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In 1907 (some sources say 1904) he rode a V8 powered motorcycle of his own design to the previously unheard of speed of 136 mph on a Florida beach, earning himself the title of "The fastest man alive". His involvement in aviation began when he flew a Curtiss powered Baldwin airship solo without any serious prior instruction. In 1907 he partnered with Alexander Grahame Bell to form the Aerial Experiment Association, and made his first powered flight on his 30th birthday, 21st May 1908, in White Wing. That same year he won a prize for being the first for being first to fly in a straight line for more than a kilometer. In 1909 he won the international aviation meet at Reims, France, flying an aeroplane he had designed himself. Curtiss designed and built a number of the earliest seaplanes and flying boats. In 1919 his NC-4 became the first aeroplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1932, Robert Fulton Jr., descendant of the inventor of the steam ship -- inventor, sculptor, architect, writer, film maker, pilot and explorer - and motorcyclist - rode around the world on a Douglas motorcycle. Books available here
Jennifer Patterson of "Two Fat Ladies" fame rode a variety of scooters and motorcycles for most of her life. The outfit in the television show was a Triumph Thunderbird with Watsonian Jubilee sidecar. Jennifer, a smoker, died of lung cancer in 1999 on the 10th August - feast day of St Lawrence, patron saint of cooks.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was involved with testing motorcycles coast to coast for the US military.
Squadron Leader Bader was shot down during a dogfight over Europe and was captured by the Germans. He lost one of his prosthethic limbs in the accident (it was trapped in the cockpit and he had to cut it off prior to parachuting), and a replacement was dropped to him during a bombing mission by the RAF. He made three attempts to escape, and finished the war in the infamous Stalag 13.
Thanks to ClCERONE at aol.com
Peter Sisk writes
neurosurgeon and author (of Awakenings fame), BMW rider.
BTW, I believe that the car that Isadora Duncan was riding in when her
scarf caught in the wheels and killed her was driven by one of the founders
King Hussein of Jordan
michaelmoon at home.com
Jay Leno - popular late night television talk show host - has a huge collection of motorcycles. He often rides an old Vincent (or brand new M.V. Agusta) to a roadhouse in the hills above Malibu.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp?) - popularized the Harley Davidson 'Fat Boy' model in Terminator 2 (early 90s). Rides Harleys. (Yeah, I know ...TM TM TM ad nauseum)
Howard Hughes - reputed to ride dirt bikes in the desert. There was a movie, with Jason Robards as a dirt bike riding, long haired Howard Hughes that is picked up after an accident. [More below]
Keenan Wynn - ever wonder who turned Steve McQueen on to motorcycles? This is the culprit.
Bob Dylan rode - remember the Nashville Skyline album? It was supposedly the result of a life changing recuperation from a serious accident on a motorcycle near Woodstock N.Y. (On 29 July 1966, Bob Dylan was injured in a motorcycle accident near his home in Bearsville, near Woodstock, upper New York State.)
If George Patton didn't ride I'd be shocked. He was a cavalry officer before he commanded armored divisions. Something to ask somebody that would know.
..and Ann Richards was governor of Texas before George W. Bush.
She had a white Harley Davidson.
King George VI
michaelmoon at home.com
Marsha Keith writes (18/8/00)
Wynnona Judd of Country Music fame is a motorcyclist.
Queen Latifa is the stage name for an African American woman who is well regarded in the hip-hop/rap music community in the U.S.A ... she is also a T.V. and Hollywood movie actress. She is a positive role model for young women in the minority communities of the U.S. Her beloved brother was her riding partner and he was killed on a motorcycle... and she went through the typical spiral down of the Los Angelas community ... but, she is riding again and talking about safety and positive riding image. She is a very dynamic presence.
Howard Hughes produced a movie in the 1930's
named Hell's Angels, an epic movie about Royal Air Force fighter pilots
in World War I. The same name was adopted by a B17 squadron during WWII.
John Smith <jsmith at netrover.com> writes (19/8/00)
Further information on Howard Hughes as a motorcyclist would be most
Jim Richards - veteran Kiwi racing car driver and winner of several Bathurst meets has a collection of motorcycles.
Mark Phillipousos (Tennis) has Harleys, Ducatis etc.
David Coultard (Formula 1 driver) rides a Ducati Monster.
James Strong (CEO of Qantas) rides a Ducati.
Paul Mercurio (star of Strictly Ballroom) rides GSX-R 1100
Larry Hagman (JR in Dallas) rides a Harley
Thanks to Michael Hrissis of www.hrissismotors.com
Clark Gable & Keenan Wynn both raced in the Los Angeles area in the 1940's. At one point there were films of this floating around in our motorcycle club but as I understand it's been lost for some time. There were other stars of the day as well but I cannot remember who they were.
Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885–1949)
English automobile and speedboat racer. A racing enthusiast from boyhood,
Campbell set many speed records for motorcycles, airplanes, automobiles,
and motorboats and in 1931 was knighted for his accomplishments. Driving
his famed automobile Bluebird at Bonneville Flats, Utah, in 1935, Sir Malcolm
was the first to reach the 300 mph (483 kph) mark. He then turned to speedboat
racing and in 1939 set a new record of 141 miles per hour. Donald Campbell
was his son.
Sammy Davis, Jr. owned a motorcycle. Info required.
Enzo Ferrari raced motorcycles in 1926.
Charles Conrad, Jr, NASA Astronaut, died July 8, 1999, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Ojai, California.
Pete Conrad, Astonaut, 3rd man to walk on the moon
Dan Akroyd road his motorcycle at John Belushi's funeral.
Duane Allman, famous for the slide guitar work on Eric Clapton's
Layla album, rode a BSA. He was killed on a motorcycle in October 1971.
Just a little over a year later Berry Oakley, bass player in the Allman
Brothers band at the time, was killed in another motorcycle accident.
I hope this would help:
I know Jeremy Irons ("Lolita", "Die Hard III") is a passionate biker, he mostly rides BMW tourers.
Sting used to ride bikes in the 80's (Yamaha XS 1100) but I don't think he still does it. Suppose it doesn't go along with tantra...
Also, Keanu Reeves rides Harleys, but I've never even seen him with a helmet, so I rather wouldn't comment on that...
So much from me.
Anna Heberer (April 2004)
...this I found at IrelandOn-Line.com (©Thomas Crosbie Media, 2004)
Mark Knopfler - The 49-year-old broke six ribs and his collar bone...when his Honda bike was involved in a collision with a Fiat Punto car in London.
Liam Neeson - Returning home on his Springer Softtail motorcycle, a deer ran into the road and collided with Neeson who drove straight into a tree.
Keanu Reeves - (star of The Matrix) In 1997, he was on crutches for weeks after he was involved in an accident in Los Angeles while riding his much-loved Norton bike. Reeves was reported to have delayed the filming of the Matrix sequel after he broke his ankle in yet another accident in January 2001.
Heather Mills - the second wife of Sir Paul McCartney, has also fallen foul of the two-wheeled machine. In 1993, during her modelling days, she was involved in a collision with a policeman on a motorbike and had to have her leg amputated.
David Ayscue III, USA (April 2004)
* Some reports, ie BBC, say 53.
A great addition to that page would be Mert Lawwill; the 1969 Grand National Champion, co-star of "On Any Sunday," suspension innovator, and (as far as I'm aware) the only man to be in both the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Bicycle Hall of Fame. There's a ton of info about Mert on the web - just do a search and you'll find all kinds of things.
Food for thought...
Eric Call (April 2002)
Nice site you've got!
Anon. (Oct 2003)
Some time ago someone sent me some information about a Scandinavian
monarch who rode motorcycles. Unfortunately I lost the information, along
the images, in a computer crash. Any clue as to who that might have been?
Elvis Presley owned at least one HD, and was seen on Japanese
Che Guevara wrote a book on his motorcycling adventures. His image was captured by Korda (who died in 2001), but the copyright was stolen by an Italian publisher. More ...
(And is that a motorcycle jacket he's wearing? Ed)Che Guevara apparently rode around much of South America on a 16H Norton. He had a pet name for it, sorry I can't remember. [ La Poderosa? Ed. ]
Graeme Howarth, Auckland NZ.
Micheal Jordan owned a BMW Cruiser.
Ewen McGregor was Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi in Star Wars Episodes I, II & III. He rode his MC around the world.
Thanks to luteslinger at gmail
The ride is available as a DVD titled "Long Way Round" co-starring Charley Boorman
Swedish born Ann Margaret rode a Triumph Trophy Trail in one of the
Elvis movies, probably Viva Las Vegas. Elvis Presley sent flowers to all
her stage appearances until he died in 1977. In 2000 she fractured her
shoulderblade and broke three ribs in a fall in Minnesota. Ed.
(1) Possibly a 400 Electra? Ed.
Charles A. Lindbergh
subject: famous bikers
Email: rjewett<at>ulf <dot> edu
message: Didn't see James Dean anywhwere there. also Lauren Hutton crashed pretty bad on a harley a couple yrs ago.
King Albert II of Belgium is an enthusiastic motorcyclist who acquired several speeding tickets as a more youthful prince. His bikes included a BMW R100RT, and he recently started a parade of some 20,000 motorcycles which stretched for 20 kilometres.
King Albert I of Belgium was also a motorcyclist. He rode a Royal
James Alan Mollison the famous pilot who flew the Atlantic and also married Amy Johnson was an early speedway rider [dirt track] in Australia and Amy once rode her brother-in-law's bike around and around the block when she didn't know how to stop it, he had to come toher rescue and pulled the lead off the spark plug to stop the machine, Amy also rode pillion on her first boy friend's machine to the Lake District and Scotland. Thanks to MOONL69 <at> aol.com, Nov '05.
