Sons of Anarchy was a crime drama TV show created by Kurt Sutter, that aired from 2008 to 2014 over seven seasons. While it was on-air, it was the most popular show on FX. It followed the lives of a close-knit, outlaw motorcycle club operating in a fictional town in California’s Central Valley, called Charming. Season four and five’s premieres were the two highest-rated telecasts in FX’s history. The show explored vigilantism, government corruption, racism, brotherhood, loyalty, redemption, and depicted the outlaw motorcycle club SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original) as an analogy for human transformation.

Needless to say, Sons of Anarchy made riding motorcycles very popular, and portrayed the outlaw motorcycle lifestyle in a romanticized, glorified way. Though as seasons went on, things got darker, as shows often do, and the lifestyle became decidedly less romanticized and glorified. By the end of the show, you’d have to be a bit crazy to want to join one of these clubs.

Some of the coolest things about the show were the motorcycles. They were authentic Harley-Davidsons, for the most part (sometimes Triumphs, sometimes others), and the stunts were real. The Sons of Anarchy club had a whole slew of Dynas and Super Glides, Softails and Panheads, Tri-Glides, and anything else you could think of. In this article we’ll go over the stats and backgrounds of each bike on the show, and include some real life repercussions that the show had on the world. Here are 16 facts about the motorcycles from Sons of Anarchy.

16 Half-Sack’s Harley-Davidson Dyna

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Edward “Half-Sack” Epps, played by Johnny Lewis, was a troubled prospective member of SAMCRO (troubled in a similar way as the actor was in real life…) In the show, he didn’t really fit in with the “big boys.” This was painfully evident in his white bike, which made him stand out from the group even more than his huge “PROSPECT” patch. Dynas are great bikes for the kind of riding SAMCRO partakes in—they aren’t too heavy and they aren’t clumsy like other bikes can be. It was fairly appreciated to see Half-Sack riding a different bike than the rest, though, as it earmarks his outsider personality.

15 Clay’s 2008 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide

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Clay’s bike is pretty iconic, for this reason: each member of SAMCRO has a different way of showing their love for the club, through airbrushed bike tanks. When we first meet Clay, he was the club’s president and had the full Reaper graphic displayed loud and clear on his tank for all to see. Clay was one of the original nine members of the club.

He rides a 2008 Harley Dyna Super Glide, with a Twin Cam 96 Pushrod V-twin engine with 1584cc engine displacement.

The bike’s torque comes in at 92 ft-lb. The 2008 model has a 4.8-gallon fuel capacity, and Clay’s bike also has a forward-facing canon air filter, taped thunder header exhaust, and custom T-bars with high risers for his handlebars.

Related: 14 Behind The Scenes Photos Of The Sons Of Anarchy Cast And Their Motorcycles

14 Piney’s Harley-Davidson Electa Tri-Glide

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Even though Piney’s health started deteriorating during the show, he kept riding, which saw much respect from other club members. It’s important for new SAMCRO members to respect their elders, and Piney was one of them. His unique trike even had a special holster on the back for his oxygen canister and featured an SOA Reaper graphic on the tank with an oxygen mask. His bike has an air-cooled, twin cam 103 valves pushrod-operated engine, featuring overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters with two valves per cylinder. Its torque is 101 ft-lb and has a six-speed transmission with 6.0-gallon fuel capacity.

13 Opie’s Harley-Davidson Panhead Restoration

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Opie had a modern, reliable Harley for his everyday riding, but he also had this unique classic that he liked to spend time restoring, which is pretty cool. Opie is a club legacy as Piney’s son.

He had a tumultuous run throughout the show, which is shown how after he was reunited with his family after getting out of prison, his wife was taken out in a tragic mistaken identity situation by Tig.

He’s part of the second generation of SAMCRO, and throughout the series he works on this Harley Panhead Restoration bike. This was a classic Harley and Opie kept the “classic” bit in it alive, making the rest of the bike suitable for modern use.

12 Opie’s 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport

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When Opie Joined SAMCRO, this is the bike he brought: a 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport, similar to Jax’s bike. His tank holds the Sons logo atop a pile of skulls, finishing off his outlaw look. The drag bars are a nice touch, too. The similarities with Jax’s bike also subtly hint at his and Jax’s relationship as best friends. This bike uses a black-on-black twin cam 88 engine, with triple-disc brakes and a premium adjustable sport suspension. It has aggressive, low-slung seating, top-mounted speedometer and tachometer, and nimble handling with a 28degree steering head. It has 150mm wide rear tire and sticky rubber compound on the front and rear.

11 Jax’s 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport

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Jax Teller was the President of the MC after Clay Morrow, initially cast as the would-be savior of the club, but he loses his way a bit. Jax always maintained that he would get out of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original and take his old lady (Tara) and two young sons with him.

He rides a 2003 Dyna Super Glide Sport with custom T-bars.

The bike has a V-twin, four stroke engine with 1449 displacement and is power-coated black. The bike’s torque is 78.2 ft-lb, it has a 4.9-gallon fuel capacity and a detailed graphic of the Reaper proudly displayed on his fuel tank. The bike has the same front drag fairing that many in the club do.

Related: 10 Best Sons Of Anarchy Motorcycles, Ranked

10 Linc Potter’s ‘70s Triumph Bonneville

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Ah, finally someone who doesn’t ride a Harley in the bunch! Granted, it belongs to law enforcer Linc, but he’s someone you can root for in the show. He’s a bit eccentric, and so is his choice of bike. It’s an old-school British bike with a matte green paint finish. The first generation Bonneville (1959-1983) T120 was replaced in the early ‘70s by the T140, a 750cc-engined machine with a refined “oil-in-frame,” a five-speed gearbox option and indicators, and drum brakes and kick-start. This bike went through several modifications and refinements through the ‘70s until 1980, and though the bike should have been finished in 1983 with the end of Meriden, Triumph was then acquired by a businessman and the Bonneville kept going.

