In a very real sense, beyond the feelings of friendship and companionship that grow out of shared experiences in battle and on the back of the motorcycle, these machines were often used for practical purposes. They were used by messengers to deliver packages. They handled traffic easily, and became a staple vehicle in many law enforcement groups. In truth, during the 1950s the idea of riding a motorcycle permeated much of the American life, and became a part of the American psyche. Nearly everyone had either experienced a ride or new someone who had.
While the biker culture may have started with those affected by war and strife, in truth it quickly spread to nearly all different areas of the American culture. With movies such as The Wild One, and Easy Rider, the whole idea of riding away into the sunset, or living and breathing the biker lifestyle became a dream within the American heart. Soon riding a motorcycle wasn’t just seen as a practical way to get around town, but also as a way to belong to something that was larger, more real than what your life had been before.
It is this strange mixture between passion and practicality, between individualism and companionship that has shaped the motorcycle culture that is seen today, as well as the people within it. It is an international culture that can be recognized in nearly every region around the world, from the back roads of Los Angeles to the main streets of Tokyo. Motorcycles and their riders can be recognized in places throughout England and Ireland just as easily as they can be seen in New York City.
In any case, sharing riding experiences with biker friends is the first important biker lifestyle. If you are a real biker and like to enjoy American biker life, find your riding buddies first.