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Mar 29, 2008
Years ago, when a large group of motorcycle riders rode into town, the locals had reason to fear that something wicked had come their way. It was assumed that a big bunch of guys on bikes were a gang, an assembly of society's rebels who scoffed at the law and ran roughshod wherever they wandered.

That bad rap was reinforced by equally bad press. Headlines about bikers causing mayhem were consistently front-page. When a gang wearing one distinctive motorcycle jacket invaded another gang's space, brawls would break out in the bars and other places where they gathered.

Hollywood features about fictitious, scurrilous characters on two wheels who terrorized towns were box office bonanzas. Although most real-life dudes in leather duds were more bark and less bite, it took many years for the bad-boy stereotyped image to fade away.

Today's motorcycle enthusiasts who want to get together with other like-minded individuals are not running from the law. As a matter of fact, many riders who choose to wear the motorcycle jacket that showcases the name of their biker association are cops and attorneys. The thrill that these and other bikers are seeking is not to scare or harm people and property; they are hitting the rode just to enjoy the ride and to do good deeds.

Fund raising and organizing charity events are on the agenda for the current crop of biker guys and babes. Associations have popped up all over North America and are organized by state, province, motorcycle brand, profession, region or religious affiliation. Some exhibit a keen sense of fun, and focus in on a particular type of biker, like the Bald Guys Motorcycle Club. There are over 200 chapters of these follicly challenged bikers around the globe.

Christian motorcycle ministries spread the gospel across the continent. With creative names like Chariots of Hope, Cycle Disciples and Kings Horsemen, these believers dedicate much of their time to helping those in need.

Jewish biker groups have also sprung up. Chai Riders, Hillel's Angels, King David Bikers and Jews that Cruise proudly wear the t-shirts and motorcycle jackets that bear their special logos. They have outings that might start with a meet up at a bagel shop and end up with a ride to raise money for the Diabetes Association or another worthy cause.

How do biker groups get the money to give to charities? The methods are many. They sell raffles, have barbecues and clambakes and hold car washes, to name just a few. These macho men and biker babes often show their softer side when they have a bake sale and sell homemade brownies.

Sometimes, they just go out for a ride in the country and get local businesses to sponsor each mile that they travel. Funds collected might go to buying swings and slides, and building a new playground in the community. But these angels on wheels don't stop at that. They donate their time and labor to adopted projects, and put in many hours of sweat equity.

The millions of motorcycle aficionados around the world can still be seen in motorcycle jackets. But their image has undergone an extreme makeover. Under that rough, leather exterior beats a heart of gold that wants to help.
About the Author
John W Daniele is an expert on motorcycle helmets. For information or to purchase a handcrafted, light-weight, fiberglass novelty motorcycle helmets see www.helmetsrus.com
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