As such, Brando was an avid motorcyclist, and rode a Triumph Thunderbird. When he was asked to star as gang leader Johnny Strabler in The Wild Ones, he chose to ride his own bike in the movie. Brando’s performance as the character became iconic, and helped define the rebellious motorcycle rider image. This was aided by his sporting a leather jacket, tilted cap, jeans, and his sweeping moody glare. The look and persona he created went on to inspire the likes of cultural icons for generations to come, including contemporaries James Dean and Elvis Presley.