Being a biker involves more than just owning a motorcycle. Bikers typically have a look, attitude and foster a way of life that makes them stand. While that doesn’t mean they’re unfriendly or stuck up, it does mean that if you really want to be a biker, you need to know a few things about the culture. A few simple steps can help you be a biker.
1. Buy a motorcycle. There tends to be a division between the people who ride sport bikes (otherwise known as “crotch rockets”) and those who ride other motorcycles (Harley Davidsons and Victories for example). By deciding what type of bike you want, you will also determine what type of biker you will be and what events to attend.
2. Dress the part. Leather is synonymous with bikers, and it’s not just about the look. Bikers often wear leather gloves, vests and chaps because it helps cut down on wind damage to the body and clothing, as well as extra protection in the case of a crash or fall from the motorcycle.
3. Go to a rally. Motorcycle rallies can be a wild, exotic, good time. Whether you ride a Harley or a sport bike, there’s a rally for you. Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, SC, as well as the infamous Harley Davidson rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, are prime places to look at bikes, hang out with bikers and party until the sun comes up.
4. Join a club. Groups of bikers take shape constantly all over the world. There are motorcycle clubs devoted to women bikers, doctors who ride and even military bikers. By joining a motorcycle club you will always have someone with whom to ride or talk about bikes. Despite the former stigma attached to motorcycle clubs, they often do charity work and are made up of caring, down-to-earth people.
5. Attend a charity ride. Motorcycle clubs, local communities and charity organizations often hold charity rides to raise money for a particular organization like Toys for Tots, the Special Olympics or individuals who need assistance in the community. By entering a charity ride, your fees go directly to a person or group in need.