Iv come across so many people that tar all bikers with the same brush.(Brash,Nutters,Arrogant and trouble makers.)
Normally the people that make this assumption only know so-called bikers that have been noticed for bad behavior.
It really annoys me to be put in this category.
The bikers I know are all very nice people and live by the code that keeps us as a family. Respect others wishes and beliefs,and Dont draw attention to themselves.
(Moan over )xxxx
Yeh , i'm of the australian variety & it's no different here , you love to be amongst the biker people , instantly you are looked at differently , i'm 50 have been motorcycling for a long time ,still drag racing at the tracks over here , but i can't socialize with everyone , my tattoo's scare em away , but bikes have always been my passion , couldn't care less about the ones who dont take the time to get to know you
Bikers in the US years ago have always gotton a bad rap but because it has become such a trend to be a biker,(no disrepect here just have been around when most bikers were outlaws) but now you have more blue collar workers, celeberties, and just about anyone who can afford to ride doing it. The good thing is in the US we spend alot of time and money going on Charity runs this is giving the biker a good name. Oh sure there are always outlaws but now it seems most of the time they merge together.
I agree with everyone. I used to hang out with what I will admit was a pretty rowdy bunch and they took pride in this. But these guys were business men, just not your corporate business but they had money. When we would go to a eat CW or Author would have to put a $100 bill on the table and tell the waitress this could be yours if you wait on us.
But now days there are people from all walks of life that are black leather wearing bike riders.
I agree that people are afraid of the unknown and shy away because someone looks the way they do. Just as if the person was deformed or physically challenged, people would rather avoid them than become familiar with them.
It could be a symptom of where you are. Here in the US I might have agreed with you 15 years ago. I used to get pulled over by the cops, people would turn around and walk the other way in the grocery store....or avoid eye contact, etc. However, in the USA the last 10 years has seemed to change. I suppose that it's due to the fact that there are scores and scores of new riders on the road. Everyone from doctors/lawyers to blue collar types have either revived their riding status or become new riders. There are so many new bikers that I no longer get pulled over by the cops......just because I'm riding a Harley. In fact, I don't get pulled over any more at all.
That old country song comes to mind with a twist..."I was a biker before being a biker was cool."
My advice is lift your head up....be proud of what YOU know and F*ck those idiots who are narrow-minded simpletons.
Ignorance is not always bliss - they are the ones missing out.
Don't worry about what people you don't know think. Most of the people I know in the Biker Community are fun, loyal people but there are bad apples anywhere.
I am friends with a lot of riders. Those who are everthing from RUBs (rich urban bikers)to
MC/one percenter's and everything in beween.
Most I know are good folks to hang with, a few aren't - it's the same everywhere in every interest group.
I like to hang with those who I have fun with, who aren't going to stab me in the back and are loyal. I don't really care what anyone else thinks.
I live and own a business in a very small town. Most in town like me and know who and what I stand for, but there are those who out of ignorance simply think I am the crazy, wild lady on the Harley. I am not crazy and I am not anywhere near what I consider wild - but I do like fun and adventure. So they can think whatever -I'm doing my thing.
THERE ARE BIKERS AND THERE ARE "BIKERS". To me: owning and riding a bike doesn't atomatically make you a "biker" - there is a little more to it than that. Just like owning a horse and a cow doesn't make you a cowboy..
Simple answer; Historically people have always been afraid of anything they don't understand or accept as "normal behavior". Different is threatening to a lot of people, mostly those whom are opinionated to begin with...
And our attire is mostly black leather which , can also scare people,( I've seen some pretty scarie looking people in black leather) That's why it is every bikers job to change these people's minds one at a time . We each educate 3 non-riders as to the true lovable nature of us as a brotherhood and they 3 more and they 3 more and before you know it .....