BIKERS FOR CHRIST

 

 

 

MC 101

 

Motorcycle Club (MC) Basics

THE CLUB

The intent of this section is to give you an overview of the structure and
philosophy of the traditional motorcycle club (MC) basics.  This does not
necessarily express the feelings or priorities of any particular club, as all
motorcycle clubs differ on some points.  Regardless of the basic philosophy
of this group, it is important that you understand the perspectives of other
clubs that you may be associating with from time to time.

If motorcycles influence your lifestyle, then you are part of the motorcycle
community.  Of all the types of organizations found within that community,
the traditional motorcycle club stands apart and ranks highest in stature.

RESPECT

A serious MC club commands respect for one reason.  Those who are
correctly informed recognize the deep level of personal commitment and self-
discipline that a man has to demonstrate and sustain in order to wear a
patch.  They realize that a club’s “Colors” are closely guarded and the
membership process is long and difficult.  Other factors notwithstanding,
they respect Patchholders for what they have accomplished by being able to
earn and keep the patch they wear.  This is respect born out of recognition of
dedication and accomplishment.  The MC Club strives for respect for this
reason.  This is especially true as it pertains to those persons outside of the
motorcycle community.  This segment of society is by far larger, and
therefore represents a larger market for any fund raising activities that the
group might undertake.  It stands to reason that cultivating a relationship
with these people is important, and to be perceived by them as “Biker Scum”
would not be advantageous to the group.  They will therefore conduct
themselves as upstanding citizens in every way…”Good neighbors” so to
speak.  The goal is to be admired and respected by the general public rather
that feared.  The serious club, and all or its members and guests, will always
conduct themselves publicly in a highly professional manner.

CLUB COLORS

The general public does not draw a distinction between different club
colors.  In many cases, they simply can’t tell the difference: we’re all “Biker
Scum” to them.  If one club causes a problem that touches the public sector,
the offending club’s identity is either confused or ignored and the heat comes
down on all clubs.  The general public does not make the distinction between
a MC, a Riding Club (RC), or Motorcycle Ministry (MM), therefore
EVERYONE needs to be aware that no matter whether they are in an MC,
RC, MM, or an Independent (Lone Wolf) rider, their actions reflect on all in
the motorcycle community.  The MC clubs tend to police themselves to avoid
such incidents.

PARTICIPATION

A patchholder will not discuss any club business whether it’s about
membership numbers, club goings on, or any member’s personal information
with anyone outside of the club.  They understand that they are a
Patchholder 24 hours a day whether or not they are wearing their colors.  
Everything they say or do in public can affect the club.  They also understand
that if they get out of line, that they are subject to be counseled for their own
good and for that of the club.  Wearing a patch is more than getting together
for good times.  It also means getting together for the other times, too.  It
constitutes a lot of work.  It’s committing themselves to a lifestyle in which
they do not look for how their brothers or sisters can help them, but for ways
that they can be of help to their brothers and sisters.  They always look to
give rather than receive.  All of this may seem very idealistic, and in some
cases it’s just that.  But it is an ideal that all clubs profess and are always
striving for in principle and practice.

Always be aware of the “Golden Rule” of conduct while traveling in or
ministering in club circles: If you give respect, you’ll get respect.  If you act
with disrespect, then you’ll be treated with the same.

LEVELS OF COMMITMENT

When someone earns their patch, it does not mean that he or she has
reached the ultimate goal and from that point on they can kick back and
coast.  Moving from guest to probation or prospect to Patchholder is not
climbing from the bottom to the top, but rather more like climbing a
constantly ascending slope, and in time becoming a stronger and more
committed brother or sister.  A person’s probationary rocker and later their
patch are merely presented in recognition of what they have demonstrated
along the way.  In this fashion, the more senior the Patchholder is in the club
and the more they experience, the more of a brother or sister they should be
to all.

PURPOSE OF MC PROBATION / PROSPECTING

Probation is not an initiation, as you would find in a fraternity.  It is instead
a period of time that is sustained until the person, in every sense, conducts
himself or herself with the respect that is mandated to be a Patchholder.  It’
s a time in which:
 The attitude is conditioned so that he/she displays a sense of
responsibility and respect toward the patch holders of the club, without
which they will not develop a sense of respect for the group.
 He/she is educated in MC protocol and etiquette.
 He/she is given time to develop the habits that are basic to good security
and good communications.
 To get in to the habit of participating.
 To become accustomed to trusting the judgment, at times blindly, of those
patch holders who will someday be his or her brothers and sisters.

