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Traditional definition of biker: A man who leads a lifestyle that revolves around being part of the brotherhood of riders of American-made motorcycles.

Contemporary definition of biker: A person who leads a lifestyle that revolves around being part of the brotherhood and sisterhood of all motorcycle riders, and shares traditional attitudes about the code of the road

A partial entymology is below. Read the entire string before you settle on a world-wide definition of biker. To many, their view of “What is a biker?” depends on where they live, as spurred by their national pride for motorcycles made domestically rather than imported.

 

American Traditional Definition of Bikers: Men who ride an American made motorcycle and live a biker lifestyle. This did not include women. American made motorcycle is any motorcycle that has an engine made in the USA, whether it is factory made or custom built. (strictest traditional context).

Frequently, motorcyclists who ride custom choppers with motors made in England or Germany are are also considered bikers if they have biker attitude and are part of a biker family. Does not include “yuppy bikers”. Does not include people who ride motorcycles made in Japan, China, Taiwan, or any other nation unless the person has the right attitude and is adopted into a biker family with a majority of riders that meet the definition in the strictest traditional context. If you still think you are a biker, see the bottom line.

Bikers around the world: There was a UK definition of bikers that I saw which was terrible. It referred to one particular movie made in 1960? It must have been a big hit. The Australian definitions I see all refer to biker gangs, while many people are up in arms that biker gang should not be part of the definition of biker. See the comment about biker gangs, below. It’s probably a good thing I can’t read Japanese. Maybe all that spam the Koreans and Chinese send me are to tell me to go to _. I’m sure the Italians have the right idea. Here’s three fingers backatcha and I mean it in the nicest way. They got the attitude part down sweet. Gotta love it. I’ve come to the conclusion that most bikers in other countries prefer to call themselves a motorcyclist rather than a biker. I’m happy for them. What can I say, I’m an American, a biker, and proud of it.

Definition of Motorcyclists: People who ride motorcycles, including off-road. Passengers are called riders.

Definition of Motorcycle Cruisers: People who ride cruiser style motorcycles built for comfort, regardless of motorcycle brand and country of origin.

Definition of Sportsbikers: Motorcyclists who ride the motorcycles that require they ride in a bent forward position in order to reach the handlebars. If you think Sportsbike riders cannot call themselves bikers, please watch the movie Biker Boys, then decide.

Definion of Enthusiasts: All people with an interest in motorcycles, including non-riders and “yuppy bikers” who own a motorcycle but keep it parked. Biker Wannabe: It sounds like a putdown, but it’s not. Biker wannabes tend to be even more enthusiastic than an enthusiast and usually have the heart of a biker, but they just haven’t got their money together yet.

“Yuppy bikers”: Owns an expensive motorcycle which is almost always parked. Is not a biker. Is a motorcyclist, but only when riding. Is most definitely an enthusiast, and has spent big money to prove it. When you ride, you are a motorcyclist, but $30,000 does not make you a biker. Chrome won’t get you home. Take it outa the garage and let it get wet, then we’ll talk.

Weekend Bikers: Some of us have busier schedules than others. Others have jobs that require dress codes. There is nothing wrong with being a weekend biker, if that’s the best you can do. Just don’t try and come across as the baddest ass biker around. Get your head outa your butt.

American Biker: Rides an American made motorcycle only. Adheres to the strictest contextual and traditional  definition of biker.

Harley Bikers: Many Harley bikers consider Harley-Davidson motorcycles to be the only motorcycle they will ever have or will ever ride. Harley bikers are very brand loyal. There are BMW riders who are just as brand loyal. A handful of brand loyal Harley bikers consider anyone who rides any other brand to not be a true biker. There are numerous dissertations on the subject of brand loyalty. All brands of motorcycles have their good points and bad points. Most Harley Bikers are glad you get in the wind no matter what you ride, and know it is not the motorcycle that matters. Some will say it is attitude that matters, while others will say it is lifestyle. It usually just boils down to how often you ride.

Biker Gang: a term overused by the news media, because it takes up less space than motorcycle club, and has a rougher edge. Most clubs have not referred to themselves as biker gangs since the 60’s. At that time, many were admittedly hellraisers yet many of the “biker gangs” were not organized for criminal intent. The news media has been successful in making the term biker gang a synonymous exact replacement for criminal motorcycle organization. In doing so, their desire for least headline space has disrespected bikers and our heritage. Nowadays, most motorcycle groups avoid the use of the term gang, even in innocent context, because the public instantly recognizes the word gang as a synonym for criminal. Consider the innocent use of the word gang as sung in “Hail Hail, the Gang’s All Here” written in 1917, about informal gatherings of familiar people, to current legislative witchhunt acts and proposals which have titles like anti-gang and gang prevention, which threaten many aspects of our lifestyle from the clothes we wear to the tatoos on our skin. Rather than allow the news media and legislators to irradicate the term biker gang, there are those who believe the term biker gang should once again be adopted and embraced by many legitimate motorcycle clubs rather than allow legislators to continue to irradicate our heritage, traditions, and constitutional rights. This reverse strategy could actually work by popularizing the term biker gang for use in non-criminal context.

Bottom Line: If you consider yourself a biker, frequently get in the wind, and you’ve ever relied on any brand of motorcycle as your primary or only transportation for an extended period of time, nobody should have a problem with it if you call yourself a biker. You might have many more miles in the wind on your BMW (or whatever brand) cruiser or your Italian sportsbike, so you really have much more right to consider yourself a biker than a yuppy biker who spends $25000 on a chromed out chopper and keeps it parked. I rode all kinds of motorcycles in the last 35 years. Once you get in the wind, that’s all that matters. Worldwide Bikers welcomes all Bikers who share the road and the wind.

1%

Members of motorcycle clubs considered criminal make up less than 1% of motorcyclists.

9%

Nine percent of motorcycle riders are women (and growing).

10%

Estimates are that less than 10% of motorcyclists are “Old School” Bikers .

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