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   Mon, May 2, 2005 - 6:55 PM
I was driving on the 680 this weekend and saw a group of 8 motorcycle riders going the opposite direction as me. The first thing that went through my head, whether I actually believed it or not, was "motorcycle gang".

Here's where things might get a bit confusing for you. The following theory was presented to several people over the weekend and to my dismay most thought I was bonkers:

Let's assume that motorcycle riding is an organized function. Other organized functions are baseball teams, chess clubs, bay area hikers, etc. Now of all the organized functions I can imagine, the only one where an association with gang is commonplace in society is that of motorcycle riders. I mean even Homer started one. It should be noted that organized functions where a third party, gender, ethnicity, or race are a requisite for membership are invalid examples by my measures. For instance a "prison gang" relies on a third party, the prison, for its sustenance.

You still with me?

Okay so let's assume that paragraph one is a cogent argument for the uniqueness of motorcycle riding and its association to gangs. There could be hundreds of possibilities for why motorcycle riding is an impetus for a group to form a gang or be a self-proclaimed gang. Roving through towns and freeways could reignite our primitive DNA of nomadic aggression and protection. Who knows?

Here's where I may stretch it a bit. Let's assume there is some intrinsic bonding dynamic involved with motorcycle riding, something that evokes camaraderie. Then why not incorporate it into the workout regimens of other organized functions to see if it can assist in uniting teams and clubs? I mean what if the LA Lakers last year just went on a freeway motorcycle crusade down highway five? Would it bring Kobe and Shaq together as one, together at last? Okay so maybe not the best example but it can't be the magic pill, it must be incorporated into the workout regimen from the very beginning.

Who's with me?

*Mountain/road bikes also allowed


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Tue, May 3, 2005 - 1:43 PM

gang n.

1. A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.
2. A group of adolescents who band together, especially a group of delinquents.
3. Informal. A group of people who associate regularly on a social basis: The whole gang from the office went to a clambake.
4. A group of laborers organized together on one job or under one foreperson: a railroad gang.
5. A matched or coordinated set, as of tools: a gang of chisels.
1. A pack of wolves or wild dogs.
2. A herd, especially of buffalo or elk. See Synonyms at flock.

I think the reason that motorcycle riding groups are often called gangs is because of the criminal associations:
Tue, May 3, 2005 - 4:06 PM
criminal intent
after thinking about this there are two questions that need to be addressed by a motorcycle guru:

1. are the gangs self-proclaimed gangs?
2. Does the gang come first or the motorcycle riding?
Wed, May 4, 2005 - 2:01 PM
I'm no guru but...
1. If you call your club a gang, then it's definitley not a gang. It's more a group of Harley-riding orthodontists. Motorcycle clubs are called "clubs" by those participating. Motorcycle clubs are called "gangs" by the underinformed and intimidated general public. (and weak-ass poser riders.)

2. Motorcycle and/or bicycle riding ALWAYS comes first. If your "gang" comes first, it's not a real motorcycle club. It's just lame.
Thu, October 19, 2006 - 4:53 PM
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Wed, December 27, 2006 - 2:19 PM
Try doing some research before spouting off about stuff you know absolutely nothing about....
Your post, while well written and slightly humorous, was nothing more than personal bias and/or ignorance, and served no means other than to perpetuate myths and false stereotypes.

If you'd like to learn about motorcycle clubs, what they are all about and what draws people to them, just ask... Someone around here is bound to know, and will likely tell you. Better yet, try talking to someone who is/was a member of a motorcycle club and ask them for some resources on the web for learning more about motorcycle clubs in general.

A motorcycle club is not a gang. That is a myth created by hollywood, and perpetuated by ignorant people afraid of what they don't understand. A motorcycle club is about brotherhood. It's about taking care of your brothers when they need you, and it's about knowing they'll be there for you if/when you need them. The rest of the things that go along with riding as a member of a motorcycle club is just window dressing...

Try doing some research before spouting off about stuff you know absolutely nothing about instead of sounding like a christian warning us about the dangers of satanists.... It'll do a bit of good for your credibility in the future.
Fri, April 24, 2009 - 5:34 AM
Wow. You people who over analyze and talk this way are a joke! If things really went south in this country and people had to try to survive again you guys would be among the first to die. But survival of the fittest does not apply in the human race anymore due to welfare and other bleeding heart programs, allowing people like you to continue. I bet some of you have little lap dogs and are naive enough to believe that the current "president" is talking about change that will benefit this once great nation. Keep thinking that way comrades.
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Even the most hardcore of biker organizations refer to themselves as a club. Look at the back patch on their cuts(that would be the vest they wear), the letters "MC" stand for "Motorcycle Club".
There are 2 types of clubs: those sanctioned by the American Motocycle Association(AMA) and "Outlaw" clubs not approved by the AMA. The first type promote the love of riding , safety and projecting the motorcyclist in a positive light through charity work, blood drives, etc. The second are also about the love if Riding but also promote an attitude of rebellion against authority.
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