Told from the perspective of one club member, "Until The Wheels Fall Off" is the story of California chopper riders in the 1970s, a time when young men joined motorcycle clubs to live the freedom of the open road. Ride along with Weasel, Satan, Bear, Rocky, Sleaze, The Kid, and others on their freewheeling journey into the world of bikes and brotherhood.
|Publisher:||Brighton Publishing LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Written in the first person, author Robert Norman takes us back to a time in California’s bike culture without helmet laws. The Wheel Lords Motorcycle Club were part of the Modified Motorcycle Association, or MMA, which had an important impact on maintaining the freedom to choose not to wear a helmet. In fact, there was a MMA sticker, patch, and slogan that epitomized that freedom: “Let Those Who Ride Decide”. This slogan was particularly poignant in 1976, when our nation celebrated the 200th year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In a way, the men of the Wheel Lords, and others like them in Motorcycle Rights Organizations (MRO’s) across the country, were fighting for their own independence, a freedom to choose, sans government oversight and interference. Their fight was a microcosm of resistance against increasing governmental influence we all should be concerned about overwhelming our society. On the symbolic side, “Until The Wheels Fall Off” is a story of a fight for independence. In this current time, with Big Government breathing down our financial, medical, and physical necks, it is a story that should be read to remind us of those independent ways and days. Nostalgically, it serves as a highway marker of a time that was freer than today because of less onerous government burdens. In keeping that memory, men and women will not forget what freedom was and could be again. On its face, Until The Wheels Fall Off would appear to be one man’s personal history of the MMA-sanctioned motorcycle club, of the member’s interactions with each other and others in the motorcycling community. However, just as an American flag flying in the wind is more than just cloth and colors, the Wheel Lords backpatch symbolized a way of life and freedom that has, by and large, gone the way of government restriction and impairment. I suggest buying TWO copies of this book; one to keep and read, and the other to give to your local college or library. It’s an important work, not in the style in which it is written, but in the symbolic essence of what is said.
This is a great read for anyone who has ever ridden a bike and has experienced the thrill and freedom of the open road. The stories of the brotherhood af the club members are both funny and poignant as the author tells a "no holes barred" account of the true biker life.
Decent book....brings back many memories of the 60s and 70s. A little too in depth regarding the people, but well written