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By James “Hollywood” Macecari

When I did the episode, “Why I think Clubs War,” I received a lot of push back on the views I expressed. First off, I never back away from controversy. Secondly, I believe I was pretty much straight up on the subject.

One of the things people got really upset about was my conclusion, that the Hells Angels, have a lot to do with the violence. My argument was the Hells Angels moving into areas that have been traditionally other 1% clubs territory. Well let’s say that argument didn’t go over well with the supporters and members of the Hells Angels.

Many people shot back on the idea because I was a former Black Piston. They believed I would say anything that would be against   the Hells Angels. I disagree with this position and I’ll tell you why. Look back into history when it comes to motorcycle clubs fighting. Every major outbreak of violence in some form or another had the Hells Angels smack dab in the middle. This was especially true here in Illinois during the 1990’s.

The 1990’s problems here in Illinois started when the Hells Angels flipped the Hells Henchmen. The Hells Henchmen were in the city limits of Chicago, a long traditional area for the Outlaws MC. Well they were there until the Grand Ave clubhouse bombing, which led to them leaving the city limits. Another incident included a Shooting out of Rockford. Again, because the Hells Angels wanted to establish a presence around the Chicago Area.

The History of wars where the Angels were at the center

Mid 70’s, The Hells Angels were again at the center of a fight that has lasted decades. The Hells Angels tried to tell the Mongols MC that they couldn’t wear a state bottom rocker. Well, the Mongols didn’t back down and the war has raged on. Recently, that war has spread between the Bandidos MC and Mongols MC. This is  because of the involvement of the Bandidos with the Hells Angels. See the pattern yet? I won’t even go into the East Coast wars between the Hells Angels and many clubs, primarily the Pagans MC.

My question is this. How can I be biased when history is on my side? Another thing, I’m straight up and always honest about my past. I do the disclaimer about my club past, so people can take the information I give, and research it knowing the bias. I’m not here to push the view I’m always right. I’m here to start the debate in hopes of a better biker club scene.

Are 1% clubs ruining the club scene?

 Black Dragon did a video the other day which got me thinking. “Are 1% motorcycle clubs ruining the club scene?” I agree on some points and others I do not. Again, I believe you have to dive further into the causes of some of these fights. Do I believe the fighting among clubs is turning off many people? Yes I do, and I think this is something clubs should start to consider.

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Motorcycle clubs since their inception have believed in not taking outsiders views of them. This strategy might have worked in the old days, but it won’t work anymore. The information age has amplified what is happening all over the country when it comes to clubs.

Throw in all the misinterpretations the public gets from fake biker shows, public opinion goes against clubs.  Why is this important? It’s really simple, citizens elect the officials that make the laws. The citizens are also the ones that sit on juries. So again, public opinion does matter in the whole grand scheme of things. Something that is unavoidable and something that can take a motorcycle club down real quick.

For many years since the Waco/Twin Peaks shootout between the Bandidos and Cossacks things have gotten worse in Texas. The motorcycle club profiling is something of an epidemic level. With this being a fact of life for motorcycle clubs, why is it then they still continue to fight? Well, you got me, it’s something I’ll never understand. Right now I’m waiting for news to come out about the shooting involving two clubs in Midland. The shooting in Midland is being pushed by the press as a biker gang war. Guess what? All the inroads that might have been taking place have been destroyed. What representative will go against law enforcement when they read or hear that a shooting between clubs has happened again?

The 1% scene cannot expect support from Independents or citizens in their fight against profiling

I believe this is what Black Dragon was talking about in his video. The 1% scene cannot expect support from Independents or citizens in their fight against profiling, if they can’t help themselves? In one of my previous segments I argue the same points. I actually went as far as saying I would no longer cover motorcycle club rights, something that I actually wrestled with for a few days.

Here’s my point of view, one that runs in line with many peoples thinking. “Why even try to help, especially when clubs themselves won’t help their cause?” Some people in clubs got upset with that stand, especially since I’ve been a big supporter of club rights. The question to them becomes, “how do you expect me or anyone else to keep pushing when the violence won’t stop?” I cannot in good conscience present a defense to violence to our listenership. This is the main reason Insane Throttle has gotten away from promoting the issue and has stuck to only biker news.

Do I still believe in motorcycle club rights even though we won’t be covering it anymore? Sure I do, I believe everyone has the right to wear and hang out with whom they want to. I do not believe that clubs can use that right to cover for the violence that is going on. To put it frankly, people are sick of clubs fighting each other. People, especially riding clubs and non-affiliated motorcycle clubs, are sick of the blow back they get because of what others are doing. 

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There are two main reasons why motorcycle clubs have lost the support of the majority of bikers

 There are two main reasons why motorcycle clubs have lost the support of the majority of bikers. The first one is because of the violence, and the second one is because 1% clubs dictate what people can and cannot do. I get protocol, but protocol has been expanded so much from what it used to be.

People now don’t care about tradition and they sure the hell don’t want to be told what’s up. I truly contribute that point to the rise in so-called pop up clubs. People now will just run to the cops if they are threatened. Lets face it, bikers are no longer made of the past mold they used to be. The biker scene has been taken over by people who no longer share in the old values we once held. Call it evolution I guess, but it’s a simple fact that old time clubs have to accept one of these days.

I personally always wondered if it was worth the time someone would spend in jail, over telling someone else they couldn’t start a club.I know I sure wouldn’t think it was worth it, but who am I to think for those in the 1% clubs? To be very honest, I don’t give a damn what the clubs do, It doesn’t affect me one bit. As an op-ed writer, I do care about the biker scene as a whole. I think this is why all sides should be heard and all opinions expressed. Afterall, this is the way things can be changed. Insane Throttle has a huge platform, especially through the radio show on Spotify and ITunes. Not to mention harleyliberty.com and bikerlifestylemagazine.com. I will always make sure that every angle of the scene is covered and all voices heard.

It was very interesting, the other day I was asked if I had any regrets. I would have to say one of my biggest regrets as far as Insane Throttle has been, is the focus on motorcycle clubs. Early on we covered motorcycle clubs all the time and didn’t get to the whole scene. Chalk it up to the old thinking that was bred into me I guess. One thing that has happened though when opening up the platform to everyone outside of the club world, Insane Throttle has grown more and more. This is something that is not only good for the Throttle, but also for this new industry, as I often call it. 

It’s funny, I often get people confused when I say, “new industry.” The new industry I’m talking about is independent creators who speak exclusively about the biker scene. Never before has there been so much information available to bikers. The old days of the now defunct Easyriders is over. I say defunct because that magazine is no longer representative of the biker set. It’s always cool seeing new creators, and the viewpoints they bring to the scene. I’ve often said the biker scene is made up of all kinds of subsets. New creators bring those subsets into the spotlight.

Getting back to the main purpose of this discussion. “Why do motorcycle clubs war with each other?” It’s simple, check out the history and how things started and find the common denominator in all the hostilities. Once you find the common denominator you will get the information you’re looking for.It’s that simple

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Leaving the motorcycle club behind https://hooliganbiker.com/leaving-the-motorcycle-club-behind/ https://hooliganbiker.com/leaving-the-motorcycle-club-behind/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2020 01:40:16 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=120 I’ve been at this show for over two years now, and four years reporting on biker related news. One of the most asked questions I get from subscribers is, “how has life been since leaving the motorcycle club you were in?” It’s a pretty good question, especially since it’s been almost 15 years now. I […]

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I’ve been at this show for over two years now, and four years reporting on biker related news. One of the most asked questions I get from subscribers is, “how has life been since leaving the motorcycle club you were in?” It’s a pretty good question, especially since it’s been almost 15 years now.

