I don't know what a real biker is. I do know what pop culture says a biker is, but let's change our point of view....
Sport Bikes: I have some buddies in our Carolina Motovloggers group that exclusively ride Sport Bikes. They ride much more often than I do. They do not worship chrome. They do not own chaps. They do love everything motorcycle, from the bikes to the gear. They chat about such things daily, 365 days per year. It's obvious that riding motorcycle is in their blood. So are they bikers? I say yes.
Bicycles: There's this guy in my hometown. He's never owned a car or motorbike. He rides a bicycle everywhere. He used to visit my son when he was a baby. My son is now 16yrs old, and that guy is still riding his bicycle, In my view he is the purest of the pure biker. Sometime he does 30 miles per day. He rides in every type of weather, every day of his life, with no aid of a motor to help him. He does this by choice, not because of lack of funds or punishment. Yet, he faces the same dangers that every motorcyclists faces on the road, maybe even more so. Is he a biker? I say yes.
Scooters: Just because you ride around on a 49cc scooter, that doesn't disqualify you from being a biker. If that's all you can afford, so be it. Scooter riders also face the same dangers on the road as larger motorcycles. If you'd rather ride your scooter than ride in a car, If you love that scooter, I'd say you're a biker. I'm also aware though that a good portion of the 49cc scooter riders are riding them as a last resort. Their last option for transportation after they've lost their driver's license due to some infraction. These folks are generally not bikers in my view. For them, their two-wheeled machine is just a means to an end.
Cruisers: Of course, right? This is what pop culture says a biker is. Anywhere from a "Hell's Angel" to a "Weekend Warrior" gets you in the club right? I say no. Owning a motorcycle doesn't make you a biker in my view. Wearing the Cut of some motorcycle club doesn't get you there either.
What about me? Am I a biker? I don't ride everyday, but I sure want to. I ride less often than my closest biker friends, but I generally ride more miles than they do. I ride a cruiser, but gear up like a sport bike or adventure rider. I mostly build or re-engineer my own accessories for my moto, I generally don't buy off the shelf stuff. I speak to my motorcycle, she doesn't reply :-) I feel I 'must' ride. I love my motorcycle. I love the challenge of battling winds, g-forces, weather, and traffic. I love that nature and weather have a big impact on when and where I can go. I love that I can experience any place on earth in a whole new way just by arriving there on a motorcycle.
So am I a biker? I'd say yes. It's in my blood. I crave that next ride. I'd say that for you too. No matter where you are on the biker spectrum, anywhere from a bicycle to MotoGP, if you crave that next ride, in my view, you're a biker too.
Below is video by Chris Lonsberry. It is a great take on his view of what a biker is, and the catalyst for this blog post. Chris's videos are well thought out, with great quality and editing. I'll put links to his channel below and mine too :-) Subscribe!