WHEN DID WE AS BIKERS BECOME SO SEGREGATED?
Does this look like a guy who would ride a Sport Bike? Ha… fooled ya!
One thing that really annoys me about the biker community is the tendency of many to segregate themselves into a group of like branded riders. Harley riders, Sport Bike riders, Sport Touring riders… I’ve seen them all do it. Some of it I can understand, after all it probably is easier to relate to a rider with similar tastes in bikes, but a lot of it seems to be based on some unspoken arrogance that says, “our group is better than yours.” I do my best to break down these ridiculous barriers every chance I get and in fact, I like to have a little fun with it.
For those of you that don’t know, I have both a Harley-Davidson touring bike and a Suzuki sport bike in my garage and I love to use them both in situations that might take some by surprise. For example, one of our local Harley-Davidson dealerships has a restaurant on-site and one of my favorite things to do is pull up on the Suzuki for a bite to eat. Trust me… the looks from the Harley die-hards is priceless when I pull off my full-face helmet and riding jacket to reveal an old guy, complete with nappy goatee and H-D T-Shirt. Haha! Something just doesn’t compute in their minds! On the other side of the coin… I’ve also been known to show up for a Honda Riders Club ride on my Electra-Glide… much to the surprise of all the VTX and Gold Wing riders.
Seriously… when did we as bikers become so segregated? Who said that Harleys and Metrics shouldn’t go to the same Bike Night? Who made it a rule that a guy on a Honda CBR600 should feel uncomfortable riding into the local Harley dealership? How come you don’t see more group rides that have all different brands and styles of bikes? I don’t get it and honestly… I don’t care if you ride a cruiser, sport bike or even a moped. If you are a person of integrity and a safe rider… you are welcome to ride with me!