Vin Diesel once said, “It wasn’t until I went to college, and I got my first motorcycle that I understood the thrill of speed.” Everyone has their reasons for owning bikes, ranging from a desire for freedom to a quest to live in the moment. Many celebrities enjoy riding more than you can imagine, and there are some who you wouldn’t even expect to ride. Take a moment to rev up your engines and find out which of your favorite stars like to hit the open road for a leisurely bike trip. Who knows, you might become motivated to get one yourself.
Bradley Cooper’s KTM 1190 RC8 R
American Sniper, The Hangover, and American Hustle are only a few of the movies Bradley Cooper has starred in. People magazine’s “World’s Sexiest Man” in 2011 has a sense of adventure in him.
Cooper enjoys a good KTM 1190 RC8 R and also owns a Triumph Bonneville. Not only does he ride his through California, but he also has these bikes ready for him while shooting movies overseas. His love for motorcycles is evident, based on that simple fact alone.
Olivia Munn Practiced When No One Was Looking
Olivia Munn got her start in TV journalism before she made the transition to the big screen. Munn grew up with two brothers, and one owned a custom motorcycle shop, so that exposed Munn to the bike life early.
When the actress first started, she admitted that it was too scary to ride the motorcycle in traffic. Munn liked going around her neighborhood when no one was around to see. She eventually gained enough confidence to get out of her community.
Reynolds Started Riding Young
When Ryan Reynolds was only 15, he began riding on a Honda CB750 and instantly grew attached. His passion for bikes is as real as they come. When he moved to Los Angeles at 18, he started riding to help clear his mind, much like he does today.
Reynolds has a thing for café racers but also has many custom made motorcycles given to him by legendary builders Deus Ex Machina and Kott. “There’s nothing to do on a bike but ride and breathe,” he said.
Cruise Doesn’t Only Ride Them In Movies
Tom Cruise, of Mission Impossible fame, has a knack for starring in roles that require insane stunts in airplanes, cars, and motorcycles. Cruise doesn’t only do it in film, as he has a passion for bikes in real life.
He’s adored them since he was a kid, with the Vyrus 987 C3 V4 being one of his favorites. Living on the edge is something Cruise loves as well, and what better way to carry that out then by racing the highways on a motorcycle?
Hugh Laurie And The Triumph Bonneville
Many know Hugh Laurie as House and nothing else. That’s the role that gave him his widespread recognition, and also fans got to witness his love for bikes as the show came to an end.
Laurie rides different types, but he has a strong interest in the Triumph Bonneville. Los Angeles residents get the chance to see Laurie riding around from time to time. Outside of the Triumph, he also enjoys the Yamaha XJR 1300 and the Honda CBR600RR.
Tyson Beckford Was Only 12 When He Started
At 12, Tyson Beckford hopped on a motorcycle for the first time and must’ve fallen in love. His affinity for bikes is something many know in Hollywood, so he’s taken several biking roles in music videos and movies.
He enjoys motorcycles so much that he even uses them to help donate charity. Beckford rode a hog across the country to bring awareness and raise funds for an HIV cure. What a great way to utilize your passion.
The Fast Michelle Rodriguez
As one of the stars in a top-grossing film franchise about fast cars, it would only make sense that Michelle Rodriguez enjoys a great motorcycle. Not only does she play a tough character on the screen, but she’s got the same bravado in real life.
She’s biked her Ducati around Los Angeles and doesn’t mind showing up smelling like motor oil. Her persona makes her acting even more believable. Rodriguez also has a nice fleet of cars as well.
Jason Momoa Keeps It Vintage
If you asked Jason Momoa to name one thing he loves, he would more than likely say his vintage motorcycle. Sure, he could name his wife or acting, but his bike is a precious jewel to him.
Many Los Angeles locals get to see him riding it around. The former Game of Thrones actor looks like he’s at home when he’s on top of that thing. Not everyone has that something that makes them happy no matter what, but Momoa does.
David Beckham Likes Many Bikes
There was a time when David Beckham ruled English football. With those days in the past, Beckham occupies his time in other ways, like riding motorcycles. Riding on the highway at top speeds must be as exhilarating as racing down the pitch looking to score a goal.
