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ABATE of Indiana 38th Annual Boogie

Published on July 19, 2018
ABATE of Indiana 38th Annual Boogie
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Date(s) - 07/19/2018 - 07/22/2018
All Day

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Lawrence County Recreational Park

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ABATE of Indiana 38th Annual Boogie

July 19 – July 22

Lawrence County Recreational Park
99 Moore Ln, Springville, IN 47462
http://registration.abateonline.org/programs-events/events/the-boogie/

 

 

For the purposes of this discussion, allow me to divide motorcyclists into two groups.

Off-road riders, commuters on small to mid-displacement foreign bikes and touring riders. This group was represented by the American Motorcycle Association. The AMA was a national organization which had distanced itself from “bikers” because of their lifestyle.

“Bikers” who rode large displacement motorcycles, usually Harleys, BSAs, Triumphs, and Nortons.

This second group was characterized by people who truly “Lived to ride and rode to live”. Riding was and still is an important part of their lifestyle. They were “Hardcore Bikers” who tore down their bikes on the living room floor over the winter and reassembled them customized to the owner’s taste. These folks were usually rebellious and independent whose appearance and behavior gave the public a very negative opinion of them. In the late 60’s a number of B rate movies were made which drew on this image for the shock value and further enhanced the outlaw image.

In the early 70’s the director of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, one Joan Claybrook, decided that motorcycles should be banned from the highways because of the inherent danger of their use. Accordingly, she developed a “10-year” plan to remove them from the road. To give you an idea of her feelings let me share with you an excerpt from a letter she sent to the AMA concerning Rider Education in 1979.

“We believe that the training can and should be presented in such a way that it does not entice people to ride motorcycles who would not ride if the courses were not available. Motorcycle driver training will have little or no effect on total accidents, injuries, and deaths, if such courses substantially increase the number of novice riders. For these reasons we do not believe that motorcycle rider education courses should be required or part of the curriculum in high schools.” Easyrider 1979.