Would you vote for a president that rides bikes?

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Former ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, is ramping up for his bid at the Republican presidential candidate nomination with a new series of video ads. What sets them apart from the usual weeping eagles, American flags and baby kissing? Dirt bikes! Huntsman appears to be using his status as a biker to uniquely appeal to the American people. That’s kind of awesome.

via Gawker

  • aristurtle

    Well, he’s significantly less crazy than most of his party’s field, but that’s the reason I don’t think he’ll make it past the primary.

    • Felix

      That, and the whole ‘mormon’ thing, unfortunately.

      • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

        Mormonism: because Jesus was insufficiently white. How can anyone take these people seriously?

    • dux

      Jon Hunstman Jr. – What a fucking tool. Go pander to someone else, please.

  • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

    A moderate fiscal conservative who worked with Obama, believes in gay rights and global warming, who talks openly about government regulation in health care as a necessity, rides motorcycles, and played in a band?

    Its vote-bait for an open minded liberal like myself, but he has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the GOP nomination.

    • Rob

      I’m right with you Marky D (except the liberal bit.) This guy will get all of the independent votes – including mine if the vote were today – but I’m not sure he’ll be able to survive the primary. But then again, every single other GOP candidate sucks to no end. He could be the saviour of the GOP if he gets enough back woods wind behind him.

      This guy is Mormon just like Romney. Less of two Mormons I suppose…

  • Roman

    Yeah, I kind of like this guy. Saw him speak at the Penn commencement ceremony, comes off very reasonable, non-ideological. And he’s into bikes. Could see myself voting for him….in 2016.

  • Ted

    I wouldn’t vote for anyone that would mate that video with that audio.

    • Taco

      +1 LOL. Screw that music and gimme the noise of the bike revving.

  • Mike

    I like the guy. Too bad he has no chance at winning the primary.

  • Julian

    In two days
    gets not elected because of his music taste

  • ak

    That’s not him riding…and even if it was, I would not vote for him simply on the fact that he has mismatching pants and jersey (TLD jersey and Fox pants).

    Politics is perception…super lame.


    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s an ad, they’re not necessarily supposed to be reality television. He does ride frequently and is supposedly pretty damn good. Rides with a buddy of mine.

      • ak

        He rides well but has no concept of style w/ dirtbikes? He has more then enough money with those styrofoam egg cartons to get some matching gear and look proper.

        For all you about to lambast me, I only bring this concern of style up because;

        a) Hell for Leather is consistantly testing gear thats stylish yet fully protective. Even to the point of reporting on D30, a manufacturer that is making state of the art thin protective materials.

        b) And like I said before, politics is
        preception. You know he’s not rolling to red carpet DC event in a Gucci jacket and pants from Wal-Mart.

        But very interesting that this is his way of “conecting on the same level” as us common folk.

        I hope to not see anymore politcal publicity videos, no matter how good a friend your friend is a friend of Mr. Huntsman Jr.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          So you’re not interested in reading about it when motorcycle enter the national political conversation?

          • ak

            Actually I am. It’s just that this one in particular was done poorly.

            You think if he made it all the way that he would change anything for motorcycles? May it be for manufacturers to bring work back to the states or for riders themselves to have more places to ride…maybe even have a “BIG 4″ motorcycle company right here in good ol’ US of A?

            I should apologize for the last line of the last statement I wrote but the “It’s an ad, they’re not necessarily supposed to be reality television. He does ride frequently and is supposedly pretty damn good. Rides with a buddy of mine.” just didn’t resonate with me.

            Shouldn’t he be as real as possible?

            Did he watch the video before it was released?

            If he’s a good rider, he should have the confidence to film it himself, because doesn’t one need confidence to run a $9 trillion a year country?

            • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

              Well again, this is a smaller article in a larger editorial picture. We’re trying to setup an interview with Jon in which we will, of course, talk about how he can use his power to help motorcycling.

        • Ryan

          Matching everything would make the rider look like he was a tool and trying too hard.