Beckham rides a nice variety of customized Harleys, but it was a Triumph he rode when starring in the BBC documentary, Into The Unknown. In that, he and three others drove motorcycles through Brazil for the World Cup.
Pink Likes “Carbon-fiber And Chrome”
Rockstar Pink knows what she likes. Online she posted, “some girls like diamonds, I like heavy metal and carbon-fiber and chrome.” In an episode of Punk’d, Ashton Kutcher made Pink believe she was about to get apprehended for purchasing a motorcycle.
She and her husband Corey Hart own many bikes. As a present, Hart gave Pink a Cherokee Indian that he built himself. She also has a Harley-Davidson Sportster XL Iron 883N.
Leno’s Iconic Love For Motorcycles
Jay Leno’s love for motorcycles and automobiles has only grown over the years. As he served as a legendary late-night talk show host, Leno’s passion for bikes became legendary. He owns around 100 motorcycles!
In his collection, Leno has old and new, with a mix of rare like the 1931 Henderson Four, Brough Superiors, and the exclusive jet-powered Y2K. That last one once melted the bumper of the vehicle behind him as he waited at a light.
As Long As He Has His Suit, Tie, And Motorbike…
Former boy band member Justin Timberlake ended up having a fabulous career after deciding to go solo and he’s still going strong. Now, Timberlake isn’t the first celebrity that comes to mind when you think of bike riders, but you should never judge a book by its cover.
It doesn’t happen often, especially now since he’s a doting father, but he gets to escape the paparazzi and hit the open road occasionally. Whenever he’s on a bike, he’s bringing sexy back.
Wonder Woman With Wonder Wheels
Growing up an Israeli citizen, Gal Gadot had to serve in the military for two years just like the rest. That helped shape her into a tough and determined woman destined for fame.
Her break out role was in Fast and Furious, and fans loved her so much that she came back for Fast Five. Seeing her on the Ducati bike was what sealed the deal, and even Gadot grew to love it. She would go on to buy a 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R, a fitting bike for Wonder Woman.
Reeves Keeps It Edgy
Keanu Reeves’ bike collection might not be as impressive as Jay Leno’s but its still fabulous. Having a ton of unique bikes wasn’t enough for the Matrix star so he decided to open a motorcycle company.
Together with bike builder Gard Hollinger, the two formed Arch Motorcycle Company. Reeves met Hollinger while visiting a custom bike shop to look for a sissy bar. Under the partnership, the duo released Keanu’s first original design, the KRGT-1.
Bale Loves To Ride
After seeing Christian Bale cruise the movie screens on the Batman bike, you could sense he enjoyed doing it. As big of a fan as he is, after having his daughter, his wife convinced him to stop riding in public.
Bale switched to racing on the track until he had an accident and promised not to race anymore. His racing days might be behind him, but that doesn’t mean his love for motorcycles disappeared too.
Orlando Bloom, The BMW Junkie
Aside from acting, Orlando Bloom has a love for motorcycles, specifically the BMW kind. Bloom has a handful of BMW models, including classics from back in the day. Probably the most famous one he has is the custom-built S1000R.
What’s even more awesome than his timeless bikes is the fact that he brings his dog along with him for rides sometimes! His name his Mighty and he’s carried in a bag while getting a face full of fresh air.
An Accident Couldn’t Stop Butler
Even after sustaining an accident in 2017, Gerard Butler didn’t quit riding! That’s either a sign of true love or not learning from your mistakes, but we’ll go with both for this instance. The easy thing to do is quit, but Butler didn’t.
Butler’s history of bike journeys includes Indonesia and India, two extremely dangerous countries for road travel. Out of all his trips, Butler says riding through Zion National Park, Utah, was his favorite.
Priyanka Chopra Enjoys A Nice Ride
Like Justin Timberlake, Priyanka Chopra is someone you might not expect to ride motorcycles. The huge Bollywood star and Quantico actress enjoys a good ride and has for many years now.
