Don't Call Me Bro'
(Unknown Author)

Folks that like to ride, Iím not looking for RUBS so keep that in mind and Don't call me bro'... ever. I am not and probably never will be your "bro". You have not earned the right. Just because you read in your copy of (insert magazine name here) that "bikers" call each other bro' does NOT mean you have to run out and find somebody with a Harley and call him bro' so you can be a biker too.

Here's why: You have never pulled an all nighter with me. You have never helped me fix my bike on the side of the road (in the rain). You have never wasted your weekend helping me dig through a junk pile looking for that one little part that is just the thing I need to get my bike running. You have never loaned me the tool that I didn't have so I could put that part on.

Are you starting to get the picture? Just remove the word bro' from your vocabulary. Trust me on this one.

Having a fancy custom bike that somebody else built for you or having a brand new bike with only 3 digits on the odometer does NOT make you a biker. As far as Iím concerned if ya can't wrench on your own scoot than you got no reason or right to be on it.

You could be a biker and a bro who owns one of the above but that is not what made you a biker. In my mind a biker is a person who loves to ride their bike just for the pure fun of riding it. Getting out in the air and seeing the world in person and not through a window. Or hell, maybe you just have a thing for getting popped in the face by bugs at 60mph

A biker, to me is NOT someone who got a bike just so they can look cool or because the guy down the road has one and you need a bigger/prettier one to prove you are somebody important. If this sounds like you, sell your bike. You'll never make it.

Being a biker is dying a little more every hour that you can't be out there crackin' the throttle and cruisin' down the highway. Itís a way of life not a fuckin' hobby. If you have ever been depressed because you rode your bike and nobody saw you, hang it up. You are a world class RUB. Once again, sell your bike. Maybe what you need is a Porsche instead.

Here's a bit of advice. The next time you are around a group of bikers find yourself a Greybeard (old biker). Buy him a beer or a cup of coffee and ask him some questions about his bike or some such to kick off a conversation. As long as he keeps talking, keep buying those rounds. If you treat him with respect, shut up and LISTEN to him, you just might be surprised at what you learn from his stories.

The word Brother as Per the Confederation of Clubs (CoC)
Written by: Teacher

The word Brother has become very abused in the motorcycle world these days Seems like if you buy a bike and a new set of leathers, everyone else that rides has now become your brother. Some call it Brotherhood when sharing the wind on two wheels. Some call it brotherhood when you ride a few roads together. Just what truly is brotherhood?

There are Brothers in Christ. Brothers in Masonic temples. Brothers in several organizations. Elite military units commonly form a brotherhood among the members of squads. Navy Seals for example, are more than the sum of their individuals They become more than just a team. They become brothers, totally committed to one another up to and including giving their lives for one another if necessary. Men that have shared combat together have formed such close relationships as to call each other brother. While these are no less committed than any other Brotherhoods, when it comes to the motorcycle world, there is also a very strong bond among those that call themselves Brothers.

What is a Brother in the MC world?

Once you've gone through the hangaround period, the members of the Club have viewed your behavior, your attitude, your dedication, trust and loyalty, If you've actually completed this period, then you may be asked to become a prospect. During this time you are put under a much more intense review. You and the other members of the club find out if you are suited to be a part of the club and if you can accept the other members as Brothers just as much as if they can accept you and call you Brother. Can you dedicate yourself to the others as close as you would your own flesh and blood? Many times it is an even closer commitment than family. The person that you call Brother becomes family as a part of his as well as you being a part of theirs. A common phrase used in MC circles is ĒI am my Brotherís keeperĒ. This means you will support him and help him any way you can, sometimes to the point of selling your bike to help him, quitting your job to go help him and, in some cases, Brothers have even done things that they already know could get them put in jail because they were willing to take that step to help a Brother out.

With all that commitment, itís also that you would not ask a Brother to do something drastic without very good cause. Brothers may disagree, but they will always respect one another and treat each other with respect.

Please take note that if you haven't had any experience being around some of the more serious MC's (1%, support clubs, etc.), they take the word Brother, or Bro' very serious, and they'll only use the word as a show of respect towards their own club, their members, and any club who they've also bestowed that word upon.

And if a club overhears someone throwing around the word lightly within their midst, it could cause them to aggressively educate those whom they felt disrespected them by abusing the word.

Next time you feel the need to call someone Brother or Bro, just what is behind it? Commitment or just trying to sound cool?

Airtight MC