During the spring and summer months spending time outside is a real treat. Many single motorcycle riders will take their biker women, or ride on the back of their Harley men to visit a local botanical garden to see the various sites and enjoy the warm aromas. Simply put, a botanical garden is a place where a group of people have planned out a wonderful garden, often highlighting some of the native plants and associated wildlife including birds, insects and small animals. It can be an extremely relaxing way to spend the afternoon, and it’s not surprising to see many people enjoying an afternoon there. Continue reading
You’ve gone on enough rides through the city during the day to recognize the special appeal that your city has. There are great restaurants, parks, street vendors, and wonderful places to stop and shop throughout the city. However, have you ever considered taking your biker partner on a ride through the city at night?
Motorcycle at night can present its own set of challenges, of course, but it also has quite a few benefits that a daytime ride simply can’t compete with. For starters, night life in the city is very different than daylight hours, and the various lights of the city can present a great and even romantic view.Second, many different types of venues are only open during the evening hours, which can lead to a variety of new experiences for anyone adventurous enough to participate. Continue reading
The idea of riding with your biker lover and finding the perfect place to watch a sunrise may seem like a bit of work, especially if you’re not a regular morning person, but it can certainly be worth the effort once you find the your special place. Start by riding with your special motorcycle man or biker woman around the town or region in which you or your biker match live, looking for potential spots, or discussing the possibilities over a late dinner. Continue reading
If you’re looking for something that is low-key and comfortable environment for your first biker dating place, you really can’t go wrong with a local coffee shop.
The cost for a cup of coffee or tea, and a few bagels or muffins is relatively cheap, and the noise levels in these establishments are relatively low. However, there is still often enough idle chatter in the area to make nearly everyone feel comfortable. Continue reading
It’s also an important idea to be honest and upfront about your life and status. Do you have kids? Are you divorced? Perhaps you lost your spouse and are now a widow or widower. Whatever the case, it’s important to be forthcoming about what your life is like right now. There is no need to go into detail, but keeping the fact that you have two daughters in elementary school a secret is simply asking for trouble. Many people, including biker singles who use online biker dating sites, are looking for a specific type of person and situation. Some of them may not be searching for the situation that you are in, while others will be. By being honest about your life, you can help to weed out the ones that won’t mesh with your chosen motorcycle lifestyle.
In addition to being honest about which you are, and the situation that you’re in, it’s also very important to be honest about what you’re looking for in a rider partner or bikers friend. Being anything less than honest in this regard is nothing more than a waste of time for everyone involved. If you’re looking for a girl in her mid-20’s interested in fun and riding, say so. Or if you’re interested in a mid-30’s man who has their eye on a long term relationship, state that as well.
One thing to remember is that putting ultimatums in your profile is a pretty big turn off for most people. Try to avoid using words such as never or always when describing what you are looking for. For example, try to avoid saying things like “I never would go out with someone who smokes,” or “My ideal woman would always cook me a wonderful dinner”. These type of statements, although possibly true are simply too hard to live up to. Remember, a relationship is about compromise, and give and take. Is a glorious dinner cooked for you every night more important than a real person to spend the rest of your life with?
It’s a good idea, if allowable to have more than one profile picture on your profile. By doing this, you can easily show that you don’t spend the majority of your time sitting behind the computer. Besides the close up picture that you use as your main profile picture, don’t be afraid to use your motorcycle pictures, enjoying a cookout with biker friends, or even a picture of you relaxing in front of a campfire.
Another thing to keep in mind is whether or not your pictures are current. Let’s face it; people do physically change over the years. Using an older picture, although perhaps more flattering is a set up for failure in the world of online biker dating. Think about it this way; how would you feel if you meet someone who looked a lot different, or older than what they portrayed in their picture? You’d feel let down, a little disappointed, I’m guessing. It’s the same for your potential match. If you do end up using an older picture of yourself, make sure you mention that in the caption. After all, it’s all about honesty and respect.
Here is a final note about the morality of your shots. It’s really not a good idea to have pictures of you doing something that some would consider morally questionable. Basically, it’s a good idea to remember that there is a possibility of your parents seeing these pictures. Also, not everyone is searching for someone only for the purposes of sex. Why would you want to give the impression that is the only thing you are looking for as well?
Today, there are biker clubs that span every area of the country, every type of motorcycle, and nearly every race, color or creed. And while many of the public associate motorcycle clubs with more of the outlaw motorcycle gangs that exist, many biker clubs are making sure that their sense of honor and responsibility to the community gets in the limelight. In many cases, being part of a motorcycle club or a biker club isn’t just about being true to yourself and loyal to your friends. It’s also about helping out the community, and taking care of the less fortunate.
Bikers clubs are not only known for wearing patches and leather, but also for the various charities that they support. There are many out there, and many of them involve raising awareness and money by doing something that biker’s already love to do—riding their motorcycle.
For example, the charity known as Rolling Thunder was started by a group of Vietnam War veterans in 1987 and was incorporated in 1995. It is a non-profit organization with over 90 chapters worldwide. The membership is varied, containing men, and women, veterans and non-veterans alike. However, the driving force behind their commitment is the same. The goal of this group is to bring full accountability for the various Prisoners of War and Missing in Action that exist in the world today.
