WORLD OF SOUL MOTORCYCLE COMMUNITY

a progressive motorcycle enthusiast organization

The Grey Area Gets Wider (and Weirder)

A dramatic increase in the number of recreational motorcyclists in recent years has clouded the issue of what differentiates a motorcycle club from a riding club. Some military or veteran's motorcycle clubs (VMC) which are actually AMA-sanctioned, non-outlaw clubs, wear three-piece patches while not engaging in the established MC tradition of prospecting. These clubs may simply require evidence of prior or current military service and ownership of a motorcycle for membership. While the wisdom of this practice in the larger context of the MC community could certainly be questioned, VMCs provide a viable alternative for many riders. It gets hazy when you consider that the territorial 1% motorcycle clubs seldom know which VMCs prospect their members, thereby educating them in established customs and courtesies, and which do not. All too often, they find out when a VMC patch holder violates a point of protocol and creates a situation impacting the entire club or chapter's ability to ride free. Law enforcement motorcycle clubs (LEMC) often DO engage in the practice of prospecting, providing them with the knowledge and understanding of protocol necessary to become functioning entities in the MC community. They pretty much do their own thing while maintaining a code of ethics consistent with their profession. Strangely enough, LEMCs seem to experience considerably more rejection from individuals among their own ranks than from other bikers. Several national organizations have wisely decided to unite their rockers with their patch to create the appearance of a one piece patch and avoid sending the wrong message to the MC community. H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group), among others. Some veterans advocacy groups wear colors and ride motorcycles (or not) yet they are quick to point out that they are not a motorcycle club (Rolling Thunder and American Legion Riders are two such examples). These groups, more often than not, earn respect by showing respect and typically function well in the greater community context.

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