The biker lifestyle. Many not living it try to define it from outside. And by definition, it’s impossible to explain a culture that you don’t live and share. You can’t expect truth coming from a fantasy-driven entertainment industry, tv, movies or magazines. Those living it can feel it but would have difficulties explaining it in writing to others. Is the Biker Lifestyle something that can be defined, explained? Is it beyond comprehension, a level of living that can only be experienced?
Bill Hayes is one of those very few motorcycle culture historians who is both riding and writing since the 60’s about his vast and deep experience with all the spectrum of a lifestyle filled with love, camaraderie but also with hard realities like biker harassment, politics, etc.
American Biker, his new book about the lifestyle, its history, its members, from activists to builders to MC Clubs, is a very comprehensive and introspective observation of the biker world.
The motorcycle brands, the characters, the commitment to brotherhood, the power of clubs, the rallies, the politics, the police encounters, the biased medias, etc are described from the inside by somebody looking passionately at reestablishing the truth about his own lifestyle. Helping Bill Hayes in his quest are the “voices” of former United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Easyriders Europe Editor Michael Stein, Harley-Davidson historian and museum restorer Bill Rodencal, actor and biker Robert Patrick, Motorcycle Hall of Famers John “Rogue” Herlihy and Keith Ball and many more. My only regret after reading “American Biker is that pictures, some to maybe become historic, are published in too small size. Except this, in all fairness, it’s probably the ultimate book about the true biker lifestyle. A must read if you read my Blog. American Biker.