So it's no surprise that the Russian president likes a good spin on a motorcycle, or a tricycle to be more precise.
When he does don his leather jacket and go for a ride, he is usually flanked by a Slavic motorcycle gang known as the Night Wolves.
The Night Wolves are part rock n' roll and all patriotic. They profess a love of Russia, the Orthodox church and yes, the Harley-Davidson.
Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with Simon Shuster, the Russia correspondent for Time Magazine, who wrote about Putin and the Night Wolves for the current issue of the magazine.