Helmets are for safety, but they're also about making a statement. Surely, if you're riding around the city in this helmet carved by a machine out of a single giant block of aluminum, bystanders will overlook your teal Vespa.
Another victim of the economy: Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Despite an ad campaign intended to counter the perception that buying a $35,000 bike might not be the wisest idea at the moment—the ad's tagline is "Screw it, Let's Ride"—sales are now plummeting and the stock is down two-thirds since its record high in 2006. [Bloomberg]
Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sachoff "Blonde Tomboy Space Girl" and Tricia Helfer "Bleachy Cyclon" kick ass in real life too! "One in 10 motorcyclists is a woman, but that statistic is rarely reflected on screens big or small. If an actress does 'ride,' it tends to be only for the camera and it's usually rigged, as it was for Renée Zellweger in 'Leatherheads,' whose Indian was operated by remote. Enter Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff — stars of SciFi Channel's 'Battlestar Galactica.' Helfer, who plays the part of sexy cylon [sic] Number Six, and Sackhoff, a.k.a. combat pilot Starbuck, are both avid motorcyclists who will be taking their off-screen passion to guest roles on other TV shows when Season 4 of the space-age series ends."
Short scary prophet of the absurd Tom Cruise recently claimed in a video that he feels good driving by car crashes because he knows he—as a Scientologist—is the only one who can really help. It makes sense then that the diminutive star—who once made me contemplate being a bartender after watching Cocktail and later taught me that rich good-looking people are the scariest of all nuts—is the first man in the world to buy Ducati's new motorcycle. The Desmosedici RR is a " $72,500 superbike bristling with titanium, magnesium and carbon fiber technology that can scoot up to 200 mph." Which means! Cruise will be able to pass even more car crashes per day which will only stoke his firm conviction he is the only one who can help. In fact if he's lucky, he might ever help to cause a few!