by Mad Jack
courtesy of Doc
The Hopkins Flag
by Bob Jack
Some veterans bear visible signs
of their service: a missing
A Biker's Creed
Live it the only way we can
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-working of my machine, from the most basic to the most complex. I learn everything I can about my machine so that I am reliant upon no one but myself for it's health and well-being.
I strive to constantly better my skill of control over my machine. I will know it's 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 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 machine will outlive me, therefore, it is my legacy. I will care for it for future bikers to cherish as I have cherished it.
I do not ride to gain attention, respect, or fear from those who do not ride., nor do I wish to annoy or intimidate them. For those that desire not to know me, all I ask 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 to ease their fear toward others like me.
I will never be the aggressor on the highway, however, should others mess with me, their aggression will be dealt with accordingly.
I will show respect to other bikers more experienced or knowledgeable than I and 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 less knowledgeable than I and will teach them what I can. It will be my task to mentor new riders, that so desire, into the lifestyle so that the breed shall continue. I shall instruct them, as I have been instructed by those before me. I shall honor and preserve the traditions of bikers before me, and I shall pass them on unaltered.
I will not judge other bikers on their choice of machine, their appearance, or profession. I will judge them on their conduct as bikers. I am proud of my accomplishment 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 help. I will never ask another biker to do for me what I can do myself. I am not a part-time biker. I am a biker when and wherever 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 land in which I ride, and to seek out fellow bikers like myself.
Modified by Squirts
I don't believe that you can explain in words,what brotherhood means in the biker world......If you got it, the right ones will know. it does not come when you buy a Harley-Davidson, it is not part of the warranty nor the leathers you wear. It does not come when your break in mileage comes around, nor when you get your first service appointment. It does come with Respect, Honor, and Devotion to those who would stand by your side in good times & bad. It comes when your brothers accept that you have what it takes to be respected, trusted, and faithful to the end. If it never comes, you weren't meant to be part of the Brotherhood..... If it does, be proud and don't F*#@! it up!
When we do wrong they never forget..... When we do right, they never remember!
Courtesy of DOC from Harley Dude's Outlaw Bikers
Thoughts to Ponder
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 shit. 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 goof, at least don't act like a goof. 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 and
with a burning passion-for the open highway and for life.
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