|The AMA was
founded in 1924 as an organizing arm of Motorcycle
Manufacturers and mainly supported by the Motorcycle Manufacturers
promote motorcycle riding in America.
They sanctioned groups of
riders from the same area that rode
together as motorcycle
clubs. Some wore complete matching dress
outfits with the name
of their motorcycle club
stitched on the back of their
shirts and jackets.
At events, the AMA gave awards for
the best-dressed club so
this was the start of motorcycle clubís
During an event in 1947 in Hollister, CA when a
member of the
Booze Fighters Motorcycle Club made
with an exaggerated news story
that was later made into a
movie called The Wild Ones.
The AMA wrote an article in
their magazine, shortly after this
stating, 99% of all of their
members are law-abiding
citizens and only 1% are outlaw.
This then, began what is today
known as Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs
and one percenters.
Clubs that were not sanctioned by the
AMA and non-members
of the AMA were banned from attending AMA
In order to designate themselves as an outlaw
club to all other clubs,
the one percenters cut their club
three separate pieces. The top rocker was the
name of the club,
the center was the emblem of the club, and the
rocker was the local from which they came.
outlaw motorcycle clubs put on their own events and
did the opposite of what the AMA had been doing.
no Best Dressed awards, they chopped down
their bikes to go faster and look different, rode with no mufflers,
drink, and do other wild things. Such is history.
term colors is used in referring to a motorcycle clubs patch
In the case of a 3 piece, One is placed over the top
of the middle large
graphic patch and one placed underneath it. The rockers are usually
curved bars with the top bar
designating the club name and
the lower bar designating the
location of the club.
The two rockers are separate from the
middle, larger graphic
type patch, hence the term three-piece
Motorcycle clubs differ from motorcycling
organizations as they traditionally have prospecting time
required before the club members decide whether the individual
will be accepted into the group and allowed to wear or
the colors of the group. Most club colors will also
M/C printed on the rocker or a seperate cube
patch with MC
on it to further clarify it as a club rather than
Many national organizations in the early
1980s set policy
to unite their rockers with their patch to
make it one piece
to avoid any designation or confusion
within the motorcycling club community.
H.O.G. (Harley Owners
Group) is one example.
As motorcycle club patches are recognized today:
A one-piece patch normally signifies a family club or
motorcycle club when it's done with respect to the area clubs.
A two-piece patch can have many different meanings
as it's done with respect to the area clubs.
three-piece patch normally means that the club is a
MC club. With the top rocker being the club name,
being their patch and the bottom being
the territory they exist
in. There are also a few 3pc patch clubs
where the bottom
rocker has something other than territory,
such as a saying. The
traditional MC is one that adheres
to the protocols and
There are few exceptions, but,
traditional clubs are approved by the
local dominant. The
traditional 3pc patch club is not
necessarily a 1% club or even
the dominant club.
The Diamond patch with 1% or 13
worn with the 3pc back patch
signifies the club is a 1% or 1%
While rare, they may not be the dominant club
for the area
but will be sanctioned by the local dominant. There
also a few areas where the lead club is not a 1% club,
but those are few.
When one is just is hanging around, he
has no part of the patch.
Then when he is sponsored by a full
member and approved
by the club as a prospect he may wear
the lower rocker
that only says Prospect. In some areas, the
the Prospect rocker at the top of the vest.
ome clubs even allow the lower rocker saying prospect and
upper rocker with the club name but not the main patch.
Different clubs do things differently across the country.
Different rocker combinations of what a prospect
differs depending on each club.
If he is approved after his
prospect time has been determine
do be over and the vote goes
in his favor, he then is allowed
to have the full colors and
is considered to be a full member,
having all three pieces if
that club uses the 3 piece patch.
Some MCs entitle a Member to wear a "NOMAD" bottom rocker.
This is only when that member continues to exhibit a lifestyle
within the common definition of the word nomad.
no∑mad A member of a group of people who have no fixed
move according to the seasons from place to place in
of food, water, and grazing land.
A person with no fixed
residence who roams about; a wanderer.
It is a valued
distinction of lifestyle that only a few can truly
live up to,
and as such, causes unfavorable notice
when seen used by
those most obviously not living up
to the common meaning. By
definition a NOMAD, more often than not,
will be traveling
alone and needs an ability to represent,
maintain & otherwise
survive under circumstances unusual from the norm.
THE WORD BROTHER
The word "Brother" has become very abused in
the motorcycle world these days.
Seems like if you buy a
bike and a new set of leathers,
everyone else that rides has now
become your brother.
Some call it Brotherhood when sharing
the wind on two wheels.
Some call it brotherhood when you ride a
roads together. Just what truly is brotherhood?
There are Brothers in Christ. Brothers in Masonic temples.
Brothers in several organizations.
Elite military units
commonly form a
brotherhood among the members of squads. Navy
example, are more than the sum of their
They become more than just a team.
brothers, totally committed to one
another up to and including
lives for one another if necessary. Men that
shared combat together have formed such
relationships as to call each other brother.
While these are no
less committed than
any other Brotherhoods, when it comes to
motorcycle world, there is also a very strong
those that call themselves Brothers.
What is a Brother
in the MC world?
Once you've gone through the hangaround
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
intense review. You and the other members of the
club find out if you are suited to be a part of the
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 your own
blood? Many times it is an even closer commitment
The person that you call Brother becomes family
as a part of his as well as you being a part of theirs.
phrase used in MC
I am my Brotherís keeper.
This means you will support
him and help him 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
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.
With all that commitment, itís
also that you would not ask a
Brother to do something drastic
good cause. Brothers may disagree, but they
will always respect one another and treat each other with
Please take note that if you haven't had any
being around some of the more serious MC's
support clubs, etc.), they take the word
Brother, or Bro very
serious, and they'll only use the
word as a show of respect
towards their own club, their
members, and any club who they've
also bestowed that word upon.
And if a club overhears
someone throwing around the word lightly
within their midst, it
could cause them to aggressively educate
those whom they
felt disrespected them by abusing the word.