Ride like a sleeping bag! The Koalas were a Gay Motorcycle Buddy Club from the 1960s. The Koalas would hop on behind the gay club bikers and independents. Always on the back, hugging the biker like a koala hugs a eucalyptus tree. And so the name! Peter Fiske is kneeling in the front row, on the right. More on Peter here and here. Photo by Henri Leleu. Koalas Motorcycle Buddy Club, 1967. Via Ron Williams.
Gay Biker Buddy Riders from WAY Back in the Day: Koalas Club 1967
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The personal and professional papers of the photographer, Henri Leleu, are preserved at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. For more information on Leleu’s life and work, see the introduction to the finding aid for the collection: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt058023ms/.
Thanks, Gerard! I will check this out and maybe do a post on him.