Running for seven seasons, Sons of Anarchy was one of FX's biggest hit dramas. It was a Shakespearean tale of the fictional SAMCRO motorcycle gang and their various issues of legal and personal conflicts. The show was a major success that birthed the sadly short-lived Mayans MC spin-off. It boasted a terrific cast, but the real appeal was in how much they got right about biker gang culture (even if they weren't perfect)
Obviously, a show involving biker gangs has to have some fantastic motorcycles. Creator Kurt Sutter forged an agreement with Harley-Davidson to use their bikes, and the show's success was great publicity for the company. A few bikes can be duds, but others stand out as the show also focused on how the gang would customize the bikes for their personal styles. Here are the ten coolest bikes featured on this show to prove just how great SOA was for the biker community.
10 Alvarez's Road King
Alvarez showed up in a few SOA episodes before getting his own spin-off, Mayans MC. The producers wrestled with the best bike for the character only for actor Emilio Riveria to show up with his own 2011 Road King.
The four-stroke V2 Twin Cam 96 may not have the torque power of the SAMCRO bikes, but it fits this character and has a fun style to set it off from the pack.
9 1946 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead
This bike belonged to John Teller, who kept working on it until his passing. Jax took it up later and was used in the show's famous final scene. This isn't the standard factory Knucklehead as it has been customized over the decades, just as it would be on the show.
So the wishbone frame is from a '48 Panhead while the gas tanks are from a '51 version and other items taken over the years. IT may not have the performance level of a modern Harley, but it's a true classic.
Creator Kurt Sutter caught this bike at an auction and instantly knew he had to put it on the show. This 2013 Hellrazor is already a top bike, but it was specially customized with a specially built S&S engine that's a 124 CI de-stroked to a 114 CI.
At just 800 pounds, it's a sharp ride, and the wheels were personally built by actor Rusty Coones to enhance it into a fantastic machine.
7 1996 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail
Due to their heritage, the Mayans have a different style of bikes than the SOA gang. This 1996 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail is a beauty.
The Softail possesses a V2 four-stroke engine that can put out 57 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 71.5 pound-feet of torque at 2,350 rpm. It also stands out with some customized touches to make it a bike even the SAMCRO guys would envy.
6 Screamin' Eagle Road King
T.O. got a little flack when he joined the gang as he'd been the leader of a rival group and was SAMCRO's first African-American member. But he was soon accepted even if he ignored the classic choppers.
Instead, his Screamin' Eagle Road King was a modern machine boasting the first Harley-installed 21" inch wheels and a Milwaukee-Eight 117 for 100 lb of torque at 3000 rpm. Plus, it just looked awesome to fit the flashy rider.
5 Bobby’s Custom Chopper
Bobby Munson had a lot of good bikes on the show, but this baby was something else. An intelligent man, Bobby had a sharp eye to build this chopper from the ground up. It's not a real Harley with parts from an Evolve engine along with a special hardtail frame, mini ape hangers, and a springer seat.
The result is a genuinely unique chopper that stands out from the group. As Bobby was always his own man within the club, it makes sense he'd have a bike all his own.
4 Harley Davidson Electra Tri-Glide
A three-wheel bike may not seem like a fine choice. But this Electra Tri-Glide bucks the trend. It was used by Piney, and the extra wheel helped when his health was failing. The Tri-Guide is a top-notch bike with a twin-cooled Milwaukee-eight 114 engine that can deliver as much as 121 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm.
It's also far more fuel-efficient with 42 miles to a gallon. This item also had touches like extra space in the back for Piney's oxygen tank, and the fact it kept up with the rest of the gang proves its power.
3 2006 Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob
Tig may not be the most...stable member of the gang, but he does have one of the sweetest rides. The 2006 Harley Davidson Dayna Street Bob weighs just 634 pounds, which helps its speeds.
Like many of the gang's bikes, the V-12 engine has been modified for better performance, and Tig adding touches to match his quirky personality. Like the man himself, this is an unpredictable but feisty beast of a bike.
2 2003 Harley Davidson Super Glide Sport
As the focus of the series, it's only natural Jax has one of the best bikes of SAMCRO. The 2003 Super Glide Sport boasts a V-twin four-stroke engine with a 1449 displacement.
Like other Sons bikes, it's customized with special handlebars and suspension to help it perform well. Its fantastic triple-disc brakes and handling make it a top-notch hog for the gang's leader.
1 2008 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide
It makes sense Clay, the club's veteran leader, has the coolest bike of the bunch. The 2008 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide boasts Twin Cam 96 Pushrod V-twin engine with 1584cc engine displacement and 92 ft-lb of torque.
It's a powerhouse that fits actor Ron Pearlman quite well. It's a fantastic machine that, like Clay, is a monster on the road who never backs down and stands out from a pack of beautiful machines.