Motorcycling is an area of interest that hooks in so many people and yet still manages to exist as a relatively exclusive community in its own right. There are many connotations made when the subject is brought up – from leather to rock music. However, it would not be at all wrong to suggest that many people have the perception of it being an area all but limited to those who are male. This is not true though and women have played a significant part in motorcycling throughout its history. When it comes to the more well-known individuals who like to get that incredible buzz and enjoyment from riding one of these bikes there are both male and female examples.
As one of the most iconic on-screen male performers of the 20th century, actor Steve McQueen will always be one of the most famous individuals to be mentioned with regard to famous motorcyclists. At one point he was said to be the most in-demand and highest-paid actor in the world. He was an enthusiast when it came to motorcycles and took part in races away from the silver screen. ‘The King of Cool’ died at the age of just 50 in Mexico in 1980 after having surgery to remove a tumour.
Paris-born Brigitte Bardot became popular throughout film, music and fashion during her high-profile career in entertainment. She was a style icon and sex symbol in the eyes of many people in the 1950s and 60s and starred in films alongside the likes of Sean Connery and her so-called male equivalent Alain Delon. Now 78, she even had a song named after a Harley Davidson and the promotional photographs of her with the bike are also well-known.
A never-to-be-forgotten film legend, Marlon Brando was a big lover of motorcycles. The star of On The Waterfront, Apocalypse Now and The Godfather once told of how his early days living in New York would see him ride around the streets in the early hours with female company. Brando passed away in 2004 at the age of 80 after a career that will stand forever amongst the greatest.
The singer Alecia Moore (known as Pink) has had a high-profile marriage, separation and reconciliation with motocross racer Carey Hart and she is known for having her own huge interest in bikes. In her music career Pink has experienced widespread global success, starting out as an r&b singer before taking on a pop-rock edge over the last decade.