The motorcycle culture and how it evolved

Ivan Dimitrijevic
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In the 20th century, a lot of sub-cultures emerged and took their place as iconic representations of a certain lifestyle at a certain point in time. Some of them were passing fads, while others were more enduring and are very active even today. One of the more persevering sub-cultures is the Biker culture around which a lot of unjust stereotypes have developed over the years. One of the primary ways bikers network is through motorcycle clubs.

Type of motorcycle clubs

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They basically started out as groups of people interested in motorcycles but from there, they expanded into so much more. These days’ motorcycle clubs are serious organizations which setup rallies, charities, sponsor sporting events and a lot more. They have annual fees which they use to fund these efforts and have a set hierarchy. They can be divided into several groups:

  • Classic motorcycle clubs
  • Brand motorcycle clubs
  • Vintage motorcycle clubs

AMA (American Motorcycle Organization) is the largest organization of this kind in the US but what I find more interesting is the part of this culture that chooses to stay off the radar, the so called “Outlaws”. This term should not be taken literally, and it often is, because it merely shows that a certain motor cycle member abides by the old biker philosophy that was started in the 1950s in the United States. This philosophy included and still includes a strong disrespect for authority and conformity promoting the freedom of the open road. They promote this independence by sewing MC into their riding jackets.

While popular biker groups and motorcycle clubs are depicted as boy clubs, this is far from the truth. There are numerous female exclusive biker clubs

like the Women’s International Motorcycle Association.

Biker style

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The traditional biker apparel stems from their riding clothes which include leather which protects them if they fall, sunglasses to protect their eyes on sunny days and some other clothing details include various scarves and bandannas, boots and accessories like piercings, rings, etc. In most cases, things that make up the biker style stem from practical things so try not to overdo it.

Biker music

Typically, bikers are rock and metal fans but not exclusively. In all honesty, most of the music associated with biker culture has strong musical connections with the blues. Some of the bands that are known as “biker music” are Motorhead, Ac/Dc, Steppenwolf but in true biker spirit, bikers listen to whatever they want.

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Activism

Bikers have a bad image with the general public but contrary to popular belief, they are actually very socially aware people. Motorcycle clubs are patrons of many humanitarian events; they strive to spread awareness about safe riding and safe traffic in general, by organizing toy runs.

It’s one thing to read about the biker spirit but the only way to learn what it means to be a biker is to sit on your motorcycle and ride. Take your biking gear, make a plan and start following the road. And remember, being a biker is about being a part of a community, not a solo experience.

Comments

  1. If its American Motorcycle Organization shouldn’t it be AMO?

  2. manpreet says:

    Am die hard fan of RE bikes.the thump is completely adorable.the way it feels and the way it looks completely blow my mind.i really want to go for a long trip on my bike.loved the article though


  3. Twitter:
    It is always great if we part of community. I think this is why motorcycle culture are more than just gathering
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  4. Twitter:
    Awesome article about motorcycle culture. I love bike riding. Often I go for a long bike trip with my friends. Thanks for the share.
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  5. Twitter:
    Succinct history there, Ivan.

    I was a hardcore biker when I was a bit younger. However, here in Nigeria (of today), riding a bike is the fastest way not only to get disfigured, but to get killed as well.

    Is there respect for the Biker in the US presently?

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  6. Twitter:
    My husband is part of a motorcycle club. He has a 2006 road king custom with screaming eagle pipes. Its very loud. I enjoy riding with him. Although his club is not a hard core biker club that goes around and get in to trouble. Its mostly a bunch of business owners trying to look tough. I think its cute. Also Most of the music I have heard from any of there bikes range from zz top to cher. I still think its cute.

  7. Minky Mehta says:

    hey
    i m the biggest fan of bikes and i love long drives on bikes in full speed, i must have to read your post bcoz its seem really very interesting
    bookmarked blog :)


  8. Twitter:
    Nice post

    I am great bike lover and love to join in bike groups.The best thing i like about the bike groups is that initially it was started just for fun and hanging around. But the it slowly started involving in social activities like setting up rallies for cause , charities, sponsoring events etc.

    By joining in these groups it helped to learn more about bikes, rallies and helped me to get more friends. I enjoy a lot with them hanging around participate in activities dress up like a hardcore biker almost everything. Its great fun.

    Thank you for sharing.
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  9. Twitter:
    Hey Ivan,
    I am a bike lover and really enjoyed this post while reading. Bike community is something really good. Thanks for sharing this post with us.
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  10. Twitter:
    The ideally point i like concerning the bike groups is that initially it was begun just for fun and spending time. However the it slowly started involving in social activities like setting up rallies for source, charities, sponsoring occasions and so on.

    The ideally point like concerning the bike groups is that initiallly it was begun just for fun and spending time. However the it slowly started involving in social activities like setting up rallies for source, charities, sponsoring occasions and so on.

  11. A great read for all the bike lovers. Great post/
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  12. That statement could have come straight of my mouth about 10 years ago…enjoy your youth while it lasts…you’ve got only one that once gone, never bothers to come back!
    Thanks for sharing…!!!
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  13. My husband is part of a motorcycle club. He has a 2006 road king custom with screaming eagle pipes. Its very loud. I enjoy riding with him. Although his club is not a hard core biker club that goes around and get in to trouble. Wao
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  14. Twitter:
    Reminded me of a Motorcycle diaries…Great post Ivan. It’s always great to learn about cultures and different lifestyle.
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  15. Twitter:
    Bike groups may been started for fun but the need for a community has really given this group a great popularity today. Sorry but don’t really like most of those stunts of bikers though!
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