Say the words ‘biker code’ and instantly an image of a Hells Angel biker, clad in leather, standing with arms crossed, side-by-side his brothers, comes to mind. But that stereotype is no longer true. At least not in India.
According to Anupam Thareja, co-founder, Classic Legends (the manufacturer behind the reborn Jawa motorcycles) the biker code has evolved from its uber-masculine roots to a ..
The dawn of the gentleman biker
Thareja believes that part of this evolution has descended from how masculinity is viewed today. “The notions of real men don’t cry, and such other stereotypes are falling by the wayside because it’s not the Wild West anymore,” he said.
According to Thareja, this shift in mind-set has been driven, in a large part, by how women themselves have changed.
“Confident, able women don’t need to be supported, they want empathetic partners and collaborators in every aspect of life. Ask a woman (today) what do you like in a man? She’ll talk about gentlemen, she’ll talk about sensitivity, about exposure. Sensitivity means caring, not just for yourself but for those around you. Which is why giving back is such an important part of what we (as gentlemen bikers) do. From simple things like not littering to making sure that the places we go to are left better by our having been there. It’s not about just taking in resources and experiences but as much about giving.
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