          With the mismatching gear, it shows he’s pragmatic and solution oriented. He just wants to ride, so he’ll grab the best stuff that works and ride. He’s not going to be concerned about ideologies or perceptions; he wants something that solves the problem and works.

          I’m not going to analyze the scenery symbolism, which is pretty obvious.

          Besides, he’s riding in the dirt. It’s about getting caked in dirt, and not how well your gear matches or how shiny your chrome is.

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    I’m Brammofan, and I approve this message.

    • dux

      I’ll vote for ya, buddy!

      • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan


  • Thom

    I seriously hope no one is buying into this pant load of political BS .

    Last time we had a President you’d want to ” Have a Beer with ” ( or in this case go for a ride with ) he got us into two Wars we can’t finish , drove our economy into the ground , took away more of our civil rights in 8 years than the Cold War did in 50 , as well as make us ( Americans ) look like a bunch of half wit , undereducated , overly testosteronned , Beer addled Morons to the rest of the World

    And ahhhh……. the music ……. really sucks !

    Nope . I couldn’t care less if my President can ride , drink , play golf , play guitar etc. Just as long as the man knows what his job is and how to do it well .

    • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

      …I don’t know, I’d want to have a beer with Clinton, our first Black president. Imagine the stories that guy must have.

      • Thom

        Mark D

        Don’t you mean Obama ?

        • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

          Nope, I mean the guy who grew up poor in Arkansas, raised by a single Mom, loved fried food and fat white girl ass, and played blues saxophone on Arsenio Hall. He was totally our first black president ;)

          • Thom

            5 points for a joke well made . – 5 for me for missing it

          • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

            +1. That’s one beer on me on your upcoming journey.

      • slowtire

        I hate politics on this site, but oh how I wish we had the Clinton years back in regard to the economy – and I’m a conserv. Several beers would be nice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

      Note. I did not want to have a beer with that President. The man might choke on a pretzel.

      However, he did teach me the responsibility of voting.

      • Thom

        Ben I

        amen !

    • Thom
      • Gene

        NYT fail: “Please log in”

        • jeffcon0

          In case you don’t already know you can bypass the NYT paywall just by deleting this part of the URL: “?gwh=numbers”.

          Totally off topic but the Times could learn a thing or two about a successful pay model from HFL.

          • Thom

            Geeze sorry guys , I was led to believe you could have access to 20 articles a week without a NYTimes subscription !

            Nuts !

    • Core

      Nice. I like what you said.

    • Ryan

      Oddly enough, Bush was much cooler when he was drinking. After 9/11, he stopped drinking became an evangelical Christian and proceed to make history.

      You do realize Obama hasn’t changed any of that, right? He’s more urbane then Bush 2, but he’s not that different and worse in some cases. (This is from a liberal libertarian technologist view point.)

      Knowing what the job is and how to do it well pretty much rules out anyone who could get elected.

  • HammSammich

    Eh, it’s great that he rides, but that has little bearing on his qualifications to become president. If I agreed with a candidate’s political positions this would be icing on the cake I suppose, but it wouldn’t sway me to vote for someone with whom I disagree.

    • Endless Mike

      This, basically. As noted, Huntsman won’t get his party’s nomination, so he’s a non-starter, anyway.

  • ike6116

    Cool ads but I mean all of you fuckers ride motorcycles and I don’t want you to be president.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      There goes my hopes of political ambition.

    • kidchampion

      I’m sure he’ll invite yr buddies Deth Killers to the White House to trip balls, do burnouts, and run around naked.

    • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

      Brammofan for Attorney General

      • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

        Oy vay. Guarantee I’d get caught with my pants down with an adoring intern and my cigar oddly moist. What did I ever do to you, Mark, to deserve that kind of curse?

    • Toby

      ++++1 XD

  • http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=305107 stickfigure

    Seven kids? How the hell does he expect to have time to be president??

  • Tim

    Should’t the headline be “Would vote for a president that rides A bike?”

    And no, I wouldn’t vote for this guy.

