Motorcycle Boy compares himself to Robin Hood, Jesse James, and the Pied Piper. The way he is perceived around the neighborhood gives him some of the attributes of each of these characters. Known for his propensity for stealing motorcycles, he has an outlaw persona like Robin Hood, yet his values are strikingly conventional in many ways - he hates drugs and doesn't drink, is smart, and reads a lot. Like Jesse James his infamy is known throughout the city. He has always looked years older than he was, and his charisma and natural leadership abilities give him a Pied Piper-like aura; people are drawn to him, and the guys in the gang "would have followed (him) anywhere" (Chapter 6).