The list could go on but the point here is to demonstrate that the
probationary period has definite objectives and that a person will go
nowhere in the club if he/she is not aware of this and does not apply
themselves to those ends.  It’s not possible to make a checklist of what is
expected from a person in all cases.  There isn’t any formula for success, but
the key is ATTITUDE AND RESPECT.  Everything else can be learned in
time, but a person’s attitude comes from the heart.

BIKERS FOR CHRIST MEMBERS

While in public places always conduct yourself with your association with
the BFC ministry in mind.  Remember that what you do, people will
remember, good or bad.  The public perception of anyone who rides a
motorcycle should be considered and a good attitude is always the kind of
perception we should present.

Remember, in this day and age never let someone go off alone without
someone keeping an eye them.

Never use the term “Outlaw Club” or any of the other names they are known
by when speaking to strangers (you never know when one of them might be a
member of an MC, be a support member or know members of an of an MC).

Never call a member of a motorcycle club (MC) “Brother” or “Bro”.  If he is
a friend and you two consider each other brothers, wait for MC Patchholder
to address you as such in public.
These are some things for you, as Bikers for Christ (BFC) members, that
you need to consider when dealing with motorcycle clubs.  Additionally, they
are also some things you should consider if and when you are going to be
around motorcycle clubs and their patchholders.

1. Motorcycle club Patchholders are people too.  They have good days and
bad days, they have jobs, families, and normal everyday problems and
concerns just like anyone else.  There are those who no matter what you say
or do, it will not be right with them.  Just like with any group, you will find
both good and bad.

2. Protocol and Respect are primary rules when dealing with a motorcycle
club (MC) patchholder.

If you are formally introduced to a MC patchholder, make sure either the
person doing the introduction (or you) makes sure they know what you
belong to (Bikers for Christ), what position you hold (i.e., Chapter Elder or a
member). Under no circumstances do you interrupt to correct a mistake
while that person is introducing you or while they are talking.  Wait till the
introduction is done and politely introduce yourself correctly. Remember to
use your name – not your nickname it may come latter as you get know them
better. Remember, it’s always polite to face the individual or group and make
eye contact with who you are talking to.

3. Greet them, as you would meet anyone else and wait until the offer is
made to shake hands or slap each other’s (Remember DO NOT EVER
TOUCH a MC Members Patch unless they have extended the offer by
slapping yours first) patch.  DO NOT interrupt, wait for them to recognize
you.  DO NOT, be offended or make a big deal out of it if they do not offer to
shake your hand.  Many times they want to get to know more about you and
your club or ministry a little before they will offer to shake your hand and
most certainly before they will touch your patch and allow you to touch their
patch.

4. Never, Ever, Lie.  Never lie to anyone.  Either answer the question or
refer the questioner to someone who can.  Be prepared to answer questions
about what the BFC ministry is all about.  Such as…
a) Bikers For Christ (BFC) is a motorcycle ministry where members ride
their bikes and participate in events, which put them in places where God
can use them to minister & evangelize.  By supporting motorcycle clubs,
riding with them, help them out during their events, and praying with them.
b) Bikers For Christ is not in “competition” with any MC club or other
ministry and we have no intention of ever trying to become a motorcycle
club.  
c) BFC has no presidents, no vice presidents, and no titles.  Each chapter
has an elder who takes care of things in his/her geographic area.  A National
Administrator oversees the business end of things and is available to help out
the elders with any needs they have.
d) BFC has a $5 a month "Pledge Support" due annually ($60) or bi-annually ($30 X 2).
e) We do not “claim” territories or wear territorial rockers.  If asked why
does the BFC patch use so many different colors (7)? - To avoid
antagonizing “motorcycle clubs” which may claim a particular color scheme
as “theirs”.
f) Never refer to your patch as “Colors” and learn what the different parts
and colors of the BFC patch represent so that you can explain what they
represent if asked.
g) We are a “NEUTRAL” ministry and do not wear any MC support patches.
h) All makes and models of motorcycles are welcomed in BFC.
i) Women riders are welcomed.
j) Do not volunteer personal information unless you know that the person
being asked about wants it given out: that’s only common sense.  If they ask a
question about the ministry answer it if you can, or refer the questioner to
someone who can.
k) DO NOT brag about how large the local BFC Chapter is or the national
membership is.

5. Women, in leadership positions or being a patchholder in a motorcycle
club, while not totally unheard of, are rare.  That’s just the way it is.  Most
MC’s would rather deal with a man if there is business to conduct.  Most
motorcycle clubs (MC) realize what a motorcycle ministry (MM) or riding
club (RC) is about and will for the most part accept a woman as an officer,
and a motorcycle riding club “woman officer” will most likely be allowed to
attend any meeting.  Whether or not they will deal directly with a woman or
not depends of the individual MC/Chapter.  There is no set rule for this and
they will let you know if it’s OK with them or not.  Many MC’s do not care to
deal with National Officers.  They would prefer to deal the local or state
representatives.