  • eric

    maybe if he jumps the fountain in front of caesars palace, he will get my vote.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

      I can get on board with that. I don’t trust campaign promises anyways, so what the heck. Lets have some entertainment.

    • Taco

      I say, anyone who can beat Michelle Obama in arm wrestling will get my vote, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.


    Obama got is into another illegal war and expanded the powers of the Executive branch. We’re even more of a surveillance state now than we were in 2008. I feel like a fool having voted for him.
    HFL is now a right-wing cruiser magazine.

    • Kirill

      +1 on all counts except that last bit about cruisers!

  • jason

    Reagan had a Jeep Cj. I had 2 Wranglers and a Cherokee. He was still a moron. Just like this guy. For one reason and one reason only, anyone who seeks out the nomination for president is an egomaniac. Not a one of them could really care about our rights as motorcycle owners and riders (note I didn’t say motorcyclists as that is a lame term used to cover anyone that has to do with the entire industry in my mind).

  • Triman023

    Schwarzennegger, our last idiot governor of California, is a big motorcycle fan. He signed a very restrictive motorcycle exhaust pipe law. Pretty much no more after market pipes allowed.

    • Edward

      Excellent point. That exhaust law is intense. Ideally they could have just performed a decibel check and fined people who were too loud. Not sure if giving all cops a decibel tester is practical though.

    • Sean Smith

      Actually, SB435 is redundant. There’s like 5-6 other laws already in existence that they can nail you for. Nothing has really changed.

    • parkwood60

      Actually there are at least 2 companies making aftermarket exhausts that pass the law ans have an EPA stamp on them. I forget the other one, bat Vance & Hines is one.

  • Myles

    Anyone who has seven kids shouldn’t even be allowed to vote, never mind run for President.

    • Gene


    • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case


  • jeffcon0

    I’m probably being overly cynical but most of these guys, right or left, end up being barely distinguishable from one another once they’re stuck in the perpetual state of DC political gridlock. It’s little things like this (ex-rock band member, motorcycle aficionado) that can help candidates separate themselves from the din of a pack of otherwise similar GOP prospects. If his politics are mostly in line with my views this would definitely tilt me in his favor. It would be very cool to have a motorcycle advocate up top to look out for our two wheeled interests.

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    Wouldn’t vote for him.

    Put a wrapper on it dude, seven kids?! Irresponsible in today’s society.

    That music sucks.

    Plenty of ass-hats ride by my house daily on harleys, would I vote for them? Nope.

    • ike6116

      I wouldn’t vote for him just because he’s a mormon.

      I don’t like the fact that anyone is super proud of the fact that they are an adult and think that suspending disbelief is a virtue but I especially don’t like it when you belong to what is essentially the scientology of christianity.

      • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

        I agree. Personally, I’m anti-all religion; but anyone that believes in a religion made up in the last few hundred years is bringing crazy to a whole new level.

      • Sean Smith

        “I especially don’t like it when you belong to what is essentially the scientology of christianity.”

        I’m saving this line for later. Comments have been good lately.

        • Joe

          Mormons are not Christians. They’re nothing more than a cult based on a false, train wrecked version of Christianity.

        • aristurtle

          Internet comments are the reason why we’re going to have a whole generation without any viable Presidential candidates. Everyone who tries to run will end up with an endless collection of stupid crap they said on the Internet coming back to haunt them.

      • Denzel

        2007 Gallup poll finds 24% would NOT vote for a [presidentially] qualified MORMON…53% would NOT vote for a [presidentially]qualified ATHEIST.

        Americans apparently feel its much better to have someone who “suspends disbelief”, or its corollary, “believes in magic” work the levers of power.

        No mention of bikers…er… motorcyclists.


        • ike6116

          Awful isn’t it?

    • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

      Fwiw, I think two are adopted.

    • Ryan

      How is seven kids irresponsible? It’s not like he can’t afford them. It’s obviously a choice between two married, consenting adults, and as such, they can do what they want. (Absent of any facts to the contrary, of course.)

  • solidaridad

    Did he bleach his teeth or are those porcelain veneers?
    One look at that picture up top and the movie “The Stepford Wives” starts playing in my head.
    The voices! The voices!

