Who Are These People?
Aren’t they the same thing?
Care to ask a BIKER that?
A motorcyclist would probably love to be called a BIKER!
Why Is That?
Sure must be nice to be part of that Biker camaraderie.
They look so carefree and confident.
They can wear some of the rattiest-looking clothes and guess what?
They look cool!
They don’t mind the wrinkled and messy look…there’s a clean t-shirt in the saddle bag.
It’s not the clothes that make the person!
Are There Stereotypes?
(Make your voice deep) “I’ll have to stop for a rest somewhere, in some quiet town. I’ll shave and wash my clothes, even take a shower”.
Ok!.. He’s our stereotype biker from the early days of movies.
I still see posters of Easy Rider in baby-boomer garages. Fonda, Hopper and Nicholson.
They’re… out – on – the – hii-igh-way... looking for adventure, for whatever comes my waay-yay…
BORN TO BE WI-I-OLD!
Everyone wanted to do that: shut the door and leave for parts unknown.
Disappear, and tell no one.
They had a m-o-o-od!
Yes, But, We Heard…..
Remember those stereotypes in the movies where the motorcycle was dismantled
on the kitchen floor?
There were always two small children running through the grease dripping out of the oil pan… In their bare feet.
A heavily pregnant mom stepped through the mess on the kitchen floor while holding her aching back!.. Yuck!
Not a pretty picture. No wonder bikers have a bad reputation
How Did Those Bikers Really Happen?
Some men rode motorcycles in the war and continued after returning home.
When I was a child, motorcyclists were the people who could not afford a real car!
That was my impression… Poor them.
I didn’t realize that they were on some very fast roads. They might have been fleeing danger!
And sometimes they were out there alone.
I learned that they wanted to ride a motorcycle in any-kind of weather!
Want To Re-Awaken The Thrill Of It All?
They had to satisfy the urgency in their spirit!
Perhaps they wanted to be on a BIG motorcycle and tame the beast.
(They OWNED that beast!)
I think that the early riders enjoyed it so much!
These men knew that women were ga-ga over these BIKERS!
Pleasing the girls was probably a great motivation.
They came back wearing those cracked leather bomber jackets… like Marlon Brando and Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Underneath it all, their attitude made the difference.
Who Is A Motorcycle Rider?
A motorcycle rider is someone who rides a motorcycle.
He does not “own a bike” and does not see himself as a “bi-KER“!
He just does not drive a car all the time.
Maybe it is for the fuel economy or he just likes to ride sometimes.
Especially on an island vacation.
He would tell you about his car, if you asked him what he drove,
WHAT ABOUT THE POOR BABY?
He parks his motorcycle in his garage and has a mechanic look at it every year
for a tune-up.
It is covered for the winter… out of sight till spring.
A good practice, I might add, but does this rider ever get his hands dirty?
Has he ever slept by the side of the road, with the bike down on its side?
Was he spooning into the seat to keep himself warm?
Has he changed the oil or looked for that “clink” that sometimes happens
on the open road?
Has he ever ridden in a storm and ducked behind the windshield
to keep the pelting rain out of his eyes?
Has he thought about how he would like to bring her inside on a freezing night?
Her pipes must be SO cold!
How Did He Buy That Cycle?
He went to a showroom!..
They looked so pretty, shiny and new.
Like a mail-order bride. No time to get to know the lady.
He tried them out, but it was challenging to get helpful feedback…
they knew he did not have real biker experience.
No, he’s not a biker; just a guy wanting to buy a motorcycle.
He likes everything in his price range.
Are They Going Out Of Style?
These days new motorbike sales are increasing at 5.8%/YR.
In a 2019-20 report, 780,000 NEW motorcycles were sold in the United States alone.
There were probably 1000 times that many on the road already!
It’s Biker Awareness Week!
I like to see a leather-clad rider, with a matching helmet, boots, and gloves – the whole package.
They look so hot… not because of what they wear – though it helps! – but because of who they ARE!
It is an attitude; it is an ilk!.. The gear is the uniform.
Are There Girls There Too?
A woman biker is an inspiration to other women. We all want to ride like her.
She’s sexy and independent. She handles that beast all on her own…
Bet she only weighs 120 pounds! Don’t let that fool you… she’s strong!
She wants a man with the same abilities.
He had better be real if he wants to ride into the sunset with this biker chick!
She never said a word; it’s all in the attitude.
Is He Cool Enough?
Our biker does not want you to confuse him with a member of a gang.
He’s a BIKER! He is independent and a respected citizen.
Yes, he is a member of a club of like-minded riders. They go on day rides and longer overnighters.
He goes to Sturges and Daytona and admires anyone who rides.
When he passes another biker on the road, he puts out his hand in greeting.
They do likewise.
At intersections, they nod to each other.
No animosity here.
If another biker is parked on the roadside, he is always first to stop and offer help.
The camaraderie is forever on the surface.
They talk about their bikes as if they were their children.
Is He Hot?
Yes, because he’s authentic!
He started riding at a young age and learned to ride a slow bike fast… first!
Now he’s capable of riding a fast bike fast, with confidence.
He learned not to show off; instead, he takes instructions well.
Does He Have The Gear?
Yes, and he wears it with a bad-ass attitude – the gear does not wear him!
There is a lot I can say about the gear – it is the icing on the cake.
Who doesn’t look super-cool clad in denim and leather head to toe?
In the heat, most girls wear halter tops under those heavy leather jackets.
It gets so hot when we stop!
And this is break time. “30 minutes everyone!”
Out come the water bottles and everyone un-Z-I-P-P-S!
And we cool off!
There’s that SOUND! It is rumbling through my body and into my head!
What’s So Special About A Club?
I live for this question!
When you are in a large group and all those motorcycles start up at the same time that growl of the engines grows in your chest you SWELL with pride as you look around and it brings tears to your eyes!..
Now you get it!.. you’re so happy to be a biker!
Are There Drugs And Alcohol?
The short answer is yes!
Like any other gatherings: caravanning, bird watching, horse racing, circuses, church bazaars and motor racing.
I can’t fight mother nature in people.
We are allowed 2 beers on an all-day ride, but no respectable biker would be seen drunk while riding.
It is not worth the risk.
More importantly, you will lose the trust of your fellow riders.
Go home and drink. It’s safer and cheaper!
They Must Be High-Maintenance?!
Motorcycles have become sophisticated machines and many bikers are mechanically inclined.
If not, there’s always the motor-mac who knows all about bikes.
He’s highly respected!
Many bikes boast that one million miles are easily attainable these days… as long as you do regular oil changes.
I don’t know if I have time – left – to ride one million miles!
And don’t forget the metric models… very fine rides!
Are They Really Your Children?
Animals and children are the great equalizers!.. And so is your motorcycle!
It backfired once!
It sounded like a bullet and people on the street ducked behind cars.
Some hit the ground.
It made me cringe with embarrassment.
I could not imagine that we did not look after our baby.
I am blushing!