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Disclaimer: This page contains some information about the codes and values upon which many Motorcycle Clubs (MC's) are based. This is NOT the Bible, but it must give you a pretty good picture in how an MC works, how you have to behave and for what the members of an MC stand. The author of this page doesn't take a stand in, he just gathered this information all over the Net and brings it to you.
A vast majority of MC club members are just regular people. Have jobs, families, good and bad days just like anyone else out there. In other words, they are people too. They just choose a little bit different lifestyle than most and only ask others to respect their choice. They have certain codes they live by and it's not just when the have their colors on! It's 24/7/365.
The following is just some of the ideals they live by. I'll say again, different areas have different views on things even between members of the same club.
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If you insist…: do your homework first!!!!
If you're seriously thinking of starting a M.C. or other type club centered around motorcycles, then do an on-line search and check out all the serious clubs’ websites (if they show it). In general, I would recommend you do some research and find out who is the top dog club in your neck of the woods. You can find out easy enough by asking at the motorcycle shops, biker friendly bars, etc. Are there any other non-1% clubs in your neighborhood and if so who are they and what type of club are they. You may consider hanging around several to see if there is a fit. If you find one you like, you could approach them and find out what requirements are to join their club.
When you find the local dominant, MAKE SURE you read up on them if you can. If the have a web site, read the "About Us", "Our History", "Our Brotherhood", and any "Mission Statement" they may have. Then read and check out everything else on those sites too. That should give you somewhat of an idea of what's involved and, at the very least, the same things that they'll expect from the other clubs wanting an OK in their area.
Then there are all types of "other" clubs, but not counting the area's dominant(1%) club or their support clubs, most of the others seen around are these six: Mom & Pop social MCs, RC's(Riding Clubs), Military Clubs, Fireman Clubs, Cop Clubs, or Bikers' Rights Organizations that ride.
The dominant MC's(1% Clubs) and their Support Clubs normally work on a "need-to-know" basis. If you really want to find out a lot more about a certain club, joining them is the only way. You'll need to become (if invited in) a Hang-around first for a period of time and then, if OK'ed, go to the second stage, a Prospect for another amount of time, for the club. If you pass 100%, only then would you become an equal, a full-patched member.
Anyway, I'm not an expert on all the various clubs out there, but I think it would be safe to say, that if you still want to start up an MC, you'll need a plan that your group can bring to the dominant club to show them what your group plans to be about. And since you now know a little about all the various types of MC's and Org's from the explanations above, your group should start with at least 5-6 members and hold meetings amongst yourselves to formulate what type of group you want to be. Then you'll also plan out your officers, your mission statement and what you'll all want to be about, your by-laws, rules, etc, etc. (DON'T RUSH ANY OF THIS, because once it's all done, this is what you'll be bringing with you to the first meeting with the dominant club).
Once your group believes they've covered everything and you're all set, then you'll have to make contact with the dominant’s closest chapter and ask to speak with one of their Officers. If your state has a COC (Coalition of Clubs or Confederation of Clubs) that means they'll be holding monthly or quarterly meetings there with other clubs and that's usually the best way to find their members. Don't interrupt any patchholder, but if he's not busy talking to someone, or he doesn't look like he's keeping an eye out for anything, you can politely ask him if he'll set up a meet date for your group. I would not advise approaching the Pres or the SAA. 99.9% of the time, they will have other things on their minds than someone wanting to start a club on their turf.
If OK'ed for a meet, don't be late. Everyone who's supposed to go with you had better show up, or you'll "lose face" before you've even gotten to speak.
Going up to a dominant club and announcing your intention to start up a motorcycle club and not have the right answers would be considered a show of disrespect or ignorance, neither of which would be tolerated. No one said it's easy and it's not.
Bring all of your club's documents, patch design, name, etc., with you for either their approval or changes that they request. More than likely you are going to be asking to start a one patch (mom and pop) club. They probably aren't going to go for anything more than that, as they expect everyone to start at the bottom, just like a hangaround in a club. Forget putting any thing firm together on a patch or deciding on any colors for now. The CoC and local dominant club will decide what is acceptable. Gotta pay the dues first. Be aware that in some places, there is an agreement between the established clubs that enough MCs are already in the area that no new MC clubs will be formed.
Be honest: Answer all questions truthfully. Liars won't be tolerated and your club instantly loses any credibility that it might've had.
Come well prepared. Since you should've already taken all the time needed to plan out everything, then you should already be able to answer any questions you're asked. Again, it goes to your group's credibility and whether you're actually ready to run the club right, or you're just seen as a bunch of fuck-ups in their eyes.
But if you do wind up in that situation, DON'T DARE LIE, it's better to explain that you don't have the answer for them at that moment, but that you will get the answer to them ASAP, AND THEN MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO IT!
Show them "RESPECT". It boils down to...they've earned their dues, with blood, sweat and tears, you haven't!
It's also imperative that you and your group need to familiarize yourself with the information right here on the MC/RC Education Site so you won't make an innocent mistake that could turn into a sign of disrespect.
Also, if they just say "No" to everything about your group becoming a MC, then that's it, it's over.
At least you tried, but now you'll just have to make do, the very same way you had been doing. And the good thing is that you can still ride together and show your respects, you just won't be doing it as a declared MC, or wearing a patch. No matter WHAT kind of club you decide on, in the advice here is solid for all kinds of clubs, MC or not. All types of clubs should at the very least let the local clubs know who they are and what they are about. By doing some kind of meeting, you can save potential future problems with the other clubs in the area.
Lastly, a patch is not a requirement to form and enjoy a brotherhood. Not many people are cut out to be in the traditional MC lifestyle. It's a lot of hard work and time on the road and away from family and friends. The club becomes your family and friends. The club will be expected to support the other clubs in the area. Often times it may conflict with something you may have planned.
And BTW, just in case you were wondering why I haven't stated any clubs above, by name, it's considered a sign of disrespect to throw a club's name, or one of it's member's names around.
It’s a difficult journey that many just cannot manage.