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Celebrities' rides: something borrowed, something new

Motorcycles and celebrities go together like Super Bowl parties and hangovers.

The latest news to float across the TJ Internet transom:

• Custom builder Jesse James has a new bike, and it's based on an Airstream trailer. The AeroBike motorcycle-with-sidecar combo will make its public debut at the Legend of the Motorcycle concours in Half Moon Bay on May 3.

• George Clooney has spent some time in the saddle of a sidecar bike as well. The 1918 Indian that Clooney rode in his upcoming film, "Leatherheads," was far from vintage, though. The bike was a replica, and the motor was electric to improve reliability and reduce noise for shooting dialogue.

• Tom Cruise is adding another uber-exotic motorcycle to his collection. The world's first production unit of Ducati's over-the-top superbike, the $72,500 Desmosedici RR, has been delivered to Beverly Hills Ducati and is waiting for Cruise to speed off with it.

-- Susan Carpenter