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Famous Bikers Who Were Marines

The world of motorcycles and the military have always shared a close relationship, with many bikers having served in the armed forces before taking up their passion for riding. I am LCpl Ehline. Below, I am going to discuss a few facts in the scuttlebutt section many of us didn’t know. The United States Marine Corps, in particular, has produced many legendary bikers who went on to make their mark in the world of motorcycling.

Here are some famous bikers who were also United States Marines:

Arlen Ness

Arlen Ness was a legendary motorcycle customizer who is credited with helping to create the chopper style of motorcycles in the 1960s and 70s. Before he became a master of motorcycle design, Ness served in the United States Marine Corps.

Eddie Trotta

Eddie Trotta is another famous motorcycle customizer who served in the Marine Corps. After leaving the military, he established Thunder Cycle Design, one of the world’s most respected custom bike builders.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen, known as “The Boss” to his fans, served in the Marine Corps before launching his music career. While he is best known for his iconic songs, he has also been an avid biker for many years.

Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman, best known for his role as J.R. Ewing on the hit TV show Dallas, served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was also an avid motorcyclist and owned several bikes over the years.

Joe Louis – Joe Louis, the legendary heavyweight boxing champion, served in the Marine Corps during World War II. After his military service, he became a passionate biker and was often seen riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.


These are just a few examples of famous bikers who served in the Marine Corps. Do you have any you think we should add to the list? These men are a testament to the strong bond between the military and the world of motorcycles, and their contributions to both have left a lasting legacy.

Modernly, bikers are that one group who stand for the Constitution, parental rights, and everything that shouts freedom. Thank you for your service, Marine bikers.

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