6. If anyone knows a motorcycle club patchholder, don’t throw the
patchholder’s name/nickname/club’s name around like you’re a great buddy
of theirs (even if you are).  Many clubs consider that as a major disrespect to
the whole club.

7. Watch where you are when speaking about motorcycle clubs, and never
say anything about them in public because you never know when that woman,
man, or kid in regular clothes standing near you might be one of them, or a
“support member”.  Patchholders do not always wear their colors (patch).  
By the time the story gets back to the top club in your area, it will have been
changed many times over and could be blown up way out of proportion.

8. Anything said about them between MC members is club business ONLY.  
If comments, even those said in a joking manner were to get out, problems
could start.  Discussions about or around any MC member or strangers
outside the privacy of the BFC members can start rumors that could cause a
lot of problems for not only the local BFC chapter, but also for other BFC
chapters in and out of the state.

9. If for some reason you have to say something while in public about a
motorcycle club (MC), take the person you’re talking to aside, alone, and say
ONLY what you need to say to get your meaning across.  Say as little as
possible so anyone else standing near by can’t overhear it and misunderstand
what you’re talking about.

10. Watch where you wear your patch (Motorcycle Ministries and
Motorcycle Riding Clubs don’t wear colors, colors are earned, not bought)
and it’s just common sense to stay in numbers when wearing your patch.  
(Some MC’s can be very territorial and some clubs don’t see any difference
between a MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY, RIDING CLUB, or
MOTORCYCLE CLUB, good or bad.)  If you are unsure of the areas or
places normally frequented by MC’s, find out from your Chapter Elder.  If
you are planning on traveling and are concerned about MC’s in the areas you’ll

be traveling through or staying in, talk to your Chapter Elder and ask if
they can find something out by contacting the MC officers in the areas you
will be in.

11. If you already know a patchholder, or get to know one in the future, don’t
just walk up to him/her and interrupt when they are with other MC
members.  Wait till he/she acknowledges you first and NEVER touch them
or put your arm around them like a buddy.  Don’t put your hand out to shake
theirs; wait for them to extend their hand first.  If for some reason you’re not
acknowledged at all, then just keep walking.  If you need to talk to an officer
of a Motorcycle Club the proper way is to go through the clubs Sergeant at
Arms or one of their other patchholders.

12. You have to decide whether or not you want to show respect by going to
any of their functions or if you want to avoid all of them all together.  If you
choose to show respect and go, you can do this in a way that may make you
feel more as ease by going to one of their “support clubs” functions instead of
the top club’s function (if they have a support patch then you’re still
indirectly showing the top club respect).  But if you do go, then you also have
to go their rival clubs’ function or you’ll be telling everyone that you’re not a
“NEUTRAL” ministry as you said you were.  (Example: If you go to Club A’s
function then YOU HAVE TO GO to Club B’s function, etc…)  You have to
decide how you want to stay neutral, by going or not going too, so they’re not
in the dark and we can ALL stay on top of things.

****NOTE**** A better way to support them and still give the appearance of
being a neutral ministry is to attend only “open to the public” events that a
motorcycle club may be sponsoring.

If you feel that you do want or need to go to a “limited event”, then you’ll
have to go representing yourself as yourself, preferably without wearing any
patches identifying BFC or your club.  Remember, if you’re wearing your
patch, you are considered by everyone to be representing the whole BFC
ministry.  If anything were to turn sour, then your whole ministry or club
could wind up with problems down the road.  Also, once the rivals of that
club you visited find out (and they will within a day or two), then those rivals
will see you as no longer being neutral and you could be considered a rival of
theirs too.

13. No “Chapter Location Bars” (CLB’s), No “Territory Rockers”, or
anything giving the appearance of a rocker should be worn with the BFC
patch.  State flags, state logos may be worn in some areas and not in others.  
It’s best to check with the local BFC Chapter Elder to make sure what is
OK in your area.

14. If someone from a MC requests that you remove your vest/patch, don’t
argue.  The best reply is, “No Problem” and politely take it off and let your
Chapter Elder know what MC it was so they can deal with any potential
problems.  You normally will only get asked once.

