To the outside world, the two may seem like the same, but they really aren’t. Not every “motorcycle club” is a “biker gang”, and it’s high time people realize that. It’s high time bikers realize this themselves if they want to continue living the lifestyle they love so much. It’s absolutely cool to be a “motorcycle club”. But, I wouldn’t say the same for a “biker gang”.
In simple terms, a motorcycle club, is a group of people all of whom ride. And unlike a Riding Club, these guys don’t just ride together, they’re pretty much family to each other. Being part of a motorcycle club is like being part of a sacred brotherhood. It goes much beyond just riding and motorcycles. It’s a lifestyle.
Most Motorcycle Clubs in the country are registered with the American Motorcyclist Association.
AMA likes to call any motorcycle club that’s not registered with them as an “outlaw motorcycle club”. That’s not to mean that these “unregistered clubs” are doing anything illegal. They’re just not registered with this organization, which isn’t even a governmental organization.
Then, there are the OMGs.
Or as the U.S. Department of Justice likes to call them, “one-percenter outlaw motorcycle gangs”. According to the DOJ, these are essentially organized criminal syndicates in the form of a motorcycle club. There’s a whole long story to how the term “one-percenter” came into being. But, that’s a story for another time. Today, we’re here to urge you to watch this video from Insane Throttle that talks about the difference between a “motorcycle club” and a “biker gang”. It’s really important that you understand it, so that you can explain it to the people outside the biking community. Please DO give it a watch, and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.