History of Biker Culture

I like to think I've studied this subject thoroughly but I'm always up to talk about it and learn more things. Anyone else ever have an interest in the biker culture and history?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Motorcyclist clubs were basically just gentlemans clubs before the prohibition era, where enthusiast engineers could drink and talk about their builds and engage in light motorsports

    But when prohibition hit, it forced said clubs to go under-the-table, and the same engineers were now tasked with building faster and faster motorcycles to outrun the law on moonshine runs.
    Many of those engineers ended up employed by the military during World War II, when the idea of a military troop bike still seemed feasable.
    Postwar clubs like Hells Angels are just boomers LARPing as their Prohibition and World War II vet parents

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Postwar clubs like Hells Angels are just boomers LARPing as their Prohibition and World War II vet parents
      Many clubs were founded by veterans and their members were veterans, you've no idea what the frick you're spewing. Sit down, shut the frick up, and leave the thread. You've embarrassed yourself.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Anon, there is not a single member of Hells Angels that were alive during World War II, they're all just fat LARPing boomers now.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >There's no ww2 vets in the club now
          That's not what you said originally. Again, sit down. Shut up. You've exposed your lack of knowledge on the topic.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why didn't bikers adapt to the changing times? Seems like they don't do any cool shit anymore.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Feds/narcs infiltrated them in the 90s, the people who were doing "cool shit" were in prison or dead decades ago

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Glowies don't like people being free.

      Motorcyclist clubs were basically just gentlemans clubs before the prohibition era, where enthusiast engineers could drink and talk about their builds and engage in light motorsports

      But when prohibition hit, it forced said clubs to go under-the-table, and the same engineers were now tasked with building faster and faster motorcycles to outrun the law on moonshine runs.
      Many of those engineers ended up employed by the military during World War II, when the idea of a military troop bike still seemed feasable.
      Postwar clubs like Hells Angels are just boomers LARPing as their Prohibition and World War II vet parents

      You have no idea what the hell you're talking about. Congrats.
      >running moonshine on a fricking early 20th century motorcycle
      are you moronic

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >on a fricking early 20th century motorcycle
        No, not "on a fricking early 20th century motorcycle" but on a tuned-up prohibition-era motorcycle.
        The earliest V-twin motorcycles were the Indian Powerplus, Scout, and Chief, and they were all huge during Prohibition. They were all on the market from 1920 onwards.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The bikes themselves did adapt to the times. Especially with the rise of Japanese motorcycles starting in the 1970s. What died were motorcycle clubs, since motorcycling became way less of a niche enthusiast driven thing.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I would like to start a gang if that's what you mean. But I would demand certain things, requirements.
        >must be able to hit 1/2/3/4 at sub 15% body fat
        >must be able to recite 50 lines of classic poetry from memory, from the Renaissance or before
        >must be able to generate revenue legally
        >no beards
        Keep the chinlets out.
        Stuff like that. Then we would just ride. Our black market niches would be kept to a respectable minimum because most would be patriotic about our ancestors and the constitution at least.

        Yeah we would have cool Japanese bikes too. That would complete this LARP of mine.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I beg to differ

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Here's a good book.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous
      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Wow so that's been there thing for decades eh

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Its just about all they have going for them, other than sports

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        My grandma lived in LA when the Watts riots happened. Incidentally, she hated Black folk.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    When men were men and women were women. Good times.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sometimes there were also men who were treated like women. But good times nonetheless.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      do you think LGB people appeared for the first time in history in 2015?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Not him but basically. I don't want to make the thread about this but just think about it. It has less to do with social stigma (you could always just go somewhere and be a gay especially pre-AIDS). It has far more to do with endocrine disruptors, modern psychology and pharmacology and the like than organic homosexualry, which is mostly a choice as Duarte and others have said who like to dabble in the bussy.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Most of the people you see claiming to be LGBT in the year 2024, aren't.
          Its just people seeking attention and to be apart of the oppression pyramid.
          Ah well, no beef intended on my part. Just wonder sometime if people think that or not.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >do you think LGB people appeared for the first time in history in 2015?
        Competitive homoeroticism was an important part of 60s biker culture.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Hunter S Thompson
          and into the trash it goes.
          Next you'll say Anne Boleyn was black

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    American biker gangs were originally formed by WWII/Korean War/Vietnam veterans who couldn't handle living as civilian wages. They started as motorcycle enthusiasts who made a living through legitimate means (Hell's Angels originally offered security guard services). When the economy tanked and the VA gibs ran out, they ended up using their clubs as a front for shit like drug trafficking and gambling. This led to them fracturing as a result of trying to corner illegal markets.
    They really only became a thing when the interstate highway was developed.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is biker culture going to die out? It seems like the only people I see on the road with the whole biker jacket getup are old people with grey hair. You see younger people on motorcycles, but none of them have the "biker" look, it seems like the actual culture is only among old people.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm not sure but I've seen some young guys. I'm from Texas and had some neighbors recently who I got to know and they joined the Cossacks. Father and son who was in his mid-late 20s. Nice guys actually and they gave me a shirt. It looks funny on me though. Funnier is that I had some neighbors before that who had friends in a Bandidos support club so they'd come around and they were young too.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They typically recruit middle aged people who are having a mid life crisis for new blood. They're alive, but they're permanently a grey thing now and are coasting by on the assets they acquired over the decades.

      The ageing of it prevents it from being "cool", but I think they're probably better at a lot of organized crime simply due to not being youthful hotheads and being able to keep their drug dealing discrete.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That makes sense. I noticed the father-son duo became more reserved after they joined. Or disciplined and steely in a way. Still friendly. But their behavior noticeably changed. They had been a bit more erratic and had moved here from another state (I got the sense of some implied extended family dysfunctions from where they came).

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just like with mafioso, black gangstas, and earlier with cowboys and dime novels, bikers started acting the way they were depicted in mass media. Real bikers were used as extras in films starting with The Wild One, sometimes taking offense at how their groups were portrayed but usually it fed into a LARP feedback loop typical of American subcultures.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Here's one, did you know that along with known Hells Angels gang (consisting of vets) there was a whole teenage movement in the UK, consisting mostly of what was known as Hells Angels Youth?

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The whole Hells Angels thing was an entire fashion statement...

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Read Hunter S. Thompson on this subject. My dad is one, kind of.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There’s a lot of biker cultures besides the classic white outlaw ones. I used to see Latino bikers in New York that were more into rice rockets, and older black bikers into Harleys. Marlon Brando’s look in The Wild One had a huge influence on gay leather culture and there’s gay clubs and dykes on bikes. Christian bikers, cops, lots of boomer LARPers, but I don’t see a lot of young white men doing the outlaw biker thing these days.

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