Most of those people who either are outlaw bikers or those that choose to emulate them are mere poseurs that use motorcycles for props. Just because you own a motorcycle it doesn't mean that you're a motorcyclist any than buying a violin would make me a virtuoso.
It's you against the HD marketing machine. Billions of dollars get spent so you can wear a doo-rag and chaps and be mistaken for a biker.
I say let them have their fun. They know their new Nike driver doesn't make them Tiger Woods either. They get home from the afternoon ride and slip into the Tommy Bahama shirt and sandles and they know.
(Just in case: I slip out of my leathers with the new knee pucks and go to the same BBQ)
While I agree with what you say, I think the bikers cause far fewer problems for our image and rights than the loud-pipe numbskulls. Few people see bike gangs in action, and news reports are remote, but everybody is getting eardrum-blasted and woken up by the attention-seekers.
Don't ride bikes that look like they are from the 50's? So almost everything HD makes... except a few, is unacceptable? Half the HD guys I know couldn't fit on a Duc and would have to go for a Goldwing, or a BMW. I think that is too much of a generalization; what you are saying is everyone should conform to just about racing restriction ( concerning gear ), and no one should ride anything that resembles a "classic bike". Please, I doubt everyone is looking to ride a 'Busa.
MHO , to h*ll with the media. Motorcyclists have had this bad Rep for as long as bikes have been around. You think changing the type of helmet you wear is going to change it now? Bikes are an expression of ourselves. Do you buy a certain pair of shoes because everyone else has them, or do you buy them for their comfort, functionality, personal taste, ect ect. If I feel like riding an old shovelhead w/ chaps then I will. Point being, there are motorcyclists who participate in illegal things while operating an R1/R6. The public is only going to be able to distinguish between the good and the bad by actually talking to us, or knowing us.
I might not drive a Cadillac, but I think my Toyota might just be able to fit as many bodies in it.
What the Hell. Let's talk about the snotty lawyer letter thing! How can they get out from their stigma issues? I have it! Jousting between lawyers and bikers on R-6s', to the death of course. Into the Coliseum with them! On with the show!