Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: It seems the biker lifestyle is rapidly becoming welcomed and accepted worldwide as a mainstream way of life; look around you and you will see more and more people riding Harley’s and other custom motorcycles as their daily transportation vehicle, adopting a more relaxed form of attire, and most of all even tattoo’s and body piercing are now considered commonplace.
What has brought about this shift in the social acceptance of motorcycles and its lifestyle? While I am quite sure there are literally a multitude of legitimate and viable answers, one thing is for certain; every answer simply boils down to the love of the motorcycle itself.
In case you didn’t know, the motorcycle has been an integral part of American culture ever since 1903 when the Harley Davidson motorcycle company debuted its first model of what would become the cornerstone of the American motorcycle. Seen as more than just a two wheeled mode of transportation, the motorcycle was put into service in 1908 by the Detroit Police Department as tactical tool, and later the U.S. military took advantage of the motorcycle for both combat and general military needs.
While the motorcycle was paying its dues with police and the military, it was also embraced by many people who saw much more that two wheels and leather seat, and the motorcycle became a part of their lives as a vehicle of leisure, a new medium in racing, exploration, and a way of life.
By the 1940’s the growth and acceptance of the motorcycle had become so immense that the American Motorcycle Association was formed. The AMA was the hub for motorcyclists and to help encourage its members, the AMA regularly held races and other gatherings in an effort to expand and expose this new culture. In 1947 the media created the wedge that separated motorcyclists and mainstream American by condemning the AMA’s Hollister California rally as a torrid tale of Bikers taking over a small town. As more news stories were published and Hollywood filmmakers released movies portraying motorcyclists as evil and lawless, the wedge turned into a wall and this is the primary reason bikers have a general distrust of the media and most other public agencies.
That seemingly unbreakable barrier stood steadfast but slowly dissolved over the years as the American public began to embrace the motorcycle and its beauty once again by casting out those preconceived notions of motorcyclists. The years were not kind to many of those who chose the lifestyle, but as those old social stigmas faded away more and more people began to find excitement and pleasure in riding motorcycles and the biker lifestyle, which to date has gained mass appeal as seen on television with many popular shows written around the motorcycle and similar outdoor lifestyle activities.
The future of the motorcycle and those who live the lifestyle is bright and wide open, kinda like a winding country road with each turn new, exciting, beautiful and unique.
Motorcycle lawyer Russ Brown, serving the biker community for over 30 years. Ride Safe!