I left the MC because of health issues because I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Reality hit and found that I could no longer be 100% in the game. I couldn’t bear being responsible for someone getting hurt in a pack if I had a seizure in the middle of the ride. Without being able to put in 100% I decided it was time to hang it up, something that was hard to do, especially since I was in the game since the early nineties. 

The Shock of being on the outside looking in

I would have to say the first year or so is the hardest part about leaving the club life behind. One day you’re spending all your time with the club, the next day you’re out of the action. Friends and brothers you once had, already moved on, and you’re left looking back on the fond memories you had with everyone.

For those who’ve just recently left a motorcycle club. “Don’t worry, you will find your way again.” I always tell people, “you will always find others who are independent to hang with.” The Independent life is something I never could fathom in my younger days. Now that I’m older it’s the best thing for me and the family. There is nothing wrong with an ex-member being an independent or choosing to be with a riding club. One thing is for sure, something I always tell people leaving a club, “you don’t need a patch to be who you are.”

Is it a step down being independent or joining a riding club?

The simple answer? Hell no! My question is, “why would you think it’s a step down just because you’re not a member of a club?” You’re still a biker, are you not? The biggest misconceptions I always run into are, people thinking a patch puts you on some hierarchy ladder. What are we in fucking high school or some shit?

People always talk about who is a real biker all the time. “Well it sure the fuck isn’t about what others think of you.” Why do you even care where people put you on some fantasy scale? Get over all that bullshit and do you.

I’ve found more time to discover who I was 

One of the best things that came out of me leaving the club life, was finding myself. I found that the way I was living life wasn’t in the best interest for my family. For so many years they took a backseat to club life, something people need to think about before joining a motorcycle club. One of the best things that happened, was getting out of the club mentality, and seeing there was more to life. Being in a motorcycle club is like living in a bubble, meaning the club is your life and everything else outside  doesn’t matter. I have to say I was happy that the bubble burst, mainly because I was able to get into other stuff I ignored all those years.

Immediately after leaving the club, I was able to get into things I always wanted to but never had the time. I’m a huge outdoorsman and I finally started taking those camping and fishing trips. I also was able to concentrate on building businesses more than I ever did before. Most of all, I was able to make life something other than a motorcycle club.

I believe it’s this kind of transformation after leaving the club, is what pushes me to recommend Independent or riding clubs. There is so much more to life than living in that bubble. Being an independent or apart of a riding club allows you to enjoy other things than just a motorcycle or having an image. Independent or riding club members get their wind and parties with friends, afterwards they go on with their lives without commitments.

Many creators won’t tell you about the bad side of the motorcycle club scene. 

The one thing I hate more than anything, people not being real about the motorcycle club scene. Even if it’s not purposeful, I still believe that the whole story needs to be told. Motorcycle club life isn’t an easy life. I’ve seen many people die young, and not only from battles with other clubs. The people I saw die young were from heart attacks, strokes and other health related issues. For example there was a guy I knew, that was only in his mid 30’s, but dude looked like he was almost sixty years old. The reason? The weekend partying and being on the run all the time. This dude could go for days without any sleep. There is a catch though, he was usually on some shit to keep him going. I’m sure everyone can put two and two together on that one.

Since most creators won’t get into the dark side of the game I will. The reason is I want people to have the full picture before getting involved in something like a club. One thing that does irritate the shit out of me is people saying, “you’re bashing clubs and making them look bad.” This isn’t the case whatsoever. Here’s a little inside information for all you. I’m actually helping motorcycle clubs from having to waste their time on someone who isn’t ready. If I’m giving the person asking about clubs the good and bad, then they can make an informed decision. Do people look at that angle? Hell no they don’t! People are too busy looking through a tunnel vision lense instead of the wide angle lens. Like I talked about above, always get the whole picture before listening to anyone creator

You’re not in a club, so why should anyone listen to you?

It’s true, I’m not in a club any longer. Here’s the thing though, I spent well over 15 years in the club life during some hardcore times. I also grew up on the streets of Chicago with one of the baddest street gangs in the city. I’ve been there and done it, maybe this is the reason I believe in being straight up instead of pulling your peckers. I have absolutely no need to present things as glorious within the biker scene. Truth be told, yes it was great, but it’s also not cookies and ice cream like some of these people will tell you. A reasonable person would want that information before they made a choice on whether to join a club or not.

I believe if I share some of what I went through, even though I’m no longer in a club, it will help people with the information they need to make an informed choice. Do people or club members get pissed off at how I present things? Damned right they do and I hear it all the time. Here’s the thing about that though, I go back to the question, “do you want to waste your time on someone who isn’t prepared?” After they think about it for awhile I always get, “you’re right, it does help weed out those who might not have the understanding of club life.”   

Unlike a lot of creators who are looking for a payout, I’m in it to help the scene. 

 I for one am glad there is more biker entertainment. It was just a decade ago, we all had to wait for the next issue of a biker magazine, to get any insight on what was happening within the scene. Social media, especially YouTube, has given bikers a place to get entertainment and in some cases make new friends. Facebook groups for networking are a great place to hook up for rides and rallies. YouTube is a place where you can go to video bloggers to follow an individual doing his or her thing.

The only downfall I’ve really seen, is people doing the content just for money. I for one am totally for being able to make some money, but I’m also one who feels it should be done for the right reasons. If someone is just out to put content up to make money, then at least be real about it. There are many people who put out content that have no idea what they are talking about. This is especially true when it comes to motorcycle clubs. We all have seen them, especially the ones who scream the loudest about what should and shouldn’t be happening in motorcycle clubs.

We all can remember a certain individual who’s out west crying bloody murder, about how clubs are trampling over everyone’s constitutional rights. Was there an audience for that? Sure there was, people actually do feel that way, so that creator served up the content to them. Did it help with the MC Scene? Nope, all it did was put ideas in peoples heads that would get them hurt. That kind of content is not helpful for the scene.

There are those people who would even go as far as saying, the content we put out, is not good for the scene. I might agree, but not for the reasons some people might believe. All our material is about biker news, both good and bad. I believe you cannot have one without the other. Does this put a bad light onto motorcycle clubs? Yep, sure does! So why do it? I always tell people to think of it this way. “Wouldn’t you rather have someone who knows the scene doing it, rather than mainstream media?” At least with Insane Throttle Biker News everyone gets to tell their side of the story if they wish to.

Don’t you make money off what you’re doing?

Simple answer, no! Sure, I make about $2.00 off a video on YouTube, but it actually costs more to make the content than what I bring in. One of the misconceptions is that creators make a lot of money. Let me be the first to tell you that isn’t the case. Most money we make comes from t-shirt sales and sponsorships on our other platforms. Whatever money is made is reinvested into the shows I do. It’s one big circle basically where I never end up with profit. 

So why do it then? It’s simple, I love being able to contribute to the biker scene. Being a biker is one of the best things anyone can be. The biker scene is filled with some pretty awesome people who do a lot for the community. This is why I do it, to make the scene even better. 

