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Fenrir

[Guide]Bikers and Motorcycle Clubs

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Fenrir    173
On 3/19/2019 at 2:37 PM, Fenrir said:

                                                        Activities   

 

    In order for clubs to gain notoriety and attract more people around them, they will need to show a constant presence wherever possible. The most common ways are:

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 Clubhouse Parties 

 

   The most accessible form of being present and at the same time bring earnings inside the club is through a clubhouse party. It doesn't really take much for a club to host a party. It's assumed that clubs already have a bar inside their clubhouse for the members and friends, therefore all that's left is to organize and make it public. 

It's a good way to socialize with other clubs and groups, it will also bring new people around, which could be a few friends of friends or men interested to join and eventually become prospects and members in time.

 

Duties of prospects:

- Security

The prospects will have to ensure that the parking area, entrance and the surroundings are always secured. Most of the time each prospect gets an area to watch over and keeps in touch with the Sgt. to report any problems. 

- Bar duty

A couple prospects will be behind the bar to serve drinks. The others will make sure that the fridge is always full and the tables have no empty bottles or trash on them.

- Food

A lot of times, clubs will also serve food along with beverages. A few prospects will need to make sure that the food is always ready to be served. Usually it's just a barbeque that has to be done and kept lit until the end of the party. Burgers/sausages cook fast and easy so it's usually one of the top choices.

 

Duties of members:

- Socializing

Members need to make themselves known to the guests. Whether it's a member of another club or group, or just a friend of a friend that seems worthy of attention, the members will do their best to keep a good attitude and mingle between the persons present.

It may sound like "What's the big deal? You just sit, drink and crack jokes!"

It's the opposite. Members of the host club usually have to remain sober and pay attention to those around them. Long lasting friendships between clubs can start from a couple members, one from each club, meeting at a party and bonding. There are a lot of business opportunities that can show up at a party and the members have to be ready to take them.

 

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 Runs.

 Another way for clubs to gain notoriety is to establish traditional runs, which means they will have to sanction a date (which is usually kept for years) or just pick one when they feel that the time is right.

Overlapping run dates with other club is considered an offense and will be brought up the moment the word goes out.

 

  A run consists in a large pre-planned group ride which will be led by the club's Road Captain. He will have to pick the best route to include good roads, good spots for stops, gas etc. and ride in front of the pack along with his charter to lead the rest of the group throughout the route.

Prospects will play a major role in runs and have to be very well informed beforehand. They will rarely stay in the pack throughout the run, because their job will be to ensure that the side roads are blocked and safe once the Road Captain arrives with the group. It's a safety precaution to keep drivers from breaking into the pack and avoid accidents. Sometimes the local authorities will be helping out, but in their absence, it will be up to the prospects and a couple members to clear the road ahead.

 

 

Types of runs:

 

-Poker Runs:

 Poker runs are basically a game of five-card draw poker on wheels. Once everyone arrives at the meeting point, they will pay their entrance fee and will receive a piece of paper with tabs for the combinations. 

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The guests will draw a card at each stop from the Road Captain's deck, then the Captain or the helping prospect will cross it out on the paper. The first card will be drawn at the starting point, then there will be a stop for each other card until the pack gets back or to the place where the party will be hosted afterwards.

There will also be prizes at stake for the best hands.

 

-Charity Runs:

 Most clubs will try to hold a good public image and charity runs play a big part in it. Again, there will be  a large group ride and every guest will have to pay for the entrance. However, most of the money earned will go to a noble cause. Could be any kind of charitable cause, starting with supporting foundations for orphanages all the way up to rebuilding houses for those affected by a natural disaster.

  The ride will go just the same as any other run. The Road Captain will lead the pack towards the destination while the prospects or local authorities will help him keep the group safe and the roads clear.

Sometimes, the club will make a couple stops for those that they're donating to. For example, if the club is doing a charity run for an orphanage, they will make sure to pass by the orphanage and stop there for the kids. They will donate clothes, food, sweets, they will let them get on the bikes, take pictures and so on. 

If it's the case of a charity for natural disaster areas, the final destination will be in the area that needs to be rebuild and sometimes the bikers will be rebuilding themselves. Of course there will also be a party, but it's usually on the last night after the work is done.

 

-Memorial Runs:

  Clubs will honor their dead through annual Memorial runs. It's hosted by the charter where the deceased belonged to and it's a mandatory run for everyone in the club.

  Friends and guests will be usually accepted because after the group ride, the charter will host a party at the clubhouse in the memory of their fallen brother, therefore, another opportunity for profit and business.

  The standards of Memorial runs vary from club to club and there are a lot of factors to be considered. 

For example, if the fallen brother died in a motorcycle crash, the Captain's route will end up in the place their brother died and then he will lead the pack back to the clubhouse for the afterparty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Added a list of common activities and sources of profit for clubs. (WIP)

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Brox26    266

Really fantastic guide, well done.

