Friday, December 29, 2006

Ian Crossland "Rules"

Take heed, brothers and sisters, for our code is a hallowed one filled with honor and loyalty, the likes of which have not been seen since the days of knighthood.

Don’t take any shit.

Be kind to women, children, and animals, but don’t take any bullshit. This is the essential part of being a biker. It has to do with respect and honor. Be cool, stand tall, and back up what you say with action.

Never lie, cheat or steal.

Always tell the truth. Every real biker knows that his word is his bond. Your word is all you have in life that is truly yours. Guard it carefully and be about something noble, for you are a true knight of the road.

Don’t snitch.

If you see a wrong right it yourself. If you care about anything, you will take care of problems yourself, and never feel the need to snitch someone off.

Don’t snivel.

Absolutely no one likes or respects a sniveler. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Most of life’s little inconveniences work themselves out whether you snivel or not. Keep your chin up.

Never say die and never give up.

Whether it’s in a fight, a debate, or a business deal, no matter how bad it gets, a biker never gives up. In the biker world of rugged individualists, only the strong survive.

Help others.

When a brother or sister is broken down by the side of the road, STOP and help them. Even moral support, if that is all you can give, is better than riding on by. Remember life is about the journey, the ride, not getting there. You are already there. And don’t just help bikers; show the world that we are better than the world portrays us. Courtesy costs you nothing and gives you everything.

Stick to your guns.

Do what you say you’ll do, be there when you say you will. This is call integrity. “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”

Life is not a drill.

This is life go out and take big bites out of it. You’ve got no time to lose and bikers don’t wait for the party to come to them. You only go around once. Tomorrow you could be road kill thanks to a chain-smoker asleep at the wheel. Live life now, make the most of each moment. This is not a drill. Being a biker is a way of life, a proud way of life we hold in high regard and with a burning passion-for the open highway and for life.

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