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By Barbara Joans

motorcycle Lust roars directly into the realm of girls bikers and provides us a trip. during this experience tale that also is an insider's learn of an American tradition, Barbara Joans enters as a passenger at the again of a motorbike, yet quickly learns to experience her personal. As an anthropologist she untangles the principles, 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 an inclination to shoot her mouth off-a tendency that almost will get her killed.

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

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They all said the same thing. “Want a Harley? ” He couldn’t wait. He had been waiting all his life. He wanted his Harley, and he wanted it now! So I stretched my anthropological skills, learned some bike vocabulary, and started making phone calls. I called all over the state of California and far into Arizona and Nevada. There were two, just two, new Harleys to be had. Both were Low Riders and both were available in California. Two lone bikes not yet spoken for! And at the same dealership! Within minutes, both these bikes had Ken’s name on them.

But those men kept a double seat hanging in their garage for when their wives rode with them. They would change their solo seat to the double. As a couple, they would go out with a few other riding friends, have a good dinner, and then take a moonlight ride under the stars. It could be very romantic. “Much has changed in the past few years. There has been a major 38 Movers and Shakers: Some Key Players transformation. Women are less leery of attending HOG events and other events too. Women’s liberation has opened the doors.

They blame the outlaw for many of the unpleasant realities of being a bike-owner—from police harassment to public opprobrium to high insurance rates. (1967, 166) Honda took the offensive. It created a different image. Honda wanted its riders to look respectable. It began running ads that read: “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” (billboards in Southern California, circa 1968). Honda went after the middle-class rider. It went after the family man, the man whose wife would support his riding.

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