Biker Ghosts : are ghosts which allegedly appear to be solid,
real people and are said to hitch lifts with unsuspecting motorbike
riders. It is somewhat unclear whether or not this truly is a
genuinely reported phenomenon or simply an urban myth.
Regardless of which is correct the accounts of biker ghosts usually follow
in a similar vein:
As the story goes...
It was a dark, stormy night and a lone motorbike rider was out late at
night, driving along a deserted, lonely country lane. As he
approached a bend, he caught sight of what appeared to be a windswept
woman with long flowing hair. The woman beckoned silently to the
rider to pull over, and fearing for the lady's safety on such a bleak
night, he promptly obliged.
The wind was howling, making it difficult to talk, and the lady did not
seem to want to speak, instead preferring to communicate in
gestures. She indicated that she wanted to ride on the back of the
motorbike and promptly took the spare crash helmet, placing it on her
head. After pointing ahead and speaking only the name where she
wanted to go, she duly wrapped her arms tightly around the waist of the
unsuspecting rider. The bike set off a few miles down the road and
as the journey progressed the woman's grip became tighter and tighter. The
motorbike rider was relieved when he finally pulled into town. He
slowed and pulled up to the edge of the pavement and glanced around to
tell the woman that she certainly had a vice-like grip. To his
absolute amazement, the woman was gone and his spare crash helmet was left
as if it had never been moved. On thinking that perhaps the woman
may have jumped or fallen off the motorbike, the rider frantically
retraced his steps, but to no avail. The only conclusion he could
draw, was that he had been carrying a ghost behind him.
There are some embellishments to this tale and these tend to depend upon
the version being told. Certain variations of the story conclude,
that later the same evening, the rider, on recounting the tale in the
local pub; was duly informed by the landlord of a young lady who had
earlier been killed along the self same route. The description of the
victim uncannily matched that of the woman hitchhiker.
Similar tales like these are also common about phantom hitchhikers being
picked up in cars. Again the theme tends to be very similar, for
example: some young woman or man is given a ride home in the back of a
car. On turning round to speak to the mysterious passenger at the
end of the journey the driver finds that the car is empty.