groucho marks once said, "i will not join any group or club that would ever recruit me as a member".(or something to that effect) i ride w/ a good group of vets, i think the key is more than one common bond that ties the group together. if the only thing in common is a love of riding, thats cool. but, the brotherhood and comraderie will not be there. will you be able to call that persons house at 2 am for a ride to pick you up cause your too drunk to ride?or give you a ride back to get your bike after you ate breakfast with his family? (maybe it wasn't groucho, maybe it was karl) semper fi
people have made up there mind before they even know who you are. wrong bike, bike made in the wrong place, to much leather,wrong color skin, wrong color t-shirt w/ the wrong numbers on it. wtf??? life is too short for the b.s.
my first bike was a 1980 honda coustom deluxe 650cc. i had a 1% biker say something to me in boston ma. in feb. " that parking spot is for harleys only" to wich i replied, " this biker bar is full of bikers? why is mine the only bike here?" he bought the first beer. you have to be able to reply to sh** talk, most of the time its a test of your skin thickness.
keep the rubber down