Real Motorcycle Men Do not Need To…

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I have been among the ranks of motorcycle men riding motorcycles for over forty years. I got my first mini bike when I was twelve years old, I have had and ridden motorcycles ever since. I guess that qualifies me in the group of motorcycle men, a biker in one sense or another. Although I have never prospected or been patched into an outlaw motorcycle gang, I have ridden with many. I was the very image of the lone outlaw biker.

Growing up in the late 60’s I was a child of the drug culture. I started taking drugs’ at the age of eleven, one year before I started riding a motorcycle. I was a lost child. I stopped caring about home, school and just about anything else except biking and drugs.

By the age of 14 I had gotten into trouble and was emancipated by the court. I was given an option, that on the day I turned seventeen I had to volunteer into the armed forces or go to jail as an adult. I choose to join the army.

The military was not the best place for a drug addict such as myself. It was the worst. There were more drugs to be had in the army then in the outside world.

While I was in the Army in Germany I bought a new motorcycle. It was a sweet bi-centennial Harley Davidson Sportster 1000. Even though it was made by AMF, at the time it was sweet. I spent most of my time in the service getting high and riding my motorcycle all over Europe.

I got out of the Army had my bike shipped home and came back state side. Being home, free and mobile I started right where I had left off, drinking, drugging, and raising hell. Read more

Motorcycle Men

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Through out history motorcycle men have been stereotyped as being out-laws. It seems that that no matter where you go, if you are wearing a leather jacket and a do-rag on you head people will scurry across to the other side of the street to avoid you. Although over the years motorcycle manufactures and well as the men that ride motorcycles have tried to change this image.

Ever since Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda hopped on those gleaming Choppers and rumbled down the road into infamous glory, I have always wanted to ride a motorcycle. You know, bugs in my teeth, get the feel of the wind in my face and feel all of that raw power under me as people stared when I rolled by.

I was twelve when the movie Easy Rider came out and I will never forget the image of what Hollywood told us a Motorcycle Man should be. Wyatt, played by Peter Fonda and Billy, played by Denis Hopper were two young bikers that sell some drugs; stash the money inside the gas tanks of their choppers and head out onto the open road. Read more