Korean restaurant owner Li Taizhong, who founded the Silicon Valley Motorcycle Club (SVMC), an Asian-American motorcycle group, says many members are former truck drivers who discovered motorcycles in their 50s. Li says members of the SVMC were the only Asian Americans at the the 2007 July 4th Motorcycle Fair in Hollister, Calif. But, he said, no one seemed to treat them any differently. In fact, he says, they enjoyed sharing their passion with other Harley-Davidson fans.

Riding a Harley-Davidson can be very expensive, Li warned. The bike itself costs about $30,000, and the outfit and accessories can cost up to $1,000. But Li, who just bought a Harley 883 Sportster, said the feeling of speed and freedom is worth it.

For members of the bike club who work in offices, riding a Harley is a much-needed escape. George Lee, a project manager for Cisco, told News for Chinese that the Harley-Davidson experience has freed his soul from the routine of working.