15. If an establishment has a sign indicating “No Colors”, even though your
patch is not considered “colors”, your vest or jacket should be removed out
of respect to the other motorcycle clubs and the policy of the establishment.  
While you may just be part of a Motorcycle Ministry or Riding Club, it’s only
respectful to honor the house rules.  Motorcycle clubs that honored the
“house rules” would likely be deeply offended that you didn’t do the same.  
Also remember, many establishments choose to have this policy and it
applies to all clubs and ministries that use any kind of patch; they do not
distinguish between a MC, RC, or a Motorcycle Ministry.  Be aware of the
local MC hangouts and it’s best not to wear your BFC patch into them
without an invitation.

16. Do not wear your BFC Patch into a MC clubhouse unless you have asked
if it’s OK to do so or have been invited as a BFC Member, to attend a
function there.

17. In regard to women who are with a MC club, but not in the club: Old
Lady is not a negative or derogatory term, it’s just a slang term commonly
used.  “Property Of” patches are their way of showing support for their man
and the club he’s in.  AND please remember, a man in the MC world is
judged along side the manners of his woman.  Keep her in check.  It not her
ass she’s putting on the line it’s her man’s that will be in jeopardy.

18. A MC patchholder may not, and many times will not acknowledge your
wife or girlfriend, especially upon a first meeting and this should be
understood ahead of time to avoid any problems.

19. DO NOT touch or sit on a patchholder’s bike unless invited to do so.  Do
not expect the invitation.

20. A prospect can usually be identified by the back patch they are wearing.  
There are many different ways MC’s identify prospects.  They can have the
rockers without the main patch.  They can actually have a patch saying
“PROSPECT”.  Some do not wear any patch, because all the Patchholders
know who the prospects are.  You want to treat a prospect or even someone
you suspect is a prospect the same way you would treat a patchholder – with
respect and courtesy.

21. Have absolutely no doubt that a motorcycle club (MC) is serious and
many have been known to physically educate a person who shows disrespect
or displays a bad attitude toward them.

22. Be aware of the behavior and attitude of the other BFC members who
are with you (especially if anyone has been drinking “REFER to attached
BFC Policy on public consumption of alcohol”) at events.  If necessary, try to
take action to avoid problems before they happen.  For example if someone is
getting too angry or loud and possibly disrespectful, take them aside or
suggest going somewhere else until things settle down.  If other BFC
members are in the area you should explain the situation to them and all of
you should attempt to take the person aside, and strongly suggest that they
go somewhere else and settle down.  If an incident should occur in spite of
your efforts, make sure to let your Chapter Elder know about it as soon
afterward as you can.

23. Be aware that problems created in one part of the country by a BFC
member or issues with the BFC ministry in one area have the potential to
affect BFC members in other areas and states.

24. The term “Brother” of “Bro” has special meaning to a MC Patchholder,
do not call a MC Patchholder Brother or Bro.  Their Brothers are fellow MC
Patchholders and those that have earned that term.  

What is a “Brother” in the MC world?  Once you’re gone through the
hangaround period, the members of the club have viewed your behavior, your
attitude, your dedication, trust and loyalty, to be there.  If you’ve actually
completed this period, then you may be asked to become a prospect.  During
this time you are put under a much more intense review.  You and the other
members of the club find out if you are suited to be part of the club and if
you can accept the other members as Brothers just as much as if they can
accept you and call you Brother.  Can you dedicate yourself to the others as
close as you would to your own flesh and blood?  Many times it is an even
closer commitment than family.  The person you call Brother becomes family
as a part of his as well as being a part of theirs.  A common phrase used in
MC circles is “I am my brother’s keeper”.  This means you will support him
and help him in any way you can, sometimes to the point of selling your bike
to help him, quitting your job to go help him and, in some cases, Brothers
have even done things that they already know could get them put in jail
because they were willing to take that step to help a Brother out.

Please take note if you haven’t had any experience being around some of the
more serious motorcycle clubs (1%ers, support clubs, etc…), they take the
word “Brother, or Bro” very seriously, and they’ll only use the word as a
show of respect towards their own club, their members, and any club who
they they’ve bestowed that word upon.  And if a MC club overhears someone
throwing around the word “Brother, or Bro” lightly within their midst, it
could cause them to aggressively educate those whom they feel disrespected
them by abusing the word.  Next time you feel the need to call someone
“Brother, or Bro”, just what is behind it? Commitment or just trying to
sound cool?

25. Don’t ever touch any part of another MC member’s colors, which
includes the vest or jacket it’s sewn on.  That is considered serious
disrespect, which could cause them to aggressively educate the uninformed.

26. MC’s tend to police their own, and don’t take kindly to interference from
the so-called establishment enforcers.  Yes they live by a law. Simply put You
Mess with one, You Mess with all.  But as long you live and ride the streets
as they do you have little to fear from MC’s unless you let your mouth
overload your rear. “SHOW THEM RESPECT.”  That’s A #1 with them!

 

 

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