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The unspoken The always known True bikers code!!! ( the diffrence between a biker and wanna-be)

"THE BIKER'S CODE!!" It used to be that all bikers shared a common bond, an unspoken code of ethics and behavior that transcended words and was built on actions. There was never a bible written on this Biker's Code and there was no need for such. But the times are a-changin' and there seems to be a lot of new riders out there. These days the riders you see blastin' down the road are just as likely to be clad in shorts and sneakers as jeans and engineer boots. And the roughest, toughest-looking biker you pull up next to could be your doctor or lawyer and may be wearin' a Rolex watch under his leathers. There's nothing wrong with that, so long as these new riders learn the Code just as we old-timers did. Being a biker used to be about using your creativity to take a basket case old hawg and using only grit and ingenuity, turning it into a one-of-a-kind eye dazzler, then risking your life on the asphalt on a bike you made yourself out of pride. Bikers wore leather and grease because they knew cagers would just as soon run them down as look at them, so they had to be intimidating. We were a breed unto ourselves with no union, no support group, and in many cases, no family (they threw us out). We had to make it in the world of our own, against all rules, against mainstream society, and against all odds. We survived and prospered because of the Biker Code and we never took shit from anybody. As an old scooter bro once said, "It's every tramp's job to school the young. How else are they gonna know a Panhead from a bed pan?" With that in mind, we bring you a primer on the basic two-wheeled Code. Take heed, brothers and sisters, for our Code is a hallowed one filled with honor and loyalty, the likes of which have not been since the days of knighthood: Don't take any shit. Be kind to women, children, and animals, but don't take any bullshit. This is an essential part of being a biker. It has to do with respect and honor. Anyone can be a quick-tempered fool. Be cool, stand tall, and backup what you say with action. Never lie, cheat, or steal. Another way of saying this is to always tell the truth. Bikers are always the greasy bad guys in the movies, but every real biker knows that his word is his bond. Your word is all you have in life that is truly yours. Guard it carefully and be something noble, for you are a true knight of the road. Don't snitch. If you see a wrong, fight it yourself, if you are about anything you'll take care of problems yourself and never feel the need to snitch someone off. Snitches are the lowest life forms on earth, right up there with biker thieves. Don't whine. Absolutely no one likes or respects a whiner. Another way to say this is hold your mud. Still another way to think of it is, "Don't sweat the small stuff." Most of life's little inconveniences work themselves out whether you whine or not. Keep your chin up, dammit! You're a biker, not some lowly snail. Never say die and never give up. Whether it's in a fight, a debate, or a business deal, no matter how bad it gets, a biker never gives up. Help others. When a brother or sister is broken down by the side of the road, always stop and help them. Even moral support, if that is all you can give, is better than riding on by. Remember life is about the journey, the ride, not getting there. You already are there. And don't just help bikers, show the world that we are better than our image portrays us. Courtesy costs you nothing and gives you everything. Stick to your guns. Do what you say you'll do, be there when you say you will. This is called integrity. This also goes back to standing for something. Like the song says, "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything." Life is not a drill. Yeah, this ain't no dress rehearsal. This is life -- go out and take a big bite of it. You've got no time to lose and bikers don't stand around waiting for the party to come to them. You only go around once. Tomorrow you could be road kill, thanks to a chain smoker asleep at the wheel of his Caddy. Live life now, make the most of each moment. All right, now let's review. You are a biker, a modern-day knight of the road. Protect the weak, walk tall, and stand proud. Your word is your bond. Stick to your guns. Don't take any shit. Life is not a drill. Now go forth and ride. When in doubt, ride. That's what we do... ride. IF you want to ride around in a Day-Glo Hawaiian shirt and sandals, go for it, but if you intend to look like an idiot, at least don't act like an idiot. These commandments are just a few of the broad strokes, there is a lot more to being a biker than buying a bike. If you just buy a bike, you are a motorcyclist. Being a biker is a way of life, a proud way of life we hold in high regard with a burning passion for the open highway. What say you?

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RIGHT ON! Thump, That was as ,Tony the Tiger would say " GREAT"!!!!!! Dave the Mailman
What a way to start my week. I love this website! Good morning all.
Robert
It's not the look or being a bad ass, It's about the Heart, The old school ways, you might say the way of the road respect cairing and enjoying life, helping those you find along the way.
You said it all! Great article.
Damn, and I thought being one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children was tough.
kewl!!!
I never knew "The code" had that many words in it. I just fall under "The Golden Rule" which covers about all situations. Crazy Horse
Amen
I think that most of us older riders follow the old school ways, some more so than others. As far as the "Biker's Code", I believe that a lot of the newer riders will never understand what some of us grew up with, riding in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Finding a old bike that someone had just let go and working till your fingers bled trying to get it to run and then seeing if we could survive our first trip on our new ride. I admit, probably only a few now a days will take the time to do this, when it was common practice when we were growing up. In our day, bikers had a bad name, you were looked down upon and if you were lucky enough to have a girl friend, chances are her folks wouldn't let her ride with you, "if they knew". I too have grown older and now I go for "comfort" more so than "image". I figure I have earned it after almost 40 years of riding. Code and conduct? I wish some of it was as it once was, but those days are gone, and probably for the better in the long run. A new breed is on the roads now and they will have to make their own "code", and I hope they have a long and healthy run, just as we did!

Galen
Can't argue with that!!!!

Galen
Look at the rallies of the past and then go to the now the next and see where we were. the biker is and always will be the one that enjoys the road and the freedom it gives back!!! and much more are we going to tell someone he isn't a biker cuz he cant even work on his owne bike. We can debate this over and over and it won't matter. Bikers,Motorcyclest. Or the dumb ass that make's you ditch wich do you want to ride with if in the last group never know I might need a kidney,hart,ect. someday Just don't take anyone with youfool.
Your only as old as you feel, and sometimes I feel damn old!!!!

Galen

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