Big Bend, motorcycle, ride

Santa Elena Canyon in background from Burro Mesa Pour-off


  • I ride because it is fun.
  • I ride because I enjoy the freedom I feel from being exposed to the elements, and the vulnerability to the danger that is intrinsic to riding.
  • I do not ride because it is fashionable to do so.
  • I ride my machine, not wear it. My machine is not a symbol of status. It exists simply for me, and me alone.
  • My machine is not a toy. It is an extension of my being, and I will treat it accordingly, with the same respect as I have for myself.
  • I strive to understand the inner-workings of my machine, from the most basic to the most complex.
  • I will learn everything I can about my machine, so that I am reliant upon no one but myself for its health and well being.
  • I strive to constantly better my skill of control over my machine. I will learn its limits, and use my skill to become one with my machine so that we may keep each other alive. I am the master, it is the servant. Working together in harmony, we will become an invincible team.
  • I do not fear death. I will, however, do all possible to avoid death prematurely. Fear is the enemy, not death. Fear on the highway leads to death, therefore I will not let fear be my master. I will master it.
  • My machines will outlive me. Therefore, they are my legacy. I will care for them for future bikers to cherish as I have cherished them, whoever they may be.
  • I do not ride to gain attention, respect, or fear from those that do NOT ride, nor do I wish to intimidate or annoy them. For those that do not know me, all I wish from them is to ignore me. For those that desire to know me, I will share with them the truth of myself, so that they might understand me and not fear others like me.
  • I will never be the aggressor on the highway. However, should others mess with me, their aggression will be dealt with in as severe manner as I can cast upon them.
  • I will show respect to other bikers more experienced or knowledgeable than I am. I will learn from them all I can. However, if my respect is not acknowledged or appreciated, it will end.
  • I will not show disrespect to other bikers less experienced or knowledgeable than I am. I will teach them what I can. However, if they show me disrespect, they will be slapped.
  • It will be my task to mentor new riders, that so desire, into the lifestyle of the biker, so that the breed shall continue. I shall instruct them, as I have been instructed by those before me. I shall preserve and honor traditions of bikers before me, and I will pass them on unaltered.
  • I will not judge other bikers on their choice of machine, their appearance, or their profession. I will judge them only on their conduct as bikers. I am proud of my accomplishments as a biker, though I will not flaunt them to others. If they ask, I will share them.
  • I will stand ready to help any other biker that truly needs my help.
  • I will never ask another biker to do for me what I can do for myself.
  • I am not a part-time biker. I am a biker when, and where ever I go. I am proud to be a biker, and hide my chosen lifestyle from no one. I ride because I love freedom, independence, and the movement of the ground beneath me. But most of all, I ride to better understand myself, my machine, the lands in which I ride, and to seek out and know other bikers like myself.



13 responses to “THE BIKER’S CREED

  1. This is fantastic. Thanks!

    • Thanks, I found this awhile back and thought I’d share… Thanks for taking the time to comment… See ya on the road somewhere…

  2. It’s great! Thanks for posting it.

  3. I can get on board with most of that. Don’t think there’s too much point in striving to know my bike inside out though. I have an excellent mechanic who I literally trust with my life. I am a poor mechanic who I would not trust to change brake seals (last time I did that, I had to take it to my mechanic to finish the job).

    Good post though. Thanks.

  4. I can certainly agree with most of those.

  5. Lot of good points there and apart from tyre changing I do most of my own maintenance now day (and enjoy it).
    Thanks for posting it TR

    • I thought everyone who rides can relate in some ways. Thanks for stopping by and commenting… I still want to ride OZ…

  6. I notice that it’s not raining in that photo, in fact, in most of your photos! One of the big problems bikers have in UK is that for the last decade or so, since the jet stream has started to be in wrong places because of aircraft contrails or whatever, it rains and rains and rains, and oh yeah, it rains. Not always heavily but pretty well constantly if you count the number of days in a month it rains. So, this June, I’m heading on down on my Suzuki Inazuma 250 tourer (a new Jap motorbike which is coming to the states very soon…), to Spain for the some decent weather. Southern Italy and Greece are other options I’ve considered for the future whilst France tends to a complete washout these days for the summer months of June and July, just like the UK is, unless you hit the Côte d’Azur. Alpine routes are lovely and I used to ride through the twisties a lot in the 70’s and 80’s but these days you’ve got to watch the weather carefully otherwise you can get caught out. Gone are the 60’s Alpine summers of 8 weeks of beautiful blue sky and sunshine with 1 or 2 days a month of thunderous summer downpours. Morocco also is starting to be visited by European bikers a lot these days and bike tour operators are starting to realize this.


    My question is, how come you’ve got all the good weather your way?

    • Well one reason we haven’t had rain is for the past few years we have been in a drought in Texas. We wouldn’t mind getting some of your rain. Just not when we are ridding… 🙂

      I don’t take a lot of pictures or post pictures of the rain we have ridden in. We have ridden in rain but for the most part we have had good weather. Some of it is just luck…

      I hope you find some sunny days to ride in… You are welcome to ride over here…

      Thanks for the comment… Ride safe…

      • Rain is good. It helps wash the snow away 🙂

        Last year we had flood warning from the environment agency at exactly the same time as the water companies were banning hose pipes.

        • We get snow one every 10 years… an inch if we are lucky… right now we will take anything if it is H2O… 🙂

  7. Agreed!

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