Next time you are cruising I95 in the States or maybe the A406 in London, those men in leathers riding their bikes and looking all mean and moody, might not be some nice goyish Hell's Angels, they might be some fellow members of the tribe who just happen to like bikes, the open road and Torah.
One bunch of Jewish bikers who go by the name of King David Bikers are open to all Jews and looks to build bridges within the Jewish community. Started off in South Florida, King David Bikers was founded by Jeff Mustard in 2004 having bought his first bike in 2002.
According to its website:
The difference between KDB and other clubs is that membership in this club will replicate the Jewish lifestyle, meaning mostly every ride will revolve around food. Says club President, Jeff Mustard, “As Jews, we must be the hungriest people in the world, we barely finish a meal and we’re wondering what we’re gonna eat next, what better excuse than to ride somewhere on your bike and get something to eat.”
The group is open to both men and women and there's even a biking rabbi, Rabbi Zack in the group dispensing good advice as well as riding a mean machine and carrying with him a tallis, tfillin and a Torah in his saddlebag. He owns a Harley Davidson with hebrew lettering on it spelling out the words "Harley Ben David”.
King David Bikers are also affiliated to the main Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance which according to is aims: "is to create a global internet environment whereby members of the Jewish faith who ride motorcycles can congregate to share and exchange ideas and opinions about matters of concern to the Jewish community at large as well as issues specifically concerning motorcycles and motorcycle riding."
So if you want to join in with other Jewish bikers in the South Florida area, visit King David Bikers at www.kingdavidbikers.com
if you are somewhere else in the States or indeed the world, after all, Jews ride bikes everywhere, then find more information on being a Jewish biker at the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance website - www.jewishbikers.com