Ryan Reynolds, star of Deadpool and a long list of other movies that you’ll probably never admit your wife made you watch, is a motorcycle person. A motorcycle person with good tastes and a knack for putting into words what we’ve long felt about motorcycles, we might add.
Keanu Reeves needs no introduction. You know him from movies like The Matrixseries, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Speed and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. What you might not know is the actor is a diehard motorcyclist with a cool collection of Nortons and some telltale battle scars. But his story, while typical in some ways, is very “Hollywood” in others.
When British rock and roll guitarist Billy Morrison is not touring the world as rhythm guitarist for Billy Idol, he’s riding his Triumph through the local canyons or selling his paintings to highfalutin clientele at one of his Hollywood gallery showings.
From 1976-1986, The Clash were “the only English band that mattered,” mixing searing social irony with catchy punk beats, landing them on American pop charts in the ’80s, and every critic’s list of 20th century greats. Clash bassist and style leader Paul Simonon guided them to sartorial perfection, inspiring a generation ready to move beyond leather and safety pins toward heritage clothing and Rocker gear. Simonon was the motorcyclist of the band, and an early fan of cafe racers and vintage iron, long before the world agreed.
Billy Joel rides thousands of miles a year, often renting bikes during concert tour stops. And he knows his motorcycle stuff as well as any enthusiast. He can rattle off history, serial numbers, and values with the best of them.
Talented keyboardist Jason Freese from the rock group Green Day had a huge passion for motorcycles ever since he could remember. He got a Yamaha 80 Enduro when he was about eight and ever since always had some kind of minibike in his garage.