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Check out archive photos of Nebraska bikers looking good on steel horseback.
In a parade to promote safety, about 150 bikers involved with ABATE (then A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments), ride down West O Street without helmets to protest Nebraska's helmet law in 1981. The group also promoted greater safety education and higher bike registration fees to reimburse schools that taught certified safety classes.
ABATE riders take to I-80 west of Emerald in 1979 with fists raised in rebellion. The bikers were headed for Brady on the club's annual Spring Run for fun.
A group of bikers rally at the state Capitol to protest Nebraska's helmet law in 1975.
Officer William "Mick" Mickle inspects a police motorcycle after a patrol in 1976.
Safety clearly isn't first for these riders involved in a "gladiator race" during the Motor Sports Winter Nationals and Monster Truck Races at the Pershing Center in 1990.
A rider (64) only identified as "Bob" overtakes the competition in a short track race at Mid-America Raceway in 1974.
Lincoln's Charley Jordan catches some air from the then-new 5-foot ramp at Midwest Speedway's cycle course in 1966.
A pair of motocross racers take flight on a rural Nebraska track in 1991.
Youth rider Joan Gillispin of Van Meter, Iowa, doesn't like her prospects and bails from a jump during a motorcycle event in Nebraska in 1976.
Two riders clear a berm, neck and neck, during a motocross event in 1978.
A rider takes a dangerous spill in the middle of an indoor race in 1990.
Rider John Bradley seems perfectly content cruising down the highway with his helmet on. A Harley is "a machine with character. It oozes personality … it has a simple, even primitive quality about it," he said before his ride in 1993.
A helmet-clad biker screams down North Ninth Street in 1989. He wouldn't say if he was happy about having to wear one.
Lori Waldman polishes Lynn Hansen's 1983 FXWG Big Twin Harley in preparation for the 30th annual Lincoln AutoRama at the Pershing Center in 1996.
A Christian group calling themselves Foundation Riders proudly proclaim their faith from atop their hogs in 1996.
An unidentified rider flaunts his lack of helmet during an ABATE protest in downtown Lincoln in 1992.
Jess Kempkes, then 19, of Lincoln was ranked fourth nationally in his sport of "Observed Motorcycle Trials" in 1996. The young man defies death here, jumping his bike along sculptures created by his father.
Pam Schroeder watches as Mike Hutcheson makes a trial run through the doorway of an abandoned rock quarry near Nehawka in preparation for a competition in 1991.
Dan Petersen, in full safety gear, inspects his bike before a race in this undated photo
Ten-year-old James Ray proves that age is no hindrance to the true cycling enthusiast as he and Ed Rumbaugh prepare for a spin in 1969.
Ralph Hendriksen, parts man for a Lincoln motorcycle business in 1980, proves that you're never too old to look cool atop his CL 1000.
Our ride is over for this edition of PhotoFiles. Hopefully you enjoyed the feeling of the wind in your hair (unless you were wearing a helmet, in which case good for you). We leave into the sunset with this unidentified rider who epitomizes the very spirit of the American biker. Pictured in 1994.
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