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Fenrir    173

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What is a prospect?

 

 Also known as Probate, the Prospect is the apprentice trying to join the brotherhood. 

During this period of time, the club will have to teach the prospect the ins and outs and at the end of the period, they will have to decide if he has what it takes to be called a brother. However, during this period, the prospect himself is testing the club to get to know whether he wants to be part of it or not. 

 

How does one become a prospect?

 

In order to become a prospect, one has to go through the period of being a Hangaround or a Supporter. Another preliminary stage for those that want to adhere to a motorcycle club. This period is shorter and "easier" for both the club and the one wanting to join. There aren't too many mandatory tasks to be fulfilled other than getting himself known to all the members, because most of the clubs ask for an unanimous vote before promoting someone to a prospect. However, most members will expect the hangaround to put in as much work as the prospects. Again, this period of time is a way for the hangaround to decide whether the club suits him or not.

After the hangaround period comes to an end, one of the members will have to bring up his name to Church, the club's weekly meeting, and have the brothers vote whether he's ready or not. Although it's not a general rule, some clubs will ask the member that vouches for someone to become a prospect to become a Sponsor. 

 

A Sponsor can be both good and bad, therefore it's all up to the club to decide whether they embrace it or refuse it. 

Some argue that sponsors are beneficial because the prospect will always have a member close to him in order to be taught.

Some argue that sponsors are not beneficial because the prospect will tend to take all the information from the sponsor alone instead of the whole charter he's part of. Although they are all members of the same club and charter, their vision may differ. For example, the sponsor could be teaching a prospect to do X and Y, but when a couple other members see the prospect doing so, they will think it's wrong and will call him out for it. The answer: "But my sponsor said so...", putting the prospect between the hammer and the anvil. 

 

Prospect's handbook.

 

1. Respect the members, the club and the colors, no matter what.

Always look the members in the eye when you greet them. 

Don't put your hands on another man's patch. In some clubs, if a prospect sees a member leaving his vest somewhere that's not inside the clubhouse or personal residence, he will stand by and guard it until the member comes back to take it. He may also inform the other members that their brother left his vest there and he's on it. They might take it themselves and dismiss the prospect or just leave him to his duties.

If a prospect thinks that a member acted wrongly towards him, disrespected or humiliated him, he will still show him respect during the situation. After he's left alone, he can and should inform his Sponsor or Sgt. At Arms about the event so they can bring it up at Church. If the prospect is convinced that the member is crossing the line, like laying hands on his old lady, then he's supposed to take a decision on his own whether he'll act on it on the spot or not, but once the situation is over, he should be the first to reach out to the other members and inform them.

 

2. Do not let a patch hit the ground.

Sometimes, the brothers could get into a scrap. The prospect has to back them up, no matter the consequences. However, if the members are under influence, the prospect should do all he can to defuse the situation before it escalates.

 

3. Don't let anyone take your colors.

If you are outnumbered, run or stand your ground until you are knocked out. 

 

4. Respect the other clubs (and guests of your club), even if you personally dislike them

Whatever the personal reasons are for the prospect disliking a certain person or group, he will have to keep it to himself for as long as he's on prospect duty. There are instances where the prospect of a club used to be a member in another club and had a couple rivals from "back in the day". He has to let it go and conform to the etiquette of his current position.

 

5. Whatever happens inside the club, stays in the club. 

Prospects are not allowed to talk in the name of the club, although some may hold information. If a person approaches a prospect to ask about the club, for example "How many members does your club have?", he has to point the person towards one of the members and respectfully state that if they want to get a hold of information, they will have to talk to a full patch. 

This also means that the prospect may not talk about club business to his wife either. Even the smallest detail that slips can turn into a rolling snowball and end up crashing on the prospect's doorstep if it's ever found out.


6.Never let a member ride or walk alone.

Whenever the club is outside of their clubhouse, the members must NEVER be unguarded. Every time a member walks off from the group, one of the prospects will always be two steps behind him. Sometimes, the members will intentionally walk off to see if a prospect will follow them and they will scold every prospect if nobody comes after him. However, there will be some members that will say "Don't walk after me, man. Thanks, but I got it.".... Go after him, but keep a bigger distance. It could be a test and even if it's not a test, if something happens to that member and you weren't around to back him up, you will get part of the blame. Better safe than sorry.

 

7. Keep your motorcycle in a good condition.

A prospect will never want to be the reason why the pack has to stop. Make sure that you check your motorcycle every week and your tank is full.

If you do have mechanical issues, inform the Road Captain that your motorcycle is out of order and get to fixing the issue ASAP. 

 

8. Pay your dues on time. 

(If you have a problem that keeps you from doing so, make it known to your sponsor or the Treasurer before you are asked.)

