There’s more to motorbikes than big wheeled Harleys; in fact, some of the best motorbikes of them all are smaller, lighter, faster and a whole lot more exciting, especially when ridden on specially designed dirt or trials tracks. We’re talking motocross, and it’s the motor sport that’s taking America and the world by storm. The great thing is that anyone with a suitable bike and license can take part, and there are high quality tracks such as McLarty MX to be found in every state. Here are four legendary celebrities who love motocross riding and culture.
1. Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen sadly passed away in 1980, but he left a string of legendary films behind him including ‘The Great Escape‘ in which he rode a motorbike both as himself and as the German officer chasing him. McQueen was a real-life dirt bike enthusiast, and he actually competed in professional off-road motorbike racing, a passion which led to him narrating the film ‘Any Given Sunday’. These bikes of forty years ago have evolved into the sophisticated motocross bikes of today, so we’re sure Steve would have been a natural on one.
2. Jay Leno
Jay Leno can certainly talk the talk, which is how he became one of the most successful and loved talk show hosts of all time. Jay has spent his life in the fast-paced celebrity world, but he doesn’t slow down when he’s off screen either, as one of the greatest loves of his life is his collection of over 60 motorbikes. Among this collection are a number of motocross bikes, and his passion is further exemplified by his connection with the Love Ride charity motorcycling event which has raised millions of dollars for great causes.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnie famously rode a Harley Fat Boy in his smash hit film Terminator 2, but his love of all things two wheeled isn’t limited to the silver screen. As you may expect Arnie rides his bikes to the limit, and he paid the price in 2001 after crashing and breaking six ribs. Thankfully, motocross circuits have safety and the correct protective equipment as their first priority, which is why those who use them usually say, ‘I’ll be back’.
4. Sheryl Crow
Motocross is a sport loved by both men and women and singing superstar Sheryl Crow is a perfect example of that. Sheryl is loved by the worldwide paparazzi and has been snapped a number of times in motocross gear, and with a motocross helmet. Maybe it’s this love of motocross that inspired her to write the hit song ‘Steve McQueen’, but at the end of the day it seems that all Sheryl wants to do is have some fun on her bikes.
Motocross bikes and equipment don’t have to cost a lot of money, but they sure give a lot of money. If these legendary celebrities from show business, film and music have inspired you to try the sport out, put safety first and head to an authorized motocross circuit. It’s the most fun you can have on two wheels.