We all feel like rock stars when we ride. But in case you’re not a headliner yet, here’s a list of stars of all kinds who share our passion for riding.
Professional actor and guy-who-does-his-own-stunts-even-in-his-sixties Tom Cruise owns several motorcycles, most notably a Vyrus 987 C3 4V. George Clooney likes to cruise around on his bike while on vacation, and his good friend Brad Pitt has been seen on an Ecosse Titanium Series XX, a Ducati Desmosedici RR and an Indian Larry that’s custom-made. Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds and Clint Eastwood share a passion for motorcycles, too.
The “Biggest Motorcycle Enthusiast” award has to go to a pair of stars, though. First, Ewan McGregor. Not only is he an avid rider, but he’s chronicled his vast road trips in a pair of great documentary series: “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down.” Fellow actor Keanu Reeves shares the top spot. He’s so passionate about riding that he even owns his own motorcycle brand, Arch Motorcycles.
Platinum-record-selling artist P!NK tops our list of musician riders. She’s been spotted on a Triumph Bonneville T100 among other motorcycles. Her fellow Grammy-winner Justin Timberlake is a rider, too — in fact, he’s the proud owner of a custom ride.
The legendary Bob Dylan is a motorcyclist. So is Usher, who owns a Brawler GTC and a Ducati 848 Evo Superbike, to name a few. Adam Levine and Wyclef Jean also make the list.
No list of musicians who ride would be complete without Queen Latifah. She once roared onto the stage of her talk show astride her bike, and she’s often seen out cruising around Hollywood on her Honda CBR.
Not many writers are known for being motorcycle riders, with the most notable exception being Hunter S. Thompson. The gonzo journalist rode a BSA A65 Lightning while immersing himself in the California motorcycle culture of the 1960s.
Entertainers like Jay Leno and David Blaine are avid riders, too — Leno (famously) has an extensive (and enviable!) motorcycle collection and Blaine owns a bike by BMW.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a few icons from days gone by who share our passion for motorcycles.
The legendary Marlon Brando not only famously rode in the film “The Wild One”, but they were also a big part of his life off the screen. As a young actor, he was known for his late-night motorcycle rides around New York City.
The iconic James Dean was also a motorcycle enthusiast—and the proud owner of a 947 CZ 125-cc and a Triumph TR5 Trophy.
And rounding out the list is the superstar from the Golden Age of Hollywood himself, Clark Gable. This timeless actor—best known for his iconic role in “Gone with the Wind”—was an avid rider.
This is actually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to celebrities and motorcycles. It’s a passion that’s growing among all groups of people. And what could be better than sharing the road with more people like us?