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Old 12-16-2012, 08:24 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Local chapter has out riders and enforcers on sportbikes. Times are a changin...
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:56 PM   #52 (permalink)
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out of interest

FWIW something I didn't know until recently.

I always thought 'outlaw' motorcycle gangs were named that because it is assumed they are involved in illegal activities or have no respect for the law.

Apparently 'outlaw' motorcycle clubs are called that because they didn't want to be part of the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) and so didn't operate under the AMA club laws and weren't recognised as AMA clubs.

The 1% tag seemed to come as a result of a letter to Life magazine from Paul Brokaw, the editor or The Motorcyclist Magazine, in 1947 following bad behaviour (that Life gleefully covered) by motorcyclists in a small town in California during an AMA racing carnival .

Brokaw was cheesed off at Life about their coverage and wanted it known that most motorcyclist were not as Life presented:

We regretfully acknowledge that there was disorder in Hollister – not the acts of 4,000 motorcyclists, but rather of a small percentage of that number, aided by a much larger group of non-motorcycling hell-raisers and mercenary-minded barkeepers. We in no manner defend the culprits – in fact drastic action is under way to avoid recurrences of such antics.
A photo Life published of the event (this photo it turns out was staged):

The outlaw clubs took the statement from the magazine editor as actually being from the AMA and ended up saying they were the "1%" and adopted that as their own.

Not that any of this matters but I found it interesting where the names came from.

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:46 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Nice to see someone took the time to actually research the origin of the 1%. Nice job Jonkster

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Old 12-16-2012, 11:34 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Gotta appreciate that x percentage, whatever it is, of folks who share their homework with us lazier or busier ones. If I had a vote I'd elect Jongster an honorary x-%er.

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Old 12-17-2012, 02:30 AM   #55 (permalink)
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Here, the majority of 1% clubs ride HD but they ALL seem to accept Triumph, except possibly the Hells Angels. There is one very high profile 1% club in South East Queensland, the majority of whom ride Rocket 3's. I`ve run the local RAT pack since 05 and plenty of 1%`ers have come on the rides on their Triumphs. One of the best things I have I have ever seen is a patched club member wearing a cut and skull cap lid sticking a Rocket 3 up on the back wheel for the best part of 1km! They are mostly OK blokes, who are bike enthusiasts that like to ride, I have never enquired into the other "stuff" that they do and they have never sought to involve me in it.

Interesting that the Ulysses have a different take in SA, I`ve been a Ulysses member since 05, here (where it originated) it`s just a bunch of old gits riding bikes!
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:17 PM   #56 (permalink)
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One I know has an old tattoo on his arm ABMOCVP, I asked him what it stood for. "American British Motorcycle Owners Club-Vice President, LOL.
I'm guessing with that tattoo he figured his climb up the "corporate" ladder had reached its end.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:20 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Just a bunch of guys who like to ride, believe in a different set of rules then most of society and honestly won't bother you if you don't bother them. We have a few MC clubs here that can be classified as 1%, never had a problem but then again I don't stick my nose in places it doesn't belong.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:28 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Sure, if you don't think illegal drugs, weapons, prostitutes, extortion rackets, &c are a problem....

You can't live by "a different set of rules" If those rules break the law and harm society.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:13 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Just a bunch of guys who like to ride, believe in a different set of rules then most of society and honestly won't bother you if you don't bother them. We have a few MC clubs here that can be classified as 1%, never had a problem but then again I don't stick my nose in places it doesn't belong.
I never thought I would agree with Demonic....but really maybe you have not had a problem meanwhile your neighbor is be turned into a drug dealing crap hole, the longer you let wound fester the more it gets infected. I carry a .45 Glock for a reason. I absolutely refuse to let any dirt bags or dirt bag threaten or hurt me or mine.
they give bikers a bad name. Luckily the goverment is watching them and know who they are and how they operate.

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Old 12-17-2012, 05:17 PM   #60 (permalink)
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The way it was explained to me by a 1%er is this, " 99% of the people give a sh*t about something, we're the 1% who do'nt".
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