I Am Not A Biker Anymore

“I am not a biker!”

Sounds strange to declare this to the motorcycle blogosphere where it is a badge of honor to be called a biker. We biker bloggers have bickered about who wears the badge and who doesn’t. Furthmore, it is strange because two posts ago I declared that I had returned after taking a break… but I was mistaken. To return would be to go backwards or stagnate. I am a fast moving training projecting forward! Been there, done that, not returning!

Nothing against motorcycles and bikers. I still love bikes (and my biker freinds) but they are not my only passion. I also love muscle cars, the outdoors, tropical vacations and so much more. I argue today that a biker is someone who defines his or herself by their obsession with motorcycles. This is their single most important defining character trait that tells you exactly what they are all about. I no longer fit that catagory. Sorry, I am past the point of no return. I obsessed on the motorcycle lifestyle for most of the past ten years. Time to expand my horizons and not feel guilty about it. Motorcycles will no longer define who I am, how I dress, who I associate with and my attitude toward life and other people. I am so much more than I was!

I owe the motorcycle community and the Harley Owners Group a debt of gratitude. For awakening the spirit of adventure in me. For introducing me to hundreds of new friends. For giving me the opportunity to develop as a leader.

I will continue to be a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, a writer, a speaker and a leader but it is time to take off the blinders. I refuse to be a walking talking billboard for Harley-Davidson. I paid my dues. I took a lot of two wheel trips, paid a lot of mechanics and bought alot of motorcycle accesories. In many cases I wish I had that money back. Anyone want a black t-shirt? I have extra. 

I am not a biker anymore. But I still love them and still ride… but not until spring.

I might not post here anymore but I will keep the webiste up for now. It was a labor of love. We have too much invested in it to take it down. Please read the blog posts if you are new to Road Captain USA. If biking is your passion then please continue riding and enjoy the journey. For me, the journey has only begun. There is more to see and do before my time is over. I hope you understand and don’t take offense.

Farewell motorcycle blogosphere… after blogging about motorcycles for six years it might be time to blog about something else. Keep the rubber side down and the shiney side up my friends. I’m outa here!

11 Responses to “I Am Not A Biker Anymore”

  1. Best wishes in your endeavors. It was a pleasure reading Road Captain USA. Perhaps down the road a new motorcycle will come out and you’ll just have to have it!

  2. Thanks Steve. While writing this post I thought you might be able to relate. Just to be clear, I am not giving up riding. I am not selling my bike. I am just not going to ride it every free moment I have and spend every buck I earn on new gear. Like you I am not going to wear motorcycle branded clothing or try to appear to wear the biker costume to just to fit in. I’m just someone who chooses to evolve.

  3. Cool. The whole inter-brand rivalries and the “real biker” arguments wore me out too. Glad to see you’re putting the focus on what’s inside.

  4. I wish you the best on your new endeavors. I have had good time reading and following Road Captain USA, since you started it.

  5. Thanks Wilson! It’s hard to tell how many people actually read or follow a blog. Oftne times you feel like you are talking to yourself. Especially since the advent of Facebook. Before then I felt like we had a small following that read each others blogs.

  6. I made a page on Facebook, for my blog. It is working very good and was well received by my followers.

  7. That was smart. I went to a seminar on marketing via social media and I was advised to use Facebook and Twitter to enhance this blog. But those avenues did not catch my interest or I just didn’t get the practical instruction on how to actually do that.

  8. Jay, I have really enjoyed following your blog. Great job. Thanks for sharing all your experiences and insights. Best wishes!

  9. You are welcome Danny. Thanks!

  10. Dear Jay,

    I must say that I read this with a great level of understanding and sympathy. Since both of the HOG chapters that I belonged to were disbanded by the Mo Co I severely have backed off of riding. I completely understand where you are coming from. Good luck, my friend. – Rob

  11. Thanks Rob, hope you are surviving this cold winter. Spring is right around the corner. Will be riding soon.

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