Top 10 Motorcycle Accidents of the Rich & Famous

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Ann-Margret

Ann Margret

The 1960s sex kitten was thrown off her motorcycle in Brainerd, MN. in August of 2000, suffering three broken ribs and a fractured left shoulder. The next day Ann-Margret, 59 at the time, carried on as Grand Marshal of the Colonel’s Truck Accessories National Hot Rod Association Nationals, riding in a pace car with her left arm in a sling and waving to 140,000 people. The next year on Larry King Live, she talked about the accident.

ANN-MARGRET: I hit some sugar sand and just went off. And I bumped and bumped and bumped. And I thought: ‘Well, this is a beautiful lawn.’ And then I hit something.
KING: And do you still ride motorcycles?
ANN-MARGRET: I have a beautiful, brand-new one waiting for me.
KING: A Harley?
ANN-MARGRET: Hand-painted, lavender, with gorgeous, gorgeous daises.
KING: But why do you ride motorcycles?
ANN-MARGRET: Why do you do this show?
KING: Well, it ain’t going to send me off the cliff.
ANN-MARGRET: No, but don’t you love it?
KING: Yes, I love it. But why do you love motorcycles?
ANN-MARGRET: It is everything.

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  • Bob D

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  • james lagnese

    No Billy Joel?

  • CrashFroelich

    Big Ben’s ride was a ‘Busa. Not a great choice for a starter bike. Mike Tyson got bit by a ‘Busa as well.

  • Glenn

    Running a stop sign is not a motorcycle accident. It is evolution in action, to dumb to breed.

    • TonyCarlos

      Do you mean “too dumb to ……?”

      • zenmonger

        Hay dont make fun uv glen cuz he be two dum to reed or rite

  • Jim Miller

    Forgot Schwarzenegger.

  • TonyCarlos

    BMW never made the R1200RS that you’ve reported Fonda as owning.

  • Billlllyyyyy

    What about T.E Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia? Surely the most famous motorcycle crash of all time, ending the life of a true hero of the first world war and a person of far more consequence in both life and death than anyone else on this list (including Bob Dylan… though maybe not Hasslehoff); after all, wasn’t it his accident that prompted the first motorcycle helmet to be made?

  • Nearsighted

    If I had to crash into something I think a vagina would be my first choice, but not a lawyer’s vagina.

  • zenmonger

    Have to agree with Billy; TE Lawrence should rate over half those mentioned in the article. Like Ann-Margret and Fonda, he was clearly a true enthusiast, and you just know that if he had survived he would have gotten right back in the saddle again.

  • zenmonger

    Have to agree with Billy; TE Lawrence should rate over half those mentioned in the article. Like Ann-Margret and Fonda, he was clearly a true enthusiast, and you just know that if he had survived he would have gotten right back in the saddle again.

  • Piglet2010

    No Bobby Petrino who indirectly got fired from Arkansas due to a motorcycle accident, or NBA second overall pick Jay Williams who ended his short career due to crashing a motorcycle?

  • Piglet2010

    Too much ego in most cases to get proper training and wear proper gear, and no one willing to verbally slap them for their attitude.