Is there something sexier than a man with a bike?
I’ve been meaning to reblog this set for ages. First, to answer the question: yes, a woman with hers.
Now, the various crap that I usually blather about.
Starting from the bottom; Benedict Cumberbatch. There’s not enough of that scooter for me to identify it, but I’m guessing from the ‘hammerhead’ shape that it’s a Piaggio.
Ewen MacGregor is on an ancient v-twin something. Whatever that sucker is, it is likely from the 60s.
William Shatner is on a Montesa (that needed new fork seals when the picture was taken) that, if it was in good condition, would be a collector’s item, because everybody back then beat the crap out of them (because that what they were for). Montesa was out of Spain. If they’re still around, they probably only do trials bikes now.
I have no idea who the guy is on the 70s chopped and raked Kawasaki is [edit: Mickey Rourke], but if he wanted to sell it, those particular bikes are the bosozoku bike of choice. He would fit right in around my neighborhood. It even seems to have the raised headlight they go for over here.
Um, Chris Pine? I keep seeing him reblogged on my dash. IDK. Anyway, he’s on a Ducati Diavel. I’m not fond of Ducati and I despise the Diavel, which is Ducati’s attempt to win even more conquests from HD. The End.
Keanu Reeves with what might be a Norton Commando 850; every motorcyclists’ wet dream back in the mid 1970s. This was one of the bikes most like to be given the cafe racer treatment in Great Britain. Actually, if that red button is electric start, it is more likely a 1975 MK3 Norton Commando 850.
Hugh Jackman on a vintage Triumph America or Bonneville T100. You can tell it’s vintage by looking at the emblem. The swoop that comes down from the R ends behind the H. If it ended before or is incorporated into the H, then you’re dealing with something significantly newer.
Hugh Laurie's blacked-out Bonneville T100 is a recent model. Take a look at the emblem; the swoosh from the R is incorporated into the H . Easy! Now you can impress your friends by telling apart these often seemingly identical bikes. You might think, oh just look for carbs, but the new T100’s have fake carbs! They are actually fuel injected; they hide the injectors inside the carburetors. Sneaky.
I don’t know this guys name [edit: it’s Adrien Brody], but as you can guess from his leathers, he’s on a Ducati; if not for the leathers the bike’s tubular frame would make Duc a good guess. I’m not sure which Duc that is, obviously something beefy and naked.
And finally… another actor I don’t know [edit: Zachary Quinto]. (I’m not into celebrities, I’m sorry.) BUT THAT BIKE is an interesting topic. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a Buell 1125r. Ever heard of one of those? If you’re into AMA racing, you may have and if you cheered for it you may be a NASCAR dad. I won’t get into that unless anybody asks specifically (which you will if you want me to froth at the mouth).
Anyway, Buell was Harley Davidson’s foray into road-racing sport bikes. (They do flat-trackers, but that’s yet another story that pisses me off.) When the financial crisis hit America, motorcycle sales dropped by some ungodly percent; Harley accounted for 80% of the industry loss. So they dropped MV Augusta (they had just acquired it the year prior) and Buell. That spelled the end for mass production; but Buell had always produced one-off racing bikes so, while it was a huge loss for Erik Buell, he was no worse off really than he was ten years prior when he was buying engines from HD for race bikes.
Okay, enjoy another really rambly bike post wherein I reveal I’m more interested in the bikes than the people that ride them.