Marlon Brando was expelled from high school for driving a motorcycle in the hallways en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Jimmy the Crow who appeared in over 1,000 features from the β€˜30s through the β€˜50s. He was trained in an assortment of tricks, such as typing, opening letters, and even riding a tiny motorcycle. Jimmy Stewart said he was the β€œsmartest actor” on the set of It’s A Wonderful Life. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_…
James Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator in Terminator 2. Idol got into a serious motorcycle accident before filming and Robert Patrick was cast instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-1…
After a fatal motorcycle accident in India, the pΠΎlΡ–ce took the bike to a nearby station, but on numerous occasions, it disappeared before dawn and was found back at the accident site. A shrine dedicated to the bike was then built at the site, with hundreds praying there daily for a safe journey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_…
Today I learned of the McGuire twins, former wrestlers and Guinness World Record heaviest twins. One died on a motorcycle at 32 yrs, driving to Niagara Falls's Ripley's Believe It Or Not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2011, a Japanese company released a motorcycle that runs on "biogas" - human faeces - with the seat featuring a built-in toilet, and a giant roll of toilet paper mounted at the rear end. The motorcycle can also play music, write messages in the air using residual light imagery, and talk cnet.com/news/toilet-moto…
When Lawrence of Arabia was killed in a motorcycle accident in May 1935, his doctor, Hugh Cairns, realized that his life might have been saved had Lawrence been wearing a helmet. Cairns introduced crash helmets for military dispatch riders, thereby reducing fatalities by 50%. rcseng.ac.uk/library-and-…
Today I learned of Henri Tovell, a french orphan who sneaked into the 1918 Christmas celebrations of the Australian Flying Corp. He was "smuggled" back to Australia by Timothy Tovell who later adopted him. He died in a motorcycle accident 8 years later. onehundredstories.anu.edu…
In 2011, a New York man died on his motorcycle while participating in a protest against the law for mandatory helmets. The police say he would likely have survived had he worn a helmet. abcnews.go.com/US/york-ri…
In 2011 the US Attorney's Office attempted to seize the trademark of the logo of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle club. This was the first time the US federal government tried to use trademark law as a tactic to fight organized crime. latimesblogs.latimes.com/…
'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' received 126 rejections before publication en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen…
A man named beneficiaries in his will by picking 70 random names out of a phone book. His estate included a 12-room apartment in Lisbon, a house, a luxury car, two motorcycles, and money in bank accounts. Each beneficiary received several thousand euros. theguardian.com/world/200…
US Marine SSgt Jonathan Turner’s remains were to be boxed up and mailed from CA to GA, but hundreds from motorcycle group "The Patriot Guard Riders" stepped up to create a dignified caravan to bring his remains home. Turner served 7 tours in Iraq & Afghanistan and died of combat wounds in CA. tribunist.com/news/bikers…
Ann-Margret broke three ribs and her shoulder in a motorcycle accident at age 59 and was NHRA grand marshal the next day. And bought another bike. transcripts.cnn.com/TRANS…
Led Zeppelin used to rent entire hotel sections and thrash them so much that they received multiple permanent bans from the establishments. Most notable being John Bohnam driving a motorcycle at a rented hotel floor soundod.com/10-led-zeppel…
Meth is called crank because the motorcycle gangs that trafficked it use to hide it in the crank case of their motorcycles. epmonthly.com/article/met…
Dunlop tires actually come from four different companies - depending on the market, the brand is owned by either Goodyear, Sumitomo, Continental or Ruia Group. In fact, in North America Goodyear makes Dunlop car tires, while Sumitomo makes the motorcycle ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
Famous stunt performer and daredevil Evel Knievel was about to die because he couldn't get a life-saving liver transplant. When he was literally going to die in his house he got a phonecall. There was a liver available from a young guy who just passed away... in a motorcycle accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
In the Pagan’s motorcycle club, women are not allowed to walk alone, are referred to as either β€œold lady” or β€œthe property of”. Also, women that are β€œshared” are referred to as β€œpets” and the men aren’t allowed to marry them. nj.com/news/2019/10/the-p…
James Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator in Terminator 2. Idol got into a serious motorcycle accident before filming and Robert Patrick was cast instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-1…
Although the United States Mint Police is one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies, only one of its officers has died in the line of duty since 1792 - a motorcycle accident in 2005 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Harley-Davidson filed a trademark application in 1994 for the sound produced by their motorcycles. After many objections and even litigation, they dropped all efforts in 2000. svw.co.za/the-harley-davi…
Indo-Canadian organized crime groups (of Indian origin) are the third major homegrown organized crime problem in Canada, next to outlaw motorcycle clubs and Native American criminal organizations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
A guy had his foot/leg amputated after a motorcycle accident. He cooked the body part and served it to friends as fajita tacos. vice.com/en_us/article/gy…