Conclusion

Swinging back to the topic of life after the motorcycle club. Do it the right way, make sure to try and stay friends with everyone. Sure, they will hang around with you less and less, but it’s because they have club stuff to do and you don’t. The good side of this though is you’re able to

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What clubs do you consider to be 1% clubs? https://hooliganbiker.com/what-clubs-do-you-consider-to-be-1-clubs/ https://hooliganbiker.com/what-clubs-do-you-consider-to-be-1-clubs/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:28:23 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=118 What do you consider to be a 1% motorcycle club? This is a very interesting question I got from a listener a few days ago. It’s really simple to me. Any club that was born out of the years of late 30’s to the 70’s. The oldest 1% club is the Outlaws MC which was […]

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What do you consider to be a 1% motorcycle club? This is a very interesting question I got from a listener a few days ago. It’s really simple to me. Any club that was born out of the years of late 30’s to the 70’s. The oldest 1% club is the Outlaws MC which was started in 1935 in McCook Illinois. During the 40’s you had the Hells Angels. Clubs like the Bandidos, Chosen Few, Vagos and Mongols were 60’s. Other clubs I’ve got to mention are Sons Of Silence, Galloping Goose, Highwaymen and Iron Horsemen. In all total, my opinion is around ten clubs you can really consider true 1% clubs.

It’s important to note, there are clubs I’ve probably left out, but the ones listed above are generally the accepted norm. Again, if clubs were started in the time frame I talked about above, they are some badass clubs. The reason these clubs are on this list is because they put in the work to earn the patch. Many clubs today that wear a diamond were either given permission to wear it, or just slapped it on. This is why I really don’t think of these types of clubs as legit. For one, they have only been around a few years or they just sprung up. Secondly they don’t have decades of being battle tested.

 One thing I’ve always found funny, is people who try to give advice to others about the scene.

Especially those who’ve only got maybe five years under their belt. I also find it funny when they try to give advice on sets that have nothing in common. For example, the white biker set and black biker set. These scenes only have the motorcycle in common. The protocols these scenes have are not interchangeable with each other. I sometimes truly cringe, when some people talk about protocol in one scene, and try to blanket it to all scenes.

Here’s an example. The White Biker Scene is harsh, there are a lot of people who won’t even let a black set foot into a clubhouse. Why? Because this is how it’s been for decades and it won’t change. Why do I bring this up? I bring it up because it’s the reality that many of these guys don’t understand. You cannot apply protocol with a broad brush. I’ve said it a dozen times. Protocol is on a local and regional level. Furthermore, protocol depends on what scene you’re in. There may be similar protocols for some things, but there are also many things these people are talking about that will get you into some shit in the white set.

The club scene isn’t milk and cookies.

I’ve said this time and time again. I think it’s important for those seeking advice online to know this. There are many of these so-called experts, who try and push the club scene to be all rosey. This is bullshit! The truth is the club scene is all about rivals. It’s a very serious business and anyone trying to push it any other way is a fucking dumb-ass. I say run from them motherfuckers because listening to them will get you hurt. Another hint for you all. If you have someone claiming to be a 1% giving you advice, on any of these social media platforms, run! You’re not going to find a 1% member from a true diamond club on social media giving you advice.

Let’s be honest. An individual who is experienced in the lifestyle will come up with their own material. Instead, you see these people taking material from other people who’ve been around, and putting their spin on it. Personally, doing that kind of crap shows their inexperience and more importantly their ignorance. It’s all about the money people, it’s called content creation!! People will do whatever they can to make the money. These Creators are reaching out to a niche to push the crap to make money. People need to act like they are educating you in order to keep you coming back for more. I’m not against making money, but god damn, at least give the correct information out to people.

This is exactly the reason why I only consider about ten clubs true 1%

Hearing a lot of the nonsense I do from all these supposed 1%ers, you can see where I’m coming from. If you want to learn about 1%ers go up to them and ask, don’t be misled by someone on the internet that has no experience. This again, is why we will only cover biker news. Giving advice to people over the internet, especially with only a few years in the game, is lunacy. But hey, it’s your ass and not mine.

For all those who don’t like the biker news being done the way it is.

It’s funny, I heard one of these creators whine about how the news is done. They believe the clubs shouldn’t be in the news and talked about. Here’s my answer, just like it’s always been. “Don’t be in the fucking news then!” One thing I cannot stand about some clubs and their supporters. They are always fucking whining. These people want to blame others for their problems. Hate to tell them, “the world doesn’t fucking work that way!” Biker News is just like any other news being presented. If there is news people want to hear, then someone will bring it to them. This is regardless of how those in the news feel, about what should and shouldn’t be said.

Here’s one thing I’ve learned since starting this company up four years ago. People will never be happy with what you’re doing. I expect all the bullshit that comes along with being in the spotlight. One thing I didn’t expect was the drama that non club members would bring to the scene. I believe supporters of clubs on the internet are determined to hurt the club scene. The actions of some of these people would’ve never been allowed in the past. But hey, that’s the times we live in.

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Lets talk motorcycle riding clubs and biker news https://hooliganbiker.com/lets-talk-motorcycle-riding-clubs-and-biker-news/ https://hooliganbiker.com/lets-talk-motorcycle-riding-clubs-and-biker-news/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 02:11:51 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=115 By James “Hollywood”Macecari Lets talk motorcycle riding clubs and biker news. So why Biker News? Many people have asked me why I decided to get into an industry, up until now, has never been really serious. Sure, before Insane Throttle, there were sites that would put articles on their sites that were news related to […]

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By James “Hollywood”Macecari

Lets talk motorcycle riding clubs and biker news. So why Biker News? Many people have asked me why I decided to get into an industry, up until now, has never been really serious. Sure, before Insane Throttle, there were sites that would put articles on their sites that were news related to the scene. The difference between Insane Throttle and those other sites is we took it to the next level. Insane Throttle Publishing is a registered company and the message statement of the company is simple. “Let everyone put their side of the argument out to the people.”

What Insane Throttle has done is provide a platform where people can get all sides of a story, not just what one media publication is pushing on you. Personally, I like being able to provide push back on mainstream media reporting. I cannot tell you how many times, since starting this venture, I caught blatant lies in reporting of some of these so called news organizations.

Besides the main goal I mentioned above. I wanted to bring some entertainment to the scene. I’ve been known as someone who will push back on all sides. This includes motorcycle clubs, something many people were not used to.

There is one site in particular that has been operational since 2008. I won’t mention the name because I refuse to give publicity to such a site. This site is one that believes in conspiracy theories. This site pushes clubs can do no wrong. The approach the site takes does nothing to help the scene out besides giving it more of a black eye. False information and taking only one side will sink the scene more and more down the tubes. The reason why is very simple. Without debate there cannot be any change for the better.

I’ve always talked about how the biker scene has changed since I got into it. The nineties are not anything like they are today. The change can be looked at as good or bad. Today’s biker scene you will find it more inclusive, something I think is a great thing. No longer are all bikers bad in the eyes of the general public like they used to be. This change in the way bikers are looked upon has tampered down the friction between bikers and law enforcement.

There is a flip side of the equation though. This other side has to do specifically with the actions of a few motorcycle clubs, actions that put the image of motorcycle clubs in a bad light. For example, I talk about the issues clubs are having in Texas. I truly believe the actions of a few clubs have put pressure on other clubs.

It’s a sad state of affairs, but because of the actions of one or two clubs, everyone else suffers. This fact alone is why I think motorcycle clubs have been losing support among Independent bikers, as well as other motorcycle clubs.

