The Legacy Behind The Sons Of Danger
In the 1970’s, a secret motorcycle fraternity called the The Sons of Danger inducted Malcolm Smith into their group. These men celebrated a lifestyle of hard-working businessmen who shed the corporate image for serious motorcycle riding in their spare time. Back in the 70's, choppers and their riders dominated the public motorcycle scene; good guy, dirt bike riders were lumped together with the chopper scene under the category of "bad guys”. In those days, corporate American didn't have things like "dress-down Fridays" and did not tolerate the radical fringe. It was a clear line, "You are one of us or one of them!" Motorcyclists were clearly "one of THEM".
Thus was born, the underground band of good guys, meeting in the mountains or hills to ride motorcycles. Broken legs, sprained wrists and separated shoulders were passed off as "skiing" or “bicycle riding” injuries, trappings of some other acceptable past time.
Induction to TSOD was by invitation only. Inductees were issued a credit card size identification card. No promotional material, no lists of members or phone contacts. It was all word of mouth, carefree and clandestine. In 2000, the mantle was passed to Malcolm to induct riders of the new millennium of riders who fit the unique lifestyle of TSOD. Each year Malcolm Smith Adventures invites riders into the group that have established themselves as successful businessmen and true motorcycle enthusiasts; those men that have the skill and determination to successfully ride at least 5 major motorcycle adventures.
That first year, 16 new members were inducted. Since then, TSOD has grown to over 100 active riders. The Sons of Danger are the riders motorcyclists can look to as the voice of experience; Baja and motorcycles.