Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame
The purpose of the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to honor the iconic ambassadors, influential heroes and people who put their interest above and beyond for the motorcycle community. These people have touched Las Vegas in a unique way. Our aim is to celebrate, illuminate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America.
Over a quarter century ago, biker and writer Terry Roorda turned motojournalism on its head, bringing a new level of self-effacing humor, irreverence, and incisive, combative reporting to the American motorcycle genre that proved perfect for the times. As the Editor of the upstart, game-changing publication, Independent Biker, in San Francisco, he exerted an influence over American motorcycle publishing that persists to this day. His monthly feature, “The Cycle Lords of the High Truth” pushed the boundaries of what motojournalism could aspire to and ultimately become, and within a few short years became known throughout the Bay Area as the “Biker’s Bible.”
“The Cycle Lords of the High Truth” could be by turns painfully humorous when covering the people and events of biker culture, or fearlessly frank in exposing fraudulent charity biker event, fraudulent custom motorcycle start-ups, and especially the oppressive overreach and bald neglect of governmental agencies attempting to rein in and marginalize the rights of bikers and their legitimate place in traffic policy decisions.
Come the year 2000, Terry rode the wave of his burgeoning popularity at Independent Biker into the Editor-in-Chief chair at Thunder Press, a seat he would warm for the next 17 years. Throughout that tenure he produced the multi-award-winning monthly column, “The Blue Dog Diaries,” which appeared simultaneously in American Biker magazine, reaching an audience of a quarter million bikers.
It was an explosive time in the American motorcycle industry, and a transformational time in the culture and ridership. Terry’s astute observations on the phenomena and exhaustive coverage of all the major events, as well as his authoritative road tests and reviews of all principal American marques and models earned him the reputation as among the most knowledgeable voices in the field.
It was with the birth of Las Vegas BikeFest in 2001 that Terry discovered his new pet project. Seeing both the daunting challenges as well as the virtually limitless potential of a major biker event conducted entirely within the heart of a major metropolitan area, Terry eagerly signed on as one of the original members of the Las Vegas BikeFest, a role he continued to fulfill for the next 15 years. During that time he chronicled the event in words and photos, and watched like a proud uncle as BikeFest became an alpha-star in the firmament of biker happenings across the country and beyond.
Of Terry’s many achievements in the motorcycle industry and across the vast and diverse American biker culture, he considers his efforts to promote and perfect BikeFest, and with it the revival of the old Fremont District of Las Vegas, to be his proudest contribution.