What has Biker News taught me the last couple years

I’ve learned a lot over the years of doing this. One of the things I’ve learned, is you will always get push back, when starting something new. Everyone knows you cannot please everyone, this is especially true when reporting on motorcycle clubs. The minefield you have to go through is vast and nasty, this is because people are not used to the style that hasn’t been used before. The worst ones are the supporters of the clubs. These fucking supporters are a joke sometimes. These people really believe they can change Insane Throttle and the style the company has.

Something else I’ve learned, trying to get this industry under way, is how important it is to get to the truth. One of the things I don’t get, is how motorcycle clubs clam up, when they are under attack by the press. I’m a fighter, I believe in pushing back against those who are attacking me, especially in the press.

Today in modern society, technology has almost mandated that people respond to accusations against them. Accusations made are almost as bad as an actual crime nowadays. Guilt or innocence is actually played out on social media and T.V before the defendants even get their first hearing. This is why I believe it’s imperative for motorcycle clubs to get their side of the story to the public when they appear in the news.

What Direction do you want to take Insane Throttle in the future?

The vision I have for Insane Throttle is vast. Currently we have three sites, sites that are really killing it. We have harleyliberty.com which covers mostly motorcycle club news. We then have bikerlifestylemagazine.com and hooliganbiker.com. Biker Lifestyle Magazine is geared toward those who enjoy the technical aspect of the scene. This could range from tech tips to the latest motorcycle coming out. Hoolgan Inc is my personal op-ed site. This site is where you will find my opinions about what is going on in the motorcycle scene as a whole.

Besides our websites, we are on all the social media platforms including YouTube. With our YouTube channel we cover the biker news from an op-ed perspective. The channel also includes motovlogs and some event coverage. The future of the channel will hopefully expand to include news programs that focus on just more than biker news. One of the things I hate, it’s the thought that many bikers don’t want anything other than biker focused news. There is so much going on in this country that more could be covered from a bikers perspective. One of the new programs we are looking to bring to the channel is gun rights. Gun rights is something everyone should be talking about within the biker community. Take away a right like that, motorcycle clubs rights will become an afterthought.

Another big thing I’ve been mulling is sponsorship of a riding club. I cannot tell you how many people have requested Insane Throttle start-up a riding club that would be all inclusive, to anyone that rides . The issues facing a decision like that is two fold. I’ve talked about this in another article on hooliganbiker.com. Not only am I busy with Insane Throttle and growing it, but I’m not interested in politics within the biker scene.

If Insane Throttle will not support a Riding Club than which one do you recommend?

This is a pretty tough question, especially because there are so many great riding clubs out there. If I had to recommend a few riding clubs, I would say the MooseRiders, HOG and any riding club associated with the AMA.

Let’s talk about the Moose Riders first off, because most everyone knows about HOG. The Moose Riders are an affiliate group or activity within the Loyal Order Of Moose. The Loyal Order of Moose supports the child city in Mooseheart Illinois and Moosehaven in Florida. The child city in Mooseheart is an orphanage, and Moosehaven is a retirement community for moose members.

I’m a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, which has been close to 20 years now. I recently signed up for the Moose Riders because I believe in the purpose of the organization. The main idea behind the Moose Riders is riding and charity. In order to be a member of the Moose Riders you have to belong to a Moose Lodge. You can find a lodge almost anywhere in the country. If you need help finding one or want more information, just give me a shout out at info@insanethrottlebikernews.com.

Once you become a moose member, you look for which lodges has a moose riders chapter and join up. Real easy stuff and the moose riders are fun as hell. There is no club politics and the moose riders are sponsored by the Loyal Order of Moose.

Why did I decide on this route? Well for one, I’ve been a member of the moose for a very long time and support everything it does. Secondly, it’s a laid back atmosphere and the lodge is a great place for a fish fry lol. All kidding aside I really enjoy the work they put in for the kids and elderly.

I’m going to skip HOG because everyone with a Harley-Davidson should know about this one. AMA Clubs on the other hand are numerous and can be looked up on their sites. Some of the riding clubs you will find on the AMA site are over a hundred years old. That’s what is cool about the AMA, it has a long history within the motorcycle community, not to mention all the kick ass discounts and rewards programs you get.

So there you have it. Hopefully I was able to answer why I got into Biker News and what riding clubs to look into. Again, if you have any questions on anything I’ve said, just give me a shout out and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Differences between Riding Clubs vs Motorcycle Clubs. https://hooliganbiker.com/differences-between-riding-clubs-vs-motorcycle-clubs/ https://hooliganbiker.com/differences-between-riding-clubs-vs-motorcycle-clubs/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2020 03:00:59 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=108 First off welcome to my new editorial site here on Hooligan Biker. This is the only place you will find real and honest editorials on the biker scene. I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support over these years to make Insane Throttle Biker News the #1 news site on the internet. I […]

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First off welcome to my new editorial site here on Hooligan Biker. This is the only place you will find real and honest editorials on the biker scene. I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support over these years to make Insane Throttle Biker News the #1 news site on the internet. I take all of your support to heart and will make damn sure I work hard to continue to be the place you come for everything biker. So lets talk about the difference between riding clubs and motorcycle clubs.

I got a very interesting question from a follower the other day. I actually did a short video on the subject over on Instagram, titled “Would you consider supporting a riding club?” My stance on this question is “maybe.” There are a lot of things I would look at if Insane Throttle would throw its name behind a riding club. 

What would it take for Insane Throttle to support a riding club?

First off we would not support any riding club that isn’t chartered by the American Motorcycle Association. I know, people are probably shaking their head and wondering if I lost my mind. Here’s the reason. Insane Throttle Publications is a registered publisher and we are a non political company. Insane Throttle has no interest in being involved in motorcycle club politics or protocol. Furthermore, we understand that a riding club is usually national, for this reason there would be all kinds of minefields. To be blunt, a national riding club that doesn’t have an AMA backing is subject to local protocol.

Many people do not know that AMA chartered riding clubs are usually left alone. We all know how the 1% clubs feel about the AMA, it’s basically the same with their chartered clubs. Before everyone bitches about us not wanting to be associated with a riding club that’s not AMA. Let’s talk about the difference between riding clubs and motorcycle clubs.

Riding Clubs vs Motorcycle Clubs

I’ve said time and time again I believe riding clubs are the closest thing to what a traditional club is supposed to be about. Riding clubs have been around since the beginning of motorcycling, most of the time started by the manufactures. In modern times you can find those riding clubs everywhere. Think H.O.G. This is a riding club sponsored by Harley-Davidson. If you’re a Harley rider and don’t know about H.O.G, look up your local chapter on the Harley-Davidson website. Other manufactures have their own riding clubs as well. Some include BMW RIDERS, Indian Riders and more.

Riding clubs came up through the AMA as well, mostly through the race teams. There is so much more to the biker scene then most people know. “I’m guilty of this as well.” When I was in a motorcycle club that’s all I thought about and didn’t pay attention to everything else available in the scene. I made a huge mistake back then, something I wish I could take back. If I had the choice between a riding club or motorcycle club, I would’ve joined a riding club.

Anyways, riding clubs are for those people who want to ride and party. Most of all, riding clubs have other people who just want to do the same. Riding clubs have no interest in what’s happening in the club scene. Riding clubs are not as serious and time consuming as motorcycle clubs. Basically, riding clubs don’t have members spending their time on just the riding club. This is a major difference from motorcycle clubs.

