Top 10 Motorcycle Accidents of the Rich & Famous

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Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda

Captain America has had his share of motorcycle mishaps. In 1964, Fonda, wearing nothing but a bathing suit and loafers, rode his Triumph over a Tinsel Town speed bump and through a corner where a car was making a turn. The result: a torn-up back and a hipbone poking through his skin. Then, Fonda lost a half-inch of his height due to surgeries required after breaking his back and neck in a 1985 wreck. In 1993, he collided head-on with a deer – a wreck, he says, that cured him of riding after dark or without full gear.

And he’s feisty as ever. Earlier this month, Fonda filed a $3M lawsuit against Nordstrom and Dolce & Gabbana, claiming the retailer and fashion designer didn’t have his permission to sell – for $295, no less – a T-shirt with his likeness featuring the slogan “Easy Rider.”

In a 2007 article promoting the biker movie Ghost Rider, Fonda gave the LA Times a list of the bikes he’s owned: a BMW R 27, multiple Triumphs, a Bultaco, a Montesa, a Ducati, two BMW R1200RSs, two Harley-Davidson Fatboys, a Road King and now rides an MV Agusta F4-1000.

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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.