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Posted on Tue, Nov 21, 2006 16:14

Bikers Code It used to be that all bikers shared a common bond, an unspoken code of ethics and behavior that transcended words and was built on actions. There was never a bible written on this Biker's Code and there was no need for such. But the times are changing and there seems to be a lot of new riders out there. These days the riders you see blasting down the road are just as likely to be clad in shorts and sneakers as jeans and engineer boots. And the roughest, toughest-looking biker you pull up next to could be your doctor or lawyer and may be wearing a Rolex watch under his leathers. There's nothing wrong with that, so long as these new riders learn the Code just as we old-timers did. Being a biker used to be about using your creativity to take a basket case old hawg and using only grit and ingenuity, turning it into a one-of-a-kind eye dazzler, then risking your life on the asphalt on a bike you made yourself out of pride. Bikers wore leather and grease because they knew cagers would just as soon run them down as look at them. We were a breed unto ourselves with no union, no support group, and in many cases no family (they threw us out). We had to make it in the world of our own, against all rules, against mainstream society, and against all odds. We survived and prospered because of the Biker Code and we never took shit from anybody. As an old scooter bro once said, "It's every tramp's job to school the young. How else are they going to know a Panhead from a bed pan?" Take heed, brothers and sisters, for our Code is a hallowed one filled with honor and loyalty, the likes of which have not been since the days of knighthood. Be kind to women, children and animals, but don't take any bullshit about being a biker. This is an essential part of being a biker. It has to do with respect and honor. Anyone can be a quick-tempered fool. Be cool, stand tall and proud. Stand behind what you say with action. Never lie, cheat or steal, always tell the truth. Bikers are always the greasy bad guys in the movies, but every real biker knows that his word is his bond. Your word is all you have in life that is truly yours. Guard it carefully and be something noble, for you are a true knight of the road. If you see a wrong, fight it yourself, if you are about anything. You'll take care of problems yourself, find solutions. Don't Whine. Absolutely no one likes or respects a whiner. Another way to think of it is, "Don't sweat the small stuff" Most of life's little inconveniences work themselves out whether you whine or not. Keep your chin up, you're a biker, not some lowly snail. Never say die and never give up. Whether it's in a fight, a debate, or a business deal, no matter how bad it gets a biker never gives up. Help others. When a brother or sister is broken down by the side of the road, always stop and help them. Even moral support, if that is all you can give, is better than riding on by. Remember life is about the journey, the ride, not getting there. You already are there. And don't just help bikers stop for anyone broken down, show the world that we are better than our image portrays us. Courtesy costs you nothing and gives you everything. Stick to your guns. Do what you say you'll do, be there when you say you will. This is called integrity. This also goes back to standing for something. Like the song says, "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything." Life is not a drill, this isn't a dress rehearsal. This is life -- go out and take big bites of it. You've got no time to lose and bikers don't stand around waiting for the party to come to them they make the party. You only go around once. Tomorrow you could be road kill, thanks to a snowbird asleep at the wheel of his Caddy. Live life now, make the most of each moment. All right, now let's review. You are a biker, a modern-day knight of the road. Protect the weak, walk tall and stand proud. Your word is your bond. Stick to your guns. Don't take any shit. Life is not a drill. Now go forth and ride. When in doubt, ride. That's what we do...ride. If you want to ride around in a Day-Glo Hawaiian shirt and sandals, go for it, but if you intend to look like an idiot, at least don't act like an idiot. These commandments are just a few of the broad strokes, there is a lot more to being a biker than buying a bike. If you just buy a bike, you are a motorcyclist. Being a biker is a way of life, a proud way of life we hold in high regard with a burning passion for the open highway.


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Posted on Tue, Nov 28, 2006 12:03

hossv8 ... I'll hafta check out that book ... sounds pretty kewl! ... :^)


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Posted on Mon, Nov 27, 2006 21:19

Found this on a website... The Biker Code I picked up a little book a few months ago called "The Biker Code: Wisdom for the Ride" by Stuart Miller and Geoffrey Moss. Bikers are interviewed for their thoughts about riding and they express themselves in short verse. Black-and-white photos of the riders are shown next to their compositions. Some bikers you may have heard of. Others will be unknown. Regardless, you'll gain much from the wisdom imparted. Here's an excerpt: For some there's therapy, For the rest of us there's motorcycles. Years ago I found myself dangerously close to a depression. I had 2 options: spend the next 5 years and thousands of dollars in therapy, or take a "nonconventional" approach. I bought a 1987 1100 Harley Sportster. The best therapist ever. .... Grace Verderosa


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Posted on Sun, Nov 26, 2006 20:45

30 years ago when I started riding I don't remember any codes. From time to time I see these codes and still not sure how they got started. I'm a good friend so I guess I have never concerned myself. I did ride with a club for a while you had your do's and dont's. Spyder


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Posted on Sun, Nov 26, 2006 17:04

..ohhh..dont sweat the petty stuff...pet the sweatty stuff...;p


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Posted on Sun, Nov 26, 2006 14:49

good reminders...thanx..


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Posted on Sat, Nov 25, 2006 21:08

Well james77075 ... There are a couple "codes" that people need to live by here in this life and if MORE people lived by them ... this world may be a lot nicer place to live in! How Bout'? ... *** Give None ~ Take None *** (I always liked that one too)... ;^)


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Posted on Fri, Nov 24, 2006 22:09

...a code?!?!....NO ONE TOLD ME THERE WAS A CODE!!!..LOL;p


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Posted on Fri, Nov 24, 2006 16:22

Amen, Amen, Amen. Hope everyone reads this. Great blog Wild.


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Posted on Fri, Nov 24, 2006 07:28

.. Those are the values, I have always lived by..but only been riding cycles for a year and half many of the statements transcend to hardcore horsepeople too.. Thanks for the blog. More people should live by this creed.


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Posted on Thu, Nov 23, 2006 14:58

Sis: You are a true sister....Been trying to tell some people that for the last few years, but you have a good way of puttin it in words i couldnt get across...empty coors can, piece of barbwire, etc has gotten my ole panhead home a few times...keep safe...love ya..hippy Bill


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Posted on Thu, Nov 23, 2006 14:29

I damn sure wish that I could take the credit for being the "Author" of this beautiful piece of penmanship ... but, I'm only the messenger of these "Words Of Wisdom" ... ;^)


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Posted on Wed, Nov 22, 2006 22:34

Thank you this is the only thing that I have read on here that makes any sense.


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