Here is Ohio City Moto’s list of Great Motorcycle Songs in no particular order:
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IRON HORSE / BORN TO LOOSE – MOTORHEAD
Yeah, we could have gone with Steppenwolf for bad ass, tire squealing, smoke belching, amphetamine fueled biker rebellion, but really when Lemmy and Motorhead do it, why go anywhere else.
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COME A LONG WAY -MICHELLE SHOCKED
If there was nothing else to this song but it’s opening lines, we’d still love it,
“Kicked in his door at 5 a.m.
‘I’ve come for my bike.’ I told the repo man,
My 920’s gonna take me far today.
You can travel for miles and never leave L.A.”
But then the song follows the singer on her day’s ride. We’re with her on her Yamaha 920; we see the sights, experience the thoughts that go through her head. It’s a road trip in song. (But ignore the video. It sucks.)
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BLUE’S THEME – DAVIE ALLAN AND THE ARROWS
 David Allan was a staple of biker movie soundtracks of the sixties thanks to a deal he made with Roger Corman’s American International Pictures. His songs show up in movies like, The Wild Angels, Glory Stompers, and Devil’s Angels. He created a fuzzed-out surf rock sound that, despite the movies’ subject, is less outlaw fight-song and more sunny Californian riding joy.
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NEW SENSATIONS – LOU REED
It might seem odd that it would take someone as ground breaking as Lou Reed to capture the simple joys of getting out on the road, stopping for burgers and fries and heading out again. But that’s what he does. He clicks through his thoughts and worries then escapes it for a while on his Kawasaki GPZ. Even iconoclastic rock stars need to get away from it all.
“Talkin’ ’bout your new sensations
Talkin’ new sensations.”
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GIRL ON A MOTORBIKE – SWERVEDRIVER
Indie rockers Swervedriver looked up from their shoes to see that apparition of ultimate desire, the girl on a motorbike. But this song isn’t about getting what you want; it’s the sound of that late night ride through the city, a fever dream of lights and people, sounds and danger, frustration. Everything is too slow for you. Maybe the ride will never end. Maybe that’s OK.
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1952 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING – RICHARD THOMPSON
It’s about class, romance, tragedy. It’s understated and over-the-top. It’s a love letter to British motorcycles; the guitar is the engine; Ariel’s are motorcycles and angels all at once. “Red hair and black leather.” It’s the best motorcycle song ever.

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