Motorcycles: The Root of All Evil!
Fear of biker lifestyle as bad as or worse overseas than in U.S.
A couple decades later, during the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Hell’s Angels became the face of all that was wrong with motorcycling in the public’s mind. Since then it’s only been in the past 15 or 20 years that motorcycling seems to have largely made a full public image recovery. Though there’s still a faction or two that seem to keep biking with one foot in the grave. Regardless, in the U.S. the image of motorcycles and riding them has come light years from where it once was for a very long time.
However, it seems that sweeping generalizations about two wheels aren’t limited to grannies in Idaho, or stockbrokers on Wall Street. An article coming out of Thailand reports on a very nervous and fearful woman who seems determined that Thai youth are inescapably bound for a life of ill-repute. And she boldly and matter-of-factly proclaims motorcycles to be the lead contributor of such a wretched life.
Chamnansuk alleges that “these ‘marginalized’ boys use motorcycles as an identity-creating tool.” Furthermore, she blames bike manufactures for pandering to the disjointed mores of these kids.
I wonder if Ms. Chamnansuk watched “Easy Rider” before she became so ascared?