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Motorcycle Outlaws

Overview

A motorcycle club or MC is an organized group of bikers who join together for the purpose of friendship, partying, strength in numbers, etc. Motorcycle clubs have an internal organization with elected officials; bylaws; rules and regulations; and a level of privacy surrounding the club. Typically, a motorcycle club’s internal organization consists of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, road captain, and sergeant-at-arms. Large clubs, which are nationwide, are made-up of localized chapters with the first established chapter being the mother chapter. Usually, the president of the mother chapter oversees the entire club and is responsible for setting club policy.

The membership process for most clubs is extensive and detailed. A person seeking membership starts out as a guest or “hangaround” and is invited to certain club events. If liked and accepted, a hangaround is sponsored by a member of the club and becomes a prospect. While being evaluated and considered for full membership, prospects are allowed to participate in club activities but do not have voting privileges. Hazing may occur during this evaluation or probationary period and can range from small labor tasks to criminal acts. At the completion of the probationary period, the prospect is voted on by all the club members. Successful admission usually requires more than majority vote, and a prospect may be rejected full membership for a single dissenting vote. When a prospect is granted membership, a formal induction occurs where the new member swears allegiance and loyalty to the club. The final stage of attaining membership is called “being patched” and, therefore, full members are frequently referred to as “full patch members.”

Outlaw motorcycle clubs originated in the early 1950s as loosely knit, rowdy groups of motorcycle riders. This type of group represents approximately one-percent of the nation’s motorcycle riders and, therefore, are referred to as “1 Percenters.” Across the nation, there are about 900 clubs, which are considered potentially dangerous and fall into this category. The four main outlaw clubs that have national and international importance are the Hells Angels, Outlaws, Pagans, and Bandidos. The majority of other motorcycle gangs are loosely affiliated with or allies of one of these four main gangs.

Identifiers

The primary identification a motorcycle club member is a vest bearing club patches, which are located on the back of the vest. Referred to as colors, the patches usually contain the club name, the club logo, and the state, province, or country of affiliation. The colors can either be a one-piece, two-piece, or three-piece patch. The three-piece patch is most frequently worn by outlaw motorcycle clubs and consists of a top and bottom patch, which are crescent shaped and referred to as rockers, and a middle patch. The middle patch usually displays the club’s logo while the top patch displays the club’s name and the bottom patch displays the club’s area of affiliation.

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