Actor Brad Pitt has admitted he is on the lookout for a new motorbike after he wrote off his chopper trying to escape from paparazzi.
In Tokyo for the Japanese premiere of his WWII film, Inglourious Basterds, he said he was unhurt but the watching photographers got "a good story" out of his accident.
Pitt said: "I had a little mishap. No injuries, except my ego.
"I was trying to get away from some paparazzi and instead gave them a good story. It was my favourite bike, so that is really sad."
Choppers are customised motorbikes with extended front forks, no rear suspension and high, elongated handlebars - dubbed 'ape hangers' due to the simian-like posture riders are forced to adopt. The style became famous after the chopper Captain America appeared in the 1969 film Easy Rider.
As well as American custom choppers, Brad Pitt has been pictured riding an Italian Ducati, a German BMW R1200GS and an MV Agusta.
The Hollywood star's next bike may well be Japanese, as he said in Tokyo: "I will definitely be looking at motorcycles. You've got some of the best builders right here."
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