Things You Want to Know before Joining a Motorcycle Club

Questions to Ask When Considering a Biker Group

Things You Want to Know before Joining a Motorcycle ClubYou just started riding a motorcycle or you’ve been an avid biker for some time, but you’ve decided a biker group might offer some benefits—camaraderie, improved skills, a social network. You’ve looked around and are ready to learn more about some groups, so that you can find the one that’s right for you. Here are some questions to ask before you make a commitment:

  • What are the requirements to become a full member with all privileges?—Different groups take different approaches. For many purely social clubs, you can immediately become a full member by paying your dues. Some clubs may, however, require that you go through a period of probation, often waiting months or years before you can get a patch.
  • What’s the ratio of male to female riders? Many clubs are segregated by gender, but mostclubs are predominantly male.
  • Can I go through the whole process and still be denied a membership? Many clubs have specific stages and criteria that must be met to become a member, but still reserve the right to deny you a membership based on a vote of the club.
  • Are you a riding club or a motorcycle club? A riding club is just what the name suggests—a group of people who get together almost exclusively to get on the road. Motorcycle clubs often sponsor rides, but are typically involved in a wide range of activities, including fundraisers, social events, picnics and educational programs.
  • What are your rules? Just about every club has its own set of rules. You want to know what they are before you join. If the club won’t share them with you, you don’t want to bea member.

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The Benefits of Joining a Motorcycle Club

Reasons for Looking into a Local Motorcycle Group

The Benefits of Joining a Motorcycle ClubThough motorcycle groups have a bad reputation, it’s like most things—it’s the exception to the rule that gets most of the publicity. Most authorities believe that the criminal motorcycle gangs account for about 1% of all organized biker groups. Far more common are clubs that bring diverse members of a community together for organized rides, events and interaction.

Here are some of the benefits you can get from a motorcycle club:

  • Increased skills on your bike—It’s like anything…when you hang around with people whoare good at what they do, it can rub off on you. If you’re a bit of a novice, you can quickly develop skills tagging along with veteran riders. Many clubs have regular skills training and workshops. At a minimum, you’ll probably put more time in on your bike, and that almost always makes you a better rider.
  • Share your passion in a structured environment—It’s pretty much a given that most motorcyclists are rugged individualists. That can often make it difficult to find a sense of community when you need it. In addition, that “lone rider” mentality can make it hard tomake a difference in your community and the world. With a bike club, you get the structure you need to create opportunities for harmonious gatherings, a place where you can really feel like you belong.
  • Camaraderie—All those values that mean a lot to you—trust, respect, loyalty, community—they’re at the heart of a motorcycle club. Your fellow club members will be like family.

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At Weber & Nierenberg, we offer decades of experience to people in California who have suffered any type of personal injury, including motorcycle accident victims. We’ll learn the details of your accident, as well as your needs and concerns, so that we can take the right steps to get the outcome you need. Contact our office online or call our office at 1-866-288-6010 for a free initial consultation.

California Full of Good Motorcycle Clubs

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Mention motorcycle clubs to most people and you’ll get a dirty look. There’s a common (and incorrect) perception that all organized motorcycle groups are gangs, engaged in illegal activity and acts of violence. On the contrary, officials say that about 1% of the motorcycle clubs in California are what police consider to be “outlaw” clubs. Here are three of the better known “good” clubs throughout the state:

  • The Folsom Freedom Riders—This club welcomes law enforcement officers as members. It’s open to men and women, and there’s no requirement that you have any specific career interest or affiliation.
  • The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, with affiliates in California, is an African-American club with the stated mission “to promote a positive image that would be respected in the community and throughout the country.” Club members consider themselves role models for their communities. Founded in 1994, the Buffalo Soldiers participate in a number of annual charities, including providing Thanksgiving food baskets in communities across the country.
  • Bikers Against Child Abuse—With five chapters in the Golden State, BACA dedicates its efforts to empowering abused children. Founded in 1995 by child therapist John Paul Lilly, BACA is active in 48 states and nine countries.

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At Weber & Nierenberg, we have decades of experience protecting the rights of injured bikers and motorcyclists. We place a premium on personal service and attention, taking the time to learn the details your case, so that we can tailor our counsel to get the results you want. When you hire us to protect your rights after an injury in a motorcycle accident, you’ll work directly with one of our partners at all times.

For a private consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010. Your first meeting is without cost or obligation.

California Bikers Work to Improve Motorcycle Club Image

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A Southern California man is trying to change the reality and the perception of the image of motorcycle clubs. Known simply as “Tombstone,” the man formed the SCCOC, or Southern California Confederation of Clubs, in 1988. He says, however, that the idea came a few years before that, after he grew weary of attending funerals and watching friends and family deal with constant clashes between clubs.

According to Tombstone, when he first proposed the idea, very few people were interested. There was little interest in sitting down and working out differences. That started to change in the mid-1980s, when federal officials began cracking down on motorcycle clubs across the country. SCCOC held its first meeting in Orange County in 1988, with 20 different clubs in attendance. The California group now has more than 100 clubs in its membership and has spawned more than 60 similar groups across the United States, including the National Coalition of Motorcyclists. There are also all-female groups within the SCCOC.

According to Tombstone, SCCOC spends most of its time and energy as an advocacy group for bikers, while keeping motorcyclists involved and informed about issues that affect them. He says that recent meetings have included discussions of lane-sharing and anti-profiling laws, and SCCOC has been proactive in the “Save the Patch” campaign, designed to prevent law enforcement officers from wrongfully seizing or confiscating a biker’s distinctive club patch.

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At Weber & Nierenberg, our attorneys have fought for motorcycle accident injury victims in the San Francisco Bay area for more than three decades. We emphasize personal service and attention, taking the time to learn as much as we can about your case, so that we can formulate specific strategies to get the results you want. When you hire us to protect your rights after an injury in a motorcycle accident, you’ll work directly with Joe Nierenberg at all times.

To arrange a confidential consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010. There is no charge for your first meeting.

 
 
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