Eric Gaulin is an avid motorcyclist and ardent proponent of motorcycles culture. Eric’s passion for motorcycles began in Kindergarten when his dad came in for show and tell to display his new bike. His fascination started to blossom from there but when his father eventually sold his bike, Eric also stepped away for a while. It wasn’t until college where his passion for motorcycles was reinvigorated. In 2006, Eric earned his motorcycle safety certificate and hasn’t looked back since.
Eric eventually convinced his father to get back into motorcycles and the two rented motorcycles, undertaking a number of trips in the Eastern United States. He also privately bought, fixed and sold motorcycles during this period. After experiencing the different ways he could customize motorcycles and seeing the innovative ways others made their bikes their own, Eric was eager to have one of his own. He was ecstatic when he finally bought his own Harley, two years ago in 2013.
Eric has always been drawn to motorcycle culture. It even inspired his work at Elon University where he did his senior thesis on outlaw motorcycle culture, hazing rituals and perceptions toward helmet safety. Eric is also an avid sailor and finds many parallels in riding motorcycles to sailing. Both passions offer an element of escape and freedom. By using motorcycles to “get away” it has become a sort of meditation for Eric.
Eric started selling motorcycles at a local Harley dealership in between in his Junior and Senior year at Elon University. After graduating in 2012, Eric continued to work at Harley dealerships for the following two years. At Empire Harley Davidson Eric served as a product specialist ensuring customers top customer service. At Woodstock Harley, Eric sold parts to hobbyists and motorcycle enthusiasts helping them personalize their bikes. He assisted in various installations including exhausts and other modifications.
It is this ability to customize motorcycles and make them his own that drives Eric’s passion. He was particularly moved by the motorcycle art exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. Eric considers his and his peers’ bike customizations to be a form of art and personal expression.
Eric’s passion has led a number of his friends buying motorcycles and joining him in celebrating the culture and spiritual element of motorcycle culture.