Rider Self-Reports on the Beneficial Effects of Motorcycle Riding

H. Paul LeBlanc III

Motorcyclists choose to engage in an activity known to themselves, their loved ones and the general public to be risky to health and life. The question for many is why? As a motorcyclist, and a scholar, I am keenly aware of the seeming contradiction between the drive for survival and the engagement in an activity that can result in serious injury or death … Continue reading

An Autoethnographic Exploration of Social Identity and Leadership within a Motorcycle Club

Todd C. Wiggen

Autoethnography is a form of qualitative research in which the researcher utilizes self-reflection to examine their experiences in the context of a greater cultural and social environment. This autoethnographic study provides an in-depth examination of the development and maintenance of social identities within a voluntary association – a military motorcycle club … Continue reading

The Heterotopia of an Off-shore Island: Popular Culture, Hegemony, Tourism, Identity and the Question of Death at the Isle of Man TT

David Walton

This article is based on a pilot study I carried out entitled ‘Place, Space and the Isle of Man TT: Probing the Boundaries of Hegemony through Popular Culture’ which was published in the ebook The Playing Field: Making Sense of Spaces and Places in Sporting Cultures (eds Colin Howley and Susan Dun, Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press, 2016). This is the full version of this research … Continue reading

“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