By Suzanne McDonald-Walker
From The Wild Ones to effortless Rider, the motorbike has infected the imaginations of the media and most people alike. Marlon Brando, wearing leather-based jacket, denims, and moody glare, turned a cultural icon summing up 'the street' in all its maverick glory. yet does the parable of the renegade bicycle owner, an outcast from mainstream society who takes to the line in pursuit of freedom, correlate with truth in any significant manner? Who quite rides bikes and why? What are the manager issues of motorcyclists and the way are those represented and contested within the political sphere?
This ebook, in response to vast fieldwork among bikers and the bikers' rights circulation, overturns the ingrained prejudice that equates bikers with deviancy and explodes the myths emphasizing the rebellious and dysfuntional points of cycling. as a substitute, the writer makes a speciality of what cycling capability to these concerned - the rewards, the dangers, the addictiveness, but in addition the stigma and assaults at the cycling way of life. in line with the adverse imagery surrounding bikers and turning out to be legislative threats from Europe, bikers' rights institutions advanced among the Nineteen Sixties and Eighties within the united kingdom and Europe. the writer discusses the goals and achievements of those lobbies, and the way forward for motorcycling extra often because it turns into stylish as a middle-aged, middle-class pursuit.
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