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My Biker Mentor

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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Great story. You were lucky to have a mentor.

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That's WICKED cool.


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I grew up on stories from my pop of his 39' Indian Chief that he bought after getting out of the service (1945). I think he only had it for about a year before wrecking it and getting married. It doesn't take a whole lot to influence a youngster.

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I grew up on stories from my pop of his 39' Indian Chief that he bought after getting out of the service (1945). I think he only had it for about a year before wrecking it and getting married. It doesn't take a whole lot to influence a youngster.
How strange, my dad had a similar story. "I grew up on stories from my pop of his 39' Harley 45 that he bought after getting out of the service (1945). I think he only had it for about a year before wrecking it and getting married. It doesn't take a whole lot to influence a youngster. "

To add more, both of my parents flew planes during the war. My pop came back with a taste for whiskey and speed. I suspect that both of those may have influenced his Harley crash. I do know that when he crashed his plane in the early 50s the CAP took his license away. He stuck to boating after that.

I did not have a mentor, I had a rivalry. My high school best friend and I would never let the other one get the better of him at anything..football, racing my 47 Knuckle against his pan, or playing chicken (with cars) on a dirt road and thinking the other would serve away at the last minute. Neither one of us swerved or braked. We were invincible, except for the stitches.

But my real mentor for motorcycling was an XLH in 1964. Before that I had an '47 Knuckle and a '42 Flathead, I was loosing interest in motorcycles at 16 as these two hogs I owned rode like dogs. But fate and a good summer job put a 16 year old onto a 900cc sportster and I experienced the world differently. All the faults you see in me today started that summer. I think that for some of us, the best mentor was having a best friend who was as crazy as you.


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Great story Bill!

I didn't have a motorcycle mentor. My parents hate them and I was never allowed one until I was financially independent, which sadly took far too long. Even then, I couldn't afford luxury toys for many years, so my passion was unrealized until my mid 20s. I've pretty much had to find my own way, which probably explains a lot.

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Great story Bill!



I didn't have a motorcycle mentor. My parents hate them and I was never allowed one until I was financially independent, which sadly took far too long. Even then, I couldn't afford luxury toys for many years, so my passion was unrealized until my mid 20s. I've pretty much had to find my own way, which probably explains a lot.


Oh no, not a motorcycle mentor... a biker mentor . I could ride better than him or his friends when I was 13.... and they gladly admitted that and would go to races...but could I do it after an afternoon of drinking beer and playing pool (and he is the best bar table pool player I have ever known.). Did I know how to chop, nope? He rode a chop back when it meant something... bikerness. Him and his no good friends grew weed in the back yard and horse could put a shovelhead gearbox together in his sleep... I know, because I saw him do it once... none of them have ever owned a helmet and still believe a cut is the only protective gear any rider needs.

We went for a ride this summer and we stopped for a burger. He knew right where to go... the place had girls bras displayed all over like dollar bills... and the food was good too...




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No biker mentor for me - I wouldn't be alive, knowing my personality.


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What a great legacy. To have someone cool like that when you're young. And the great thing is, you probably would have gotten involved with the stuff that most youth get involved in, but without the COOL factor.

Great story, man. Thanks for sharing. Love the picture too.
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