10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Biker Culture

The need for speed is real. Don’t forget to tune in to Biker Battleground: Phoenix, Tuesdays 10/9c on HISTORY, for even more lessons.

1. When the chopper scene collapsed in the ’80s, Paul Yaffe single-handedly salvaged Phoenix’s motorcycle scene by betting on baggers.

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2. Baggers are named for their saddle bags, but were a crazy bet considering their generally older target audience.

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3. Offering a line of bike mods is the difference between working out of a shop… and your garage.

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4. Winning a motorcycle building show like Sturgis can make your entire career as a bike builder.

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5. Playing with fire is encouraged.

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6. The more stuff you break when venting, the better.

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7. The two most important colors in the industry are black and chrome.

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8. When it comes to your work, getting emotional every once in a while is OK.

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9. Not everything has to be serious, though.

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10. And no matter how bad the fight, there’s still time for a friendly handshake.

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