“Bikes, Broads, Beer, and Boogie”: 45 Biker Magazines from the 1980s

Easyriders magazine was the motorcycle magazines of the 1970s (with Iron Horse a distant second). Far from being just motorcycle enthusiast rag, it delivered the “biker lifestyle” on its pages.  As you might expect, there was plenty of material on Quaaludes, dirty sex, and stickin’ it to the pigs.  By the end of the decade other contenders arose, not quite as embedded in biker counter-culture, but no less raunchy and lowbrow. As each cover of Outlaw Biker magazine proudly proclaims, it’s all about the: “Bikes, Broads, Beer, and Boogie”

Here is a look at the magazine covers from the dawning of the new decade.  The first few years look very much like the 70s, but the biker mags eventually eased into the fresh new look of the 1980s.  Let’s take it year by year.  Enjoy.

1980

 

Choppers – February 1980

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Super Bike – April 1980

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Choppers – May 1980

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Supercycle – July 1980

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Super Bike – September 1980

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Super Bike – November 1980

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Chopper – December 1980

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1981

Super Bike – January 1981

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Street Chopper – January 1981

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Street Chopper – February 1981

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Super Bike – February 1981

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Chopper – May 1981

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Street Chopper – May 1981

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Choppers – May 1981

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Chopper – June 1981

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1982

SuperCycle – June 1982

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Street Chopper – November 1982

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Easyriders – December 1982

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1983

Custom Bike – February 1983

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Supercycle – February 1983

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Biker Lifestyle and Custom Bike – July 1983

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SuperCycle – September 1983

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1984

Easyriders – February and March 1984

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Iron Horse – May 1984

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Supercycle – June 1984

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1985

Biker Lifestyle – July 1985

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Iron Horse – July 1985

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Supercycle- August 1985

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Outlaw Biker – September 1985

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1986

Easyriders – February 1986

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Supercycle – March 1986

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Outlaw Biker – May 1986

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1987

Iron Horse – November 1987

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1988

Iron Horse – March 1988

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SuperCycle – April 1988

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SuperCycle – June 1988

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Hot Bike – December 1988

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1989

Biker – April 1989

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Easyriders – November 1989

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SuperCycle October 1989/November 1989

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