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Motorcycle club

Southern California Norton Owner's Club on California State Route 41, near Creston.

A motorcycle club is a group of individuals whose primary interest and activities involve motorcycles.


  • Types of clubs, groups and organizations 1
  • AMA 2
  • MCs and MCCs 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Types of clubs, groups and organizations

A Motorcycle club in Durban, South Africa

Most clubs are either organized around a brand or make, or around a type of riding (e.g. motorcycle rallies where members can socialize.

There are a great many "brand clubs", i.e. clubs dedicated to a particular marque, including those sponsored by various manufacturers, such as the Harley Owners Group, the Honda Riders Club of America and some independent, such as the Triumph Owners Motor Cycle Club. There are large national independent motorcycle clubs, such as BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, the STAR Touring and Riding Association, and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA). There are also specific clubs for women, such as Women's International Motorcycle Association, Leather and Lace MC and Women in the Wind MC, and clubs for lesbians and gays, such as Dykes on bikes.

Clubs catering for those interested in vintage machines such as the British Motorcyclists Federation in the UK, or FEMA in Europe. Producing national and local branch club magazines and events are typical activities of such clubs. More informal groupings also exist for riders local to each other or even particular models of vehicles. Some publish in book form lists of members that can be used by touring motorcyclists needing assistance.

Other organizations whose activities primarily involve motorcycles exist for specific purposes or social causes such as the Rolling Thunder, which advocates for troops missing in action and prisoners of war. While neither of the latter two groups require a motorcycle for membership, they are motorcycling-oriented and much of their activity involves rides.[2][3][4]

There are numerous religiously oriented clubs such as the charities such as Freewheelers EVS, which use motorcycles to provide an out-of-hours emergency medical courier service, and clubs which attract membership from specific groups, such as the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, for law enforcement personnel.[5]



  • Motorcycle organizations at DMOZ

External links

  1. ^ Pat Hahn, How to Ride a Motorcycle: A Rider's Guide to Strategy, Safety and Skill Development, MotorBooks International, p. 134,  
  2. ^ Feuer, Alan (May 29, 2006), "Revving Their Engines, Remembering a War's Toll", The New York Times, The Patriot Guard was formed last fall in response to protests staged by the Westboro Baptist Church, a Christian splinter group from Topeka, Kan., whose 75 parishioners have been turning up at military funerals across the country with placards reading "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and tattered American flags. [...] It was, after all, [Jeff] Brown who first thought to bring together disparate groups like Rolling Thunder (which rides on behalf of soldiers missing in action and prisoners of war), the Blue Knights (law enforcement officers), the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, the In Country Vets Motorcycle Club, the Christian Motorcyclists Association and the American Legion Riders into one Web-connected crew. 
  3. ^ Grant, Japhy (March 28, 2006), "Biking to block Phelps", The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine): 22(1),  
  4. ^ Platoni, Kara (July–August 2006), "The hogs of war", Mother Jones 31 (4): 16(2), The Patriot Guard Riders formed last November to confront fundamentalist pastor Fred Phelps' Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, whose parishioners have been picketing soldiers' funerals with signs reading 'Thank God for Dead Soldiers' and claiming that dead GIs are divine punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality. The Patriot Guard Riders started accompanying the families of dead soldiers (with their consent) from wake to church to cemetery, riding in a proud parade of chrome and gasoline fumes, sometimes blocking the protesters from view with flags and gunning their engines to drown out renditions of 'God Hates America.' 
  5. ^ "Police Motorcycle Club Invades Tyler". Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas). July 25, 2012. pp. 1A,6A. 
  6. ^ AMA Newsroom: Facts and Figures, retrieved September 10, 2007
  7. ^ Drew, A. J. (2002), The everything motorcycle book: the one book you must have to buy, ride, and maintain your motorcycle, Adams Media Corp, pp. 273, 277,  
  8. ^ Wolf, Daniel R. (1992), The Rebels: a brotherhood of outlaw bikers, University of Toronto Press,  
  9. ^  


See also

Outside of the outlaw motorcyclist subculture, the words "motorcycle club" carry no pejorative meaning beyond the everyday English definition of the words – a club involving motorcycles, whose members come from every walk of life. Thus, there are clubs that are culturally and stylistically nothing like outlaw or one percenter clubs, and whose activities and goals not similar to them at all, but still use three-part patches or the initials MC in their name or insignia.[9] In other countries, such motorcycle clubs will adopt the abbreviation MCC.

The abbreviations MC and MCC are both used to mean "motorcycle club" but have a special social meaning from the point of view of the outlaw or one percenter motorcycling subculture. MC is generally reserved for those clubs that are mutually recognized by other MC or outlaw motorcycle clubs.[7] This is indicated by a motorcyclist wearing an MC patch, or a three piece patch called organized crime.

MCs and MCCs


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