Halloween is almost here and the excitement for the spooky holiday is all around. Have you picked out the perfect costume for seasonal parties? Is your motorcycle ready for the ride on All Hallows’ Eve? Cycle Trader is rolling out its list of 17 famous bikers to inspire your Halloween costume. These iconic bikers are devilishly cool, so get ready to dress up, decorate your motorcycle, and make some noise this Halloween.
1. The Kid – Purple Rain
The late artist known as Prince stars as the Kid in 1984’s “Purple Rain.” Prince reigned over the pop charts with the release of the film’s soundtrack and title track, while on screen he portrayed a troubled rock star and renegade who rides a 1981 Honda CM400A Hondamatic. The Kid goes crazy with curly hair, eyeliner, ruffled shirt, and purple jacket on a matching bike covered with his love symbol decals.
2. Evel Knievel
Stuntman Evel Knievel performed more than 75 motorcycle ramp jumps, flying over rattlesnakes, buses, and the Caesar’s Palace Fountain in Las Vegas. Inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, the high-flying daredevil often rode a Triumph Bonneville T120 or Harley-Davidson XR-750 with stars and stripes patterns that resembled the American flag. Knievel’s white leather jumpsuits and cape complemented his red, white, and blue bikes.
3. Ghost Rider
The Marvel comic book character was immortalized on film by Nicolas Cage’s 2007 and 2011 portrayal of Johnny Blaze, a stunt rider who raises hell while hunting demons. Ghost Rider burns rubber on a part-CGI, part custom-built Panhead chopper with a Harley-Davidson engine. This hothead in all black wields a chain and wears a leather jacket, but be careful replicating his flaming skull head with your costume!
4. Joey Dunlop
Motorcyclist Joey Dunlop was the preeminent racing figure of the ’80s and ’90s, crossing the finish line first at the Isle of Man TT race 26 times and breaking lap speed records in the process. The Northern Irishman tragically lost his life on the track in 2000, but not before achieving three hat-tricks in major motorcycle races while wearing the number three on Suzuki, Yamaha, and Honda bikes. Find a motorcycle racing suit and pay homage to this legend on Halloween.
5. Johnny Strabler – The Wild One
Marlon Brando stars as the outlaw Johnny Strabler leading the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the 1953 film “The Wild One.” Strabler and his rabble-rousing biker gang race their rivals and create mayhem across town. Brando storms in on a Triumph Thunderbird 6T while sporting a T-shirt, leather jacket, black jeans, and a cap.
6. T.E. Lawrence
T.E. Lawrence, whose autobiography inspired the 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia,” seems to have done it all in his lifetime. With a list of accolades such as archeologist, diplomat, and army officer in the Royal Air Force during the First World War, he lived and drove fast on the seven Brough Superior motorcycles he owned over his lifetime. Though his life was cut short following an accident when he swerved to avoid hitting two young boys in the road, putting on his fashionable RAF jacket as a costume would be a classy throwback.
7. Captain America – Easy Rider
The counterculture classic from 1969 features Peter Fonda as Wyatt, aka “Captain America,” on a cross-country road trip riding on a chopper alongside characters played by Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. Fonda has thick sideburns, sunshades, a jacket, and a helmet with an American flag pattern matching his Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide.
8. Lisbeth Salander – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Salander is an edgy blend of punk and goth with a spiky hairdo and dark makeup who speeds off on a cafe racer Honda CB350 in the 2011 film version of the novel. Rooney Mara’s rendition of Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker and vigilant outcast, could make for a good guise on Halloween—if you leave some room in your helmet for a mohawk.
9. Maverick – Top Gun
While technically not the fastest thing Tom Cruise drives in this ’80s blockbuster, he completes the look as a flyboy on a red and black Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900R. The fighter pilot Maverick dons a Navy flight leather jacket and aviator sunglasses in the classic action movie and soon-to-be sequel.
10. The Terminator – Terminator 2: Judgment Day
As a bad guy turned good guy (or actually, robot), the Terminator saves the day in T2. Arnold Schwarzenegger comes back to protect the boy John Connor and the fate of the world from a fellow android assassin—talk about cybersecurity! The Terminator’s getup is simple—all black with sunglasses and a jacket—while his Harley-Davidson Fat Boy is just as it sounds, big and boisterous.
11. The Bride – Kill Bill
The Quentin Tarantino flick features Uma Thurman as the blood-thirsty bride plotting her vengeance on the man that betrayed her, Bill. In Volume 1, The Bride is on the prowl for her nemesis as she arrives in Tokyo throttling a Kawasaki ZZ-R250 that is color-coordinated with her yellow and black riding suit.
The concept of the character Machete came from a spoof trailer for a fake B-movie but was brought to life as a real film following fan enthusiasm for the performance of Danny Trejo as the title character. On screen, Machete is a deadly desperado with a leather vest, tattoos, long hair, and a handlebar mustache. He swings his blade while riding on a lethal Harley-Davidson Softail.
13. Tricycle Man – Nashville
Between the many subplots involving the collision of politics and country music in the 1975 satirical film “Nashville,” a young Jeff Goldblum makes a cameo as Tricycle Man. You can spot him weaving his way around town between scenes and an ensemble cast. While sparing with his words, Tricycle Man still captures your attention with his presence on an elongated and low-riding, three-wheel bike which he rides while donning a round cap and goggles.
14. Steve Rogers – Captain America: The First Avenger
Marvel’s Captain America upholds justice against Axis Power villains in the first installment of the superhero series set during World War II. When civilian Steve Rogers undergoes a science experiment, he becomes a super soldier who puts on his red, white, and blue costume, grabs his trusty shield, and hops on a retro 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA to avenge his country.
15. Dennis Rodman
The NBA hall-of-fame rebounder is known for his bad boy reputation on and off the court, capturing attention as both a champion with the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s and as a perennial tabloid personality. With dyed hair, tattoos, and body piercings, Rodman once rode a customized 1960 FLH Harley-Davidson.
16. Indiana Jones – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Adventuring archaeologist Indiana Jones is joined by his father Henry Jones, Sr. in “The Last Crusade,” bringing together Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. While Indiana is in his signature fedora, the two ride in tandem in a World War II-era BMW R75 with a sidecar, escaping from a secret base in a chase scene that even includes motorcycle jousting. This pairing could be an ideal costume idea for you and a friend.
17. Fonzie – Happy Days
“The Fonz” was the quintessential cool guy on the classic comedy show, “Happy Days,” a depiction of mid-century America. Henry Winkler’s character was a goofball greaser in a leather jacket, T-shirt, and jeans, with sideburns and a pompadour. From diners to drive-ins, Fonzie was seen on his 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 giving his signature thumbs up.
Conclusion: From classic to modern, crazy to cool, dressing up for Halloween is all part of the celebration. With the holiday coming up around the bend, get inspired by these famous bikers for your outfit and find the right new or used motorcycle today on CycleTrader.com.