Biker Dating is the act of going out on dates with Bikers whereby one person socializes with a potential lover using a process that  usually involves loud pipes, a Harley Davidson and a mutual interest in one another. Typically a Biker may date different partners (this does not include or indicate the sexual relationship) during the same time period in order to have the best chance of finding their most suitable riding partner for an intimate relationship. A biker date involves going out to do something together (like having dinner, bike rallies, biker parties, poker runs, etc.), while biker dating involves the continued communication and courting between dates, such as meeting on-line (like on BikerMatchmaking), chatting on-line, sending text messages or picture messages, and conversing over the phone. In this sense, during the biker dating process, people often explore each other through "dates" to discover whether or not they would be compatible together in a serious relationship - which for many people involves the sexual component but depends on individual beliefs (Harley vs. Metric). 

Usually, if the two individuals discover that they have poor or low compatibility, it signals the end of the biker dating process: however, due to the multiple person dating strategy a person ideally has other options to explore.

Dating a Biker is viewed by some as any social activity performed as a pair or even a group of riders with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as their partner as a spouse. The word refers to the act of agreeing on a time and "date" when riders can meet and engage in some social activity (Biker Bar, Rallies, Cook-Offs, Poker Runs, Toys for Tots, etc.).

Going out with a Biker is an action taken after two Bikers discover their romantic affection for each other. This is similar to dating though not as in depth. This may include hugging and holding hands, filling her gas tank but not kissing, usually the step before dating.

In many cultural traditions, dates are arranged by a third party, who may be a family member, an acquaintance, or a dedicated Biker. Recently biker matchmaking services have become popular. Although dating rules in Western popular culture have become more relaxed during the 20th century, there is considerable variation between individuals' values. For example, when the activity costs money, it has traditionally been the man's role to pay; in recent times the practice of "going Dutch" (splitting the expenses) has emerged. Traditional biker dating activities include having a cold one after a long ride!

U.S. residents spent $469.5 million on online dating and personals in 2004, and over $500 million in 2005, the second largest segment of “paid content” on the web, according to a study conducted by the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and Score Networks. There are over a million Harley riders out there.

At the end of November 2004, there were 844 lifestyle and dating sites, a 38 percent increase since the start of the year, according to Hitwise Inc. However, market share was increasingly being dominated by several large commercial services, including Yahoo! Personals, Match.com, and eHarmony. eHarmony CEO Greg Forgatch noted that despite the growing number of sites catering to specific niches, "to become a major player, it still takes a large number of people.". By 2007, many prominent studies show that Baby Boomer interest in online dating had soared. BikerMatchmaking has taken the leading role in bringing hardcore bikers together, more so than any other biker dating personals ad site.

In 2002, a Wired magazine article forecast that, "Twenty years from now, the idea that someone looking for love without looking for it online will be silly, akin to skipping the card catalog to instead wander the stacks because 'the right books are found only by accident.' Serendipity is the hallmark of inefficient markets, and the marketplace of love, like it or not, is becoming more efficient" . As more and more Bikers come on line and become more computer "savy", the better they get in writing their biker personal ads.

Of late, it is common to see online biker dating websites providing web-cam chats between biker members to make dating even more convenient than ever. In addition, as the online dating population becomes larger, sites with specific demographics are becoming more popular as a way to narrow the pool of potential biker matches.


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