This is what motorcycle gangs actually look like in 2020
Every story has 2 sides, and so do the Every story has 2 sides, and so do Motorcycle clubs around the world.
Used as a form of escapism for bored people with tedious routines, some people across the globe end up getting obsessed with the idea of motorcycle clubs and their rivalries. And yes, many of those involved in such clubs are often taken away, sent to prison, or, in some cases, attacked by rival clubs.
It's known that he Hells Angels and Bandidos are, at the moment, the dominant clubs worldwide. However, most people tend to forget that the majority of these clubs are not dangerous. Let's take a closer look at the bad boys but shine a light on the nice guys who are helping the world.
Now, put on your best leather jacket, and take some time to appreciate the work of the nice guys working for good causes.
The Devil Dolls MC is an all-female biker sisterhood that promotes and supports female empowerment. This organization prides itself on having a very diverse membership. From old-school bikers, rebels, and rockers to community activists, moms, and professionals, the Devil Dolls MC is a family with a common love for riding motorcycles. They are solid members of the MC Community and regularly participate in and donate to various charities, fundraisers, and other types of philanthropic-based MC events.
Founded by Urvashi Patole in 2011, The Bikerni’s aims to promote female motorcyclists in India and provide them with a platform to connect with fellow female enthusiasts and improve their skills.
They want to shatter all gender stereotypes and encourage other women to fearlessly follow their passion for motorcycles. For some, it is a way to escape harassment on public transportation, but for all, it is the freedom and sense of community that compels them to keep riding.
The majority of Buffalo Soldiers MC’s members is black, and most are current or former service members or law enforcement. For them, the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers resonates deeply. The club works to educate the public about the history of black service members, along with being involved in community service projects, fundraising and mentoring at-risk youth.
The Iron Order is a brotherhood of members who have vowed to look after one another, as well as their families and friends. The members come from all walks of life and believe in making the lives of the less fortunate better in whatever way they can.
Sadly, in the motorcycle world, it can be quite difficult to remain on the side of the good guys, with rival clubs often attempting to infiltrate or persuade members to do bad things. Thankfully, the Iron Order is strong and, although they have admitted to run-ins with rival clubs, they have also insisted that they have always taken high road before any events could actually take place. They're committed to demonstrating that violence is definitely not what they are about.
Bikers Against Child Abuse exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. Built as a body of bike to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live, they stand ready to lend support by involving people with an established, united organization.
They work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. Their intent is to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that they are child is part of their organization and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and physical presence. They stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. Although they do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, if circumstances arise in which they are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to take on that role.
The club The Riders of the Sikh, based in New Jersey, is one of several similar groups around the United States and Canada, although it’s an independent entity. It was founded in 2012, and biking together offers this group of Sikhs an all-American way to celebrate their faith in a country they can often be targets of bigotry. In Skip Hollandsworth’s 2007 story about the notorious Texan motorcycle club the Bandidos, he said: “They defend one another. They watch each other’s backs. That’s part of the brotherhood.” But that model of displaying loyalty — often through violence in a decidedly us vs. them mentality — is a world away from the ethos of the bikers who make up the Sikh Motorcycle Club of the Northeast.
The Hard Heads are a motorcycle group based in Singapore. Their tribe is based on loyalty, leadership, and camaraderie, with the club tending to stick to their founding rules as much as possible. The Hard Heads pride themselves on living as honest citizens and often make regular appearances at elderly homes and charity events. This crew is made of really good guys, and they often help raise money for those who are less fortunate. Their good deeds and presence within the community have led to the Hard Heads receiving repeated praise by locals, who all line up to have their pictures taken with their heroes.
Created by Herb Shreve in 1975, The Christian Motorcyclist Association has adopted over 125,000 members from around the world to spread the word and message of Jesus Christ to the motorcycling community. As a non-profit organization, the running & upkeep of the group is a selfless act based on the love of bikes, religion, and positive attitudes. The members have created a monthly magazine and hold an annual rally dubbed Run for the Son that attracts thousands of people from all over to attend the show. Furthermore, the profits from the charitable events all go towards emergency motorcycle vehicles across the United States. Now, that's charity.
Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service (EVS) is a blood bike charity based in South West England. Founded in Weston-super-Mare in 1990, it is funded by public donations and staffed by unpaid volunteers. On June 2nd 2008, Freewheelers EVS was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award that can be given to a voluntary organization in the United Kingdom and equivalent to an MBE.
Now, let's meet the bad boys out there.
The Bandidos was founded by Donald Chambers in 1966. This is one of the two main clubs involved in the Waco shootout, and traditionally the gang in charge of Texas. They are an enemy of the Hells Angels.
The Hells Angels, was founded in 1948 and made famous by Hunter S. Thompson in his 1967 book Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Associated with the late 1960s counterculture, they are perhaps best known for stabbing Meredith Hunter, an 18-year-old black man, to death during the Rolling Stones set at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert, where the club had been hired to provide security.
The Pagans were founded in 1959. According to Barker and Human, the Pagans are "the most secretive of the clubs" and "[do] not list their chapters and [do] not have chapters outside the United States. There are larger outlaw motorcycle clubs/gangs than the Pagans in the U.S. and internationally, however, the Pagans are included in the Big 4 designation because of their propensity toward violence and criminal activity."According to Quinn, they're a force to be reckoned with in the mid-Atlantic.
In the 1980s, The Mongols seized control of Southern California from the Hells Angels, and, today, the Mongols are allied with the Bandidos, the Outlaws, the Sons of Silence and the Pagans against the Hells Angels. The club is mainly based in Southern California, but can be found all over the world wearing their distinctive vests and causing all kinds of mayhem & madness. In fact, the Mongols have recently been spotted causing trouble in Germany, with reports that they have been clashing with groups of German Hells Angels.
One of the leading motorcycle clubs worldwide biker scene and the biggest MC in Germany, the Gremium society as a whole was prohibited as a criminal organization on November 10th, 1988 by the Ministry of the Interior of Baden-Württemberg. Including not only Germany's 80+ departments of the big family of the committee Motorcycle Club, but also internationally in many other countries.
The Warlocks were founded in 1967 in Florida by an ex-serviceman. These days, the Warlocks can be found in multiple states in the USA, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The club's motto is, "To find us, you must be good; to catch us, you must be fast; to beat us, you must be kidding." Sadly, their motto failed when the police managed to find them after an agent went undercover in the 1990s and apprehended numerous members for substance and weapon charges. Since then, several arrests have been made with members receiving prison sentences.
The Colorado-based gang Sons of Silence is one of the smallest on our list, but what they lack in numbers, they make up for in ruthlessness. The Sons of Silence have been embroiled in turf wars for decades. They initially carved out territory in Colorado, Arizona, and Kansas, and later aligned with the Hells Angels for protection. That made them a target for smaller clubs, which explains why a 1999 clubhouse raid turned up machine guns, pipe bombs, and grenades.
The Finks Motorcycle Club is a tight-knit group known as much for their rigorous membership process and demand for secrecy as for their notorious criminal reputation. Formed more than half a century ago in Sydney and now sporting chapters all around the country, little is seen of the inner workings of the notorious biker gang as police work to crack down on its members.
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