Motorcycles and skulls go just as hand-in-glove, as a good rider’s hands go in gloves. It’s so prevalent across the motorcycling culture that every other bike or biker has some form of it. Even a good load of Harley merchandise makes use of skulls, a lot of them.
But, why is it so? Is it because bikers want to wreck havoc on towns and act as messengers of the Devil himself? No. Certainly not, unless they are the “one-percenter outlaw” bikers. For the rest of us, skulls symbolize something very different.
Skulls, outside motorcycles, are widely accepted as symbols of either danger, or the devil. Pirates are another bunch of folks who just absolutely love their skulls.
So, what IS it that we riders love skulls so much? What do they symbolize for us? Well, a number of things. And here’s my take on it:
1. Skulls represent death. Another thing about death is that it’ll come to everybody. Sooner or later, whether you ride or not, you ARE going to die. And a symbol of the skull on the motorcycle is just a biker’s way of saying that if he HAS to die, he’s rather go on his motorcycle with a grin on his face, than on some hospital bed in with gloom.
2. Skulls are recognized symbol of danger. And caution. Whenever anybody sees a skull, they automatically become more cautious of the danger that lies ahead. And that’s what everybody car driver should realize about motorcycles on the road. They need to be cautious because it’s dangerous for us. And if they are going to be the reason for our danger on the road, it’s a good lot of danger (Read: Law Suits) for them as well!
3. For many of us, skulls are a symbol, an ode to our fallen brothers on the road.
Is there any other reason why you dawn a skull on your motorcycle or your gear? Let us know in the comments section below.