“Impromptu Fiesta” or “Havoc in Hollister”: A Seventy-Year Retrospective

Sarah L. Hoiland

Hollister: a symbolically loaded three-syllable noun. For today’s youth, Hollister is a clothing company best known for its surfer-inspired apparel. For residents of Hollister, California, and the surrounding areas, a palpable sense of place characterized by breathtaking bucolic fields nestled in the foothills and hometown pride among the generations of farmers and ranchers … Continue reading

Two Industry Selfies, Four Decades Apart: UK Motorcycle Companies Look Back (1975) and US Motorcycle Dealers Look Ahead (2017)

James J. Ward

In 2017, as first and second quarter reports came in, it became apparent that the American motorcycle industry – manufacturers and dealers – was heading toward a second straight year of declining sales and depressed profits. Even before the year ended, industry insiders and market analysts were acknowledging that motorcycling in America faced a clouded, if not altogether dark, future … Continue reading

Born to Be Wild: The Rise of the American Motorcyclist

Book Review By John Sumser

At 3:00 on a Wednesday afternoon, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona there was a gunfight involving the Clantons, the Earps, and Doc Holliday. The fight – which took place in under 30 seconds according to contemporary reports – has been used to tell a variety of stories: the coming of law to the West, the imposition of bourgeois or “East Coast” values on the frontier … Continue reading

2018: 8th IJMS Conference, California

Conference Summary

Chaffey College, the School of Visual and Performing Arts proudly hosted the 8th International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference at the end of July. The academic conference featured two keynote presenters: Los Angeles native, Stacie B. London, racer, land-speed record holder, fabricator, and former Art Director for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and Robert Haas, entrepreneur, investor, National Geographic Aerial Photographer, and founder of the Haas Moto Museum and Sculpture Gallery in Dallas, Texas … Continue reading

Mechanized Cavalry: Twenty Years on the Road

Book Review By John Sumser

Mr. O’Connor’s examination of a subculture of American motorcycling is particularly timely in the aftermath of the August demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia and the more general controversy over monuments to the Confederacy. The book consists primarily of transcripts of interviews with members of the motorcycle club called the Mechanized Cavalry … Continue reading

Emotional Management on Two Wheels

Kimonas Konstantelos & Nicolas Christakis

Motorcycle driving is usually understood in terms of practicality, specific abilities/skills, and symbolism – associated with individualism, challenge and risk. This paper aims to explore this topic under the scope of emotions and feelings invested in the ownership of the motorcycle and in the driving experience in the context of the “real world” … Continue reading

An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles: Two-wheeled Transportation and Material Culture

Book Review By David Walton

Steven Alford and Suzanne Ferriss have been highly instrumental in promoting and establishing what is now looking like a consolidated academic area in the shape of motorcycle studies, and their previous book, Motorcycle (2007), set the bar very high indeed in terms of a wide-ranging study that shows how the motorcycle is permeated with cultural significance … Continue reading

2017: 7th IJMS Conference, Colorado Springs

Conference Summary

The 7th International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference 2017 in Colorado Springs took place on June 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Like past conferences, the 2017 conference marked attendance and presentations by motorcycle scholars, artists, and craftspeople. The conference continues to grow with renewed associations locally, nationally, and internationally. It’s no surprise to the motorcycling community … Continue reading

Mixed Gender-Cross Country Research: Personal Reflections and Experiences of Long-Term Ethnographic Researchers in a Community of Touring Motorcyclists

Mark Austin & Patricia Gagné

Long-term ethnographic research is commonly conducted by a single investigator, a same-gender team, or a mixed-gender team of married or partnered individuals. The impact of gender in conducting qualitative research has been examined in the literature but little, if any, analysis of the experiences of a mixed gender, non-coupled, unrelated research team exists. Our goal in this article is to consider some of the benefits and pitfalls … Continue reading