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Forget Steve McQueen or Marlon Brando – men would most like to go on a motorbike ride with actress Scarlett Johannson.

The American superstar does not even own a motorcycle, but was regularly seen out on two wheels with former husband Ryan Reynolds. The couple would take trips to Malibu on actor Reynolds’ vintage Triumph, with Under the Skin star Johannson riding pillion.

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The actress came top of a poll carried out by insurance specialists Carole Nash to find which celebrity Brits would most like to ride a motorbike with.

Johannson, 29, got 10 per cent of the men’s vote, closely followed by Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lawrence.

Johnny Depp, who owns a customised 1960’s 650cc Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, was women’s first pick with 17 per cent of their votes.

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Footballer David Beckham, who recently fell off his Super Vintage ’93 Knuckle, was second with the ladies (15 per cent).

Becks was followed by another actor, Australian Hugh Jackman (13 per cent), who rides a Harley-Davidson.

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Two thirds of respondents said they were more likely to start riding a motorcycle themselves after spotting celebrities doing so in the media.

Rebecca Donohue, Head of Marketing for Carole Nash, said: “It’s amazing how many stars love the thrill of the open road and like to get out on a motorbike.

“It’s clear from our research that many of our riders would be more than happy to join them on their bikes.”

Tony Carter

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