The motorcycle culture contains many more factions than just Citizens and One percenters. When these terminologies first came about (60 years ago or more), it was simply stated that 99% of motorcyclist were decent, law abiding citizens and 1% were bad, law-breaking thugs (or gangs).
That simple first-grade arithmetic formula has morphed into something more akin to the complicated mathematic algorithms used on the TV series, Numbers. All the lines have blended into each other and now there are no more ‘Black & White’ or ‘Good & Bad’ lines.
Let’s face it; there is no society that is all good or all bad. Are there Clergy that goes bad? Duh! How about police? Cops gone bad – you bet!
Over the next few articles, this Examiner will unscramble some of the confusion and make everyone feel a little safer while sharing metroplex roadways with the world of two wheels.
Let’s just start with the four major ‘social’ groups:
1. MC – Motorcycle Club
2. MM – Motorcycle Ministry
3. RC – Riding Club
4. LEMC & FFMC – Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club & Fire Fighters Motorcycle Club
The Dallas metroplex has an abundance of all these categories so we’ll just scratch the surface of them today.
When you see the back of a biker with a club patch sewn on his vest, you will generally see one of the initial combinations indicated above, sewn just to the right side of the center icon. There are a few variations of the location of the MC patch, but not that often. If it is ‘MC’ it can be a 1%er, clean and sober, family oriented, motorcycle ministry, law enforcement, or fire fighting motorcycle club (as LEMC & FFMC only use MC on their patch). However, if it is a 1%er MC, there will be an additional patch on the back. A triangle, usually to the left of the center icon with 1% embroidered in club colors.
Now, if the ‘MM’ designation is used, it is definitely supposed to be a ministry organization but just like churches and charities, you don’t know how godly they are until you get to know them. Some motorcycle ministries prefer to display the ‘MC’ designation with the intention of alleviating any negative first impressions of religiosity. However, hardcore MC’s are usually pretty quick at dressing down a phony. There’s not much you can hide from them. After all, they stay alive by their ability to read body language and facial expressions ( para-language). The actual words you say are less than 10% of your communication and this culture is a natural at reading the rest.
The ‘RC’ designation won’t usually be found sewn on colors. Riding Clubs are strictly social clubs with a commitment like joining a book club, skeet shooting club, etc. If there are standardized colors they will usually have a one piece patch in the center of the back. Any other patches are usually left to the discretion of the rider and it’s something he just thinks is cool or sharp looking. There are no standardized meanings behind his or her patches other than the rider’s personal taste.