What comes to mind when one hears the words ‘motorcycle club’? What image do you have of an intimidating-looking man in a leather jacket and armour, with a lot of tattoos on his arms? Perhaps it is an image of a man wearing a black leather jacket and adorned with tattoos? Sons of Anarchy, the TV seriesWe saw Jax Teller struggling with his identity in a motorcycle outlaw club. Everyone around him was talking about brotherhood and loyalty as well as the pleasure of the ride.
There are many ways to show the love for motorcycle clubs. numerous myths about motorcycle clubs that get perpetuated Because of how little people outside know. Judged by appearance often, motorcycle clubs and motorcyclists have a lot to them that isn’t portrayed in the media, and sometimes, much more that is shown incorrectly.
Thus, here are some of the myths about American motorcycle clubs that might seem true owing to pop culture or stereotypes, but aren’t. However, there are some truths to what you may think you know about these motorcycle clubs.
10 Myth: It’s as easy to join as riding a bike
It is more than just riding along with the motorcycle enthusiasts to join an American or international club of motorcyclists. Each club has to be vetted for months, even those that have been around since the beginning, and many of them are large, with several hundred members. This is a time when one has to prove that they are dedicated to the club.
Prospects have to watch over the bars, clean bikes, and keep an eye on doors in motorcycle clubs for many months. before they can become a part of the club You can earn a Member’s Patch. To remain a member of the club one must pay regular dues and reach yearly target miles.
9 Myth: Motorcycle Clubs are Lawless and Undisciplined
You might think that all motorcycle clubs, judging by their loud presence and appearance, are indisciplined. They have a general ‘anything goes’ mentality. This is false as every motorcycle club follows a set of very specific rules.
Club rules and regulations must be followed. There is even an official bureaucracy in place that oversees the finances, charity programs, as well as planning-out rides to support causes. The inner workings of a motorcycle club’s bureaucracy It can be quite boring, in fact.
8 Myth: All motorcycle clubs are outlaws or gangs
This myth is completely untrue. Motorcyclists are often confronted with the most common stereotype: the public assumes every motorcycle club is an organized gang and its members live on the margins of society.
This statement is totally false. as almost all motorcycle clubs are registered, law-abiding organizations They give back cheerfully and enthusiastically to the society. Outlaws are a tiny percentage of the population, also known as the “1%ers”. It is from the American Motorcyclist Association’s infamous remark The law-abiding citizen status of 99% percent of motorcyclists is reflected in their riding habits.
7 Myth: They only care about each other
Because every applicant is carefully considered, it can be difficult for Americans to join motorcycle clubs. Clubs are made up of its members and each member must be carefully considered before they can allow them in. This creates a strong sense of family brotherhood between members.
A club’s concern is not limited to its members. motorcycle clubs such as B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) and B.S.M.C. (Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club) They are heavily involved in charity and philanthropy. Many of our members are in it for charity.
6 Myth: Motorcyclists don’t need any other job
Although many think motorcycle clubs are the only thing for motorcyclists and that their bikes do all, this is not true. Most people who are passionate about motorcycling have decent families and work day jobs to provide for their family and motorcycling desires.
Gas is expensive, no matter how many wheels you have. Moreover, they also need to pay regular fees to the club Motorcyclists are known to make frequent traveling plans and keep active by being members.
5 American Motorcycle Clubs Do Not Allow Sports Bikes
It is a common practice for motorcycle club members to prohibit the use of sports bikes. They prefer rides like Harley-Davidson and other custom-built choppersWhile it might seem like sports bikes have better performance than cruisers, you may be wrong.
In reality, many clubs have avoided Japanese bikes over the years (since the first American sports bikes were Japanese imports), due to Japan being an enemy in the Second World War. This tradition continues, with motorcycle clubs almost exclusively opposing sports bikes.
4 Tru: It is true that you must get the club tattooed on yourself
It is true that one must get the tattoo of their club inked on their personAs the rules require. But, it takes time to gain the reputation to permit ink. To do so, members need to first earn enough trust and approve to have the tattoo done.
Moreover, some clubs such as the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club have no exit policy as they expect members to be affiliated for lifeHowever, this is not a hard and fast rule that applies to all clubs. You can opt to either have it taken off or erased if you leave the fraternity.
3 True. Fellow members will help each other regardless of length.
When it comes to motorcycle clubs, this is the most important code. This is the number one code for motorcycle clubs. They are both brotherhoods and organizations first. As such they will support each other no matter what. The patch holders will take care of each other. If one gets into a fight, they’ll always face down their partners.
They’ll support one another in difficult times, be it financial difficulties, sickness or injuries. This is why membership in a motorcycle club requires so much effort. Each member has to be able to count on others for their support.
2 True. No cops can ever join a 1% club
They take pride in not being part of the “99% law-abiding biker clubs” and therefore, it is impossible for any law enforcement officer to join them. One can’t even consider becoming a jail guard or law enforcement officer if they ever take any steps. 1% of clubs like the Hells Angels wouldn’t so much as consider their application.
This is true for those with criminal histories such as child molestation and rape. Neal Hall’s book explains this. You Will Pay Hell. Additionally, one would not be eligible to wear the famed 1%er diamond-shaped patches if they applied for law enforcement jobs. Thus, law-enforcement motorcycle clubs are their own kind of club in America.
1 True: Harley Davidson Rides for All 1%ers
Although most motorcycle clubs have a friendly atmosphere and welcome all types of bikes, the majority of one-percenter clubs will only allow Harley-Davidson owners. No matter how well-tuned your bike might be, this means that Harley-Davidson riders are required at all clubs. if it isn’t a Harley, you can’t possibly be a one-percenter.
While this may seem outdated, the idea of riding a Harley-Davidson motorbike was not unheard-of back then. one must always ride a Harley.