Motorcycle clubs is like a second job, one that actually makes you pay it. The money you will spend in a motorcycle club will easily put you in a hole. When I was in a motorcycle club I saw people having such a hard time making dues, it was actually hard to watch. I saw members who actually had to choose between their rent and paying their dues to the club. Being a member of a motorcycle club though rewarding, it’s also a hard life to live. This is especially true if you’re a member of a 1% or one of their official support clubs.

What’s the worst thing about motorcycle clubs? Politics and having to look over your shoulders. One of the things I’ve learned about the most, since taking on biker news. No matter what people would like to see, the animosity will always be there between clubs. It’s not going away, this is why I always talk about being independent or joining a riding club.

Insane Throttle Biker News Sponsoring a riding club. 

So let’s get back to Insane Throttle sponsoring a riding club. Would we take that step and do something like that? Yes, if our condition is met in regards to being a AMA Chartered Club. We also wouldn’t sign onto a riding club that lets members wear support patches for one club or another. Insane Throttle is a neutral party and doesn’t want its brand put in a position where it looks like we are taking a side in politics.

Conclusion

Even though I support motorcycle club rights, it doesn’t mean I support many things that happen in the club scene. I personally think all the politics and hostilities will truly hurt the scene. The technology that is in place today exposes the dark side of the club scene. It only takes a few individuals doing something stupid to bring heat on the whole scene. I’m too old and have much more to look forward to in life than having to deal with that kind of stuff.

I like being independent minded, most of all like doing what I want when I want. This is what you get from a riding club. I say get back to the basics and leave all the noise behind you. Other options other than a riding club, is a motorcycle rights organization like ABATE. It’s a fantastic organization and anyone that rides should check it out.

So what’s your thoughts on this subject? Let me know what you have to say in the comment section and don’t forget to pass the site around.  

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Culture Vultures within the motorcycle club scene .The biker scene is being destroyed with all the politically correct new jacks https://hooliganbiker.com/culture-vultures-within-the-motorcycle-club-scene-the-biker-scene-is-being-destroyed-with-all-the-politically-correct-new-jacks/ https://hooliganbiker.com/culture-vultures-within-the-motorcycle-club-scene-the-biker-scene-is-being-destroyed-with-all-the-politically-correct-new-jacks/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2020 22:02:14 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=102 By James “Hollywood” Macecari I often look at the biker scene in total confusion nowadays. What the hell happened to the lifestyle in the last twenty years or so? One thing is for certain, these new jack bikers, have gotten stupid and ignorant. Come on, I couldn’t imagine some of the people I see making […]

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By James “Hollywood” Macecari

I often look at the biker scene in total confusion nowadays. What the hell happened to the lifestyle in the last twenty years or so? One thing is for certain, these new jack bikers, have gotten stupid and ignorant. Come on, I couldn’t imagine some of the people I see making it in the early 90’s, much less the 70’s and 80’s. The thinking of the new age biker has given the lifestyle a big huge “Fuck You.” Everything from traditions, to good ole biker fun, has been totally destroyed by politically correct snowflakes! Who would’ve ever thought bikers would ever become politically correct? Maybe it’s just the Internet bringing this to light, or maybe (most likely), bikers are just a bunch of pussies nowadays.

Hey, I love the lifestyle, but god damn have things changed over time. Who would’ve guessed that people would rather have their ole ladies pull them by their peckers. Some of the ways people talk , who are supposedly bikers, is insane. This new breed is laughable at best. Being in the business I am, I’m exposed to this insanity everyday. It’s so bad, I’ve turned to calling a lot of these people “Culture Vultures,” meaning these people just want the image. 1994, this is the year everything started to change, not for the good of the scene either.

The influx of people buying bikes went through the roof, which is good for the motorcycle community, but those same people brought with them fucked up ideas. When I came up, it was about living life to its fullest, now it’s about following societies norms. God forbid a dude wanted to do some partying, you know, smoke good weed and do a couple of lines off a broads tits. This is looked upon by these culture vultures as something that isn’t acceptable. Worst thing about all this is people who’ve known the scene for any length of time, now agree with those stances. What in the fuck is that people! Did your balls get cut off or some shit?

Culture Vultures are watering down the scene so much, everyone should just grab a copy of Peter Pan and suck on their damn thumbs. What a bunch of pussies everyone has become. At least try and have some dignity in trying to copy the image. Here’s another thing I find disturbing about this lot of culture vultures. The modern culture vultures are the first one to jump on a LEOS pecker! Watch the comments, these culture vultures will be defending LEOS big time. These people will come out with comments such as, “ It’s a job and they are just trying to support a family,” true story. Culture Vultures are to ignorant of the history of the lifestyle, to understand the bullshit, the ole timers went through with cops. Instead, these vultures will put the blame on the ole timers, something I’ve never figured out. No, these people just want to live off the image of days past, not knowing what it was like to be looked upon as a scumbag. You know, it wasn’t always cool to be a biker. Again, something these people wouldn’t understand, because they didn’t have to live it.

What I find to be really sad, is the fact many motorcycle clubs are being overrun by these same people. The motorcycle club scene you see today, is nothing like it used to be. Members of clubs back when I was coming up were nowhere near what they are today. People back then lived the club life, there was no fucking around back then. For example, if there was a bunch of pop ups back then, it wouldn’t be pretty. It used to be if you put on a patch you better be able to defend it.

There was no running to the cops like today. Men were men back in those days. If someone got into crap they sure didn’t run to the cops, they took care of their business. Fast forward to modern times, now these people get an ass whooping, right away they are on the phone with 911. Sad state of affairs for all those who actually put in the work to make the image everyone is trying to copy. It’s an unfortunate fact of life now, people want to have something without putting the work in, they would rather ride off someone else’s coat tails.

I have to say the worst vultures are people who are supporters of clubs. You know, the ones who get decked out in support gear of a motorcycle club. When I see some of these people all I can do is shake my head. What are you people trying to prove getting all decked out like that? Do you people honestly think it makes you look cool or some shit? No, it makes you look like a total fucking fool.These people even take their moron thinking to a whole different level with these Facebook groups, you know, the ones were you have people claiming to know what they are talking about. Especially those groups who are being led by out bad club members. Yes, these groups exist and it’s totally funny how people flock to them, just to feel they are apart of something. This is how bad the scene has become, truly unreal and almost a damn nightmare. What are these people fucking thinking? When you have to listen to some morons out bad, you’re seriously fucked up. What is it saying when your dick gets all hard listening to some of the bullshit, these people put out. Vultures at least try and act like you have some dignity.Stop being such fucking sheep already!

“Well you do a lot of talking, why should people listen to you?” Ignorance again, just by asking a stupid question like that. I’m an entertainer dumb fucks! If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you would know, I’m always saying our platforms are entertainment and news. I don’t expect people to take what I say as gospel, unlike most of these morons, in these Facebook groups.

Shit, if you’ve ever mentioned their names on the street, you would probably get an ass whooping. The reason you would get your ass beat is because the people you are talking about are black balled, many for some damn good reasons. This fact alone should have you questioning these people, but again, this is something that isn’t done now. People are just sheep and follow anyone who can make them feel good about themselves. This isn’t a trait of a biker, you know that right? Bikers I know, have an independent mind, always searching for the bullshit people are spewing out of their holes. Again, sad state of affairs.

So old timers, what do you think about the modern day biker? Do you think I’ve laid out what you’re all thinking? Let me know in the comment section. Until next time you hooligans, Rock on!

