After World War II, countless veterans came back to America and many of them had a difficult time readjusting to civilian life. They searched for the adventure and adrenaline rush associated with life at war that had now left them. Civilian life felt too monotonous for some men who also craved feelings of excitement and danger. Others sought the close bonds and camaraderie found between men in the army. Motorcycling emerged stronger than ever as a substitute for wartime experiences such as adventure, excitement, danger and camaraderie. — dedicated to positive exemplar Jason Armstrong

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Marlon Brando’s infinite symbol of the biker   — The Wild One 1953

File:Marlon Brando - The Wild One.jpg

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollister_riot#Rise_of_motorcycles_after_World_War_II

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_One

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The movie The Wild One only worked to further bring the 1947 Hollister biker riot into public light and with motorcyclists portrayed as misfits and outlaws, it eliminated any way to salvage motorcycling’s already tarnished image.

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Evel Knievel 1938-2007 of Snake River Canyon immortal fame epitomized the popularity of the motorcycle.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evel_Knievel

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle#Safety

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The two major causes of motorcycle accidents in the United States are: motorists pulling out or turning in front of motorcyclists and violating their rights-of-way, and motorcyclists running wide through turns.    The former is sometimes called a SMIDSY, an acronym formed from the motorists’ common response of “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you.”   The latter is more commonly caused by operating a motorcycle while intoxicated.   Motorcyclists can anticipate and avoid some of these crashes with proper training, increasing their conspicuity to other traffic, keeping the speed limits, and not consuming alcohol or drugs before riding.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_helmet

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Helmets protect against cervical spine injury.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_baffle

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Mufflers/baffles should stay with the manufactured product/motorcycle, and not be removed except in authorized race competition.     Many tragedies abound with animals/motorists being spooked and killed by revving motorcycles.

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