Famous Motorcycle Riders
Ever since the two-wheeled motorcycle was first designed and built, men have yearned to ride them. It is not certain why the male of the species seems so drawn to these noisy and uncomfortable machines, but the motorcycle has never waned in popularity. Perhaps motorcycles represent danger, solitude, speed, noise and being non-conventional. But many famous men have combined their passion for motorcycles with their love of life and other obsessions. In this blog we look at famous men and their machines.
Before he hit fame, Brando used to ride regularly and cruise the streets of New York on his favorite machine. And in the decades, that followed and he became one of the world’s best-known actors, Brando used to take to his motorcycle to get away from all the pressure. His favorite ride was out into the Southwest and the big open spaces where the vast landscape of desert unfolded between the wheels of his machine.
T.E. Lawrence was more famous as Lawrence of Arabia, and was immortalized by the classic David Lean film in 1962 of the same name. Lawrence was a British officer and grew notoriety for his renowned liaison role during the Arab Revolt in WWI. The movie starts with Lawrence tearing through the countryside on his favorite motorcycle, the Brough Superior which at the time in the early 1900’s was considered the Rolls Royce of motorcycles. As he was only a short man he commissioned special bikes with a smaller back wheel. Unfortunately, and again captured in the movie, Lawrence came to his end trying to avoid two cyclists on a country lane. It was indeed remarkable after surviving the violence in the Arab conflict he should die on a quiet English country lane.
Bob Dylan is known the world over as one of the best singer / songwriters there has ever been, his songs have inspired peace movements, political change, and preached love and tolerance. He was passionate about motorcycles, at the time in 60’s America the motorcycle stood for rebellion and anti-establishment, it was so fitting that he was seen on the back of a Triumph Tiger 100. Whilst riding his favorite machine he had an accident near his Woodstock home which damaged his vertebrae, during his lengthy rehabilitation he reviewed his chaotic lifestyle and changed forever.
Charles Lindbergh was most famous for being the first man to take a solo transatlantic flight in 1927. And as a boy Lindbergh demonstrated his passion for everything and anything mechanical, especially the internal combustion engine. His first motorcycle was a 1920, twin cylinder Excelsior X. And although he was himself a quiet youth he loved the roaring sound his machine made, it power and speed enchanted him. He was a fast and reckless rider who took his bike to the very limits, but he knew what he was doing all of the time. In all his days riding motorcycles he never had an accident. These great men all shared their passion for motorcycles, they come from wide and different backgrounds disproving the theory that all bikers are the same.