Bike Lust: Harleys, Women, and American Society by Barbara Joans

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By Barbara Joans

motorbike Lust roars immediately into the area of ladies bikers and provides us a journey. during this event tale that also is an insider's learn of an American culture, Barbara Joans enters as a passenger at the again of a motorcycle, yet quickly learns to trip her personal. As an anthropologist she untangles the foundations, rituals, and rites of passage of the biker tradition. As a brand new member of that tradition, she struggles to beat worry, actual weak point, and a bent to shoot her mouth off-a tendency that virtually will get her killed.

motorcycle Lust travels a panorama of contradictions. Outlaws nonetheless chase freedom at the road, yet so do millions of riders of all periods, races, and colours. Joans introduces us to the ladies who experience the rear-the biker chick, the calendar slut straddling the new engine, the back-seat Betty on the most up-to-date rally, or the underage groupie on the neighborhood run. yet she additionally supplies us the 1st shut examine girls who journey of their personal correct, on their lonesome motorcycles, in addition to a brand new realizing of the altering global of male bikers. those are traditional women's lives made outstanding, including a measurement of braveness to the game now not skilled by means of men, risking lifestyles and limb for a glimpse of the very fringe of lifestyles. This group of riders exists as a primal tribute to humanity's lust for freedom.

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Sometimes, this is the only group that encourages passengers to try riding. , far from home, when the bike has broken down and both rider and 31 History and Structure wife are sore and hungry, it helps to know that the closest dealership will offer assistance. Charisma and mystique sell bikes, but services and assistance keep them running. The dealership network did not spring up by accident, or overnight. It is part of Milwaukee’s marketing strategy. Belonging to the Harley family is one of Harley’s strongest selling points.

They want to hear, feel, and see all the parts of their bike. That is a big part of Harley’s success. That is part of the mystique. The Motor Company added one final ingredient in its makeover. It added HOG. HOG (Harley Owners’ Group) is a factory-sponsored 29 History and Structure motorcycle group. ”) Anyone buying a new Harley is automatically registered in HOG, a national association with regional affiliations. Every Harley dealer is encouraged to have a local HOG chapter associated with the shop.

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company is still in the process of transforming itself. Much has happened since William Harley and the Davidson brothers, good friends and fishing buddies, created a motorized bike and changed America. ” I’m a Northern California Harley rider. My references are all territory specific. In my small corner of the Harley world, I am fortunate to have interviewed a few of the important folk who make things happen. I was privileged to speak with Dudley Perkins Jr. and Tom Perkins, owners of the Dudley Perkins Company, the San Francisco HarleyDavidson dealership.

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