June 25, 2012
What questions do motorcycle scholars explore? In Brando's words, 'Whaddya got?'
The first thing people asked Bernadette Murphy last summer after she started riding a Harley-Davidson at age 48 was, "When are you going to get tattoos?"
The question offended her.
"It sounded like they were reducing motorcycling to this stereotype," she says, "that I was just copying some cultural trope."
So what led the creative-writing professor and mother of three to slip away this month from the biennial meeting of the International Journal of Motorcycle