Increase in Black Biking

One of the main reasons for the rapid increase in black patch-wearing bikers is the fact that the bikers are focussed on community growth and charity. Motorcycling is hugely popular amongst South African, Indian, and coloured bikers since the late 1940s.

There is a significant difference between ordinarily bikers and patch-wearing bikers, ordinary bikers mostly belong to brotherhoods or ride for themselves. Patch-wearing bikers are referring to motorcyclist giving back to the community, the homeless or children’s homes.

In South Africa, black motorcycle riders are often seen in delivery positions and must learn the discipline of riders to survive the hustle and bustle of the busy bigger cities. The largest motorcycle club in Southern Africa in many ways means more than being on motorcycles as the love of bikes keeps increasing year after year. Black bikers when unnoticed during the apartheid era but there has always been a massive biking culture across the country.

On the West Rand near Johannesburg, two of the well-known bikers in the black community included Eric Neethling and Kitchener Bowes, who did in a bike accident. Fordsburg had the Bangle Boys a club formed by Sulaiman Gamshu, while West-Soweto club was formed by Jabu Maduna in 1962. Both the mid-70s and, also the mid-60s was the period in which the rise occurred in motorcycle clubs in the townships in the West Rand townships.

In the late 70s, the black clubs included the Ennerdale Stallion Riders, as well as the Gestapo Riders, the Chosen Ones and the Christian club Bondservants all from Eldorado Parks. In Randfontein, it was the Papillion Riders, and Soweto had the Easy Riders. Today the CC Riders are still going strong as they had for more than 30 years.

Black Biker Clubs

The game has changed, and today black biker clubs are individuals coming together for bike rallies, monetary gain or just to enjoy each other’s company. The show just how committed the black bikers are they attend several events and their bikes are worth upwards from $200 k. The rallies in Swaziland attracted four collectable Harley-Davidsons in one destination, and it all shows just how committed the black community is to their motorcycles. The passion and love for motorcycles are on the increase, but due to the economic decline in the country, there has been a decrease in bike sales.

Although much has changed and purchasing a bike is no longer about going on a breakfast run with the guys, the white and black biking community now shares their love for bikes and often meet to sit together around a table to discuss charity events. The colour lines are united with Ubuntu Run and attended by the biking communities from across the country, which unites bikers and currently it is one of the biggest events. Everything changed bikers in leather outfits now include politicians, accountants, doctors and lawyers and class and colour no longer matter, what does matter is that you on two wheels and riding together.

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