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August 8, 2017

Riding with San Francisco’s Biker Crews

Dan Medhurst shoots the beautiful scenery and the burning rubber

  • Written by Amuse Team
  • Photography by Dan Medhurst

After a night out, English photographer Dan Medhurst stumbled upon a bunch of bikers hanging out on the docks in front of a massive shipping container. There were several different Bay Area crews hanging out together and Medhurst was struck by the fact that “everyone was friendly and had respect for each other, despite there being some Harley riders, some moto riders and some on racer bikes.” He made some connections and a month later spent a week there “to learn about their lives and understand the appeal to something so obviously dangerous.”

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Medhurst made a particular connection with a small group of friends who grew up together near the real Twin Peaks in San Francisco. Two of the guys, Cornelio and Alberto, had been friends since elementary school and used to skateboard and BMX together as kids. Now though, they’re all about the extreme speeds on their motorbikes, which Medhurst rode with them, flying through tunnels and across the Golden Gate Bridge. “It was terrifying, but it made me completely understand why they love it – the G force and adrenaline buzz from it is like nothing else!”

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Another group in the photos was The Out Here Crew, who were based in South San Francisco. Rather than racing down roads and weaving through traffic, they liked to ride massive Harley Davidsons and pull wheelies and burn outs. “I wasn’t as welcomed into this group but it was clear from our meeting on an grimy industrial estate near SFO, that they were petrol-heads who loved to make as much noise as possible. Their style of riding was more about burning rubber – literally until the tire exploded – and revving their bikes to be as loud as they could. They blasted Creedence Clearwater Revival and proudly flew the Stars and Stripes. It was like something out of a Louis Theroux documentary.”

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Regardless of their riding differences and crew affiliations, all of the riders from across the crews shared one motto: “It’s not if you fall, it’s when you fall.”

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