All the Celebrities On Motorcycles You Can Stomach
Let’s face it, celebrities have a literal leg up on the Regular Joe when it comes to buying and riding motorcycles.
They have the cash, they have the profile and they have the cachet to get the best and the fastest machines money can buy. They have lots of time on their hands between the times they spend being ogled and worshiped. Custom bike builders line up to put together cool machines for the A-list, and having Brad Pitt ride your bike brings some serious attention to your brand.
It’s been an enduring affair between the famous and the motorcycle from the moment László Benedek and Marlon Brando gave the world the movie The Wild Bunch.
Robert M. Pirsig, the author of Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, once said the seductive nature of riding is that a rider is exposed to the weather and the air and the smell of the road in a way you don’t get in a car. It’s probably also one of the few times a celebrity-type can avoid being buttonholed by drooling fans and opportunists at every turn.
“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.
On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”
— Robert M. Pirsig
Why the link between the famous and the open road? You can divide the famous on their motorcycles and why they ride into the same kind of groupings that you can apply to their less-famous counterparts. There are those who ride to look cool and provide the paparazzi with nice photo ops: they’re likely to have many bikes stashed in the garage but not pile up many miles on their toys.You have “genuine biker” celebs who caught the riding disease before they achieved fame. And perhaps most interestingly, you have stars began in the first category as poseurs and then caught the bug and found themselves with iron butts.
You can probably also throw in the factors that lead us all to love riding; the exhilaration and potential danger riding provides. Anyone who achieves a degree of fame is pretty sure to be a risk-taker, and that perceived risk is clearly one of the joys of riding.
You ride a motorcycle because you’re not afraid to experience the full thrill of living, but unfortunate things can happen to you and your bike, and you need motorcycle insurance to take care of them when they do.