Of the many things I've been called in my life, Biker, dirty assed biker and a whole variety of other connotations of biker has been used. Me personally, I don't consider myself either. I think of myself as a sailor,a retired Senior Chief and a member of a pretty select fraternity from within the Navy. Those are my friends, my brothers, and who I am. Nothing more nothing less.
Until recently all I ever rode was H/D's. When I ride I wear leather chaps and vest. I have a leather jacket for when it's cold enough that it's needed. I'm a patched member of a motorcycle club and an honorary member of another. The one vest I seldom wear and I never wear the honorary member vest. I seldom ride with the one MC and NEVER with the other.
In all the years I've been riding, which admittedly is much less than many of the members here, I've never understood how someone knew or cared what kind of a biker/rider someone else was. Exactly how does one know that someone only uses their bike to ride to parties? How do they know that bike is only broke out for the weekend? Even if it is, does that make the owner a bad person? How do they know a person is wearing leather just so they can dress up like a dirtbag? Do they pull these people over and interview them or just follow them around all weekend to see where they go? Where is the requirement that to be a real biker/rider you must do all your own maintenance and repairs? Or that you must use your motorcycle daily, not just to commute... or is it not to commute? Do you have to ride in temps below 30 degrees, or 25 or 15 before someone is a real biker/rider? Please, if someone could forward me a copy of all these rules I'd feel a lot better about myself. At the end of the day, as my hero Popeye said; "I am who I am". I don't need any more labels to identify who that is.