That isn’t a judgement call or a snarky attention grabber to get you to read this post. Â It is a statement of fact. Â I’m sure it won’t get me on their Christmas card list or anything, but rest assured that I will sleep just fine.
What brought that up, you ask? Â A while ago, I happened to be at a car show. Â I had occasion to see some Hell’s Angels members (fully patched, by the way) on some of their bikes. Â They needed to do simple pull outs and ride away.
photo Â© 2008 SliceofNYC | more info (via: Wylio)For those of you who don’t know what a pullout is check out the picture to the right. Â See how the bikes are lined up all nice and pretty like? Â A pull out is where you pull out far enough from the curb and make a quick right or left turn. Â If you have even remedial skill, you should be able to lift both feet off the ground, put them on the foot pegs/boards, pull forward, turn and go.
The batch of H.A.s I saw had to walk their bikes out about 20′, cant the handlebars, back up, and then ride away. Â L.A.M.E.
As a trained and professional rider, I was offended. Â As a police officer, I was amused. Â The Hells Angels are a motorcycle gang. Â Make no mistake. Â They are not a jovial piece of Americana. Â They manufacture methamphetamine, run guns, and have been responsible for the deaths of untold individuals. Â So, although I, too, enjoy Sons of Anarchy, I do not have a romanticized version of the Hells Angels in my head. Â They are crooks. Â This is not new to law enforcement. Â They have certainly made their mark with the stereotypical image of the Death’s Head and the Harley Davidson.
I find it incredibly amusing and not a little bit ironic that a group as infamous as the Hell’s Angels based their whole identity and universe around a motorcycle they suck at riding. Â Anyone can ride in a straight line, fellas.
What about you, have you ever seen a motorcycle *cough* “club” *cough cough* on the road? Â Ever seen them ride dangerously, aggressively, or rudely?