While the practicality of using a motorcycle in your daily life does offer a lot of advantages and reasons to ride, for most bikers, it’s just the icing on the cake. Riding a motorcycle allows you to enter into a completely different world, one where the ideals and romance of the Old West and the chivalry of the Middle Ages hasn’t quite died. The biker lifestyle has almost a primal and indescribable appeal that harkens back to a time when things weren’t so complicated.
Perhaps that appeal, the desire to return to a simpler way of thinking is what is the most appealing about the biker lifestyle. Take away all the trappings, the leather, the girls, the patches, the friendships, even the charities, what are you left with? In a very real sense the biker lifestyle begins and ends with two things. In the end, it’s the rider and his or her motorcycle that is the start of everything that is being built in the biker lifestyle. Everything begins with the feel of the motorcycle as you travel down the road, and the connection you begin to feel when you strip away all the excess framework and complications that surround you in daily life. Once you have this, once you know what is real and what is true, rebuilding your life in the way that you want, the way that it was meant to be can begin. From this point forward, the friendships and relationships you create can have a better and more solid foundation, since you know who and what you are, and what you can be.
In a very real sense, bikers share a common bond, one that can transcend words and that is fueled by actions both on and off the bike. It is a code learned from experience and friendship, and will extend from the old timers that wear the motorcycle leathers to those wearing jeans and sneakers while they ride.
Each and every one of them understands that everything goes back to the ride, and is supported by the feeling that you get when you get on a motorcycle. It is about the balance between freedom and responsibility, of individualism and being part of a group. It’s about taking care of your own, and reaching out for help from your brethren when needed. In a very real sense, the biker lifestyle has nothing to do with the leather jacks, biker helmets or the grease beneath your fingertips. It’s about your honor, and how you live your life.