Sons of Anarchy was on of FX's more popular TV shows that first aired in 2008. It ran for seven action packed seasons and even led to the making of the spin-off show, Mayans M.C. Sons of Anarchy is a show about a motorcycle club in California where they run guns and drugs and always keep you on your toes. So, being a motorcycle club, they got to have some sick rides. A lot of them ride similar bikes to each other but they all customized their bikes to fit their own personality. This show used an impressive amount of motorcycles in its seven years, and you can't help but to watch the show over and over.
Let's take a look at the five coolest bikes first, and then we'll get into the five bikes to avoid.
10 Jax's 2003 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport
Now this is a bike that is as aggressive as Jax is on Sons of Anarchy. Jax drives a Harley Davidson Super Glide Sport with custom T-bars and a V-twin four-stroke engine with a 1449 displacement. This bike gave Jax the freedom and speed he needed to drive perfectly down those twisty roads or the city streets. This bike is fast and smooth with a premium sport suspension and triple disc breaks it's easy to see why they had Jax riding this bike. The Dyna Super Glide Sport, the title says it all, it''s a smooth ride with low slick seating which makes this one of the best bikes on the show.
9 Chibs's Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob
Sons of Anarchy might have been trying to show viewers that a motorcycle is more than just a way to travel from one place to another, but more as a way of life. A lot of the characters all drove Harley Davidson Dyna motorcycles but each made them their own. Chibs's Harley was a Dyna Street Bob.
Tigg also drove one of these outlaw looking motorcycles. It fits them perfectly, and Chibs made his own personal touches with the Saint Andrews cross on the saddle to show off his Irish heritage, and the Sons of Anarchy symbol on the gas tank. Harley Davidson's Dyna Street Bob has a V-twin four stroke engine with a 1450cc engine displacement.
8 Half-sack's 2011 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide
Sons of Anarchy stuck to Harley Davidson motorcycles and Half-sack's was another great choice the show's producer made. The 2011 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide which is similar to Jax's bike, but Half-sack made it all his own. It's easy to see that the producers of the show had good taste in motorcycles. Half-sack was only a prospect and spoiler alert, died before he was able to be patched into the club but he knew how to stand out with this bike. It screamed prospect by being a white motorcycle but he was proud to be part of the club.
7 Opie Winston's Harley Davidson Panhead Restoration
Opie worked on this motorcycle throughout his life on Sons of Anarchy. The Panhead engine was made from 1948 until 1965 when it was replaced with the knucklehead. These bikes were tough and you could drive for miles without having to stop which made traveling a lot easier. These bikes paved the way for a lot of trial and error but they eventually got it all together and made some great motorcycles. You can understand why Opie kept working on his motorcycle throughout his time on the show.
6 Mayan's 1996 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
The Mayans were the Sons of Anarchy club's enemy throughout the show.. They controlled North of California and Nevada, but they also drove some awesome motorcycles. The 1996 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail had a V2, four-stroke engine and drives like a dream. The Heritage Softail is a popular bike and there are still many on the road today. The Heritage Softail is reliable, and is an all around killer bike.
Now let's move onto some bikes that aren't so killer. Next are five bikes we'd completely avoid.
5 Linc Potter's 1970 Triumph Bonneville
Lincoln or Linc Potter is not one of Sons of Anarchy's favorite people by far. Potter was hired as the Assistant U.S. Attorney. He was Season 4's antagonist but that's not why we'd stay away from the Triumph Bonneville. The 1970 Triumph Bonneville has its own set of problems and issues it doesn't need Potter's help. The 70's were a harsh time for the Bonneville, and it tried to keep up with competitors but it just couldn't. Especially without having a 5-speed, no disc breaks, and no electric starter.
4 Piney Winston's 2009 Harley Davidson Electra Tri-glide
Piney Winston was Opie's father, and part of the club's original seven members. Piney has some health issues and he has to use an oxygen tank to breath. But, in order to be part of a motorcycle club you must be able to drive a motorcycle so Piney needed something that was easy to ride. That's why he drove the Harley Davidson Electra Tri-glide.
It has 3 wheels so he doesn't have to lift it up either. The Tri-glide is powered by a 103 V-twin engine and is designed in every way to make your ride a lot easier and more comfortable. But it also isn't as fast as some of the other motorcycles. Compared to the other bike it just doesn't measure up.
3 Bobby's Custom Chopper
Custom choppers are usually awesome rides. They're unique, custom built, and cool to see but sometimes they don't turn out how they're supposed to. Bobby's custom chopper features a hardtail frame and a solo springer seat. But it is said to have been built with an aftermarket engine which may be why it failed him when he needed it the most.
In an episode of Sons of Anarchy, Tigg gets kidnapped by some bounty hunters and Bobby can't follow them because he can't get his bike started which is why we would avoid this bike at all costs.
2 Marcus Alvarez's HD Road King
Marcus Alvarez played by Emilio Rivera, is the president of the Mayans on Sons of Anarchy and after the show ended he also starred as a lead character in the spin-off show Mayans M.C. In the beginning of Sons of Anarchy the Mayans were fierce rivals with the club but that eventually dissipated over the series. Either way we still wouldn't touch this bike.
It's big, it's bulky and not to mention it comes with a huge windshield that you're better off just removing it. The worst part is the lack of lean angle you have with these bikes. You're constantly scraping the floor boards against the road which is never a good thing.
1 Harley Davidson Lowrider Softail Deluxe
The Mayans drove a variety of motorcycles mainly influenced by lowrider culture. But when you compare the Lowrider Softail Deluxe to some of the other bikes it just doesn't hold up. Not to mention all the reports of people having issues with theirs starting and back firing. People have reported they had continuous problems with their lowrider idling high and then dying and wouldn't stay running. Sounds like a whole lot of problems to avoid.