In 1965 Edward Turner from British motorcycle company BSA said that small Japanese bikes were good for BSA, as they would attract potential riders of bigger bikes. However, he did not predict that the Japanese would then export attractive larger motorcycles, thus threatening companies like BSA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Only 19 states including D.C. in the U.S. have universal motorcycle helmet laws that require all riders to wear helmets. Illinois and Iowa have no state law on the books while all other states anyone over the age of 17 to 20 depending on the state is not required to wear a helmet while riding. valuepenguin.com/motorcyc…
Today I learned of the 'Universal Japanese Motorcycle' of the 1970s and 80s, which were seen as simultaneously cheaper, more reliable, and better-built than American and British models. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Harley Davidson V-Rod was developed in collaboration with Porsche and was their first motorcycle that used water cooling and overhead cams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In Taiwan and South Korea, unless there is an emergency, motorcycles are forbidden on the freeways. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The reason there are Yamaha motorcycles and Yamaha pianos is that post-WW2 Yamaha, a musical instrument manufacturer, repurposed their war-time machinery to build motorcycles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yam…
Sylvester H. Roper invented what may have been the first motorcycle. He died when he fell off his invention while racing riders on normal bicycles. The cause of death was found to be heart failure, although it is unknown if the crash was the cause of it, or if his heart failed before the crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
Rush drummer Neil Peart traveled 28,000 miles on his BMW motorcycle between 72 shows in 2012/2013. cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/…
Maria Sharapova's on court grunt has been recorded at a volume of 101 decibels. That's louder than a motorcycle, a lawnmower and a small aircraft. In fact it's only 5 decibels less than a lion's roar. edition.cnn.com/2017/05/3…
β€œIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was originally planned to start with Indie riding a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China, followed by the discovery of a β€œLost World” type of hidden valley with dinosaurs. The idea was scrapped when the Chinese government refused to let them film there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Billy Idol was James Cameron's first choice for the role of T-1000 in Terminator 2 but was recast due to a motorcycle accident en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
You shouldn't remove someone's helmet after a motorcycle crash unless under specific circumstances onlinefirstaid.com/how-an…
Toto, the Japanese toilet company, created a motorcycle that runs on waste. It has a toilet for a seat. inhabitat.com/toto-toilet…
, Rollie Free set the American motorcycle land speed record in 1948 on the Bonneville Salt Flats while lying prone on the motorcycle's rear fender wearing a bathing suit, sneakers, and a shower cap (yes, there is a pic). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Australia had chariot races in the 1930s but instead of horses, they used motorcycles youtu.be/1avID4bJ3pw
Bessie Stringfield, the "Bad-Ass Black Motorcycle Queen of the 1930s," owned 27 Harleys and rode them all over the United States. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1973 the CEO of GM dismissed Honda's CVCC technology as only good for "little toy motorcycle engines." Soichiro Honda then bought a Chevy Impala with a 5.7L V8 and had engineers build a CVCC system for it. Flown back to the US, it passed EPA tests without a catalytic converter. jalopnik.com/when-honda-g…
Today I learned about Shinji Kazama, the first person to reach the North Pole by motorcycle. He then went on to become the only person to reach both poles by motorcycle, and to set the records for elevations reached by motorcycle on Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Mount Fuji. motorcyclistonline.com/re…
In 1999 a plane exploded on landing in Taiwan after gasoline fumes leaked from a bottle were ignited from a motorcycle battery which had discharged an electric arc after being jostled upon landing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Russians Race Motorcycles on Ice youtube.com/watch?v=OLZu7…
Today I learned of Jack Van Der Geest- a Dutch resistance fighter who was one of eight people to escape from Buchenwald. Pretending to be dead, at 80 lbs. he hid in a pile of bodies for 11 hours before killing a Nazi, stealing his uniform and a motorcycle to escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Keanu Reeves gave all 12 Hugo Weaving stunt doubles a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle as a surprise gift on the day they wrapped the huge fight scene in β€œThe Matrix Reloaded.” youtu.be/fQi7r-DUtgc
Today I learned of GΓΆsta Caroli, a Nazi spy who landed in England during the Second World War and was captured within a day. He attempted to escape but was caught again after he fell off a stolen motorcycle while balancing a canoe on his head in front of a policeman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
Today I learned of Bartosz Ostalowski who lost is arms in a motorcycle accident only to become one of the best professional race car drifters in Europe. He steers with his feet and uses a special prosthetic attached to his shoulder to change gears on a highly modified Nissan Skyline V8. roadandtrack.com/motorspo…
Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" was inspired by his spending a whole day in Philadelphia with a young woman he just met, named Amy Lehrhaupt. Many years later, he found out Lehrhaupt had actually died at 24 in a motorcycle accident a few weeks before production of "Before Sunrise" began slate.com/culture/2013/05…
Motorcycle maker Harley Davidson attempted to trademark their syncopated "Potato, Potatoe Potatoe" engine chug but gave up when it failed to prove the sound is unique to Harley-Davidson products. latimes.com/archives/la-x…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.