By Arthur Veno
Thoroughly revised and updated, the definitive account of Australia's outlaw motorbike golf equipment, written by way of the country's top-rated specialist on biker culture Written by means of Australia’s best professional at the scene, this booklet finds the genuine photo of the biker brotherhoods. Drawing on in-depth interviews, own tales, and years of meticulous study, it explains the principles and rituals of changing into a membership member, tells of landmark incidents in motorbike folklore, and profiles recognized biker identities. This absolutely revised version outlines the altering nature of biker tradition, together with the increase of the so-called Nike bikies—an outlaw motorbike membership whose drug and turf wars threaten to spill onto the streets—and governmental makes an attempt to introduce arguable legislation to manage the violence. A word list of biker phrases is incorporated.
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Bikers The previous groups are single-use categories. That is, they use the bikes for one primary activity, be it commuting, touring or churning up some dirt. Bikers use their motorcycles for all these and more. Their main interest in life is motorcycles and motorcycling. They read biker magazines, attend rallies, ride on runs and attend meetings on issues such as helmet reform laws. It’s a gradual process, with individuals being drawn more and more towards the biker lifestyle until it becomes something by which they are defined.
He must demonstrate that he’s willing to be part of a brotherhood and be disciplined enough to follow club orders. Nominees are usually required to perform mundane tasks to prove their commitment. If the nominee doesn’t perform well or refuses a request, he’s unlikely to receive the vote for full membership. Sometimes the club will set a serious test to see how the nominee reacts. The now defunct Satan’s Cavalry used to force nominees into a situation to see how they would react when called on to defend a fellow member.
Clubs that can trace their roots to this time include the Outlaws and Boozefighters. The Boozefighters set a precedent for outlaw clubs by 1% of History 21 wearing the AMA patch upside down. But it wasn’t until nearly 50 years later that the outlaw bikie image was seared into the public mind. On 4 July 1947 the town of Hollister in California, about 100 kilometres south-east of San Francisco and not far from Monterey, played host to an American Motorcyclist Association event called the Gypsy Tour.