The most avid motorcyclists among rockers
Motorcycles and rock and roll were inseparable back in the '50s: that decade brought rock music and "iron horses" together as the ultimate symbol of rebellion! And musical idols like Elvis Presley and screen stars like James Dean played a big role in this. And American youth, accordingly, who willingly traded in their vinyl records and at the same time gravitated toward such movie bad boys as Marlon Brando.
By the way: being symbols of non-conformism and impertinence, Dean and Brando were known for their love of rock and roll and motorcycles. James was known to own several impressive "bikes. After his early tragic death, this fact cemented his image as a tough guy, and soon many began associating rock with motorcycles. Thus, in fact, the story began!
Today we decided to tell you about the most avid motorcycle rockerswho can't live without their "iron horse"! Perhaps this article will reveal to you your beloved idol from a completely new side...
Legend The Prodigywho passed away untimely Keith Flint was actually an avid motorcycle racer! Only loyal fans know this, but the vocalist was the successful owner of a racing team Team Traction Controlwhich took part in the British Superbike Championship and even won the annual Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man!
Flint himself covered 2,400 kilometers on his bike to reach the Spanish Grand Prix. And he also competed with Michael Schumacher.
Rush Drummer Neil Peart, a renowned motorcycle trucker and writer, spent the last twenty years of his life riding primarily in a BMW GS. After the tragic death of his 19-year-old daughter in a traffic accident in 1997, and just 10 months after his wife lost her battle with cancer, Peart took creative break and traveled more than 55,000 miles across North and Central America.
A book about his journey "Ghost Rider: Journey on the Healing Road" was widely acclaimed, and has since inspired many motorcycle riders. Alas, in 2020 the legendary musician passed away: he died of an aggressive form of brain cancer at the age of 67.
Everything I've done Lemmy Kilmister, fast and daring, from his music to his driving on the roads! By the way: on the Internet you can find enough photos of Lemmy and his favorite "iron horse", which suited his style and lifestyle so well. And yet this fierce rock'n'roll man was not an avid fan of bikes...
In one of his interviews, Lemmy, who owned BSA with sidecarliterally dumbfounded everyone by admitting:
"I don't really care much for motorcycles. I myself prefer huge limousines with a grille in the back."
Steven Tyler adores beautiful motorcycles, which, in fact, is not surprising for such a spectacular and unrestrained rock'n'roller as he is.
Back in 2007, together with his cousin and bicycle designer Mark Dirico, frontman Aerosmith founded a custom motorcycle company called Red Wing Motorcycles (later renamed the Dirico Custom Motorcycles). Notably, each of their bikes is pre-signed by Tyler himself.
Billy Idol has always been a big fan of iron horses, but one day his passion for speed almost cost him his life... In February 1990, the singer crashed his Harley, but that's not even the worst part: Billy almost lost his leg! The accident also cost him his role as T-1000 in the movie "Terminator 2"The actor played in his place by Robert Patrick.
Nevertheless, Idol did not stop "racing". We can only hope that the past misfortunes were a good lesson and experience for him.
Harley is the clear favorite springsteen!
However, it is known that Bruce is also a big fan of British motorcycles and even owns one of the first new Nortonproduced at Donington Park.
Billy Joel - crazy motorcycle fan! And to prove it to the world, he discovered 20th Century Cycles - our own specialty bike store! But there are not only models for sale...
Inside, Joel set up a real exhibition of your collection! There are more than sixty exhibits in this "museum", including Ducati, Yamaha, Honda, Guzzi and other global brands.