Are You Indelibly Loyal to Your Motorcycle Brand?

TatDucI am not a tattoo guy. Likewise, I am not a big fan of some of the biker culture’s obsession with morbid, skull and bones body ink. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for personal expression. It’s just not my thing. However, I saw something at a recent motorcycle event that struck me.

It was a guy with a big Triumph motorcycle tattoo on his forearm.This got me thinking – as much as I love motorcycles, would I ever have the level of commitment to a single marquee that I would make the relationship…well, permanent? For me, the short answer is no. I have owned and enjoyed Ducatis, Triumphs, Nortons, BMWs, Guzzis, and every Japanese brand.

There have even been times that I thought I would stick permanently to a single brand. The problem is I am an experimenter. In my motorcycling eyes, the grass is always greener. I have never been able to stick to a single brand or even nationality of motorcycle.

However, you have to have some modicum of respect for someone who displays their love for a brand with an indelible body display. Think about it – if you are sporting a Ducati tattoo, could you be seen on a Yamaha? If you have Harley eagle on your arm, could you still pilot a BMW?

My son has a tattoo professing his love for his “Mamma.” That’s a familial bond that will never be broken. He also rides a Suzuki. If he’s anything like me, that motorized relationship will only last until he sees a new, more interesting ride.

Anyway, here are some of the more unique motorcycle brand tattoos that I have found. The question to you is – would you ever feel compelled to brand yourself with a…brand?


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  1. I don’t see myself ever getting a motorcycle brand tattoo. I am extremely loyal to Honda (I own 4), but my most recent purchase was a H-D. I will put Honda stickers everywhere, but haven’t gone over to the ‘Dark Side’ and proclaimed my allegiance with a Bar and Shield anywhere yet. That being said, I do not have any tattoos, but have been entertaining the idea lately. If I had to get a tattoo today, the only thing I think I would get is a Fox Racing fox head. I have been into Fox gear since the late 70’s – shirts, stickers, hats, riding gear, board shorts, etc. I guess that means if I did brand myself, it would be with a brand, right?


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