Separatist, Republic, and Imperial army's all have their own scout vehicles the Rebels should also have their own, but do not. Such as the V-25 Light Speeder which was cut during pre-production.
Running over a Hero with this Speeder Bike will instantly kill the hero.
In the PC port of Star Wars Battlefront 1, the speeder's guns will overheat at a normal pace, while in the PS2 port the cooldown time is so short that you can virtually fire for a very long time without overheating.