Don't Call Me Bro'
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
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.
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
The word Brother as Per the Confederation of Clubs
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
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?