D E F I N I N I N G A C R U I S E R
Contemporary models are modeled after Harley-davidsons and Indians. Cruisers are designed with a laid back riding positions. Cruiser rider generally is set into a position with feet forward and hands in a neutral or high position. This makes cruisers a popular choice for casual riding. Many cruising motorcycles have limited performance and turning ability due to a low-slung design.
60 percent of motorcycle sales are cruiser models.
M C T E R M I N O L O G Y
Colors, or patches, are each individual clubs logo. These can be sewn onto their leather gear, painted on, or tattooed onto the person.
Cuts are the leather or jean vests that are typically seen on participants of motorcycle culture.
The AMA is the American Motorcyclist Association that organizes many activities and fights for motorcyclist rights. There are over 300,000 members of this club.
The RICO act was designed to allow Federal Prosecutors to go outside the normal rules of conduct and evidence to gain convictions.
T Y P E S O F C L U B S
Registered Motorcycle groups, which operate within the law, were described as making up 99% of motorcycle riders in 1950 by the AMA. Usually these groups form because they share common interests along with their love of motorcycles. Other groups are so diverse that the only thing common between members is the fact that they ride motorcycles.
Outlaw Motorcycle groups also known as 1%ers is biker talk for the 1% of motorcycle riders who operate “outside the law”. Common biker gangs, like the Hells Angels, can use this patch as a symbol of rebellion.
K C C L U B S
The Iron Order Motorcycle Club formed in a garage in January 2009. Their website lists their common values as brotherhood, friendship, community, contribution, and an overarching sense of national patriotism and pride. Membership is described as a privilege and they are against druggies, pushers, and pimps.
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El Forasteros (Spanish for the outsiders)
The EFMC was founded in 1962 by a proud 1%er named Tiny. Only about a dozen other true 1%er clubs still remain today. It was brotherhood founded on a love custom motorcycles soon to be known as choppers.
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GGMC started around a motorcycle racing team out of LA in 1942. This MC is an ally to the El Forasteros and have a charter in KCMO. The Gooses are also well known 1%ers.