Sons of Anarchy Claims They Saved Harley by Reviving Motorcycle Business

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Sons of Anarchy Claims Saved Harley by Reviving Business

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by Susan Carpenter

Motorcycle Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Clooney now share the road a growing cult of industry as Harley sales jump 6

At a remote industrial shipyard in Los Angeles’ underbelly, Jax, Chibs and Tig of the fictional motorcycle SAMCRO hunch over the of their Harleys and skid the dirt after a shady deal goes awry in the hit FX Sons of Anarchy .

Pull the cameras and there are two sets of on the scene: The hogs the actors in character as they torch, and generally brutalize rival members; and the bikes the actors in real life, which like the souls of the characters play, entirely black.

George Clooney, Brad With Their Motorcycles

each Star Waggon is a Harley, including Kim Coates (Tig) Wide Glide a purple, gun-shaped drawing on the that co-star Charlie (Jax) jokes was done in polish. Two trailers down, own Dyna Super Glide is far pristine, with rusted and mud-splattered fenders.

The long-running popularity of Sons of . which commences its seventh in September, has been a godsend for the industry, which was hard-hit by the crisis. U.S. sales, topped 1 million units in clawed back to 465,783 in 2013, which nevertheless a 1.4 percent increase over (California accounts for 10 percent of the Sons of Anarchy has been beneficial for Harley; the show has make the brand hip with riders to the point that now leads the 18-to-34 market. maker provides the motorcycles to the and has a deal with Marvel has placed bikes in films Iron Man 3 .) Last year, U.S. sales were up than 6 percent over

We basically saved Harley, Sons of Anarchy co-star Boone Jr. (Bobby).

Meanwhile, all of Hollywood is rife A-listers who double as serious most famously George . Tom Cruise . Brad Pitt . McGregor and Bill Mac ; Parenthood Dax Shepard . who frequently takes to to wax poetic about his Ducati The Hunger Games ‘ Hutcherson . who is paparazzi bait he takes to the streets on his Moto and Jared Leto . who, he isn’t fronting his rock Thirty Seconds to Mars, a Ducati Monster.

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The action is as fast and furious on Hollywood’s and creative side, where a of devoted cyclists turn from Holmby Hills to City into a trip Thunder Road: Sons of creator Kurt Sutter ; and manager Peter Safran ; creator Hart Hanson ; Channel producer Jason (2008 Harley Softail and former CAA lit agent and House of producer Josh Donen Pikes Peak Multistrada). And indie-producer Megan Ellison ( Her . Hustle ) has been said to a Harley to meetings.

I like riding because it my head, says Modern creator Steve Levitan . who a Harley-Davidson Street Bob. your iPhone stays in pocket, you really feel you’re getting away. I the peace of mind of knowing in case of an earthquake, I can hop on a bike and get to my — no matter how bad the traffic.

Marks . a manager with Management, rides a BMW 1200 GS a group of industry veterans, NATPE president Rod Perth . Talent’s Chris Day and, on clients such as actor-director Cullens .

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It doesn’t help me sign a client, but a special bond because we go and spend quality time says Marks. Every [Cullens] comes in, we spend the time talking about his and half the time talking his bike.

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Motorcycling Hollywood players are as as the bikes they choose to but they all have one thing in A desire to experience the freedom of the road on two wheels, regardless of its career-ending risks.

If you go back to who rode motorcycles in the ’40s, Humphrey Bogart . and in the ’50s and with Elvis Presley and McQueen . and you then look at all the riding today, motorcycling is they see as an expression of themselves, David A. Morris . author of Celebrities and Motorcycles . They that no one is looking at them as a anymore. They’re bikers. not George Clooney.

It’s the guy who rides the Indian.

Keegan . the 24-year-old who plays ripped-ab bad boy Cavanaugh on ABC Family’s drama Little Liars . rides a V-Rod daily. Riding, says, makes me more in my work. When you’re on a you can’t think about else. There’s always a when you’re on a motorcycle the world around you is out to get you.

It feels the same way in the entertainment Not to mention, says Hunnam, the element of being on a bike and no being crucified in traffic

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L.A. riders also the money to spend on exclusivity and — specifically anything custom, European or obscure. want something that no one will have, says which is why top names in Hollywood own a number of Ducati’s limited-to-500 ($65,000) and Desmosedicis ($72,500), 1,500 of which were Cruise, Pitt and Jay Leno own

Cruise also owns the more exclusive $92,000 985 C3 4V Italian sport bike and a Confederate Motorcycles Hellcat.

in movies are themselves uptrending. passion translates onscreen, he has ridden everything from a sport bike in Top Gun to a Ducati in Knight and Day . Chris Evans ride a new Harley Street in the installment of Captain America . and summer’s Kick-Ass 2 featured Hit-Girl Moretz donning a cape on a color-matched Ducati

Even animated films are into the act — Madagascar 3 had a bear doing stunts on a Ducati Hypermotard.


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