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Laureen Harper has some company in the Women Who Ride Choppers category, including Cher, Lauren Hutton and Angelina Jolie

Published April 25, 2013
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Deborah Grey: In 1989 Deborah Grey took her seat as the sole member of Parliament for the Reform Party of Canada. She also took her love of motorbikes and when she left the House, it was on her beloved Honda Gold Wing bike.

Tricia Helfer: Long before she joined Battlestar Galactica as sexy Cylon Number Six, she used to zip around the family farm in Alberta. Now she rides through the nearby canyons of her Los Angeles home on her motorcycle.

Alanis Morrisette: After turning 30, Morrisette learned to ride a motorcycle to accompany a friend on a road trip to Big Sur. In 2008 she told the Ottawa Citizen, “I find it really powerful … it’s such an open road to riding motorcycles and there’s a freedom to it that I’m sure touches somewhere in my songwriting process.”

Cher: Not only does the woman rock a Chanel-quilted suede motorcycle jacket like no one else, she rides a Harley and auctions them off in support of the Children’s Craniofacial Association, the disfigurement featured in the 1985 movie Mask.

Angelina Jolie: In real life with Brad on her BMW bike or in movies such as ‘Salt,’ Jolie enjoys putting the pedal to the metal.

Lauren Hutton: After surviving a horrific crash that put the actress in a coma for 2 1/2 weeks while riding her red BMW with fellow actors Hopper, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne in 2000, Hutton couldn’t wait to ride again. The next year, though, she was a passenger on Hopper’s bike.

Kellee Irwin: Chair of the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada MCC and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, she started riding at age five.

Regan Lauscher: The Canadian Olympic luger competitor and avid motorcyclist first started riding when she thought it would cut her daily commute to and from training at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary from Red Deer.

By Peggy Mackenzie, Toronto Star Library

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