The Motorcycle Lifestyle

If you ask someone who doesn’t ride to describe the “motorcycle lifestyle” you will likely get a description of someone who is a leather clad outlaw type.  “Crazy” may also be used in the description. In reality the “motorcycle lifestyle” is more of a state of mind and transcends age, gender and nationality. In fact, motorcycling is a culture more then a lifestyle.

This “culture” was made evident when earlier today I was checking my Facebook page and found that one of my friends had posted some pictures on the Harley Owners Group page. Now I’m a member of this Facebook group, but had never looked through all the photos that people have posted until today.  While it was great looking at the motorcycles, rides and events chronicled in the photos, the thing that struck me the most was how many locations and countries have HOG chapters.  There were photos from Europe, Jordan, Dubai, Lebanon, Australia and Iraq.  Here are people who come from very different cultures who have one thing in common.  Motorcycles!

Because “motorcycle lifestyle” can have so many different meanings perhaps the term “motorcycle culture” would better describe those who ride.  Culture has many definitions, but the one I like the most can be found on and it states that culture is “the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another”.   So it could be said that Motorcycle Culture is the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings regardless of age, gender, nationality or which type of motorcycle they ride.

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