By James Macecari
The biker lifestyle has been undergoing changes in the last decade. It’s median aged Rider is in their mid 40s with no sign of the younger generation wanting to get involved. Personally I blame my generation, Generation X for raising the biggest bunch of crybabies and pussies that any generation has seen.
Let’s just look at what’s going on in this country right now and we can see the direct impact that it’s having on the biker lifestyle. We Generation X individuals have made politically correct mainstream, in doing that we raised kids that fill they are entitled to whatever they want. Now us bikers know that the lifestyle we live was about freedom, we all had to fight for what we had in life, we had no handouts, we actually got those ass whooping to make sure we knew right from wrong.
Fast forward: Today you get your ass thrown in jail for knocking the hell out of your kid if they do wrong. We have a lot of those in the biker community that will bow down to the pressures of what is suppose to be the way to raise these brats. And for that, this country has suffered for those pc decisions.
We let these kids play Xbox all day, we let them live with us until they are 25 or even 30. Of course they wouldn’t appreciate or have the desire of jumping on a motorcycle and just pointing that machine to a point and just ride. They do not have the common sense too know what true freedom is all about.
How can Harley, or any of the other manufacturers out there ever bring this kids into a lifestyle like ours? Personally unless they make some sort of Tron bike with all the electronic bells and whistles, I don’t see how they are going to do it. Come on now, I really don’t see any of the companies putting all kinds of weird ass technology onto a bike to get the brats interested.
I think what Harley needs to do, get into the moped business, these kids love them damn things. These kids are to dumb to straddle a big twin, crap even a Sportster or rebel at that. To be a biker isn’t only about the ride, it’s about common sense and a love for being who you are and not apologizing.
I really do feel for the companies, but at the same time it’s also of their own making. It’s what they get for pricing out the hardworking middle man. Yea prices are still falling, but not enough. Without pricing this new generation will ever get into the Lifestyle, if the lazy little bastards can’t get out of their parents house, how the hell are they going to afford a $15000 bike? Most grown men have to work themselves to death just for what they are riding, and we all know how this newer generations work ethic is.
I guess in this blog I wanted to draw on the fact, that we are not only loosing what the lifestyle is about, but we are failing to properly raise the next generation to respect values is bikers hold dear. Yea , yea brotherhood blah blah, what I’m talking about is our values in our word to someone else, hard work and dedication to one self. Qualities that make a biker a biker.
The fragile generation a great article on what’s happening today
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