ride purely, and only, because I want to. I ride because I enjoy the
freedom. I love the feels and smells of being exposed to the elements, and
the vulnerability to the dangers that are inherent 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 skills of control over my machine. I will learn its
limits, and use my skills 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 things 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're my legacy. I will care for them for
future bikers to cherish, as I have cherished them, whoever they may be.
do not ride to get 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 not be the aggressor on the highway. However, should others mess
with me, their aggression will be dealt with in as severe a 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 that I can.
I will not show disrespect to other bikers less experienced or
knowledgeable than I am. I will teach them what I can.
It will be my task to mentor new riders, 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 whenever, and where ever I go. I
am proud to be a biker, and I hide my chosen lifestyle from no one.
I ride because I love the 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 others like