In the 20th century, a lot of sub-cultures emerged and took their place as iconic representations of a certain lifestyle at a certain point in time. Some of them were passing fads, while others were more enduring and are very active even today. One of the more persevering sub-cultures is the Biker culture around which a lot of unjust stereotypes have developed over the years. One of the primary ways bikers network is through motorcycle clubs.
Type of motorcycle clubs
They basically started out as groups of people interested in motorcycles but from there, they expanded into so much more. These days’ motorcycle clubs are serious organizations which setup rallies, charities, sponsor sporting events and a lot more. They have annual fees which they use to fund these efforts and have a set hierarchy. They can be divided into several groups:
- Classic motorcycle clubs
- Brand motorcycle clubs
- Vintage motorcycle clubs
AMA (American Motorcycle Organization) is the largest organization of this kind in the US but what I find more interesting is the part of this culture that chooses to stay off the radar, the so called “Outlaws”. This term should not be taken literally, and it often is, because it merely shows that a certain motor cycle member abides by the old biker philosophy that was started in the 1950s in the United States. This philosophy included and still includes a strong disrespect for authority and conformity promoting the freedom of the open road. They promote this independence by sewing MC into their riding jackets.
While popular biker groups and motorcycle clubs are depicted as boy clubs, this is far from the truth. There are numerous female exclusive biker clubs
The traditional biker apparel stems from their riding clothes which include leather which protects them if they fall, sunglasses to protect their eyes on sunny days and some other clothing details include various scarves and bandannas, boots and accessories like piercings, rings, etc. In most cases, things that make up the biker style stem from practical things so try not to overdo it.
Typically, bikers are rock and metal fans but not exclusively. In all honesty, most of the music associated with biker culture has strong musical connections with the blues. Some of the bands that are known as “biker music” are Motorhead, Ac/Dc, Steppenwolf but in true biker spirit, bikers listen to whatever they want.
Bikers have a bad image with the general public but contrary to popular belief, they are actually very socially aware people. Motorcycle clubs are patrons of many humanitarian events; they strive to spread awareness about safe riding and safe traffic in general, by organizing toy runs.
It’s one thing to read about the biker spirit but the only way to learn what it means to be a biker is to sit on your motorcycle and ride. Take your biking gear, make a plan and start following the road. And remember, being a biker is about being a part of a community, not a solo experience.