What we believe and live & die for
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-changing and there seems to be a lot of new riders out there hungry for the code. These days the riders you see blasting down the tarmac 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 wearing a Rolex watch under his leathers. Theres nothing wrong with that, so long as these new riders learn the Code of the West just as we old-timers did.
Being a biker used to be about using your creativity to take a basket case old hawk, 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 caruso 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. You know, we survived and prospered because of the Biker Code of the West and we never took shit from anybody.
As an old scooter tramp named Jug once said, “It’s every tramp’s job to school the young. How else are they going to know a Panhead from a bed pan? ”
With that in mind, we bring you a primer on the basic two-wheeled Code of the West. Take heed, brothers and sisters, for our Code is a hallowed one filled with: The Biker Commandants
Don’t take any shit: Be kind to woman, children and animals, but don’t take any bullshit. This is an essential part of being a biker. It has to do with respect and honor. Anyone can be a brash, quick-tempered lout. 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 about 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, y’all take care if problems yourself and never feel the need to snitch someone off. Witches are the lowest life forms on earth, right up there with bike thieves. This rule goes hand in hand with the next one.
Don’t Snivel: Absolutely no one likes or respects a sniveler. 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 lifes little inconveniences work themselves out whether you snivel or not. Keep your chin up, dammit! Your a biker, not some lowly mollusk.
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. Thats why you see a lot of wealthy bikers these days, ‘ cause they don’t know how to quit in any element of their lives. In the biker world of rugged individualists, only the strong survive.
Help others: When a brother or sister is broken down by the side of the road, stop and help them. Even if just moral support, if that is all you can give, it’s better than riding on by. Remember life is about the journey and the ride, not just 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 y’all do, be there when yo 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 youll fall for anything.”
Life is not a drill: yes, this am not 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 shit. Life is not a drill.
Now go forth and ride When in doubt, ride. Thats 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.
Code Of The West
You don’t need decorated words to make your meaning clear.
Say it plain and save some breath for breathing.
Don’t never interfere with something that am not botherin’ you none.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.
Never grumble. It makes you about as welcome as a sidewinder in a cow camp.
If your riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure its still there.
It don’t matter so much how long a ride you have, as how well you ride it.
Always drink upstream from the herd. Never kick a fresh tree on a hot day.
The first thing you do when you get up in the morning is put on your Stetson.
Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.
When it comes to causes don’t swallow your tongue; use both barrels and air out your lungs.
Don’t get mad at somebody who knows more than you do. It am not their fault.
Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much. Generally, You am not learin’ nothing when your mouth is a-jawin’.
If you want to forget all your troubles, take a little walk in a brand-new pair of high-heeled riding boots.
The wildest critters live in the city! Trust everybody in the game, but always cut the cards.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.
Don’t let so much reality into your life that theres no room left for dreaming.
Making it in life is kind of like bustin’ broncs: youre going to get thrown a lot. The simple secret is to keep getting ‘ back on.
Go after life as if it’s something thats got to be roped in a hurry before it gets away.
Don’t squat with your spurs on!
Never miss a chance to rest your horse.