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"Basics 101"
TRADITIONAL MOTORCYCLE CLUB’S

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 Motorcycle Ministry (MM) 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.

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
Motorcycle Club (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.

Check out some of the other Do’s and Don’ts to follow when you are around MC’s and
their patchholders by clicking on the "Check Out BFC Motorcycle Ministry Basics 101" Link
at the bottom of this page.

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