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History of Skulls, Wings, and Motorcycling

Motorcycle Girls

Generally we like the feedback we get from the site. Unfortunately, we get some strange emails sent in sometimes too. Like the one that bicycle freak Michael K. sent us.

Michael has a website dedicated to his happiness of bicycle riding. This may or may not have something to do with why he can't seem to understand what skulls and wings have to do with motorcycling. He seemed to imply that the use of skulls and wings in the YouMotorcycle logo was "perhaps for your blog to appear "bad ass" enough to entice the "tattoo crowd"?"

Michael, the truth is about to set you free. Skulls and wings have as much to do with motorcycling, as squished manhood and one piece spandex unitards have to do with bicycling. In fact, skulls and wings have been tied to motorcycling for generations already. Allow me to explain...

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How The Motorcycle Industry Works

YouMotorcycle Himself

I've come the conclusion that you can either love motorcycling, or you can work in the motorcycle industry, but not both.

Maybe there are a few exceptions. Who wouldn’t mind being a journalist flown to Spain on someone else's dime to test ride the latest and greatest new motorcycle at a press launch? I can tell you first hand the media doesn't have it easy, either. I’ve seen journalists braving out freezing cold storms on machines I wouldn’t want to ride anywhere but the track on a warm sunny day. These guys are tough.

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Sleazy Motorcycle Ads

Sleazy Ads

Let's get a few facts out there from the very beginning: women in motorcycle advertising have been around forever, they will continue to be, sex sells now as much as ever, this industry is still largely male dominated, and I'm a marketing professional telling you that Mad Men is the most boring television show on the air. Unlike Mad Men, this post features beautiful women, while actually standing up for them, so whatever your gender or orientation you might actually enjoy reading it.

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