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If I’m in a motorcycle club, should I support a motorcycle club member who goes to jail? https://hooliganbiker.com/if-im-in-a-motorcycle-club-should-i-support-a-motorcycle-club-member-who-goes-to-jail/ https://hooliganbiker.com/if-im-in-a-motorcycle-club-should-i-support-a-motorcycle-club-member-who-goes-to-jail/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 21:56:52 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=100 By James “Hollywood” Macecari I recently saw a video Black Dragon did titled, “should I support club members who go to jail?” If you haven’t already gone over and subscribed to his platforms, make sure you do. Black Dragon concentrates on 99% motorcycle club protocol. Did I support club members who went to jail while […]

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By James “Hollywood” Macecari

I recently saw a video Black Dragon did titled, “should I support club members who go to jail?” If you haven’t already gone over and subscribed to his platforms, make sure you do. Black Dragon concentrates on 99% motorcycle club protocol. Did I support club members who went to jail while I was in a motorcycle club? Yes and No, It all depends on what they went away for. I know, people are going to say, “you’re supposed to support a fellow club member no matter what!” I call bullshit! The crime does matter to me, especially when it involves certain crimes. Crimes in which I will not support are Chromos, Meth Dealing and Gun Running. If a so-called brother committed any of those crimes, found guilty and sentenced, they can rot in prison.

Chromos I will never ever support, no matter who the hell they are. Chromo crimes are worse than rats in my book. Sex crimes are for the weak, trying to push their dominance on someone who cannot defend themselves. There is no worse crime than someone hurting a child. Those who hurt children in any form should be tortured in the public square. I don’t give a shit if the dude wore a patch in the club. Fuck’em, hand him over to the parents, let them torture the bastard. My view on rapist are the same. If a dude cannot get some pussy without taking it from a woman, they need to get a taste themselves. Let them go to prison and get ass raped every day of their pathetic lives. Pimp the bastards out and make their lives a living hell, because this is exactly what they put the woman through.

Meth and gun running, these are also crimes I will never support. Meth dealing is nothing more than a low life thing to do. You could also include heroin dealers in on the crimes I will never support. Meth and Heroin destroys, not only the person doing the drug, but also the families of the user. When club members or anyone who deals, provides those drugs to people, they are destroying lives for profit. Furthermore, these son of a bitches do not care if these drugs get into the hands of children. Dealers of Meth and Heroin cause enormous damage to children, just as much as chromos do. Let’s address gun running. I’m a huge supporter of gun rights and the 2nd amendment. Supporters of the 2nd amendment have enough problems having to defend our rights from the gun grabbers. What makes it even harder is people making a profit off illegal guns. Let’s not forget some of these guns end up in the hands of kids.

I’ve been criticized from many on my positions regarding brotherhood. I admit my thinking is not like others, especially when it comes to the way I look at brotherhood. One of the ideas I’ve always believed in, self pride and common sense. I get it, many people love the idea of what brotherhood is supposed to be, the problem is it’s never actually like that. The one thing I talk about in my upcoming book, is the fact on how people will put themselves first. This is just human nature, a fact which will never change. Let me ask you this. Did the club brother who just got locked up for meth dealing think about the clubs interest or theirs? Is it brotherhood for their crimes to be projected on the club from law enforcement? See where I’m going here? Here is another scenario for you. How about the guy who turns on fellow brothers in a criminal case because they don’t want to do the time? Yeah, brotherhood is overrated, something many people do not realize until things get tough.

To recap, No, I won’t support someone fully if they go to jail for certain crimes. No, I won’t feel bad about it or feel like I betrayed the brotherhood. The way I look at all this, it’s a case by case basis, in determining if I will support them or not. Like I said earlier, it all depends on the crime. What’s your thoughts on this question? Leave some comments and get the debate started.

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Are the 1% dominant motorcycle clubs, at fault for the resentment against them? Is the basis for protocol relevant anymore https://hooliganbiker.com/are-the-1-dominant-motorcycle-clubs-at-fault-for-the-resentment-against-them-is-the-basis-for-protocol-relevant-anymore/ https://hooliganbiker.com/are-the-1-dominant-motorcycle-clubs-at-fault-for-the-resentment-against-them-is-the-basis-for-protocol-relevant-anymore/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2020 21:51:46 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=97 By James “Hollywood” Macecari I received a question from an individual asking about protocol. The question was concerning his national Masonic club. He asked what he should do when a dominant says they had to change the back patches, which again, is a nationally recognized organization. I couldn’t believe this is something a dominant would […]

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By James “Hollywood” Macecari

I received a question from an individual asking about protocol. The question was concerning his national Masonic club. He asked what he should do when a dominant says they had to change the back patches, which again, is a nationally recognized organization. I couldn’t believe this is something a dominant would try to do, but again, other parts of the country do things different. Here’s the reason I couldn’t get why they wanted something like that done. Dominants are already having enough problems with pop-up clubs; not to mention the heat they are receiving about protocol. Why in the hell would you cause another group of individuals to look upon you as a bunch of assholes? If you already know they are apart of a recognized club, why ask them to change the patch to suit your taste? Down right stupid shit right there, especially since dominants are trying to get support.

Dominant motorcycle clubs need to evolve, this isn’t the past, but the modern age

I’ve talked about this before, the need for motorcycle clubs to evolve, before they go extinct. When I say extinct, I mean before the heat gets so bad, no one wants to risk being apart of the club scene. It’s bad enough when we did our poll, only 30% of the bikers in the poll supported motorcycle clubs. Yeah I know, who cares what others think? Well, you better care, those are the people going over in droves to LEO clubs. There is no shame any longer running to the cops, writing statements, or ratting. People are no longer in the mood, for others to tell them what to do. Furthermore, the three piece patch and diamond, no longer puts fear into people. I get why protocol is used, I also support it because it’s tradition; when it’s used correctly. When protocol is abused like in this instance, why the hell do you think there are so many pop-up clubs? Whoever the dominant was in this example, left a very bad taste in the mouth of individuals who tried doing the right thing. What the fuck is wrong with you? What the hell were you thinking, trying to have them change their patch, It’s a national copyrighted patch design!

No one wants to prospect for a motorcycle club anymore. Instead, individuals want to start their own motorcycle club, is this the new age biker in action?

What’s even more sad, these people brought up the case about #SAVETHEPATCH. Their question was, “they want us to support their cause, but the dominants want to dictate our trademarks.” How in the fuck I’m I going to argue against that statement? It’s simple, I’m not, because this was an ass monkey move. I believe this situation all comes down to the dominant wanting to show pecker size, because it sure wasn’t about protocol. This is the reason, why people choose to go outside tradition and start their own club, without the blessings of dominants. I would argue, it’s the dominants fault, it’s their actions causing the problems.

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Many people will get angry about that statement, but if they get off the dominants dick, they will see what I’m saying is logical. This situation presented the dominant a chance for more support; instead they decided to flush it down the toilet. That move was literally, “a shit move.” So for those always bitching about protocol, look in the mirror and I bet you can see where the problem starts.

The protocol I remember wasn’t like it is today

I have to be honest, the protocol today, wasn’t like this in the early 90’s. If someone went to a dominant back then with a request like above, there would be open arms. Why? Because the dominants were more welcoming, unlike today. It’s interesting because they need the support more than ever, more so than back then. What the hell has changed? It’s under 30 years since I came up, why all the prick moves? Who knows, maybe it’s always going to come down to dick size, but it’s something that will cost clubs dearly. When motorcycle clubs lose support, the money starts fading away, then bills are not paid. I guess this is something the mighty dominant motorcycle clubs are going to have to learn the hard way.