9 Chibs’ Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob

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Like many other members of SAMCRO, Chibs uses a Dyna. Unlike many others, though, his Dyna doesn’t have a front fairing. Chibs is the Vice President of the MC under Jax, and he has a long history with the club.

He was first a member of the Belfast charter with strong ties to the IRA, before transferring to SAMCRO.

On his bike, the matte black Z-bars with risers, and little Saint Andrew cross patch on the back of his saddle, are custom touches that make his bike unique to his personality, and the crosspatch certainly hints at his Scottish roots. The Anarchy symbol on the bike’s tank completes the “no mess” design look.

8 Mayan Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail

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This bike doesn’t belong to a SAMCRO member, but rather to a member of their rival club, the Mayans (of which there was a spin-off show about). It’s black with sharp orange accents, setting it apart from any other bike on the show. The Heritage Softail pays homage to ‘50s chrome nostalgia, though new Heritage Softails by Harley have foregone that nostalgia. The new Softtail frames are lighter and stiffer than Dynas, taking the look of a hard tail from a bygone era. Its engine is a powerful and smooth Milwaukee-Eight, and is available in 107 and 114 displacements, and it gets 109 ft-lb of torque.

Related: All The Coolest Bikes From Sons Of Anarchy And Mayans

7 Tig’s 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob

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Tig’s bike has a lot to love: it’s painted matte black, has tons of skulls and spikes… it’s basically the bike of every kid’s dreams, who grows up wanting a Harley. It’s a very dark bike for a very dark character.

The former “Sergeant at Arms” is probably the club’s most ruthless and violent member. His loyalty to the club is unwavering, but his choice of hobbies is… questionable.

The Street Bob has an air-cooled, V-twin, four stroke engine with 1450cc displacement. Like Piney’s trike, it also uses six-speed transmission, but with 85 ft-lb of torque and 4.7-gallon fuel capacity. His simple SOA logo on the bike’s tank shows his allegiance to the club.

6 Mayan 1996 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail

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At their worst, the Mayans and Sons of Anarchy are mortal enemies. At their best, these two warring factions come together to form an uneasy truce over the course of the series. This bike something that both clubs can get behind. This bike uses a 1340 Evo engine, and currently they’re pretty reasonable to buy used. The newer models have an engine that is enhanced to 1746cc, and uses an electronic sequential port fuel injection ESPFI). The bike also has a night lean angle of 27.3-degrees (right) and 28.5-degrees (left).

5 T.O. Cross’ Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Road Glide

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This is one of the more unique bikes on the show, and definitely one of the loudest (in spirit, not in engine sound or anything like that). T.O. Cross is President of the Grim Bastards, so he naturally had the baddest bagger on the block. He became a member of SAMCRO, though, becoming the first black member in the history of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club.

These bikes feature Milwaukee-Eight 117 engines and boast the first Harley-Davidson factory-installed 21” front wheel, a unique exhaust finish, and a luxurious, super-premium paint scheme (bright orange in this bike’s case).

It’s a high-performance bike with duel bending valve front suspension and emulsion rear suspension, with hand-adjustable pre-load putting the rider in control of a plush ride.

4 Marcus Alvarez’s Harley-Davidson Road King

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Marcus Alvarez is the President of the Mayans, and as such his bike is basically royalty, as a Road King with custom Mayan Green paint—a beautiful color. He makes his debut on the show in the first episode, and is last seen on the series finale. He was the main antagonist in season 1 and 2, but came to an uneasy truce with the SOA. He also appears in the FX original series, Mayans MC, the spinoff of Sons of Anarchy. The Road King is a stripped-down, nostalgic bike where performance meets the versatility of a modern Harley touring machine (according to their website). It was born in the ‘60s, when chrome ruled the streets.

3 Happy’s 2011 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob

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Happy’s 2011 Dyna Street Bob is a nice bike without an Arlen Ness fairing. It has some nice graphics on the tank, and the bike was actually auctioned off in January 2012, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The Street Bob is a blacked-out motorcycle with attitude and no extra fat. It runs on a Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, gets 110 ft-lb of torque, and runs with 1,746cc engine displacement.

The fuel capacity is only 3.5 gallons, but makes up for it with its powerful chain drivetrain. It also gets 47 mpg and has an even 28.5-degree lean angle both right and left.

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2 Bobby’s Custom Chopper

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Bobby’s custom chopper is certainly not the most comfortable looking bike to drive on this list, but it definitely looks awesome. Bobby also owns multiple motorcycles, including a Fat Boy or a Street Glide for SAMCRO business that requires longer distances. This isn’t a Harley, either, it’s a true custom build made from the ground up. It’s built on a hardtail frame with mini ape hangers and a springer seat. The front springer forks have been raked to give it a classic chopper look, as well as the lace wheels. It runs an Evolution engine and an open belt primary drive. Bobby doesn’t have a front drag fairing, either.

1 John Teller’s 1946 Harley-Davidson E “Knucklehead”

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John Teller’s is Jax’s father and Gemma’s first husband, and an idealist who thinks SOA can run without running firearms. He was a founding member of the Sons of Anarchy, and he rides a sweet, classic ’46 Harley Knucklehead that Jax eventually uses.

The bike was built with a blend of features from the ‘45-’51 model years, with parts on it before reproduction parts were available.

The wishbone frame is an original ’48 Panhead frame. The gas tanks are from a ’51 Panhead. The springer front end is from a ’46 Knucklehead. It was eventually auctioned off after the show for about $75,000.

Sources: hollywoodreporter.com, tmz.com, biker.report, complex.com, decider.com, motorbiketimes.com

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