To Get Things Started for 2023- A good Read for the Day
It has become evident for more than a century that the motorcycle community is, in itself, an easily recognizable society and culture featuring many distinctive traits, such as distinctive attire, which is often referred to as “biker” attitude. This culture also adheres to a distinct lifestyle philosophy, such as respect for other bikers, which is freely given without request. Also exclusive to the community is the established system of Clans, based upon the philosophies of Brotherhood or Sisterhood, Loyalty and Respect.
The premise of these clans has been observed, depicted and distorted in countless media presentations via movies, books and television shows. In this Twenty-First Century, this community must be recognized as a distinct culture, guided by its beliefs and desire to remain free to live its distinct lifestyle.
Across far too many decades, the biker lifestyle has been viewed as a subculture of ruffians, misfits or even criminal elements. It is, when compared to other distinct societies living in harmony amongst us, no better or worse than any different culture. It has long since become obvious that this distinct culture is seen in the hundreds of Riding Clubs, Motorcycle Clubs, and Manufacturer Support Clubs (e.g. Harley Owners Group) across Canada, North America, and most countries around the world. In fact, most of these clubs cooperatively meet together to support charitable rides and biker-supported annual events, raising millions of dollars to fight disease, hunger and poverty in Canada alone.
Almost all of the Clubs and associations within the motorcycle community have a public meeting place to get together and celebrate their lifestyle of brotherhood and sisterhood. Additionally, almost all motorcyclists in this distinct community wear similar clothing that makes bold statements about their commitment to the biker community and lifestyle. This is evidenced in the tattoos on their bodies and patches on their clothing which usually identify which clan they support, including many Christian motorcycle groups.
It’s not often apparent to the general public that the vast majority of bikers are law-abiding, hard-working and tax-paying citizens who go to church on Sunday or another place of worship on their Sabbath. Since there is a great deal of cooperation, respect and friendly interaction between the overwhelming majority of motorcycle groups that make up the fabric of the Canadian Biker Culture, I submit that this culture is not and rarely ever was an illicit subculture of misfits. Instead, the motorcycle community represents a distinct society within Canada and worldwide that deserves respect—instead of discrimination—due to common misconceptions about biker attire, body art and biker attitude.
Respectfully submitted by
Reverend Dr . Kenneth A. Williams
Hamilton Bikers’ Church