Top 10 Motorcycle Accidents of the Rich & Famous

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Duane Allman

Duane Allman and Barry Oakley

In 1971, the guitarist for The Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton’s project Derek and the Dominos was killed in a crash while riding his Harley-Davidson Sportster in Macon, GA. Allman, 24, reportedly slowed to let a flatbed truck carrying a huge crane boom make a left-hand turn in front of him. He then swerved toward the center of the road, apparently so he could swing around the outside of the truck; but in the middle of its turn the flatbed suddenly rumbled to a stop. Allman ran right into it. The crane’s weight ball knocked him off his Harley, which bounced up in the air and off of Allman’s chest before skidding to a stop along the curb. The guitarist was not killed instantly – in fact, news reports maintain he had no visible injuries except some bumps and scrapes – but died in surgery later that evening.

Eerily, almost exactly one year later, Barry Oakley, the Allman Brothers Band’s bassist, crashed his Triumph into the side of a Macon city bus, just a few blocks away.

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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.

  • Dilt

    Just cuz someone hits your vagina with a helmet, doesn’t mean its a crash.