What's a biker? Hmm...
"Live to ride" sums it all up. I'm not a biker but I ride, been ridin' since '75. Currently on my 4th HD. I know some bikers. They live to ride. That's my 2...hey whatda..where'd the cent sign go? Typewriters had them! Keep it up! :^)
I remember when the term "biker" was a mean thing to say about somebody. A biker was a dirty, nasty person with a lackadaisical outlook of life. They slap women around and traded them for drugs and parts. If a girl back talk back to a biker, she was either dead or getting a butt whooping. Nobody wanted to be called a "biker"
I remember my baby-sitter son picking me up on his hog from kindergarten and the school teacher calling my mother and having a nervous breakdown about it.
I was taught that if you rode a bike of any size, make or condition that a brother hood for others on bikes should be honored. Pride of your bike was being able to take 3 or 4 bikes and making 1 bike that ran.
I remember riding a moped with a bunch of hogs and they would surround me so cars wouldn't hit me.
Of course that was the 60's and life has change since then. The men I knew that were bikers are now dead or in hospice, not knowing what day of the week it is.
Today, it seems the term biker is a tongue and cheek term. It saddens me when a person who is riding a bike looks down on you or another person on a bike because they think your bike isn't as good (or as expensive) as theirs. My friends and myself get laugh'n at other bikers when they don't want to park too close to us because our bikes are old, not to pretty or they can't really make out what company made our bikes. I get proud when a old timer comes up to me and pats my back and says "you did a good job on your bike kid"
Your best friends are named after animals. Your best shoes have steel toes.Every left shoe you own has a black spot on it from the shift lever. You owned three different bikes before you ever owned a car.You think Easy Rider has held up pretty well after all these years. When you refer to Captain America, you mean the bike and not the comic book hero.You know that Marlon Brando rode a Triumph in The Wild One and not a Harley-Davidson.You also know that it was Lee Marvin who rode the Harley in The Wild One. You have motorcycle parts in the dishwasher.Your idea of jewelry is chains and barbed wire. You can tell what kind of bugs they are by the taste.You're only sunburned on the back of your hands and neck.You carry around a crushed beer can in case you have to park your bike on hot asphalt.You pull your bike into the motel room and use a bath towel to wipe it off. Your significant other (SO) has to climb over your bike to do the laundry in the basement.You don't know how to do laundry, but you have four different kinds of cleaners for your bike.You carry a picture of your bike in your wallet.You wave at bikers even when you're in your car. Your other vehicle is a truck equipped with a motorcycle ramp.Your three piece suit consists of leather chaps, a leather vest, and a leather jacket.
Your other suit is a rain suit. You wake up next to your SO and your first thought is if your bike will start.You know where Sturgis is. You take your kids for a ride on your bike before they can walk.You can't remember your kids' names or birthdays, but you can remember that Harley-Davidson made the Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution, and Twin Cam 88. You are currently wearing two or more articles of clothing that have a Harley-Davidson label in them.Folks at the Harley store know you by name. You have your own coffee cup at the Harley store.
Then I'm no biker and satisfied with that. Doesn't get washed unless it rains or I need to tool on it. If all it does is look good then it gets removed(waitin for the other to go off worantee then things will go off too).
MY explanation of a "true BIKER" is someone who RESPECTS his bike enough to keep it mechanically maintained and takes NO chances when it comes to taking either a long ride or a short putt. A BIKER keeps their bike lookin' great because they know it says a LOT about THEM ... it is a "reflection" of who they are and what they're about.
Clyde, glad I brought some memories back for ya. Thanks for sharing that awesome story. Your story brought back old stories of my own. As far as what we are? I guess it matters who is sizing us up?????? But, the way I see it is we don't have to prove ourselves to anyone. Ride safe and ride free!
For some strange rweason uyour post brought back memories of a rweally ratty HD I ran across in this town at the end of the road. Other than the few residents the only thing there was a tavern.
I didn't have a camera with me that day, but I wished I did. This ratty old Harley had all kinds of wire and fasteners on it holding it together and holding things onto it. NO instruments at all. I don't know one HD from another, but this bike was OLDE, cuz it had all kinds of oil leaks! With all the bailing wire in various places I wondered how it got around. But I'll bet it was a GREAT bike though.
Clyde...I've chosen my soon to be brother-in-law, unless there's someone special in my life on a very long term, to "carry" me for a last ride when the time comes...I've decided to be cremated and Steve will take me for that last ride and open the little box up and let my ashes go as free as my soul and spirit will be...I would love to have the ones that I consider friends to ride with me that day! :) Angel
Well geez, to be or not to be a biker????? Frankly, I ride because I want to. What people think???? I don't really give a rats a$$. I am not out to impress anyone. I don't care if you don't like the kind of bike that I ride. I don't care if you don't like my opinions. I respect everyone who rides, regardless of what they ride. I respect all Brother's and Sister's. I respect your right to be your own person.... as long as can walk your own walk and talk your own talk. I believe that I was put on this earth to make the best of my time while I am here..... helping others along the way... not just taking up space. I try not to judge anyone. I leave that to the higher powers that be. Now I do believe spring has finally sprung!!!!! I am outta here...... Let's RIDE!
There was alot of debate on the MCN site as to the differences between Bikers, Motorcyclists and Weekend Warriors last year. Personally I'd rather not get hung up on labels, I've got a bike, I enjoy it and I enjoy sharing my passtime with others. I couldn't give a stuff if people think I'm a "real biker" or not, I'm far to busy enjoying my bike.
If you own a motorcycle, you might be a Biker.
If your motorcycle is worth more than your cage, you might be a Biker.
If your second motorcycle is worth more than your cage, you might be a Biker.
If you keep your motorcycle in the house, you might be a Biker.
If you keep your motorcycle in your house while your x-wife, girlfriend, or Mom come to visit, you might be a Biker.
If you get a little jumpy when you see someone walking a male dog near your Bike, you might be a Biker.
If it's in your blood, you might be a Biker.