There’s something about bikes that have an inherent sexual characteristic. From the vibration of the Harley to the hot pink crotch-rocket, Hollywood loves to pair up its favorite celebrity hotties with the intensity of a motorcycle.
However, it’s not just onscreen characters that gravitate towards bikes, since some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry are often caught by the paparazzi trolling around town on a bike. Whether it’s a regular Schwinn or an off road motorcycle, it seems that everyone has their own opinion on what makes the sexiest cyclist.
Since bike riding also has a hint of danger, many onscreen portrayals of cyclists help to perpetuate the badass appeal of a character. Times have definitely changed over the years to steer away from what is considered “only male” or “only female” characteristics. Danica Patrick has proven that women can excel as a race car driver, Ronda Rousey shows that female MMA fighters can still be sexy, and countless other fields have dropped their barriers on what a woman is supposed to be or look like.
So, while women used to only be seen on the back of a bike, many of them have started to move to the front to prove that not only men can look bad ass on a bike. From the big screen to the neighborhood block, check out our list of 15 celebrities that look bad ass on a bike and see how appealing some of these hotties can look while on the streets.
15 Christina Milian
When fans saw Christina Milian on a white-hot crotch rocket during the film, Torque, she seemed like she really knew how to ride. While other actresses have a noticeable stand-in or stunt double doing all their motorcycle scenes, Christina Milian proves she knows how to ride a bike through various posts on social media. Often seen on everything from a beach rider to a massive crotch rocket, she makes the perfect swimsuit-wearing addition to any motorcycle. Not always driving, some of her best badass moments occurred on the back of the bike. As the back rider for Karrueche Tran, the pair showed up at Coachella on a yellow Spyder Bike and did more than just turn heads.
14 Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum is an actress that has huge range in her acting abilities. Starring in dramatic roles like her character in The Day After Tomorrow and even showing off her vocal skills in The Phantom of the Opera, Rossum isn’t an actress afraid to branch out in what type of roles she can play. So, when she posted a motorcycle pic on her Instagram, fans started to look at her in a whole new light. Rather than being typecast into more mild-mannered female roles, this photo proved that she may be able to play a character with a bit more grit.
13 Katie Holmes
Back in a simpler time, Katie Holmes was a regular on a bike with Tom Cruise. Back before the public knew all about the Scientology aspect of their relationship, back before Suri Cruise had her own paparazzi issues, and the pair seemed to be living the dream, Holmes seemed to have her fairy tale ending that so many other women dreamed of. While the relationship ultimately fell apart, fans still remember how good Holmes looked on the back of that bike. Whipping through the streets (and the red carpet), Holmes seemed to be at home holding onto her movie star husband atop of a revved up engine.
12 Gigi Hadid
Daughter of real estate mogul, Mohamed Hadid, and a former supermodel, Yolanda Foster, Gigi Hadid had a definite advantage when trying to break into the modeling world. However, it was her unique look that gave her the biggest leg up. Signed as the face of Guess, she has been involved in a number of super-hot photo spreads throughout her modeling career. Many have involved being on a motorcycle, with each hotter than the last. It was the Manhattan photo shoot with her donning a hot-pink motorcycle jacket that seems to be everyone’s favorite. Riding a vintage bike with a dome-shaped helmet strapped to the handlebars, she looked like a major badass who proved that she can hold her own weight as a celebrity beauty.
11 Selena Gomez
Starting off as a Disney kid, Selena Gomez shocked fans when she decided to star in the controversial film Spring Breakers. Often compared to the 1995 film, Kids, Spring Breakers was meant to provoke through the voyeuristic view of what a group of young girls get into during Spring Break. Starring a number of young Hollywood actresses looking to branch out from television, Selena Gomez played a character that strayed from her usual good girl persona. While she wasn’t exactly on a Harley, the scooter scenes definitely put her on this list. Donning a sea foam bikini to match the bike, fans loved seeing this sexier side in her budding film career.
10 Halle Berry
Halle Berry is an actress that is known for playing dramatic roles that really make audiences feel the emotions of the character. From her Oscar win for Monster’s Ball to her heartbreaking performance in the television film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she has more than proven her worth as a Hollywood actress. While she has used her sexuality in a number of different films, it was her role as Catwoman that showed off her raunchier side. Whips, leather pants, and a mask - Halle Berry dressed as a cat while riding a motorcycle was a winning combination even if the storyline wasn’t all that great.