Their aim is to remind the government and the people in their countries that there are still some out there who fought, and who are fighting for the ideals that their country believes in.
Like many motorcycles clubs and organizations, Rolling Thunder made itself known soon after the idea was created. Born out of the desire to bring accountability and exposure to those still dealing with the POW/MIA crisis, a ride on Washington D.C. was organized for Memorial Day Weekend in 1988. Members of Rolling Thunder reached out to their friends and families, other veterans, and veteran’s advocates to form a march and demonstration on the nation capital. However, this demonstration would be conducted in a way that only bikers could achieve. Their arrival wouldn’t be marked by the shouts of slogans or singing of political anthems, but rather by the roar of motorcycle engines.
Not surprisingly, word spread quickly, and by the time that Memorial Day 1988 came, nearly 2,500 motorcycles from all over the nation came to Washington D.C. From those small, but significant beginnings, Rolling Thunder has helped to raise awareness of the plight of POWs and MIAs with their annual Freedom Ride or Ride to the Wall, which is a ride from Capitol Hill to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. From that first ride in 1988, those 2,500 souls have grown into a number reaching 900,000.
Another charity that has grown in popularity among motorcycle groups is the March of Dimes. This well-known charity has strived for decades to reduce the number of premature babies that are born into the world. Premature birth often leads to significant health problems, disability, and sometimes even death of the babies involved. Therefore the aim of the charity is to make sure that all babies, everywhere is carried to a full and healthy term.
Bikers for Babies is the motorcycle answer to the call of the March of Dimes to raise awareness to the problem of premature birth. On a yearly basis, nearly 35,000 bikers will participate in a ride across the country to raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes cause. It is a gathering of many different individuals, and many gladly pay the entrance fee for the event, and collect donations from family and friends for the event. For many bikers, a charity event like this is considered an all-around win. Not only do they get to ride their motorcycle on some of the most scenic roads, but they also raise money and awareness for an extremely worthy cause.
There are a number of other charities that have been adopted by various motorcycle or biker clubs over the years. Some focus on taking care of the children of fellow bikers who have died, some focus on the rehabilitation of veterans, and others focus on making sure that kids have the best of opportunities in their lives. In almost all cases, however, biker charities have a number of common characteristics. The first is that the charities involved enjoy a significant boost in public awareness and financial resources. The second is that the bikers often choose to help by doing what they do best – riding their motorcycle.
It always starts with the motorcycle. However, it can go well beyond that. There has always been a biker social aspect of riding, and for some this includes such things as motorcycle or riding clubs. For many people, the idea of a motorcycle club has become a new and somewhat romantic phenomenon with their popularity growing through various television shows and movies over the years. While Hollywood certainly has played a role in the growing popularity of these types of groups, in reality they have always been so much more than what is shown on the silver screen.
In a very real sense, biker clubs have been around since the first mainstream motorcycles came onto the road. During the 1950s, when the popularity of riding a motorcycle increased due in part to the various Hollywood movies and stars like Marlon Brando and James Dean, many people began to identify with the idea of owning and riding a motorcycle. Even the biker“look” complete with leather jackets and greased hair became the new standard of cool.
When it comes right down to it, a biker club is only a group of individuals who share a common passion and love for their motorcycles. It is a group of friends, family and comrades that have found a strong and common bond, which is started with a common love of motorcycles and riding them. If you strip away all the stereotypes that are seen, a motorcycle club is very much like any other club in existence. There are criteria for membership, there are benefits for belonging, and the members are expected to act in a manner that reflects the ideals of the group as a whole.
Like many close-knit groups, biker clubs are characterized by a strong sense of belonging to something that is grander than what you are. It’s about a strong bond, a friendship that while borne out of the love of motorcycles have grown into something much more. For many motorcycle enthusiasts, being part of a biker club is a sense of pride, of honor, and some would even say a sense of familial love that may be lacking in other areas.
For many people who love motorcycles, riding is about the ride itself and yet so much more. It is a faith, a religion; a way of being that can truly transcend most everything else in a life. In a very real sense, it can be likened to a type of romantic love, one that lifts you up when you are living in the gutters, and will make you feel like you can do anything. It can be complicated, and yet so very simple.
The love affair with a motorcycle can be almost instinctive at times, organic in nature, virtuous and yet primal in its intensity. Other times riding a motorcycle is nothing more than a string of experiences tied together through the shifting of gears and revving of the throttle. No matter what it is, simple, complicated, calming or thrilling, riding a motorcycle is an experience that very few would dismiss or forget.
For many riders, getting on the back of a motorcycle is about one thing. It is about freedom. On the bike you don’t have to worry about your boss yelling at you, the deadlines looming back at the office, or the pile of dirty dishes that are piled up in the sink. When you put on the helmet, you know that at least for a little bit you don’t have to worry about studying for classes, exams, other people or anything else. It really is just about you, the bike and the road.
For many riders, young and old, getting on a motorcycle is a way to feel complete. There is the rush when you first feel the breeze hit your face, the increase in your pulse as your first leap down the road or navigate the next bend in the road. It is a great way to return to the primal sense of connection that you sometimes feel with the road and the world around you.