By Arthur Veno
Thoroughly revised and updated, the definitive account of Australia's outlaw motorbike golf equipment, written by means of the country's optimal specialist on biker culture Written by way of Australia’s best specialist at the scene, this booklet finds the real photo of the biker brotherhoods. Drawing on in-depth interviews, own tales, and years of meticulous examine, it explains the principles and rituals of changing into a membership member, tells of landmark incidents in motorbike folklore, and profiles well-known biker identities. This absolutely revised version outlines the altering nature of biker tradition, together with the increase of the so-called Nike bikies—an outlaw bike membership whose drug and turf wars threaten to spill onto the streets—and governmental makes an attempt to introduce debatable legislation to manage the violence. A thesaurus of biker phrases is integrated.
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I still carry a spanner on my bike that I can throw through a car driver’s window if one tries to run me off the road again. But that is why I dress the way I do. The tats, earrings, leathers and colours are all saying, ‘You fuck with me and you are in deep shit’. Lone rider From Biker to Bikie 41 If the antics of car drivers don’t turn a person away from a biker lifestyle, there’s another road hazard that might—the police. While outlaw motorcycle clubs are most likely of all riders to be subject to police scrutiny or harassment, the average biker also feels targeted by police.
Still, I wanted to go faster. Then I thought to myself, shit man, this is crazy, and jammed on the brakes. I slowly turned the machine around and sedately rode back to my friend. I was shaking, completely pumped up, and hyped for days afterwards. I knew I’d kill myself if I ever got a road motorcycle. Nowadays, I ride a four-wheeler on the few acres I own, a vintage 1969 Triumph—the same as the one Marlon Brando sat upon in The Wild One—and a Honda 750 Shadow Ace. I also do a lot of riding as a passenger or what is called a pillion in Australia.
The love and understanding of men for men in dangerous times, and places and situations. Just as there was nothing in civilian life that could replace the heavy daily excitement of danger. Families and other civilian types would never understand that sense of esprit any more than they would understand the excitement of danger. Many realised they just didn’t fit back into society, and it was natural that they joined together to capture that esprit with equally restless mates. After being discharged [from the army] I used my payout to buy a motorcycle.
The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs - 3rd Revised Edition by Arthur Veno