By Suzanne McDonald-Walker

From The Wild Ones to effortless Rider, the bike has infected the imaginations of the media and most of the people alike. Marlon Brando, wearing leather-based jacket, denims, and moody glare, turned a cultural icon summing up 'the highway' in all its maverick glory. yet does the parable of the renegade bike owner, an outcast from mainstream society who takes to the line in pursuit of freedom, correlate with truth in any significant method? Who quite rides bikes and why? What are the executive matters of motorcyclists and the way are those represented and contested within the political sphere?This booklet, in line with wide fieldwork among bikers and the bikers' rights move, overturns the ingrained prejudice that equates bikers with deviancy and explodes the myths emphasizing the rebellious and dysfuntional features of cycling. as an alternative, the writer makes a speciality of what cycling ability to these concerned - the rewards, the dangers, the addictiveness, but in addition the stigma and assaults at the cycling way of life. in line with the adverse imagery surrounding bikers and starting to be legislative threats from Europe, bikers' rights institutions developed among the Nineteen Sixties and Eighties within the united kingdom and Europe. the writer discusses the goals and achievements of those lobbies, and the way forward for motorcycling extra usually because it turns into trendy as a middle-aged, middle-class pursuit.

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I mean, that’s inherently wrong. I get very annoyed. It annoys me that people can have that attitude. .

All of my mates were like that. Really, really, rebellious. They didn’t want to be rockers – they were smart, with their shiny studs and badges, with their nice quiff and their shiny Triton – they didn’t want to be like that. They wanted to be different, really different. Different like the punks were different. But even the punks were clean. They might have spat at each other but at least they were clean. . What’s happened now is that really dirty, filthy, disgusting image has gradually changed.

It’s great fun, yeah? I enjoy doing it. – 18 – On Becoming a Biker This enthusiasm for motorcycles is seen to separate them from other road users. As one rider informs us: Most people who drive cars do it for practical reasons only: to transport themselves or goods. People who ride motorcycles tend to be enthusiasts. And so there is a clear divide there. And because enthusiasm is one of the other common denominators which unites bikers . . the possibilities of there being some kind of gregarious instinct or recognition of a social common ground is greater than it would be between car drivers.

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