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Comments on: Are you a biker? http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=71 Good question . . . I write about motorcycles and why we ride them. en Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:43:24 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.2.2 by: <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>527</b><br /> <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>96</b><br /> Jesper http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=71#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2005 15:13:26 -0700 144:71@http://www.whybike.com/blog
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The reason why this debate exists at all, isn’t that because some people who don’t ride motorcycles have(or used to have) a prejudice opinion on some of the people who do? Most people don’t like to be disliked, and if riding a motorcycle makes you disliked with some people, you will naturally try to change it. Some by saying they are not “bikers” they are “motorcyclists”. Some by trying to erase the negativity other people ties with the term “biker”. To me, what I am called is not important. Riding is; and meeting new people; and seeing new places.

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I have often given this some thought of whether or not I am a &#8216;biker&#8217;. My conclusion is that regardless of the love, I may not be one. I have a trailer that I use often to move around my bikes&#8230;even street bikes. I towed from Phoenix to LA for my recent MotoGP trip. Why? I do not enjoy 118F degree rides fir any amount of time. I only started commuting this year because the route is easy (36 miles of country road with 2 red lights and two stop signs). In many ways I envy true bikers. In others, I don&#8217;t. I have several freinds who are fanatics, and wouldn&#8217;t likely consider marriage/kids/etc. because it would interrupt the ride. Those are the bikers I&#8217;m talking about. I love my wife and kids and find my fair weather habit(s) a very sufficient balance. So I don&#8217;t consider myself a true biker in that context&#8230;and I&#8217;m cool with it.
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I have often given this some thought of whether or not I am a ‘biker’. My conclusion is that regardless of the love, I may not be one. I have a trailer that I use often to move around my bikes…even street bikes.

I towed from Phoenix to LA for my recent MotoGP trip. Why? I do not enjoy 118F degree rides fir any amount of time.

I only started commuting this year because the route is easy (36 miles of country road with 2 red lights and two stop signs).

In many ways I envy true bikers. In others, I don’t. I have several freinds who are fanatics, and wouldn’t likely consider marriage/kids/etc. because it would interrupt the ride. Those are the bikers I’m talking about.

I love my wife and kids and find my fair weather habit(s) a very sufficient balance.

So I don’t consider myself a true biker in that context…and I’m cool with it.

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Years ago the Stinger and I put up our definitions of &#8220;biker&#8221; on our site but it&#8217;s been a while since we revised that page. I&#8217;m personallly not really into restrictive definitions and rules about what qualifies someone as a biker. After all, freedom is a major part of why we&#8217;re out there on the road in the first place. As far as I&#8217;m concerned, if riding a motorcycle is an important part of your lifestyle or your identity, you&#8217;re a biker. I think we all recognize the look in each other&#8217;s eyes when we pass on the road. Whether you choose to use the word &#8220;biker&#8221; to express that is secondary.
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Years ago the Stinger and I put up our definitions of “biker” on our site but it’s been a while since we revised that page.

I’m personallly not really into restrictive definitions and rules about what qualifies someone as a biker. After all, freedom is a major part of why we’re out there on the road in the first place.

As far as I’m concerned, if riding a motorcycle is an important part of your lifestyle or your identity, you’re a biker. I think we all recognize the look in each other’s eyes when we pass on the road. Whether you choose to use the word “biker” to express that is secondary.