Prince Michael of Kent
I heard years ago that Prince Michael of Kent used to ride a Vincent
Bikes in the Fast Lane reports that Prince Michael, Prince Nicholas von Preussen and others "are planning to ride BMW R1150GS-Adventurer motorcycles 6000 miles through Russia, from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg in order to raise money for Russian charities."
Email: nick AT steppestravel.co.uk
31st December 2005
Pro Hart - Popular Australian naive painter who died in 2006
September 7th 2006
Info courtesy: dormouseg3l<at>btopenworld.com
Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy the vet in long running TV soap Emmerdale;
crashed his Suzuki Hayabusa last year, putting his head through the rear
window of a Volvo. He is still riding regularly.
Damon Hill raced bikes before cars.
Norman Wisdom still rides to this day, not surprisingly as he lives in the Isle of Man and Mick Jagger used to ride (Honda 250).
Points of interest is that Steve McQueen's great friend and fellow star of 'On Any Sunday' did the fence jump in 'The Great Escape' although Steve was emminently capable of doing it himself, but the film's hierarchy wouldn't allow it, he also did some of the riding as one of the German's chasing himself and to train for the ISDT he spent some time in Slocombes of Neasden changing tyres!
Bill Ivy did the riding in the film 'Girl On A Motorcycle' wearing
a blonde wig.
Nicholas Cage is apparently a keen motorcyclist with a penchant for Moto Guzzis.
Hunter S Thompson rode with the hells angels while writing a
book about them.
From capttrips25 at charter.net Dec 2008
From chuck.hannah at gmail.com Feb 2009
Hugh Jackman - We know him as wolverine in the X-men series and as the host of the academy awards in 2009.
Ben Stiller - a comic and not a huge lover of two wheeled transit nevertheless has ridden a sidecar rig for one of his films.
George Clooney - ''I've been riding for 30 years, and I've had three accidents, which isn't bad odds,' he told Time magazine. 'I'll keep riding.' His own broken bones and girlfriend Sarah Larson's broken foot didn't stop him.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both ride. Motorcycles.
President Suharto - Indonesia - enjoyed an HD sidecar rig before
he passed into the nether regions.
Wikipedia says "Malcolm Forbes became a motorcyclist late in life. He
founded and rode with a motorcycle club called the Capitalist Tools. His
estate in New Jersey was a regular meeting place for tours that he organized
for fellow New Jersey and New York motorcyclists. He had a stable of motorcycles
but was partial to Harley Davidson machines. He was known for his gift
of Purple Passion, a Harley-Davidson, to actress Elizabeth Taylor. He was
also instrumental in getting legislation passed to allow motorcycles on
the cars-only Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. He was inducted to the
Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999."
Brad Pitt to replace 'trashed' motorbike
November 5, 2009
Brad Pitt says he is in the market for a new motorcycle.
The actor, in Tokyo to promote his latest movie, Inglourious Basterds, said he trashed his favourite bike recently while trying to escape overzealous photographers.
"I had a little mishap," he said. "No injuries, except my ego. I was trying to get away from some paparazzi and instead gave them a good story. It was my favourite bike, so that is really sad."
Pitt, a well-known motorcycle buff, was involved in a minor accident
in Los Angeles last month after a paparazzo reportedly cut him off in traffic.
He said that while he is in Tokyo he will be looking for a replacement.
Jan 11th 2010
there are more but my memory is rubbish so can't remember at the moment.
i will email you when i remember them!
Bob Hawke former Australian Prime Minister and ATCU leader rode
a Panther while a univeristy student http://www.library.unisa.edu.au/bhpml/bh-photos/realia/realia.asp
John Maynard Keynes the Economist is recorded to have hi-jacked
a motorbike to ride from Cambridge to London this reference doesn't give
the make but I think it was a BSA
Patrick Lichfield (Lord Litchfield) photographer was a life long motorcyclist. Many refernces exist, this is one of the more amusing http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/56140235/AFP
May 23 2011
baxtertim at or near hotmail.com
Just wanted to bring Prince William up to date for your famous riders page: Article in the Telegraph UK
He was riding a Ducati 1198.
Fri Aug 19 2011
jcorey48 uses gmail.com
Model: Lambretta scooter 1958
Message: Burl Ives, folk singer. Check the original owners manual of your 1958 Lambretta scooter. There is a photograph of (big man) Burl Ives astride a new Lambretta, illustrating that even the famous love riding Lambrettas.
Roy Orbison and his first wife Claudette were riding motorcycles when
she was hit by a truck and died instantly.
Thanks to David Rowe at hotmail
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Manufacturers of the Roc motorcycle, Wall experimented with a number of unorthodox designs and was financed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...
If you know of any other motorcyclists who would fit into this group, or have any pertinent information, please email me...
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