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Dug this up that I wrote a while back ago..

I Ride: A Biker's Creed

Often times people ask me why I ride and I tell them this:

I ride when the sun shines, when the rain falls, and when the wind blows.

I ride where the road takes me, where it begins, where it ends, and where others cannot reach.

I ride for minutes, for hours, for days, for weeks, and for years.

I ride to find cures for cancer, for children, for charities, and for no reason at all.

I ride to live life, to embrace fear, to see the world, hear the wind, taste the rain, and to kiss the sun.

I ride and see and feel things that others do not.

I ride with and for my fellow riders.

I ride to experience the beauty of my faithful steed of iron and chrome.

I ride for it is what I am and what I do.

I ride, simply, just for the ride.

-E. Valle-
 

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I'm a sucker for this sort of thing. It brings a tear to the eye.

You captured a lot of my sentiments Sangria. There are so many reasons to ride. Maybe that's why it's so satisfying. There are so many ways and reasons one can be satisfied simply by riding.

You can ride with groups of people, but when you're rolling the throttle and guiding the forks, it's completely insular. By that I mean it's as intimate, personal and hard to describe as a mid-summer night's dream.

Often unspoken, the idea that someone can empathize with you on that level is what bonds one rider to another.
 

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thank you for that...I just got back from a rip up to the alpine (local ski hill)on my M and it was a sublime experience. The smell of the forest and the way the setting sun and shade played across the road was unreal.

thank you again for finding the words that describe what we all feel and love about our bikes and why we ride them...
 

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Yeah,that pretty much says it all.
I have "perfect storm" riders at my work.You know,"70-73 dgs,wind 1-3 mph,sunny day before,day after,moon aligned with venus on a 30 dg angle etc. and I ride all the time.
All I tell them is you can't feel the way I do when you get on that bike cause if you did I can't see how you don't want to ride it all the time.If I'm gettin the paper at the store 2 miles down the road,I'm takin the bike.And it's all I need,and I feel better.hell yeah....
 

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The Biker's Code
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It used to be that all bikers shared a common bond, an unspoken code of ethics and behavior that transcended words and was built on actions. There was never a bible written on this Biker's Code and there was no need for such. But the times are a-changin' and there seems to be a lot of new riders out there.

These days the riders you see blastin' down the road are just as likely to be clad in shorts and sneakers as jeans and engineer boots. And the roughest, toughest-looking biker you pull up next to could be your doctor or lawyer and may be wearin' a Rolex watch under his leathers. There's nothing wrong with that, so long as these new riders learn the Code just as we old-timers did. Being a biker used to be about using your creativity to take a basket case old hawg and using only grit and ingenuity, turning it into a one-of-a-kind eye dazzler, then risking your life on the asphalt on a bike you made yourself out of pride. Bikers wore leather and grease because they knew cagers would just as soon run them down as look at them, so they had to be intimidating.

We were a breed unto ourselves with no union, no support group, and in many cases, no family (they threw us out). We had to make it in the world of our own, against all rules, against mainstream society, and against all odds.

We survived and prospered because of the Biker Code and we never took %%%% from anybody. As an old scooter bro once said, "It's every tramp's job to school the young. How else are they gonna know a Panhead from a bed pan?" With that in mind, we bring you a primer on the basic two-wheeled Code. Take heed, brothers and sisters, for our Code is a hallowed one filled with honor and loyalty, the likes of which have not been since the days of knighthood:

Don't take any %%%%. Be kind to women, children and animals, but don't take any bull%%%%. This is an essential part of being a biker. It has to do with respect and honor. Anyone can be a quick-tempered fool. Be cool, stand tall and backup what you say with action.

Never lie, cheat or steal. Another way of saying this is to always tell the truth. Bikers are always the greasy bad guys in the movies, but every real biker knows that his word is his bond. Your word is all you have in life that is truly yours. Guard it carefully and be something noble, for you are a true knight of the road.

Don’t snitch. If you see a wrong, fight it yourself, if you are about anything. You’ll take care of problems yourself and never feel the need to snitch someone off. Snitches are the lowest life forms on earth, right up there with biker thieves.

Don’t Whine. Absolutely no one likes or respects a whiner. Another way to say this is hold your mud. Still another way to think of it is, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” Most of life’s little inconveniences work themselves out whether you whine or not. Keep your chin up, dammit! You’re a biker, not some lowly snail..

Never say die and never give up. Whether it’s in a fight, a debate, or a business deal, no matter how bad it gets, a biker never gives up.

Help others. When a brother or sister is broken down by the side of the road, always stop and help them. Even moral support, if that is all you can give, is better than riding on by. Remember life is about the journey, the ride, not getting there. You already are there. And don’t just help bikers
show the world that we are better than our image portrays us. Courtesy costs you nothing and gives you everything.

Stick to your guns. Do what you say you’ll do, be there when you say you will. This is called integrity. This also goes back to standing for something. Like the song says, “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”

Life is not a drill. Yeah, this ain’t no dress rehearsal. This is life – go out and take big bites of it. You’ve got no time to lose and bikers don’t stand around waiting for the party to come to them. You only go around once. Tomorrow you could be road kill, thanks to a chain smoker asleep at the wheel of his Caddy. Live life now, make the most of each moment.

All right, now let’s review.
· You are a biker, a modern-day knight of the road.
· Protect the weak, walk tall and stand proud.
· Your word is your bond.
· Stick to your guns.
· Don’t take any %%%%.
· Life is not a drill.
Now go forth and ride. When in doubt, ride. That’s what we do…ride. If you want to ride around in a Day-Glo Hawaiian shirt and sandals, go for it, but if you intend to look like a idiot, at least don’t act like an idiot.
These commandments are just a few of the broad strokes, there is a lot more to being a biker than buying a bike. If you just buy a bike, you are a motorcyclist. Being a biker is a way of life, a proud way of life we hold in high regard with a burning passion for the open highway.
What say you?
 

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THE BIKER'S CREED
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.

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i just ride because it's the most fun outside of masturbation that i can do alone... haha
 

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Thanks for all the kind words LOL...and some laughs to. Yes i dont think those who dont ride will ever really understand us riders....:)
 

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Dug this up that I wrote a while back ago..

I Ride: A Biker's Creed

Often times people ask me why I ride and I tell them this:

I ride when the sun shines, when the rain falls, and when the wind blows.

I ride where the road takes me, where it begins, where it ends, and where others cannot reach.

I ride for minutes, for hours, for days, for weeks, and for years.

I ride to find cures for cancer, for children, for charities, and for no reason at all.

I ride to live life, to embrace fear, to see the world, hear the wind, taste the rain, and to kiss the sun.

I ride and see and feel things that others do not.

I ride with and for my fellow riders.

I ride to experience the beauty of my faithful steed of iron and chrome.

I ride for it is what I am and what I do.

I ride, simply, just for the ride.

-E. Valle-
Well said! Mind if I share this?
 
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