Originally posted by Buck Lovell on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 in Buck Lovell's - American Biker Blog
THE BIKERS CREDO
Sometimes this gets lost in the marketing…........
I ride a motorcycle 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 simply because it may be fashionable to do so. I ride my motorcycle, not wear it. My motorcycle is not a status symbol. It exists simply for me and me alone. My motorcycle 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 motorcycle, from the most basic to the most complex. I learn everything I can about my motorcycle, so that I am reliant upon no one but myself for its maintenance, tune and well-being.
I strive to constantly better my skill of control over my motorcycle. I will learn its limits, and use my skill to become one with my motorcycle 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 motorcycles will outlive me. Therefore, they are my legacy. I will care for them for future bikers to cherish as I have cherished them, whosoever they may be. I do not ride to attract attention, gain respect, or cause fear from those that DO NOT ride motorcycles, 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 f**k 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 get what they give. 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 motorcycle, 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 these to others. If they ask, I will share them. I will stand ready to help any other bikers that truly need my help. I will never ask another biker to do for me what I can do for myself. I am not a part-time or week-end 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.