I had asked what people thought of 1%ers a few days ago and got a comment from one reader who suggested that those who think they are bad ass doing more harm than those who choose the 1%er life and yah know what - I think he's on to something.

Here is Bonecutter's rant on the topic:

Begin Quote: Maybe a good question would be how much damage do the some of other 99% of riders do to the perception of bikers?
Go to a bike show. Watch some of the guys from the mom and pop clubs slip on a leather jacket or vest and suddenly start walking around like they just grew a set of biceps.

Go to a pub night and watch the same people indulging in juvenile antics before they go home and take off their "bad boy" costumes. Before they go back to their day jobs and their regular lives.

If riders don't want to be associated with that image then leave the leathers, the vests, the patches - leave all of it in the store. Put on your colourful Joe Rocket gear, take off the loud pipes, leave the attitude at home and enjoy your ride. There's nothing wrong with that.

But so long as people get a thrill out of living out their idea of a bad boy image - we're going to keep contributing to the problem. End Quote

Today in the news we have not one but three dumb asses who truly do more harm to the rider lifestyle than most 1%ers ever could...

A motorcyclist going the wrong way down the highway doing 101 MPH

A motorcyclist doing a wheelie at 103MPH 

And the dumb ass of the day award goes to a dad, riding with his two small children, zipping in and out of traffic - NOT ONE OF THEM wearing a helmet.

Yup - we are our own worst enemy! Thanks for the reality check there Bonecutter!

There is a TON of news in the feeds today, visit - where our work is keeping You informed, to see what might affect your day or life as a rider...

I close off with a few funnies - cause laughter is sorely needed this morning. Thanks to all my wonderfully zany friends on Facebook who shared with me...

Have a fabulous Thursday and PLEASE, ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you...

Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider

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  1. All 100% of the motorcycle community contributes to the bad image.

    This is because everyone of us will have a moment when we do something crazy, even if it's riding 100mph+ and weaving in and out of traffic. It might be that you or I only do this 1% of the time, but it's that 1% of the time that the viewing public remembers.

    Nobody remembers the 99% of the time that we act like responsible adults.

    1. Anonymous9:44 PM

      Well said philosopher..when yer right nobody remembers.. when yer wrong nobody fergets....not everyone who wears leathers grows biceps...but every 1% Ive met wants to show hes a F****** A****** capable ok kickin yer Ass cuz his buddies are 5 steps left and right of him...And then theres those that say well that aint true either...Ayepp a 1%er ...nuttin wrong with backin a Bro but I think its best is Bro learns a life lesson ...git yer ass kicked enuff fer bein an A****** and learn not to tempt the Gods....Food fer thought...

  2. Anonymous11:20 AM

    Anyone who wears any kind of a uniform gains a reputation and not always a good one, its the bad reputations that make the news. cops beat up people, soldiers get drunk, customs officials are pr&^%ks and the list goes on. There are those out there that are trying to change that attitude. I do agree though, if you want to go out there and act bad ass, leave your patch/colors at home, take off your leathers and do it on your own hook.