In 2014, Chopra purchases a unique pink Harley-Davidson Superplow which is a sight to see! The public caught her and husband Nick Jonas riding around a few times and she says that driving a cool Harley really excites her. Here she’s getting the feel of a sports bike. Maybe that’s next on the list.
Brad Pitt Loves The Secrecy
Many celebrities will admit that not having as much privacy as they want is a pain at times. They’re stars, so they can’t do much about it, but Brad Pitt figured how to reduce some of the attention and it’s through motorcycles.
Outside of the freedom it provides, Pitt admits that riding bikes through the streets of Los Angeles helps with anonymity. The moment he puts on that helmet, Pitt gets to blend in with everyone else.
Adam Levine’s Happy Place
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine doesn’t need much to gain attention from his female fan base. Riding around Los Angeles on a Harley is just an added bonus.
His go-to choice for a bike is a bigger, black V-twin, with his Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy, backing that statement up. He also enjoys taking his wife, Behati Prinsloo, out on joy rides when he gets the chance. That’s some precious cargo!
Miley Cyrus Loves The Thrill
Now that she’s past her Disney phase, it’s pretty funny thinking about the old Miley Cyrus or Hannah Montana. Cyrus left the innocence behind and became her own woman who enjoys a Cam-Am Spyder her father bought as a gift in 2013.
Not only does she ride the Spyder, but she also takes trips on a classic Harley that she’s used as props for concerts. She hasn’t caused much commotion lately outside of her split with her husband, but we never know what the future holds for Miley.
Clooney Had To Give It Up
When something you love dearly ends up threatening your livelihood, the best course of action is to give it a break or stop for good. George Clooney chose the former in 2007 but went with the latter after a 2018 incident. His garage still holds high-end bikes.
“I split my helmet in half. It knocked me out of my shoes. I was hit hard. I was just waiting for the switch to turn off because I broke his windshield with my head,” Clooney said. “It got both Grant and me, after 40 years of riding together, off of motorcycles for good. I had to quit. It was bad,” he added.
Tim Allen Chooses Ducati
Former Santa Clause and Home Improvement star, Tim Allen has a thing for bikes too. He probably has many, but his Ducati Diavel is a prized possession of his. We think anyone would cherish one of those beauties.
Allen spent roughly $20,000 on his, a price that the person who voices Buzz Lightyear can more than likely pay with one check and still have money to invest. Be careful out there, Buzz!
Miranda Kerr Has Loved Motorcycles Since She Was Five
Miranda Kerr made history when she became the first Victoria’s Secret Angel from Australia. Modeling helped launch her career, and so did her long relationship with Orlando Bloom. Kerr and Bloom had at least one thing in common: their love of bikes.
Kerr started riding when she was only five. She’s used personal motorcycles for photoshoots in the past, like her Honda Superhawk. Kerr told the Daily Mail shes more interested in a smaller size.
Affleck Cruises Through Los Angeles
Ben Affleck’s career is one that up-and-coming actors can aspire to. He’s landed major roles and racked up fantastic numbers at the box office. That translates to the actor bringing in loads of cash that he used to purchase a BMW 1000RR motorcycle.
You can find him cruising the streets of Los Angeles on his 1000RR. Thanks to the unique aspects of the bike, Affleck’s easily spotted by the paparazzi, even while wearing a helmet.
Queen Latifah Rides Fast
Queen Latifah is a long-time entertainer who isn’t afraid of much. Her name might sound like royalty, but she sure doesn’t ride like it! When she isn’t getting transported around, she might be on her Honda CBR.
Latifah was in a major accident in the past, but thankfully, she survived it like George Clooney. That was in 2008, over a decade ago, so unlike Clooney, Latifah didn’t give it up. Let’s hope she stays safe!
Is Norman Reedus Obsessed With The Triumph?
Norman Reedus, or as The Walking Dead fans know him as, Daryl Dixon, has an intense love for motorcycles. He has a TV show called Ride With Norman Reedus, where he takes unique motorcycles for a ride in the company of celebrities.
Reedus used to work at Dr. Carl’s Hog Hospital, a Harley shop in Venice Beach, California. In an interview with AMC, Reedus said that he owns a Harley, two Triumphs, a Honda, and Tiger 800.
