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Need for Speed1 of 14
By Brienne Walsh
Fashion has long embraced the biker-babe look, and we're paying homage to a handful of iconic women who set the bar for tough-girl cool. In leather jackets and moto boots, these 13 chicks created an image that's equal parts stylish and spirited.
Tomb Rider2 of 14
As the fearless title character in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie performed plenty of stunts on a motorcycle in a practical jacket, jeans and boots.
Second Skin3 of 14
In the 1968 British-French film The Girl on a Motorcycle, Marianne Faithfull's character ditches her husband and takes off on a bike wearing a sleek leather bodysuit.
American Import4 of 14
Although Heidi Klum was born in Germany, she channeled an Americana vibe in a flag-themed vest. Perhaps it's fitting: After all, there’s nothing more freeing—and American!—than hitting the open road on two wheels.
Beauty & The Bike5 of 14
Swedish actress Ann-Margret showed off her biking skills in the 1966 film The Swinger—she was an avid (and stylish) rider in real life.
Cruise Control6 of 14
Pink's onstage performance in 2006 is further proof that bikes are inextricably linked with rock 'n' roll. And the bike wasn't just for show: The singer’s a true aficionado who rides her hog off-duty.
Heavy Metal7 of 14
Although other Charlie's Angels would ride motorcycles after her, including Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, none did it so well as the original Angel, Jacqueline Smith—in a silver lamé jumpsuit, no less!
Wild Ride8 of 14
Flaunting a zebra-print leotard and cowboy boots, singer Bette Davis brought a touch of '70s funk to her mean machine. And we thought Beyoncé was fierce!
Fringe Benefits9 of 14
Elizabeth Taylor was a glamour queen, but she also had a grittier side—she loved bikes and wore this fringed leather jacket to a motorcycle rally in the late '80s.
In the Pink10 of 14
Leave it to Cher, a longtime Harley rider, to mix the tough (leather pants and boots) with the sweet (a pink cardigan) at a Beverly Hills motorcycle event in the mid-'90s.
And God Created Bikers11 of 14
Brigitte Bardot crooned about her love of motorcycles in a 1967 collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg called “Harley Davidson,” and cemented her street cred in leather and over-the-knee boots for a New Year's Eve special in Paris that same year.
Boys Club12 of 14
Actress and singer Francoise Hardy was an enthusiastic motorcyclist, a hobby that surely influenced her androgynous look. Here, she's pictured in head-to-toe leather on her own Honda bike.
Backseat Driver13 of 14
Nancy Sinatra was no stranger to bikes. She played the girlfriend of a Hells Angel chapter president in the 1966 film The Wild Angels.
Va-Va-Va-Vroom14 of 14
Wearing a leather minidress, Italian actress Monica Vitti brought seductive allure to the motorbike while filming That’s How We Women Are, released in 1971.