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Motorcycle Club Vs Riders Club
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Motorcycle Club Vs Riders Club

The idea of a motorcycle club may instill bad images or fear into many thanks to how they have been represented in the media in movies and shows such as Sons of Anarchy. While there are definitely some scary clubs out there, it is important to be educated on the matter and to know the difference.

Primarily when referring to groups of people who ride motorcycles together, there are two "types" of clubs: Riding clubs and Motorcycle clubs.

Riding clubs are simply that, clubs that allow groups of people to ride together. They are usually more laid back and don't require outrageous methods to join. While each riding club may vary, they usually only require you fill out a form, pay membership dues, and follow whatever basic rules they have. By joining a riding club, members can share their love of riding with others and enjoy some additional fun by sharing road trips and a sense of belonging with other riders who understand why it is fun to ride. One of the great things about riding clubs is that there isn't a huge commitment and you can usually leave anytime you want.

Motorcycle clubs on the other hand can be radically different. This is not to say that all are this way, but I am referencing the clubs that are serious about their members. These types of clubs can usually only be joined by being sponsored from an existing member. It isn't easy either, as you must make your presence known and gain the respect of the members before you can be considered. Once you are considered though, it gets even harder, as many clubs have extensive trials and rituals you must go through before becoming accepted. Once in, it is assumed that you have entered a brotherhood and that you are in for life. Many clubs expect that it's members take the club seriously, that it should be the most important aspect in their lives.

Obviously riding clubs are going to be the way to go for the average rider who is looking to share the fun with others, but for those who are trying to find something deeper and more permanent may look into joining a club. It is important to do your research and know what you are getting into before doing either one though.

Like I stated before, motorcycle clubs have a very bad image thanks to the media but that doesn't mean there is no basis for it. Joining serious clubs can come with some serious risks so it is important to be knowledgeable before jumping into anything.

My personal recommendation: Enjoy riding just to ride and try to find others who like to ride close to you; save all the complications and stress of clubs to those who are willing to put in the extra time and effort.


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The article is spot on. i joined a MC for one year. I was a local club in the tampabay area. I was a prospect for a few months and then was voted in. There were just too many rules and regs for me. Some of the elected officers were on a power trip. We even had a resident member cop. There were a few positive things the club accomplished, but for the most part it was an elitist riding group. We rode fast and hard and had little regard for safety and speed limits. The club is still around, but the member names have changed on a regular basis.

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  about 9 years ago

I will pass on the latter. Riders clubs are cool.

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  about 9 years ago

I agree completely. It is fun to share this hobby, I just don't want to give my LIFE to it.

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  about 9 years ago
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