I'm 55 and I have been riding since I was 14. I call myself a biker because I live by a set of rules. I give respect when it is deserved to others who ride that also live by the basic Bikers rules. We are a Brotherhood and Sisterhood that are guided by theses rules of respect . Owning a motorcycle does not make you a biker it is how you live your life. Respect is earned. Honor is shown in your attitude and actions. I don't leave a fellow biker on the side of the road, I give of myself as much as physically possible to what I feel are worthy causes, and I try hard to live the code. I'm proud to be called brother by my biker friends and I am proud to call many of them Brother or Sister. They have earned my respect and I try daily to keep there's. Because I am a Biker not just a rider or owner of a bike.
I wrote the above after watching some camcorder videos of a group of riders racing around chased by the police. crashing and just leaving a bike in the street, riding as if they were stunt riders and having no respect for others. They are not Bikers they are bike owners and riders. A different class than the Brotherhood I am proud to think of myself belonging to.