Our parents told us that motorcycles weren’t cool. Too dangerous, they said. Well, they were wrong. Motorcycles look awesome. Even more so when a famous person is riding them. Here are 40 retro photos of celebrities looking impossibly cool on two wheels.
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Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda ride their choppers—with Luke Askew on the back of Fonda’s—in a publicity still for the 1969 film Easy Rider.
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Brigitte Bardot rehearses for a New Year’s Eve television show in Paris in 1967.
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Richard Crenna challenges Steve McQueen to a race, pedicab vs. motorcycle, on the set of The Sand Pebbles in 1966.
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Clint Eastwood poses for a publicity photo for his 1968 movie Coogan’s Bluff.
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Mick Jagger gets a ride to a show in 1976.
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Christie Brinkley rides a motorcycle with Olivier Chandon in 1982.
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Hunter S. Thompson sits on his Penton motorcycle with a rifle on his Aspen ranch in 1976.
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Fats Domino on a Dax Honda motorbike in France in 1980.
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Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke film a scene for The Gauntlet in 1977.
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Grace Jones sits on a motorcycle with Jimmy Baio, Divine, an exotic dancer, and an unidentified woman in 1981.
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Cher rides her Harley in a Harley-Davidson parade in Beverly Hills in 1994.
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The Jacksons take a family photo at their home in California in 1971.
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Paul Simonon of the Clash and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols ride motorcycles together in 1987.
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Meatloaf on his motorbike in 1978.
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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi film an SNL sketch in 1978.
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Josh Brolin attends a motorcycle ride to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1988.
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Mr. T poses on a motorbike in 1983.
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Elvis Presley on the set of Clambake in 1976.
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Lenny Kravitz gets his picture taken on a motorcycle in 1996.
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Elizabeth Taylor attends a motorcycle rally in 1987.
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Dan Aykroyd goes for a ride in 1988.
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Hall and Oates pose with a Yamaha in 1983.
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Christian Slater poses with a motorbike for the 1988 film Heathers.
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Jay Leno poses with one of the motorcycles in his collection in 1989.
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Ringo and his wife Barbara Bach take a ride in London in 1989.
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Marlon Brando poses for a picture as a biker gang leader in the 1953 film The Wild One.
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Sammy Davis Jr. arrives at an event in a snakeskin suit in 1970.
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Lou Reed makes an album cover in 1982.
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Joe Namath and Ann-Margaret starring in C.C. and Company in 1970.
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Eric Bloom brings a bike onstage during a Blue Oyster Cult show at Madison Square Garden in 1981.
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