  • Triman023

    Erik Buell for President!
    A chicken in every pot and an 1190RS in every garage!

  • green-eyed bandit

    I’ve never heard of a mormon with Chinese and Indian second and third wives. This is better than Big Love. I hope someone’s watching the hardware store chain while he’s out galivanting in the desert!

  • Courtney

    What is it with the Mormons and running for Pres ? Why do they feel the need to rule the world ?

    • Thom

      Thats a question i wouldn’t ask in public if I were you , as well as my not being able to answer it here as well , much as I’d like to .

      Suffice it to say your second sentence pretty much sums it up , minus the details about the arms , food storage , survival supplies etc etc

      …… probably said too much already ….. Oh well what’s life without a risk or two .

  • Joe

    HFL is supposed to be about bikes, not politicians using bikes as a campaign scam.

    Oh, and then there’s the other thing, NO POLITICS OR RELIGION, it only pisses people off.

    • brutus

      I think its moderately entertaining. I dont believe a word any of them say so its kind of like a long, embarrassing, American Joke.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      But I like politics and enjoy mocking religion, so this likely won’t be the last time you see them here :)

    • Denzel

      HFL = Culture X Style X Design

      This one’s got it all…

  • brutus

    listen i just got back from salt lake city and those people are literally all psychopathic. They are the most egotistical, preening, self righteous, shallow, deceitful, judgemental people I have ever met. Its like every single Mormom man between the ages of 16 and 60 is your sterotypical tapout wearing, 24s on the Avalanche, dumb blonde wife toting fool. sorry for the rant

    • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

      Lol just sounds like most Americans.

      Mormonism is just as batshit insane as Catholicism or Petecostalism (sp?) or Judaism or Buddhism, and I like all those people at about the same rate as I like anybody, I suppose. Which is to say, they’re mostly assholes, with a few cool ones sprinkled in.

      • Thom

        Oh I wouldn’t go that far .

        See Mormons have this whole Inner Sanctum Secrete Society thing which masks a good 65% of what they are about and do that you and I can’t get within a 100 miles of , making the other groups you’ve mentioned look like the most transparent organizations on the planet . And thats no exaggeration !

        • Archer

          You mean the core Mormon belief involving how when you die you become god of your own planet with a bunch of women populating lush green continents?

          Did Elron Hubbard have a previous life in Palymyra NY?

        • brutus

          yea im serious. dangerously crazy.

  • Jimmy

    I’d vote for Bill Paxton before Jon Huntsman

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    Knowing nothing about him and without reading this article. Yes, I would.

    • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

      Ok, read it, watched ‘em, and read the comments. This guy just needs to save his $ and go away.

  • zato1414

    There are many dumbasses riding motorcycles! As long as he rides off into a Chinese sunset with his buddy, The President, I’m sure I could wave goodbye.

  • CG

    As the site’s token Republican, bitterly clinging to my guns and religion (to coin a phrase), I can assure you that Huntsman will not be a serious candidate. He may be the NY Times favorite Rep., but since no one at the NYT would be caught dead voting Repub. and the Rep. base despises the NYT, it is of no positive benefit. The good news is that John is far less religiously bigoted than many of you, but then my experience is that a 78 year old congregant at the Church of Christ is far less bigoted than your average 25 year old atheist. Oh, and you will need those seven kids that he has, as they are Mormon they will be working, and you need their income for your universal health care and social security. If you think your one designer kid had when you are in your 40′s is going to keep this system solvent, well, please show your math.

    • zato1414

      Yeah, that’s what I was gonna say, only I took the short road, thanks.

    • Ryan

      Where on the spectrum on Republican are you?
      Goldwater, Falwell, or McCain.

    • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

      @CG: Cling bitterly on.

      Please don’t make any positive religious-bigotry value judgments about a guy who was raised in a church that didn’t even allow black people until the mid-70′s when their ‘apostle’ or whatever they call him had a ‘revelation from God’.

      That I even had to explain this to you is embarrassing.