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Eight Famous Military Veterans Who Rode Motorcycles

As most of our readers know, motorcycles have been a popular mode of transportation for decades, allowing riders to hit the open road and feel the wind in their hair. But did you know that some of the world’s most famous military veterans were also avid motorcycle riders? This article by Michael Ehline will explore eight famous military veterans who found joy and relaxation on two wheels.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley is perhaps best known as the “King of Rock and Roll,” but he also served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. During his time in the military, he discovered a love for motorcycles and became an avid rider. In fact, he even purchased a Harley Davidson while stationed in Germany and shipped it back to the United States when his service was over.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen was a famous actor who starred in movies like “The Great Escape” and “Bullitt.” He also served in the United States Marine Corps and was a passionate motorcycle rider. He even competed in off-road motorcycle races, and some of his motorcycle scenes in movies were performed by him instead of a stuntman.

Ted Turner

Ted Turner is a media mogul and philanthropist who founded CNN and Turner Broadcasting System. He also served in the United States Coast Guard and was an avid motorcycle rider. In fact, he once rode a motorcycle from New York to California in just 46 hours.

Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Forbes was the publisher of Forbes magazine and a well-known motorcycle enthusiast. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He often rode his motorcycle in charity events and was known for his love of Harley Davidsons.

Charley Boorman

Charley Boorman is a British actor and adventurer who has traveled the world on motorcycles. He served in the British Army before becoming an actor, and he has since used his love of motorcycles to explore remote and challenging areas of the world. He has documented his travels in several television series and books.

Clarence “Kelly” Johnson

Clarence “Kelly” Johnson was an aeronautical engineer and the founder of Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works division. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps (modernly the Air Force) and was known for his love of motorcycles. He often rode a Harley Davidson to work and even designed his own custom motorcycle.

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel was a famous motorcycle daredevil who became a cultural icon in the 1970s. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. He gained fame for his death-defying motorcycle stunts and jumps, and his legacy continues to inspire daredevils and riders around the world.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is a well-known actor who has starred in blockbuster movies like “Top Gun” and “Mission Impossible.” He also served in the United States Army Reserves and is an avid motorcycle rider. He has been photographed riding motorcycles on movie sets and in his personal life.


These military veterans are just a few examples of the many people who have found joy and relaxation on two wheels. Whether it’s cruising down the highway or tackling rugged terrain, motorcycles offer a unique and thrilling experience for riders of all ages and backgrounds. And while these famous veterans may have found success in their respective careers, they never forgot their love for motorcycles and the sense of freedom that comes with hitting the open road. We also know there are health benefits to riding motorcycles, so come join us at the Paul Ehline Memorial Ride.

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