I grew up on motorcycles. Fast Dirt Bikes, Enduros... Honda, Persang, my Husqvarna... a big devilish Swedish fireball...
But I was lucky. I had a biker mentor, my Brother-in-Law Randy. I must admit, he was not my dad's first, second, third... or fortieth choice for a son-in-law... and even as a 12 year old... I had my own misgivings.
Hair, Ink, Tattoos, Earrings. And that motorcycle... and his friends. One of his club mates, Horse, once picked me up by the neck and said "dont you ever buy no jap bike".... and that was my introduction to him!
Over the next few years, Randy turned this clean cut, boy racer, AMA approved goodnick into a young rider with a really loud road bike, a piece of phone cable slung behind the back seat and permanent oil and paint stains under my fingernails.
He took me to the legend valley rock fest, where Ted Nugent caused me permanent shift of hearing.
He gave me Schlitz beer... and other sage advice
He turned me on to Frank Zappa
I lived in a small town at first, the older boys from the High School didnt pick on me....
He gave me my unpredictable bikery attitude, which has served me well over the years.
Anyway, in honor of my itinerant biker BIL, who matured into a fair to middlin engineer and organic gardener, I post my favorite biker picture. Randy and his 49 panhead chop, featuring a great Frisco chop paintjob of a naked Frazzetta girl with a giant python wrapped around her.
I still have to ride it once a year to feel like a biker for a few minutes. It still puts chills up my spine like no other bike because of its meaning to me and the fact that riding it is an unmitigated act of gall, rebellion and courage all at the same time.
So, to honor him, I post this picture from better times in his honor. No, he's not sick, dead, decrepit or crippled... I just wanted to share a biker mentor story. Share at will
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