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Born to Be WildThe Rise of the American Motorcyclist$
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Randy D. McBee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622729

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622729.001.0001

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(p.289) Epilogue
Born to Be Wild

Randy D. McBee

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter further highlights the associations between politics and motorcycle culture. Recent events suggest that the public continues to struggle to accept motorcyclists despite the ways in which they have challenged their marginal status over the years. The motorcyclists' opposition to helmets was grounded in an ideological embrace of freedom and individuality that promoted limited government and the expansion of the private sphere, but it also restricted the roles gays, women, and men and women of color could play in motorcycle culture. Yet as the generation that had sparked the biker culture continues to age, an expanding consumer base abroad and a growing body of riders at home increases the likelihood of more women riders and more men and women of color speeding down the roadways, keeping pace with a motorcycle culture that continues to evolve with the times.

Keywords:   politics, motorcycle culture, biker culture, women riders, riders of color

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