Some motorcycle clubs are notorious for their connection to drugs, organized crime, and living outside the law. Others are simply groups of like-minded law-abiding citizens who love to ride bikes. Regardless of the club in question, wearing its color says something about who you are, what your values are, and what kind of lifestyle you are pursuing. Here, we take a look at the 10 most popular motorcycle clubs in the United States.
1. The Outlaws
The Outlaws is one of the biggest and baddest clubs out there. As one of the infamous “Big Four” outlaw motorcycle clubs, its connection to crime runs as deep as its connection to motorcycles. Since its inception in 1935, its members have prided themselves on their status as original “outlaws” (hence the name), while their rivalry with the Hells Angels has lasted almost as long as both clubs have existed. Based on current estimates, there are believed to be around 200 chapters and several thousand members across the country.
2. The heathen
The Pagans is an outlaw motorcycle club founded by Lou Dobkin in 1959. As thecheapplace.com writes, Dobkin was not your typical ‘outlaw’ in some respects; During the day, he worked as a senior biochemist at the National Institute of Health. But on weekends, he could be found running down the roads with his denim-clad friends. By the late 1960s, the club had become your archetypal group of big bad outlaws. He has spent most of the following decades fighting for territory with the Hells Angels. With thousands of members to its name, the club is active in Delaware, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. . It also has a large presence in Puerto Rico.
3. Cyclists against child abuse
If you thought the members of the motorcycle club were crazy, mean, and dangerous to know, the members of Bikers Against Child Abuse should be a welcome relief. The club has developed around a mission statement to help abused children around the world. Working together with official state authorities and philanthropic foundations, it matches abused children with two members of the group so that the child always has someone to call if they need help.
4. The Iron Order Motorcycle Club
As hotcars.com writes, the Iron Order Motorcycle Club was founded in 2004 by a group of law enforcement officers committed to upholding the law and helping people in need wherever they find them – a brotherhood of superheroes, so to speak. His carefully cultivated image was criticized when two unarmed club members were shot dead by other club members, and repeated allegations of other criminal activities began to surface. The club has been eager to suppress the rumors (for obvious reasons) and, to be fair, the allegations have died down in recent years.
5. The Mongols
The Mongols were formed in 1969 by a group of Hispanic Vietnam veterans. Originally based in Montebello in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles, California, the group has spread throughout the United States. There are now believed to be between 1000 and 1500 official members in the US, along with a few hundred in Australia. Unlike most other major clubs, the Mongols have chosen to feature an actual motorcycle and rider on their patch – a black-on-white emblem featuring a toned cyclist astride a cruiser.
6. The Bums
Los Vagos (or the ‘Green Nation’ as they are sometimes called) is the largest motorcycle club in the Southwest. They also have a presence in Ontario, Canada, Mexico and Europe. In total, there are believed to be 4,000 members of the club around the world. Like most clubs, its name is more than a name: in Spanish, Vagos is the term used to describe those who avoid the status quo and adopt a free nomadic lifestyle that is not restricted by conventions or the law.
7. The Bandits
Formed in 1966 in Texas, Bandidos Motorcycle Club consists of 2,400 members spread across 22 different countries around the world. Despite the cartoon character on his patch suggesting a lighthearted side, Bandidos’ reputation is far from jovial. As a member of the Big Four, they are known to regularly engage in turf wars with rival groups and indulge in the occasional bout of drug dealing. Basically, when your mother warned you about the dangers of mingling with the crowd …