So how is protocol different in modern times? Well, I’d have to say it’s all about power. It’s sad I know, but it’s what it seems to be now. It’s no longer about education and bringing up new guys the right way, it’s about demeaning others. Especially, the ones who want to do things according to tradition, Yeah, nice strategy, NOT! I still can’t get over how this dominant treated these guys, maybe I use logic with a situation like this, who knows. What I do know, it was a prick move to say it nicely.

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I already know I’m going to get this question. “What did you tell them to do?” Simple answer, I told them to tell those dudes to fuck off. Why the hell should they go by protocol, if they were going to pull that shit? Wait, what did you just suggest Hollywood? If you didn’t hear it right, I said to tell them “fuck off!” Why in the hell would they want to go back to these ass monkeys if they were treated this way? Don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t put up with that kind of shit. If I’m apart of a national organization like the masons, trying to start a club the right way and get told that shit. You’re damn right I suggested they tell them to fuck off! What kind of man would you be, to sit there and be told, you couldn’t wear a nationally known patch? In my book, you wouldn’t be much of a man. Here’s a little secret, you have to be a man before you put a patch on.

So what are your thoughts on this situation, do you think I’m right or wrong in my thinking? If so, why do you think I’m wrong? Put your thoughts in the comment section, let’s get this debate started.

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Why the film “Biker Boyz,” comes the closest to depicting the true traditional motorcycle club https://hooliganbiker.com/why-the-film-biker-boyz-comes-the-closest-to-depicting-the-true-traditional-motorcycle-club/ https://hooliganbiker.com/why-the-film-biker-boyz-comes-the-closest-to-depicting-the-true-traditional-motorcycle-club/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 21:46:43 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=94 By James “Hollywood”Macecari I bet some people are really doing a head tilt right now. “What the hell do you mean, biker boyz is the closest to the traditional motorcycle club?” Here’s the deal, take away all the acting and look at what’s going on in the background. Racing, partying and most of all fun! […]

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By James “Hollywood”Macecari

I bet some people are really doing a head tilt right now. “What the hell do you mean, biker boyz is the closest to the traditional motorcycle club?” Here’s the deal, take away all the acting and look at what’s going on in the background. Racing, partying and most of all fun! This film by the way, Black Dragon and the Black Sabbath MC were involved in. Unlike most other movies depicting motorcycle clubs, the essence of how traditional clubs were started, was captured in this film.

The beginnings of motorcycle clubs

Most if not all motorcycle clubs had their start as racing teams, especially after World War Two. American Motorcycle Association was the premier motorcyclist organization in those days. What the AMA did, especially with the Gypsy Tours, brought racing teams from all over the country together. One of the things I wish, would’ve been having the opportunity to experience those days, when everything was much simpler. There were no hardcore politics or fighting in the scene. Well at least not all the killings as there are today. Sure, bare knuckle and baseball bats, but not shootings and bombings. Personally, I think those times way back in the past, represent what biking and brotherhood was all about.

The motorcycle club gangster. What is the difference between the old school biker and new school biker, how is that difference affecting how motorcycle club members are looked upon?

Do I support the AMA today? Yep, sure do. I don’t buy into all the negative talk people in the club scene has about it. I also support the many motorcycle clubs and riding clubs associated with the AMA. Many clubs chartered through the AMA can ride and party just as hard, as many non-AMA clubs. What I also like about the AMA charter clubs is they stay grounded, meaning they don’t get involved in politics, most I know of anyways.

“The AMA sanctions over 2,000 events each year hosted by chartered clubs and promoters alike across the entire country in the disciplines of Motocross, Off-Road and Track Racing. Each discipline is guided by the AMA Racing Rule Book which is organized, written and voted on each year by AMA congress which is made up of AMA delegates from across the entire country representing their areas, disciplines and districts. In addition to a yearly congress the AMA also organizes the AMA National Awards Banquet that awards championships to all of the AMA Amateur National Championship from across the country in addition to naming the AMA Racer of the Year, AMA Youth Racer of the Year, AMA Womens Racer of the Year, AMA Club of the Year and more. Per Wikipedia”

Regardless of your viewpoint on the AMA, there is no doubt it was a huge part in the MC scene. Some of the oldest 99% clubs as we refer to them today, hold memberships going back a hundred years in the AMA. I’ve had the pleasure to interview some including Yonkers MC, one of the oldest clubs out there. I encourage everyone to check out the podcast with the Yonkers MC over on Motorcycle Madhouse Radio.

Racing, partying and most of all fun!

Something that always shocks people with me, I’m not a die hard Harley-Davidson fan. Sure, I own a 01 Fatboy, but I also own a 05 Suzuki Boulevard C90. If I had to say where Harley-Davidson stacks up, It would be third on my list of favorite bikes. Suzuki is my first, Triumph my second, finally Harley Davidson. I’ve owned dozens of Harley-Davidson over the years, in my opinion though, the other brands I listed have a better ride to them. I’m also not one of those die hard Harley riders who won’t consider another make if they’re not American. What’s sad, Harley-Davidson doesn’t stack up against many other manufactures. The old saying “you have to own an American bike to be considered a biker, is no longer.”

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I hear bikers complain about rockets all the time. The funny thing is, if they came up in the scene when those bikes came out, they would be the first to hop on one. Another thing, those kids riding those things have more skill than many old timers I know. One of the bikes I’m looking to get, probably late 2020, is the Hayabusa. I love street drag racing, lots of money in it, so that’s what I’ll be getting that bike for. Right there Hollywood! We got you. This is why you say Biker Boyz is the closest movie that comes to the traditional club. Why? Because I like rockets and I’m not diehard Harley-Davidson? Yeah, take that shit somewhere else. I’m a lover of anything two wheels. Plus, if you’ve not understood what I’ve been saying, it’s about the racing, partying and fun, not about politics. Sorry to say, this is what my interpretation of a traditional motorcycle club is, not what you see on our daily biker news. If you consider all the politics and fighting a traditional club, I feel sorry for you, I say get out there and get more experience.

I think the premise of Biker Boyz was good for the biker lifestyle. It was real life, unlike Sons of Anarchy and Mayans, which I believe destroyed what the club scene is about. So if you’ve been living on another planet and haven’t seen Biker Boyz, get out there and see it; let me know if I’m right or wrong. Don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel and Motorcycle Madhouse Radio. Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

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Why I’m finished with Harley-Davidson and why you should be to. The company no longer deserves our loyalty https://hooliganbiker.com/why-im-finished-with-harley-davidson-and-why-you-should-be-to-the-company-no-longer-deserves-our-loyalty/ https://hooliganbiker.com/why-im-finished-with-harley-davidson-and-why-you-should-be-to-the-company-no-longer-deserves-our-loyalty/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 21:39:42 +0000 https://hooliganbiker.com/?p=91 By James “Hollywood” Macecari Everyone who’s ever got into the biker scene wanted to own a Harley-Davidson. Harley-Davidson was the standard for the best motorcycle you could own. Over the years I’ve owned over a dozen of them. Sadly, I bought into all the hype. Of all the Harley-Davidson motorcycles I’ve owned, my current one […]

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By James “Hollywood” Macecari

Everyone who’s ever got into the biker scene wanted to own a Harley-Davidson. Harley-Davidson was the standard for the best motorcycle you could own. Over the years I’ve owned over a dozen of them. Sadly, I bought into all the hype. Of all the Harley-Davidson motorcycles I’ve owned, my current one is the best. 2001 Fatboy with 18 inch Apes and styled the way I like it. The Fatboy will also be my last Harley-Davidson I ever owned. My back up bike is a 05 Suzuki Boulevard C90, one I believe is much better built than even my Fatboy. I’m more of a fan of the Suzuki and Triumphs. I just believe they are better bikes and most important, the companies care about those who support them.

