Hells Angels, look out! The rapidly aging and affluent US baby boomers are wiping out the violent rebellious image of yesterday's bikers.
Owners over 50 years old now account for one-quarter of the country's estimated 25 million registered motorcycles.
Many of the aging bikers cut their teeth on Fonda's 1969 classic film, Easy Rider, where he played a biker-hippie who encounters death in an intolerant rural America.
But now rural America is singing a different song from Easy Rider.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in South Dakota, where every year in August, the small state population nearly doubles with the roaring influx of some 600,000 bikers.
A major reason the bikers come is for the chance to hang out with other bikers. Bare-armed bikers sporting tattoos, beards and skull symbols mingle with doctors and lawyers, drinking beer and trading tips about their bikes and travels.
Tanya Bradley, 37, a real estate manager, said her idea of someone who rides a motorcycle has changed since she started going to mass rallies about six years ago.
"Once you're in a group like that, you have something in common; it crosses all those other cultural things," she said in a telephone interview after the rally. "You really get to meet a lot of people you may not otherwise."
Despite the melting-pot image, resentment simmers among old-fashioned road rebels.
"Where's your cycle?" one old-school biker from Utah said, kidding this reporter. "You takin' pictures for the FBI?"
But even this gray-bearded rebel sported a token of biking's broadening mass appeal. His son, daughter and son-in-law were riding with him, each on their own bike.
Not a bad sign for the motorcycle business.(DPA)
1. baby boomer n.
戰後嬰兒潮世代 (zhan4 hou4 ying1 er2 chao2 shi4 dai4)
例: Cary's father is a baby boomer.
2. influx n.
湧進 (yong3 jin4)
例: There was an influx of convicts into the city last year.
3. melting pot n.
鎔爐 (rong2 lu2)
例: America is known as a melting pot.
4. resentment n.
忿怒 (fen4 nu4)
例: Resentment boiled over following the riots.
cut one's teeth on
To cut one's teeth on is to learn or to do as a beginner. In the article above, people who cut their teeth on the film Easy Rider would have gotten their first taste of biking culture from the film.
People who want to be doctors might cut their teeth on cadavers before moving on to surgery, or people who want to be movie directors might cut their teeth on commercials before attempting bigger projects. For example, "Tommy cut his teeth on toothpaste ads before directing his first documentary."
「cut one's teeth on」表示此人初學或初步嘗試某事。在上述文章中，人們從《消遙騎士》這部電影中，開始對摩托車文化有了初步的了解。
Ross: Do you think you could repair my tire? I hit a pothole.
Clint: No problem.
Ross: The city needs to do a better job of maintaining the roads. Just look at my bike!
Clint: Yeah, it's tough luck. But I'll have you up and running in no time.
Ross: That's good news.
up and running 可以上路了
To be up and running means to be able to go. It can be used to describe anything from a vehicle to a person. For example, "I was stuck in my room for days with the flu. But after taking that medicine, I was up and running in no time."
我們說「up and running」來表示可以上路了，用來形容車輛或是人都可以。例如：「我因為感冒關在房裡好幾天沒出門。但吃藥之後，我立刻就能起床四處走動了」。
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