Are You a “Biker” a “One-Percenter” or Just a “Motorcycle Rider?”
Oxford English Dictionary has decided to change their definition of “biker” after complaints from … well … bikers!
The previous definition of ‘biker’ read: ‘A motorcyclist, especially one who is a member of a gang: a long-haired biker in dirty denims.’
The new definition of biker is: ‘A motorcyclist, especially one who is a member of a gang or group.’
An insurance company named Bennetts, located in the United Kingdom, performed a study asking 524 bikers about the term and found:
* 65 percent of motorcyclists spend teh majority of their time riding alone – not as members of a “gang”
* 60 percent believe teh old defintiion is “dated and irrelevent”
* Only 10 percent of bikers now have long hair
* Today’s bikers is most likely to be aged over 35 and middle class.
The Urban Dictionary defines a one percenter as: ‘A member of an “outlaw” motorcycle gang. Origin is the American Motorcycle Associations assertion from the 1960s that 99% of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens.’
About.com talks about the term “one-percenter” as originating from a July 4, 1047 motorcycle rally gone wrong that spawned the movie “The Wild One” starring Marlon Brando.
I have not performed any in-depth study but when I think of a “biker” I think of a man or a woman riding a motorcycle. Not a person in a motorcycle gang and definitely not one associated with unlawful activity.
We bikers come from all works of life. We are lawyers, mechanics, doctors, laborers – we are everyone – we all just happen to enjoy riding motorcycles. I have never met a motorcycle rider who I did not like. That being said there are probably some bikers that I do not like. As for the one-percenters I cannot say the same thing – simply because I do not know any. Me? I am a biker – a motorcycle rider – whatever!
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