KEITH “BANDIT” BALL
Hall of Fame Inductee – 2005
Biker, freedom fighter, author, publisher, editor, promoter, builder, patriot – Keith Ball has done it all, done it well and, when presented with a new challenge, will astound everyone with the ease in which he tackles it.
In 1971 he was hired to run the first national motorcyclists rights organization, ABATE. Within a few years ABATE grew into the largest grassroots motorcycle organization in the world with 28 chapters and some 50,000 members, and it still remains a viable force in bikers rights today.
Around the same time Keith became associate editor and the first full-time employee of a new motorcycle magazine called Easyriders. He went on to become editor and ultimately editorial director of 14 titles, including familiar titles In The Wind, Biker and VQ. With Keith at the helm, Easyriders became known as the “bikers bible” and boasted a monthly circulation of 550,000.
Next, Keith pursued a long time dream to write, completing three motorcycle adventure novels over the last eight years. He also owns and operates a biker-oriented website; BikerNet.com, that offers tech material, classifieds, riding tales, event coverage, and legislative info. And in his spare time he builds a couple of bikes a year, always on the cutting edge, always innovative.