9 Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart has often played roles that have a bit of a weakling undertone to the character. In Panic Room she was the diabetic daughter, and in the Twilight film series she basically fell apart the second Edward left. During The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Stewart’s character enlists Jacob for help in restoring a scrapped motorcycle and it culminates in a great bike riding scene. Never mind the fact that she was only doing it to see some crazy vision of Edward, she looked pretty good speeding down the road (until she crashed it). Proving that she isn’t the Bella character she was trapped in for so long, Kristen Stewart is a major bike rider in real life. While living in Paris, paparazzi often filmed her riding a motorcycle, since it was her favorite mode of transportation. Whether you’re a fan of the Bella adrenaline-junkie character or the real life Stewart bike riding in Paris, she is definitely an actress that knows her way around a hog.
8 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba is definitely not a novice to riding bikes, since she’s appeared on motorcycles in a number of films and is photographed by paparazzi regularly riding a bicycle around town. While she looks adorable with her kids riding bikes in her neighborhood, it’s her motorcycle looks that prove she’s a badass. Early on in her career, she starred on a mildly successful television series, Dark Angel, created by James Cameron. Playing a genetically-enhanced soldier, this was the breakout role that first showed how sexy she could look on a bike. She later brought that same sex appeal to the Sin City film series. Just when you thought it couldn’t get sexier than the first film that showed Alba stripping on stage, Sin City 2 showed her riding a Harley next to fellow badass, Mickey Rourke.
7 Kate Upton
Kate Upton first started getting the public talking due to her unconventional body type as a female model. While the world was used to super thin celebrities like Kate Moss, the curvaceous Kate Upton was more of a nod to a 50’s standard of beauty. However, her quirky personality and super likable film roles showed that size really is in the eyes of the beholder. While some may think of her as a heavier-set celebrity, others think of her as the pinnacle of feminine beauty. The only celebrity hottie that can make even a cotton candy pink bicycle look badass, Kate Upton is a favorite whether it’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated or just trolling on a bike.
6 Carrie-Anne Moss
Carrie-Anne Moss has been in a number of films throughout her professional career, but she is probably best known for her role as Trinity in The Matrix film series. While she may seem like a soft romantic with the dynamic between her and Neo, it was the persona she had while in the Matrix that proved how bad ass she really was. From the futuristic leather ensemble to the sleek hair and glasses, she was the perfect character to show on a bike. Leading the way rather than holding on in the back, she was a woman to be reckoned with and a heroine to revere.
5 Lucy Liu
As part of the sexiest girl trio on film, Lucy Liu’s portrayal in the Charlie’s Angels film series was filled with one over-the-top costume change after another. Audiences all seem to have their own favorite scene, whether it’s Cameron Diaz dancing in her underwear or Drew Barrymore driving a race car. However, the scene in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle really took the cake. All three girls star in the film’s Motocross scene, but it’s Lucy Liu’s look that holds the most appeal. Who wouldn’t like her indigo chest plate with molded breasts, and Lucy Liu riding fast in the dirt?
4 Scarlett Johansson
Since starring in a number of period pieces early on in her career, fans wondered whether or not Scarlett would be able to pull off a super tough comic character like Black Widow. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal in films like Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Other Boleyn Girl, so fans weren’t too sure if she would have the same success with a completely different look and character. Trading her patented blonde locks for a short red wig, Black Widow was a much-needed sexy addition to the Avengers crew. When she started zipping around in a high-speed motorcycle chase, fans knew that she was the right choice to play this badass female comic book character.
3 Megan Fox
Starring in the Transformers film series, Megan Fox was the super hot female character that audiences expected from a movie with talking car-robots. There was some definite controversy that came from her comments about the film’s director, Michael Bay, but it didn’t take away from her role in the film. Shia LaBeouf was her co-star in the film, and many wondered whether or not he would be able to hold up his part against her super sultry character. While his portrayal went over well with fans, numerous scenes from the movie proved that Megan Fox was the real star. Driving a motorcycle with Shia on the back, it doesn’t get more badass than that.
2 Anne Hathaway
When it was announced that Anne Hathaway would play Catwoman in The Dark Knight film series, audiences wondered whether or not she would be able to pull that off. Since Hathaway is known to have an “America’s Sweetheart” persona on the red carpet, it was difficult to think she’d be able to create the character needed for this sneaky badass character. Yet she more than pulled off the character- as soon as fans saw her shooting missiles out of a motorcycle. Playing a completely different version of Catwoman than the one Halle Berry previously portrayed, fans liked not having to see the mild-mannered alter ego.
1 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has been on a bike for a number of different films, so it’s difficult to choose which offer the most badass characters. Playing Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series, the skintight costume is the perfect look for the bike. Not the typical crotch-rocket style seen on female bike riders, there aren’t any big pink stripes on this bike. However, her tattooed and grungy blonde look in Gone in 60 Seconds wasn’t a bad choice either. Since this film about stealing bikes and cars had a predominantly male cast, Jolie was the perfect female addition that showed the sexiest thing on a bike is a woman.