Katee Sackhoff Rides In Style
You might know her as Captain Kara Thrace from Battlestar Galactica, but in real life, she’s Katee Sackhoff. The actress owns a super nice Honda XL600R Enduro that she brought to Classified Moto so they could customize it however they wished.
Their first creation was so well-received, that Sackhoff decided to let them get crazy with another bike again. The second time, they ended up creating what’s now called the KT675. In the past, she’s also ridden to help raise funds for HIV patients.
Jewel Uses Her Bike To Help Focus
Singer Jewel Kilcher loves bikes as much as anyone else on this list. You probably haven’t heard from her in a while, probably because she’s focusing living in the moment with the help of her motorcycle.
“When I drive a car, I am able to let my mind wander to worry about work, or even to write a song,” she said. “But on my bike, safety is first, and it forces me to focus and live in the present, and so the scenery and the day and the air and curve in front of me fill all my senses — it’s great.”
Alanis Morissette Fell In Love With Riding After A Trip To Big Sur
If you don’t know who Alanis Morissette is, she’s a Canadian singer popular for her hit single, “Ironic.” It wasn’t until the age of 30 that she decided to learn how to ride so that she could join a friend at Big Sur.
Not too long after, she fell in love and would go on to buy a Ducati S4RS Monster. “I find it really powerful,” she told the Ottawa Citizen in 2008, “It’s such an open road to riding motorcycles and there’s a freedom to it that I’m sure touches somewhere in my songwriting process.”
Kid Rock Is Quite The Collector
Kid Rock is another celebrity that’s really into collecting vehicles, and it probably comes as no surprise that he loves bikes. Harley-Davidson was a title sponsor of his 2013 Rebel Soul tour.
Polaris even made him a custom three-wheeler which is appropriately named The Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R. Its 2.4-liter E-tec engine produces 400 horsepower, all housed in an aerodynamic carbon-fiber body. He also has a customized motorbike that was a gift from his record label.
Zac Brown And Indian Teamed Up
Singer and guitarist Zac Brown, frontman for the Zac Brown Band, is an avid biker. “I try to get away and take my motorcycle on a ride whenever I can,” he said. “I’ll take my bike out before the show and just cruise.”
He and Indian teamed up to create a custom Chieftain Dark Horse, turning it into a “V-Twin powered showcase of American craftsmanship.” The bike was built for an auction to benefit Brown’s charity, which gives children a chance to go to summer camp.
Bikes Don’t Horrify Stephen King
The legendary American horror author Stephen King is best known for writing bone-chilling stories that have been turned into hit films such as The Shining, Children of the Corn, Pet Sematary, and Christine (about a haunted car).
When he’s not writing, the “King of Horror” loves getting on a bike and even guest-starred in an episode of Sons of Anarchy, for which he got to ride a Harley-Davidson Road-Glide (not pictured). He wrote, “I would have been glad to take it home… All black clothes, bright red sled—can’t do much better than that.” He’s said to own a 1986 Heritage Softail.
A Wreck Forced Jillian Michaels To Stop Riding And Sell Her Bikes
Celebrity fitness coach and former trainer on The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels used to be an avid rider. She wishes she still could be, but a wreck forced her to quit. She owned a Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle and a Ducati D16 GP10 RR in the past.
She once auctioned off a customized Yamaha FZ1 to benefit Haiti. In 2018 she tweeted this photo with the caption, “#tbt to before [I] sold all my motorcycles to avoid an accidental death, orphaning my kids, and making a widow out of Heidi.”
John Travolta Once Starred In A Honda Commercial
Motorcycle enthusiasts may or may not be into the 2007 biker road comedy Wild Hogs. John Travolta co-starred in it alongside Tim Allen, William H. Macy, and Martin Lawrence. It’s been said that Travolta was already completely at-ease riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles when he showed up for filming.
Ages before that, in the 1970s, Travolta was in a Honda motorcycle commercial playing a delivery driver. His better-known off-screen hobby is flying planes, however. Travolta is an accomplished pilot (and even has his own airport).