Harley-Davidson has made billions off the outlaw image of the biker scene, while at the same time snubbing them every chance they get. They also made billions off the working man, ones that were buying their bikes when they were complete mechanical shit. Again, Harley-Davidson didn’t care, they just want that money. Fast forward a little bit, Harley-Davidson sales have been in the dumps for over six years now. They are overpriced non quality motorcycles which I believe cannot stand up to the competition. The only reason Harley-Davidson is relevant is because a blind loyalty to their company. People are still buying into the bullshit Idea that you have to have a Harley-Davidson to be a legit biker, something many on the street know is bullshit.

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Harley-Davidson has benefited from free advertising for decades now. Especially when it comes to people actually tattooing their logo on their bodies, something I always thought was freaking stupid because no company deserves that. Anyways, you would think Harley-Davidson would appreciate this kind of loyalty and advertising, especially with their year after year sales slump. Do they? Nope, instead they threaten to sue those who wish to show their pride in the company. I want to bring up this article, one that solidified my feelings towards Harley-Davidson..

wcvb.com

An online petition has quickly racked up more than 1,000 signatures in support of Miss Worcester Diner, which faces a cease-and-desist letter from Harley-Davidson for the iconic hand-painted logo atop the building’s side wall, the Milford Daily News reported.

“Harley-Davidson, while highly respected, is being incredibly short sighted in this matter recently sending Miss (Kim) Kniskern a ‘cease and desist’ letter with regard to removing the sign instead of seeing the true value and reverence of the sign that is actually in historical honor and reverence to the Harley-Davidson Co on this historical diner,” the petition, created by the Worcester Heritage Society, reads.

With the mural, hand-painted by local artist Tony Freitas, the business is showing love and support for the Harley-Davidson brand, the Heritage Society said.

“Please let the Miss Worcester diner keep this great, newly iconic and revered, sign for years, decades and GENERATIONS of Miss Worcester Harley Lovers to come! Thank you!” the petition reads.

By noon Thursday, the petition had reached more than 500 signatures and that number grew throughout the day.

Miss Worcester Diner owner Kim Kniskern said she received the cease-and-desist Thursday. According to the letter, someone emailed a picture to the company.

The diner owner said she was more upset at the person who took the photo and emailed it to the corporate office.

“I mean, who does that?” she said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.

The sign has been there for at least three years, she said, and it’s an homage to the riding culture deeply ingrained in the Miss Worcester family.

“We all ride. There’s always bikes in front of the diner. We’re one big riding family,” she said.

In the letter, a corporate officer said that the Harley-Davidson brand on a public facing wall of the business may mislead people into believing the diner is affiliated with Harley-Davidson.

“While I do not believe that any wrongdoing was purposeful, if we were to allow this type of use to continue, we would risk losing the value of our trademarks,” the letter reads.

Kniskern hopes that the corporate office will come around to seeing the mural in a positive way. If not, though, she’s going down swinging.

“If they make me take it down, something even more sick is going to be up there, it’s going to look even more insane, and they’re going to be sorry they made me get rid of it,” she said.

In a conversation later in the afternoon Thursday outside the diner, neither Kniskern nor Freitas held back how they felt about the situation.

“I just think they’re being kind of petty,” said Freitas. “I can understand if I was printing stickers, making T-shirts and selling them. But this is a tribute to them. They love Harley. They’re Harley enthusiasts. They’ve spent millions of dollars on Harley, on their clothes, on their bikes,” he said. “Kniskern is in the Hundred Mile An Hour Club. There’s got to be a hundred of them and they all have 20,000 bikes and they all eat here. Because they love Harley so much. It’s a tribute.”

And as for the person who reported them to Harley corporate, Freitas said, “that’s the person we laugh at the most.”

In a defiant move, Kniskern threw a Harley-Davidson varsity jacket for a photo shoot with local media. She said that since the news broke earlier that day, she’s heard from hundreds of people, including copyright lawyers offering pro-bono work to help out.

As of late Thursday afternoon, the online petition had climbed from 500 to more than 1,000 signatures, and the story had gotten the attention of statewide media outlets, as well as a motorcycle trade magazine.

“I’m just overwhelmed with all the love and support everyone’s given,” she said.

What are these people thinking at the company headquarters? WTF is their problem? 

What are these people thinking at the company headquarters? WTF is their problem? Here is a popular diner showing their pride in the company and Harley-Davidson threatens to sue them? This is the company most of you give your loyalty? I say you’re freaking insane. Loyalty is something that is earned, not given. Loyalty is also a two week streak, meaning if you’re loyal to something, they better damn well be loyal to you. Newsflash! Harley-Davidson doesn’t give a crap about you, they just want your damn money! Harley-Davidson is only loyal to their shareholders. Its long ago that they gave up giving a shit about the blue collar working man.

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I believe everyone should be outraged about this article and the actions of Harley-Davidson. Think about it, is Harley-Davidson that petty where they have to go after a small diner? For those who say, “it’s Harley-Davidson brand and have a right to go after others for using it.” Here’s my argument, free advertising is a company’s dream. Harley-Davidson isn’t worried about the thousands walking around with their logo tattooed on people’s bodies. That argument doesn’t hold water for me.

You reap what you sow

Harley-Davidson got away from its core customer. That was their first mistake. The second mistake was their arrogance. Harley-Davidson is now reaping what they sow. Sales and brand loyalty from the younger generation has dropped off the cliff. Last quarter their sales were terrible compared to the year before. Indian (Polaris) had I believe a 20% gain over the year before. Indian Motorcycles is competitive thanks to the powerhouse that is Polaris. Harley-Davidson has met its match when it comes to Polaris. Not only does Polaris have the Indian Brand, it also has a line of 4×4 and snowmobiles. This means it has a diverse business model that doesn’t have to depend on just Indians brand.

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Harley-Davidson is actually playing catch up. Since Harley-Davidson beginnings, their model selection was limited year after year. It has taken them the last three years to finally begin to offer an assortment of different choices, especially after their huge mistake getting rid of the Buell and Dyna. I think Harley-Davidson by not targeting the next generation of riders have shot themselves in the foot. When you talk to the 25-35 age demographic, they consider Harleys a bike that their grandpas ride. Ouch! That isn’t good at all for any company looking to secure their future.

Conclusion

I don’t believe Harley-Davidson has much of a future, unless of course they get an advantage of technology. Technology and the use of it might save the day for them, but I don’t see it happening. Look at what they did with the Livewire. Instead of a debut with a price that was inline with other electric motorcycle makers, Harley-Davidson stayed true to its greed and jacked the price where it was un-affordable. This mistake didn’t help their earnings at all. Again, they deserve everything they have coming to them.

I would hope that all the bikers who are reading this will think about the other brands when buying a motorcycle. There are plenty of motorcycle manufacturers who are not all about the green. There are companies who actually care about their core base, unlike Harley-Davidson.

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