Notes: Bikers in Hong Kong (Pt 1)
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 12.54am HKT
1. ‘Bikers’ are guys (and gals) in leather jackets.
‘Cyclists’ are the other two-wheelers.
Value your life. Don’t ever mix up the lingo, especially in the presence of a biker. Srsly.
2. Bikers are mostly ‘next-level’ kind of people, so watch it with them.
A biker is a personality as much as it is a person who rides a motorcycle, and that applies to males as well as females.
This is something 99% the rest of us just don’t get it — and probably won’t ever understand.
Bikers have an ability (not necessarily a tendency, mind you) to ‘take things to the next level‘ — know what I mean?
Okay, let’s put it in terms those of us WITH Ph.D.’s can understand.
A generic 700cc motorbike weighs around 500 lbs (227 kg). It’s got a burning engine between your legs. To ride on top and outside of burnin’ metal and nil power steering, you can appreciate why the rider has to be a ‘next-level’ kind of person.
Bikers jeer at cyclists (usually male cyclists) for their comformist and effeminate faggotry (e.g. skintight doodads, participating in organised events, etc).
Deep down, though, bikers rezpekt cyclists because it takes one to know one — that there’s nothing wimpy about a human-powered ride running eyeball to eyeball with hefty buses and motorcars driven like chariots by crazed drivers assisted by power-steering.
Don’t diss cyclists, or a biker will belt you around the mouth. Srsly.
They both ride ‘bikes,’ but only one of them is a ‘biker.’
© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012.