Magazine article Ebony

Celebrity Motorcycle Brigade: A Growing Number of Black Celebrities Are Taking to the Road on Motorized Bikes

Magazine article Ebony

Celebrity Motorcycle Brigade: A Growing Number of Black Celebrities Are Taking to the Road on Motorized Bikes

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It was once considered a sport for the eccentric, an activity enjoyed by leather-clad boys with tattoos, mohawks and attitudes. But today, motorcycling has become a national obssession, with executives and celebrities hopping on the two-wheeled bandwagon.

Across the country, an estimated 30.5 million people ride motorcycles. While some love the roar of the engine and the pure power the machines possess, others get a thrill out of the blight colors and futuristic designs. Still others see motorcycling as a practical and fun way to avoid traffic jams and parking problems in America's larger cities.

Among these new riders indulging themselves in the sport are African-American singers, actors, athletes and other celebrities. In fact, motorcycling by the rich and famous has become so popular at least one motorcycle manufacturer has started a celebrity-lider program.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who plays "Carlton" on The Fresh Prince o Bel Air, is passionate about his Suzuki GSXR-1100. "It's so great to have a motorcycle in the state of California," says the New York native. "During the warm months, which is pretty much all of the time, I ride my [bike] to the set. …

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