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by: Anonymous http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=71#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2005 01:45:35 -0700 149:71@http://www.whybike.com/blog
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Am I a &#8216;Biker&#8217;? Hmmm&#8230;I&#8217;ve always loved the feel of the wind in my face, hanging my head out the car window like my German Shepard when I was a kid. I enjoyed riding in the back of my uncle&#8217;s pick-up with my cousins, hair flying and eyes stinging. Over the years I&#8217;ve ridden on the back of my Dad&#8217;s, Step-dad&#8217;s, boyfriend&#8217;s, ex-husband&#8217;s and now fiance&#8217;s bikes. I believe it was inevitable that I got one of my own last year. From my south-eastern NC location I&#8217;ve ridden to the beach 4 times, the mountains twice, and take day trips almost every weekend. I ride to work when the weather permits - although the coldest was 36 degrees F, donning leathers, gloves and face mask. I won&#8217;t start out in it for safety&#8217;s sake, but I have occasionally ridden in the rain and in the dark. I&#8217;ve now put 10,108 miles on my &#8216;05 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 since purchasing it new last Aug. 28th. I&#8217;m not a beer drinker; I smoke only occasionally. I almost always wear my helmet (just not at the beach going 25mph down the strip). I&#8217;m a 5&prime;, 1&Prime; tall, 120# soon-to-be grandmother. Professionally I&#8217;m a Research Project Mgr. A &#8216;biker&#8217;? You betcha. Just not the sterotypical kind that comes to mind when you hear the word. Sorry, Steve McQueen. It&#8217;s a new day.
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Am I a ‘Biker’? Hmmm…I’ve always loved the feel of the wind in my face, hanging my head out the car window like my German Shepard when I was a kid. I enjoyed riding in the back of my uncle’s pick-up with my cousins, hair flying and eyes stinging. Over the years I’ve ridden on the back of my Dad’s, Step-dad’s, boyfriend’s, ex-husband’s and now fiance’s bikes. I believe it was inevitable that I got one of my own last year. From my south-eastern NC location I’ve ridden to the beach 4 times, the mountains twice, and take day trips almost every weekend. I ride to work when the weather permits - although the coldest was 36 degrees F, donning leathers, gloves and face mask. I won’t start out in it for safety’s sake, but I have occasionally ridden in the rain and in the dark. I’ve now put 10,108 miles on my ‘05 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 since purchasing it new last Aug. 28th. I’m not a beer drinker; I smoke only occasionally. I almost always wear my helmet (just not at the beach going 25mph down the strip). I’m a 5′, 1″ tall, 120# soon-to-be grandmother. Professionally I’m a Research Project Mgr. A ‘biker’? You betcha. Just not the sterotypical kind that comes to mind when you hear the word. Sorry, Steve McQueen. It’s a new day.

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You are a biker if you think you are. That is the beauty of the biker community, it is about freedom, celebrates diversity, and respects difference. These are all things that all Americans are supposed to be, but are usually found lacking. I was in Sturgis last week and was amused by the lack of diversity in dress. Everyone was wearing black leather, black T shirts and black levis regardless of the heat, usually above 90 and sometimes above 100. While waiting to have my bike washed for free at a church in Sturgis, the guy behind me commented that I didn&#8217;t look like I fit with my bike. I was wearing tan shorts, a grey T shirt that said &#8220;Its all good&#8221; and black low top hiking shoes. My bike is a black and silver Harley Davidson Road Glide. I just said with a smile, &#8220;Don&#8217;t bikers get to wear what they want?&#8221; He just grunted. We are both bikers, but he seemed to need external hints to identify others. Later I noticed a twentys something in the line next to mine at the church bike wash wearing a black T shirt that said F*** you, you f****** f***. Again with a smile I asked him if he thought his shirt was appropriate attair at a church that was about to give him a free bike wash (and a really good one at that). He said that he didn&#8217;t care what they thought, which was certainly his right. The church people didn&#8217;t seem to mind, although they prayed over him longer than the rest of us. I&#8217;ve seen articles in biker magazines that say to be a biker one must pay ones dues. I&#8217;ve never understood that as every moment I&#8217;ve spent on a bike over that last 35 years have been pure pleasure, even when my butt hurt. I don&#8217;t know where I need to go to pay those dues. Ride safe.
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You are a biker if you think you are. That is the beauty of the biker community, it is about freedom, celebrates diversity, and respects difference. These are all things that all Americans are supposed to be, but are usually found lacking.

I was in Sturgis last week and was amused by the lack of diversity in dress. Everyone was wearing black leather, black T shirts and black levis regardless of the heat, usually above 90 and sometimes above 100. While waiting to have my bike washed for free at a church in Sturgis, the guy behind me commented that I didn’t look like I fit with my bike. I was wearing tan shorts, a grey T shirt that said “Its all good” and black low top hiking shoes. My bike is a black and silver Harley Davidson Road Glide. I just said with a smile, “Don’t bikers get to wear what they want?” He just grunted. We are both bikers, but he seemed to need external hints to identify others.

Later I noticed a twentys something in the line next to mine at the church bike wash wearing a black T shirt that said F*** you, you f****** f***. Again with a smile I asked him if he thought his shirt was appropriate attair at a church that was about to give him a free bike wash (and a really good one at that). He said that he didn’t care what they thought, which was certainly his right. The church people didn’t seem to mind, although they prayed over him longer than the rest of us.

I’ve seen articles in biker magazines that say to be a biker one must pay ones dues. I’ve never understood that as every moment I’ve spent on a bike over that last 35 years have been pure pleasure, even when my butt hurt. I don’t know where I need to go to pay those dues.

Ride safe.

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