Biker groups thrive in post gaddafi libya
TRIPOLI: Donning leather and helmets, they roar along Libya’s hair-raising, potholed roads on carefully polished Harley Davidsons and Kawasakis. Part of a growing scene, there are now hundreds of bikers in Tripoli alone who come from all walks of life. One is the imam of a local mosque, another a 60-year-old mechanic who lived nearly three decades in Texas. Riding past - often in groups - on their gleaming machines, they stick out in Libya, where a conservative society still bears the scars of decades of authoritarian rule under former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and the revolution and conflict that followed. They say their hobby lifts moods in a country worn down by years of violence and political upheaval since Gaddafi’s ouster in 2011. Most bikers do regular professional jobs. Some have imported powerful modern racing bikes, others have rebuilt or adapted older, classic models. Biker groups have also sprung up in other major Libyan cities including Benghazi and Zawiya.
Tripoli bikers group.