Four Iconic Motorcycle Fans

What’s the state of the celebrity world at the moment? How many celebrities do we actually look up to? Who are the icons of today? Unfortunately at home it seems the likes of Mario Balotelli, Robert Pattinson and Orlando Bloom get the headlines. Yes we can’t understand how Orlando managed to bag Miranda Kerr either, but what can we do about that?

But what are they doing to make their celebrity? To stand out from the crowd? Well it seems that part-time footballer, full-time crazy man Mario has taken to riding a Harley in the hope of achieving icon status. But we just don’t think he quite has the appeal of certain iconic motorbike riders.

Here are our favourites.


Marlon Brando

Do you think Brando occupied his thoughts with remembering to go and compare motorbike and scooter insurance online? No us neither, he was more concerned with achieving his look. Whilst many of us remember him riding the iconic 1950 Triumph 6T Thunderbird in the film The Wild One, Brando was a massive motorcycle nut away from the screen too. Before he was famous he used to seek solace riding through the streets of New York, and once his famed ruled out this pastime he’d head out to the desert for days on end. Now that’s cool.

Bob Dylan

Apparently the world’s most famous folk turned electric performer Bob Dylan was sub consciously looking for a break when his career was going full throttle in 1966. This was provided the day he crashed his 1964 Triumph Tiger 100 and damaged one of his vertebrae. He didn’t tour for a decade after, but still to this day retains his iconic status. And always will.

Photo by Beyond My Ken

Photo by Beyond My Ken

Hunter S. Thompson

Those who know a little about Thompson will know Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and might be familiar with some of his gonzo writing, however, for motorbike fans Thompson’s best work lay in his book Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga written after he spent a year with the world’s most notorious biker gang. His account makes Sons of Anarchy look like a walk in the park. Thompson is cool, always has been; and it’s work like this which just adds to his credibility.


Steve McQueen

He was and always will be the king of cool. While McQueen the actor on two wheels will always be remembered by film fans for the famous scene from the Great Escape, McQueen the man was a huge motorcycle fan. He used to compete in weekend races (and win) on his first ever bike – a used Harley – and even when his fame started to take over his life it still had to compete with his passion for bikes.

Other leaders of cool on two wheels include James Dean, Clint Eastwood and Buddy Holly.

Who’s your favourite?