Interesting article on the birth of motorcycle gangs: http://mashable.com/2015/05/18/1947-hollister-bike-riot/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link It suggests that a bit of showing off and mucking about led to a sensationalist article, which portrayed motorcyclists as hooligans. The movie "the Wild One" then went further in portraying the tough, outlaw biker image. A motorbike is simply a two-wheeled vehicle. People have generated stereotypes of various bike riders; the outlaw Harley rider, the mad, thrill-seeking sports-biker, the latte sipping scooter rider, or whatever. Then it seems people try to conform to the stereotype, for example all road gear is black, apparently because that's what people buy. In other parts of society, say club sports, we build the sport by encouraging and supporting newcomers. We try to be friendly, offer tuition and make them feel welcome. That doesn't seem to be the case here. At Netruder, people are very quick to come out with rude put-downs, mockery and judgements. There's even a thread attempting to ridicukle learner riders. Is this people trying to build their outlaw image? Are motorcycle gangs really the criminals some media would have us believe, or just a bunch of mates who enjoy riding and hanging out together?