Charley Boorman has been riding motorbikes since the age of seven. He grew up on a farm in Ireland, the son of famed film director John Boorman, and used to ride his first motorcycle across the fields, competing in schoolboy motorcross and enduro events. His family is also famous for making action films, such as "Deliverance" and "The Emerald Forest".
After graduating from university in England, where he studied English literature and psychology, Charley went back home to work on the family farm. During this time, he also began writing articles and reviews for motorcycle magazines. In 1992, he became involved in motorcycle racing, and three years later, he competed in his first race: the Irish National Motorcycle Championship. Since then, he has won multiple races and championships around the world, including the Isle of Man TT Race (the most prestigious motorcycle event in Europe). In 2001, he was named British Superbike Champion, and two years later, he was invited by Honda to test drive their new VFR 750 motorcycle.
In 2009, Charley became one of the first people to reach the top of Everest without using oxygen when he climbed it with his girlfriend Lhakpa Newring. They took nine days to reach the top, during which time they only had enough food for two days. When they got to the top, they found out that two Americans had died just hours before they arrived.
54 years of age (August 23, 1966). Age/Charley Boorman
Similarly, Boorman, a travel writer, has written a number of novels on his exploits on and off his motorcycle, including Extreme Frontiers and Right To The Edge.
Despite the fact that Reeves did not start riding until he was 22 years old, he rapidly became a motorcycle fanatic. Since then, he's owned everything from Suzuki sportbikes to Harley-Davidson choppers and cruisers. His current ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Road King.
Keanu first fell in love with motorcycles when he was just a kid. His father took him to California where they lived in a trailer on a piece of land until they could save up enough money for a house. During those days, Keanu spent most of his time playing outside while his parents looked for work. When he was 11 years old, they finally found a job in California who paid them $60 a week to clean houses. That's why Keanu went to school dressed like a cowboy each day; because that's what his family could afford at the time.
He had always wanted a bike but didn't know how to ride one yet. So his dad bought him a used Honda 50 motorcycle so he could learn how to ride before getting too old (or at least that's what Keanu thought at the time). After a few months of learning how to balance himself on two wheels, Keanu decided he was ready to ride by himself so his dad let him go back to school without him. Keanu kept riding his motorcycle every day after school until it came time for him to get a driver's license.
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His father is John Boorman, a film industry veteran who relocated to Annamoe, Co. Wicklow, with his wife, Christel, and four children in 1969, just a few years before producing his Oscar-nominated picture, Deliverance.
Bubba's interest in racing and motorbikes began at a young age. His father, James Stewart Jr., was so passionate about racing that he took his son Bubba on a ride just two days after he was born. Bubba started dirt biking at the age of three, and a year later, at the age of four, he finished his first race. He continued to compete regularly as a child and won several races, including one against drivers who were ten years older than him.
His father saw such potential in his son that he didn't put any restrictions on Bubba's hobbies or activities. He allowed him to spend all his time riding motorcycles if he wanted to. And because of this open-minded approach, Bubba grew up loving bikes and racing them constantly from a very young age.
When Bubba turned ten, he and his father went to work for another driver as his assistants during practice and races. This gave Bubba the opportunity to learn how to drive competitively by watching others drive and make adjustments accordingly. Soon afterwards, James Sr. became ill and died at the age of fifty-two. Without its father figure around to guide him, Bubba decided not to continue driving anymore. However, one of his friends convinced him to start racing again since there were many different types of races available and it wouldn't be hard to find something new to try out. So, Bubba returned to the track and soon found himself finishing high in almost every race he entered.
At the age of 13, Pastrana was already pulling tricks during motocross races, keeping fans entertained and eventually leading to a career in freestyle motocross. Pastrana has always raced and competed on Suzuki bikes and is a staunch supporter of the company. He competes for Team Cernic's Suzuki.
Pastrana began his professional racing career at the 1999 X Games in Los Angeles, where he became the first person to double flip his motorcycle over two buildings on opposite sides of Hollywood Way. The stunt earned him $10,000 and made him a national celebrity. Since then, he has continued to top the podium with fan-friendly stunts that often involve breaking the law. During his competitive career, Pastrana has more than justified the title "The Fastest Human on Two Feet." In addition to winning nearly every major freestyle motocross race, he has also won multiple World Freestyle Motocross League titles.
In 2004, Pastrana landed on top of his bike while performing a double backflip off a ramp into a pool at the X Games in San Francisco. While successfully landing in the water, he broke both legs and his right arm. The injuries forced him to retire from competition at the age of 21. However, he continues to work on new tricks and has said that he would like to return to action someday.