Month: March 2017
Most of the old motorcycle movies involve motorcycle clubs in some way. In The Wild One, Marlon Brando played Johnny, the leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club (BRMC). The image portrayed on the screen of the average motorcycle club was often not flattering. To the average non-motorcyclist today, a motorcycle club is often synonymous with a motorcycle gang. My experience with motorcycle clubs and other motorcycle groups is quite the opposite.
Motorcycle clubs (also known as MCs or M/Cs) have been around since the introduction of the motorcycle. If you visit any motorcycle museum, look for the old pictures of motorcycle clubs hanging on the walls.
Of course, any club is just a group of people who band together for support and fellowship whether it’s a stitching club, a fishing club, or a motorcycle club. The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) , the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (BMWMOA), the Women on Wheels (W.O.W.), the Motor Maids, and the Women in the Wind (W.I.T.W.) are each national organizations that have local motorcycle club, association, or other group chapters.
Club members often wear what is referred to as “colors,” a vest or patch or hat that displays an emblem and other colors that are used by the club to distinguish itself from other clubs.
Some clubs are independent such as the Spokes-Women MC in New Jersey. There are even Internet clubs such as the Internet BMW Riders. There are some clubs that have the financial wherewithal to have their own club houses such as the Dawn Patrol, a club established in New Jersey in 1937 and the Jackpine Gypsies club formed in 1936 in Sturgis, SD. The Jackpine Gypsies started the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota which will be celebrating its 68th anniversary in 2008.
Of course, there are motorcycle clubs, motorcycle riding clubs, motorcycle associations with local chapters, and other motorcycle groups. Each has special characteristics, requirements, and functions that would take a whole book to describe. That’s not the intent of this article.
Clubs serve a very useful purpose and form a social bonding for their members. Some clubs exist to further a particular make and model such as the Honda PC-800 club, the GWRRA, or the Cushman Club of America. Some clubs exist to champion a particular cause such as the Bikers Against Child Abuse.
Some clubs exist for only part of the year such as the Polar Bear Grand Tour that rides throughout the winter in the NJ, NY, PA, and DE area of the USA.
There’s a motorcycle club out there to fit almost anyone who wants to be part of a motorcycling community. Of course, many motorcyclists never join clubs and enjoy the freedom of solo or small group riding with buddies. However, it’s hard to go out on a Sunday afternoon and not see groups of motorcyclists riding down almost any road in formation. Clubs are here to stay and will gain more importance as more people get into the sport.
The women’s clubs seem to be growing the fastest these days as more and more women are completing the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses, gaining their motorcycle licenses, and buying that first bike. Some women riders are attracted to the women’s clubs for support and fellowship as they gain proficiency in riding.
We at Southern Bike Night support motorcycle clubs immensely. They are great men and women.
As more people get on the Internet looking for information about motorcycling, they find out about the clubs that have Web sites and gravitate to them. In fact, one of the biggest factors in the growth of club membership these days is the Internet.
The fact that a motorcycle club was founded in 1937, doesn’t guarantee that the average rider evens knows that it exists — that is, until the Internet came along and allowed people to find first-hand information about many of these clubs from their Web sites.
We are entering a new era of increased participation in motorcycling. The motorcycle clubs will serve to manage much of this growth and channel it into worthwhile charitable projects as well as provide a way for new riders to grow in their motorcycling experiences. Let’s help to further this growth by making the surfing motorcyclists aware that your club exists.
We want to hear from you and your club. Our TV show will be traveling the country and filming all throughout the year. Drop us a line and let us help support you. Remember, keep the rubber side down.
If you have decided to buy a new house, you probably have taken the most crucial decision of your life. Buying a home is a dream for everyone and is considered one of the biggest investments. No one likes to invest in a home that proves to be a disappointment after a few years of purchase. To buy a beautiful home that has functional features and stunning construction, you need to be sure about the homebuilder that is working on the project. They should be a brand that is known for its commitment, skills, and customer services. Choosing efficient home builders in Montgomery is an uphill task, however, these tips will help you choose a reliable company that can meet your expectations and make a dream home.
Before looking for trustworthy home builders in Montgomery, it is essential that you define your vision. Decide what type of home and community you are looking for, for instance, type and size of home; space requirements; layout and sign of the home; outdoor living areas; accessibility; distance from your job; shopping center; public transport; medical facilities; schools, parks, recreational facilities; etc. Prepare a list of important features that you want in your new home. This will eventually help you evaluate every property that you visit. This will make it easy for you to explain your preferences easily.
Before beginning your search in Montgomery, ask your family and friends if they know any reputed builder that you can deal with. You can call the home builders associations in Alabama to get names of some of the reputed home builders in Montgomery. Once you get the list of home builders, visit their websites and check out their portfolio and company details. You can get information about their previous projects and the reviews they got. Go through their testimonials to check out the quality of services offered by them and to know what their customers think of their services.
Checking some of their model homes can also help you select the best homebuilder for your new home. Besides considering the design and layout, check the quality of the material used in their model home, check flooring, windows, doors, effect of sound, and woodwork finishing before finalizing anything. Visit the model home repeatedly unless you are satisfied. Check whether the home makes have effectively used available space or not. While buying a new home, the community itself is an important factor to consider. Considering builder’s warranty and after sales services is also crucial for choosing the right home developer. It is important that the company’s approach to the buying and building process should work for you. For a satisfying buying experience, you must have open communication, mutual trust, and a good working relationship.