What do you ride when you’re one of the richest people on the planet?
Let’s play a game. Imagine that you’re Jay-Z.
You’ve literally dragged yourself up and hustled your way from nothing to become one of the richest people in the world. You’ve become a content, forty-something man, married to one of the most beautiful and talented women on the planet and could literally do or have anything you want.
Now pick and choose a motorcycle for your next music video.
What did you choose?
Did you go for a super, new, limited edition Ducati Superleggera 1299?
Perhaps you want for the futuristic looking, supercharged Kawasaki H2R in its carbon trim?
Well, whatever you chose you’re probably doing it wrong. Because this – as far as we can work out – is the motorcycle that Jay-Z has chosen to take his pillion Beyoncé out for a ride through the roads of Jamaica on.
To be fair, they were both out shooting a new music video with Melina Matsoukas who was responsible for the frankly incredible Formation video from Beyoncé in 2016, so it’s more than likely that a lo-fi aesthetic was probably something a little more suited to the look of the shoot. And nobody really enjoys rich megastars turning up on vehicles that 99% of the local population are never likely to afford.
And then there is the small matter of bikes over 600cc being illegal to either sell or buy on the island, so choice was perhaps a little limited. (although interesting side-note, Harley Davidson are allowed to ‘rent’ you something bigger and sell you plenty of merchandise if you’d like).
Just one other small point though Mr and Mrs Carter-Knowles… Helmets are still a legal requirement in Jamaica. So that twisted bandana and fabulous blowout just won’t cut it when you’re up in front of a judge.
C’mon… All The Gear, All The Time etc
Source: Beyoncé Contour
(No, YOU have had a slow news day and have spent the past two hours trying to identify Chinese 150cc bikes by browsing local Jamaican motorcycle dealers! Who says motorcycle journalism is dead!)