Motorcycle Subcultures

One of the roots of the motorcycle’s popularity is its ability to cater to a wide variety of consumers. Proof of this is the different subcultures among motorcycle fans and owners. Below are some of them.

1. One percenters

– are several motorcycling groups that are famous for their law-breaking activities. Their name is in reference to the American Motorcyclist Association’s statement that the troublemakers only comprise one percent of the motorcycling population.

Some of the notorious groups are the Pagans, Hells Angels, Outlaws MC and the Bandidos. Known as the “Big Four”, they are labeled by North American intelligence agencies as Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

2. Mods

– short for modernists, this is a subculture that originated in London, England. It became popular in the 1950s towards the middle of the 1960s. One thing that is associated with this group is their penchant for riding motor scooters, especially the Vespa and the Lambrette which are both Italian brands.

3. Extreme sports

– the thing associated with this group is their love for adventure. The subgroups that fall under this are the motocross riders, drag racers, and the stunt and trick enthusiasts.

4. Groups according to brand

– then there are groups that prefer a particular brand of motorcycle. They typically go out on weekends or on special events and hold exhibits of their bikes.

5. Groups by model

– this is a more specific group which prefers a particular make of a motorcycle made by a particular brand. There are other biker subcultures all around the globe by the ones mentioned above are by far the most popular.

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