MotoStars: Celebrities and Motorcycles
Priceless machines, exclusive memorabilia and tales from celebrities’ favorite two-wheel adventures
Throughout history, motorcycles have played a starring role in the public and private lives of a significant number of celebrities and personalities. Whether they are adventure tourers, collectors, builders or ambassadors of the sport, each MotoStar has a unique story to tell about what fueled their interest and love for riding. Museum visitors found these private glimpses into the community of motorcycling especially compelling.
"Motorcycling, whether an occasional hobby or lifelong obsession, has always connected individuals from very different walks of life," says Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Director Mark Mederski. "Whether you work in a factory, the corporate suite, or on a Hollywood set, you’ll always have a shared bond and make new friends if you spend time on two wheels."
Notable celebrities featured in the 8,000-square-foot exhibit included:
- Rock legend, "Rush" drummer and lyricist, Neil Peart
- Multi-platinum country artist Keith Urban (right)
- General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz
- Auto racing legend and Alligator motorcycle inventor and manufacturer, Dan Gurney
- Jeff Lacy, super middleweight boxing star
- Wally Dallenbach, Sr., champion race car driver and founder of the Colorado 500
- "King of the Kustomizers" George Barris
Famous movie bikes included the 2004 MV Agusta F4-SPR ridden by Will Smith in "I, Robot" and the LAPD bike from "Terminator 2: Judgment Day".
Exotic custom motorcycles designed and built by Austin Weiss for entertainers such as will.i.am, frontman for hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas, and Carlos Mencia, critically acclaimed comic and star of Comedy Central’s "Mind of Mencia," were also featured.
MotoStars: The Book
This richly illustrated 168-page companion to the exhibit presents a comprehensive examination of the relationship between celebrities and motorcycling and the impact of celebrity culture on the motorcycle industry.