The Bikers creed

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by CMP26, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. CMP26

    CMP26 New Member


    I ride because it is fun.

    I ride because I enjoy the freedom I feel from being exposed to the elements, and the vulnerability to the danger that is intrinsic to riding.

    I do not ride because it is fashionable to do so.

    I ride my machine, not wear it. My machine is not a symbol of status. It exists simply for me, and me alone.

    My machine is not a toy. It is an extension of my being, and I will treat it accordingly, with the same respect as I have for myself.

    I strive to understand the inner-workings of my machine, from the most basic to the most complex.

    I will learn everything I can about my machine, so that I am reliant upon no one but myself for its health and well being.

    I strive to constantly better my skill of control over my machine. I will learn its limits, and use my skill to become one with my machine so that we may keep each other alive. I am the master, it is the servant. Working together in harmony, we will become an invincible team.

    I do not fear death. I will, however, do all possible to avoid death prematurely. Fear is the enemy, not death. Fear on the highway leads to death, therefore I will not let fear be my master. I will master it.

    My machines will outlive me. Therefore, they are my legacy. I will care for them for future bikers to cherish as I have cherished them, whoever they may be.

    I do not ride to gain attention, respect, or fear from those that do NOT ride, nor do I wish to intimidate or annoy them. For those that do not know me, all I wish from them is to ignore me. For those that desire to know me, I will share with them the truth of myself, so that they might understand me and not fear others like me.

    I will never be the aggressor on the highway. However, should others mess with me, their aggression will be dealt with in as severe manner as I can cast upon them.

    I will show respect to other bikers more experienced or knowledgeable than I am. I will learn from them all I can. However, if my respect is not acknowledged or appreciated, it will end.

    I will not show disrespect to other bikers less experienced or knowledgeable than I am. I will teach them what I can. However, if they show me disrespect, they will be slapped.

    It will be my task to mentor new riders, that so desire, into the lifestyle of the biker, so that the breed shall continue. I shall instruct them, as I have been instructed by those before me. I shall preserve and honor traditions of bikers before me, and I will pass them on unaltered.

    I will not judge other bikers on their choice of machine, their appearance, or their profession. I will judge them only on their conduct as bikers. I am proud of my accomplishments as a biker, though I will not flaunt them to others. If they ask, I will share them.

    I will stand ready to help any other biker that truly needs my help.

    I will never ask another biker to do for me what I can do for myself.

    I am not a part-time biker. I am a biker when, and where ever I go. I am proud to be a biker, and hide my chosen lifestyle from no one. I ride because I love freedom, independence, and the movement of the ground beneath me. But most of all, I ride to better understand myself, my machine, the lands in which I ride, and to seek out and know other bikers like myself.

  2. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    ok pretty cool
  3. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Good principles.

    I'll also try to live up to them.

    On the subject of "sharing our knowledge", have you ever had this happen?
    Someone will say, "That's cool. Maybe I'll get myself a bike."
    Then you say (maybe), "Great! The first things you'll want is a set of fenders, some rain gear and cargo rack to hold it plus other things you'll want to carry."

    Then they say, "Oh, I'm not talking about riding in the rain....maybe when it's nice."

    I've learned to just say goodbye (nicely) at that point; they are not going to ride.

    It's kinda sad, but also amusing. It's at least a good way to separate the sheep from the goats. Though there aren't nearly enough of either of them. In my 30+ years of riding as an adult there has been absolutely no one who has actually followed my lead.
    Of the few bicyclists I know or come across they are either doing it reluctantly or they found their own way. (which is fine, too. there just aren't nearly enough of them.)
  4. A-TownTX

    A-TownTX Member

    I'm digging it all I only wish I can live upto the creed more . Ride to Live ; Live to Ride
  5. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    I ride my machine, not wear it. My machine is not a symbol of status. It exists simply for me, and me alone. Actually it is a symbol of status cause it is what you are and do everybody looks at a person for what they are and do they dont look at them as who they are ......................