This past Saturday evening found me attending a birthday party at St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin in Deep Ellum. I hang out at St. Pete’s often because I live in Deep Ellum so it’s convenient, can park my motorcycle right up front on the sidewalk, and it’s great for watching the bike action from the patio. St. Pete’s is located at the corner of Commerce and Crowdus and 3 very short blocks away is Reno’s Chop Shop (another favorite hang out) which is the biker bar for the downtown area. St. Pete’s that night was packed to the gills and bikes were all over the place riding in and out of Reno’s.
As I was picking the cubes of chicken off my half of the nachos (Useless trivia: I don’t each chicken), I glanced up to see a biker on a black Harley-Davidson Road King riding up to the stop sign on Crowdus. He sat there for a few seconds revving the hell out of his motorcycle — and I don’t mean the customary obnoxious revving that the suburbanites do when they venture to the downtown area to see how funny it is to set off car alarms — I mean revving it like the motorcycle had pillaged and plundered his girlfriend and then kicked his dog.
The biker then decided to show his ass to the world by hauling it across Commerce and, needless to say, no sooner did he get about 1/3 of the way across the street then I saw that bike start fish-tailing as it went out of view due to the building….and then silence.
A group of us ran out to the corner in time to see him hoisting the bike back into an upright position and curse at those around him. Everyone went back to what they were doing and from the patio I could hear him trying to re-start his bike for at least 5 minutes.
I truly felt sorry for the bike having to be ridden by an idiot of that caliber plus I was miffed because bikers like that give us all a bad image (NOTE: review the South Park episode “The F Word” for an example of the type of biker I am refering to). There are enough people jealous of those of us that have motorcycles without us having to taint the image by acting the fool.
This incident reminded me of a time when a group of us was down in Austin for an on-site promotion at Coyote Ugly during a ROT Rally. One of the custom builders, Denny Garley, was watching riders come up to the corner, rev their bikes to an extreme level and then race about 200′ to the next stop sign. Denny shook his head and commented, “That is so stupid. There’s no point in riding the bikes like that because it is so much cooler to just ride slow so you can show off your bike and check out the girls!” In my opinion, Denny was very accurate in this observation.
Far too often riders take the “Ride it like you stole it” comment to heart. If you know a biker that has this type of riding style, perhaps you should suggest to them that they “Ride it like you OWN it” because if they respect their ride, the ride will respect them…and so will the world at large.
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