Is an MC right for me?
riding is a part of your lifestyle, it is natural that
you would look at organizations that center their
existence around motorcycles, riding, and associated
activities. There are however, many types of motorcycle
organizations. Being correctly informed can lead you to
the correct type and specific group that is right for
(MA) are groups that center on motorcycles, but have
a specific purpose behind that affiliation. Members do
not necessarily have to be riders. Most, if not all, are
very beneficial to the motorcycling community, and have
a considerable history. Many have accomplished a great
deal to further the interests of the motorcycling
community. The American Motorcycle Association, the
Christian Motorcycle association, and Motorcycle
Associations with geographic, ethnic or specific
motorcycle interests such as the Southern California
Motorcycle Association, the Latin American Motorcycle
Association (LAMA) or the Modified Motorcycle
Association are but a few examples of these. Membership
is dependent on different criteria within each
association, but they are generally not very exclusive.
Their members are drawn together by a common interest
within the motorcycle world.
(RC) appeal to those that want to go on rides
occasionally with a group, but do not want a deep
personal commitment to the other members or to the
collective. Pay your dues (or buy the right brand of
bike), sign up online, and you are in. Make a few
friends, have a good time, learn a little about riding
and your machine, go on some group runs, maybe even have
a fundraiser or two. Decide that you don't want to be in
anymore, or sell that bike, and you go on with your
Examples or these are the Goldwing Road
Riders Association, Shadow Riders, or HOG. All are good not want to adopt
motorcycling or others who ride them as a pervasive part
of their lifestyle, respectable groups, can be a lot of
fun, and be part of the motorcycling community, but they
differ from the true MC in many ways. These can be a
good place for those weekend warriors that do.
(MC) are the pinnacle of the motorcycle community.
They command respect through the consistently mature and
professional conduct of each of its members. Members are
chosen by the organization. Many may be invited, but
only a few will be asked to join. Members of traditional
MCs must demonstrate a level of uncommon personal
commitment and self-discipline. Motorcycle Clubs relate
to other clubs through mutual respect and protocols.
They are proud of their brotherhood, their colors, and
Recognizing that an entire club can be
stigmatized by an inappropriate act of a single
individual flying their colors, new members generally go
through a probationary period where they learn the
protocols and expectations of the Motorcycle Club
community before they are awarded the full colors of
that Club. Individual who lacks respect for themselves,
their brothers in the club, and other members of the MC
subculture will not find a place in any true MC.