Its the pretentiousness that I don't like, but then again I have always disliked the image brigade.
Buying your ready made "custom" motorcycle to order is a tad contrite and will mean missing out a large part of the essence of motorcycling ie: building, modifying and tuning it yourself.
Getting dirt under ones pristine manicured fingernails might not be too trendy. Maybe it will with beocme trendy with the fashionable? A fickle bunch, one never knows what icons of the biker world wil become vogue? I am taking the rise tongue in cheeck here before anyone drops a tissue.
The essence of motorcycling is getting your hands dirty, it is the soulfullness of stripping a bike and rebuilding it and breathing life into it. Making it perform or handle better. Putting your personal statement into it with your own hands and not paying someone else to do it for you from a select parts list. Understanding how it fires and breaths. It is a hollistic thing, if you leave out half of the process you' ll never gain the feeling for the whole of it.
The stereotypes are easy and we can all identify with them.
One of the great things about bikes is there is true equality, there are no barriers between bikers. Wealth, titles and status count for nothing. I don't care a **** about what people ride its the fact that they do ride. There are plenty of dreamers out there who will never pluck up the courage to actually get on and ride.
Yeah I will take the piss out of any bike or anyone and I would be disappointed if no one took the piss out of me or my tupperwear bikes, its what we do, have a damned good laugh ! But show me snobbery and I'll show you my boot.
I have come to think in recent years that biking needs new blood and the steady decline of bikes and bikers since I first started in the mid 1970s is sad. Biking needs new blood so it can survive.
Its good to see some people with money and careers finally realising we have been onto something pretty damned good for a few decades. We aint been hiding it, its always been there. The finest group of people you can ever meet are on bikes and we look after our own, trust me on that especially all you female riders out there. You are far safer amongst other bikers. You have to join us to appreciate the comrardery and strength.
Excuse us old die hards who started on bikes when most people still had mono TVs and bikes had kickstarts and no side stands. But have a beer with us and learn from us because we've been messin around with bikes and falling off for a long time. Half the fun is learning and listening about good times and sad times from those of us who been hooning around on bikes for a good many years. I've been riding bikes for over 43 years and when I am unable physically to ride anymore, it'll be time for my wooden box.
Time moves on, nothing ever stays the same. So we may bristle like old grizzly bears, but underneath we reluctantly know these people are the future bikers and part of the future of bikes.
Welcome to our world !