The monthly dues have to be paid on time. But because most of the people in motorcycle clubs are part of the working class, they may encounter difficulties in paying them. They are supposed to inform the club about it before the club asks where the money is. The reasoning behind this is rather simple. First of all, the club has to efficiently communicate at all times. Second, the club may have been planning something which also includes paying a sum of money and they will also count on the upcoming dues. The prospect won't want to be the reason why the club has to call off a plan because he didn't announce in time.

 

9. If you have questions about what you are supposed to do, ask. Don't wait to be informed if you are unsure.

Prospects are told to keep their mouths shut when it comes to club business, thus making them assume that they are not allowed to ask anything and they have to wait to be told what to do and what they're supposed to know. Prospects fall in this trap and end up being seen as not interested enough to be part of the club, or are seen as just being lazy. In truth, it's just a lack of communication that can simply be avoided by asking. Of course, this does not mean the prospect has to ask "What did you guys talk about in church this week?", more like "Do you need me to do anything for the time being?" Still, this could also lead the prospect into a trap. The members could say "Nah, it's fine just take a seat and relax." waiting to see whether the prospect will take a seat and do nothing for the rest of the day or if he'll find something to keep himself busy with. Be it loading the bar up, washing the dishes or any other chore that would keep him busy.

 

 

What does a prospect go through?

 

Besides the facts I've also mentioned, the prospect will have a set of duties to fulfill for the club.


The prospect will be having all the duties every single member once had. He is not there to be treated as a slave and be humiliated. However, some members will be testing the prospect by trying to stress him out.

 

● Duties.

 All the duties the prospect should have are for the club and not for the members. This means that a prospect will stay up until the morning at the bar waiting for the last member to go to sleep. This also means that a prospect will stay out in the cold and watch over the bikes if the club visits an area they are not sure of. However, this does NOT mean that a prospect should go buy a pack of cigarettes for one of the members that lives across town just because he's too lazy to get out of the house and cross the street to the shop.

The prospect will have to keep the clubhouse clean at all times.

The prospect will have to make sure all the drinks in the bar are accounted for and inform the members if there's need for a refill.

The prospect will spend the night at the clubhouse on guard duty if asked to.

The prospect will not drink unless given permission.

The prospect will drive the cage all night until they reach the destination.(If the members know he's a competent driver which is a plus.)

The prospect will be the first one to arrive and the last to leave.

The prospect will cook for the members and the guests.

The prospect will remain calm at all times and address the members respectfully.

 

 

Testing under influence.

I believe that this is one of the main reasons the majority of people think a prospect is a slave.  The prospect will be put through a series of tests to test his nerves and the way he reacts under pressure or under influence. Yes, sometimes the members will want to see how the prospect reacts when he's high or drunk. Many believe that you don't really know a person until you see them under influence. Still, he won't be forced to drink or get high. They will just invite him over and share a few drinks, maybe manipulate him into drinking more than he should have. But, if a prospect has medical issues and can't abuse substances, he will get some slack in regards to these tests. There's no need for the members to see the prospect's reaction while drunk as long as his health won't allow him to ever get under influence of substances.

 

 

● Traps.

  Members will try and lay out traps for the prospect in order to check whether he's actually listening to their teachings or just smiles and nods all the times.

Sometimes, he will subtly be asked to break club rules to see what his reaction is. However, these tests are liable to end up in a gray area where there is no right or wrong answer. 

For example, prospects are not allowed to touch the vests of members. A member might take his vest off and say "Here, hold this, I gotta take my shirt off." 

 - If the prospect says "No, I am not holding that.", knowing that he's not supposed to touch it, the member can reply "Are you refusing a member's request?" and maybe put some pressure on the prospect further on.

 - If the prospect takes it, the member can say "What are you doing, prospect? Trying to touch a member's cut, are you?" . Still, the prospect may reply "I am just following orders, man."

At the end of the day, most of the questions and traps the prospect will have to go through have no correct answer. They are all means for the members to get to know the prospect better by studying his behavior and reactions. Every member wants to know that the soon-to-be members can think fast and take decisions on their own, so the prospect should always be on his toes.

 

 

Work in progress...

 

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Crommissar    9

That's a nice work! Away from being a boring guide. People must read this before trying to get in touch with a MC to make sure he/she won't make a fatal mistake. 

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Father Este    7

Good guide, love the effort put into it. Brings up some great points about how to actually role-play a modern day outlaw biker. What people seem to not realise it's not the 90's anymore. Bikers don't go around like gun towing outlaws. They're way more highly organised.  

 

Also people need to stop referring to their cut as a KUTTE  while In-game. It's really not that, just please say Cut. 

 

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Ted    20
5 hours ago, Father Este said:

Good guide, love the effort put into it. Brings up some great points about how to actually role-play a modern day outlaw biker. What people seem to not realise it's not the 90's anymore. Bikers don't go around like gun towing outlaws. They're way more highly organised.  

 

Also people need to stop referring to their cut as a KUTTE  while In-game. It's really not that, just please say Cut. 

 

The terminology is interchangeable. A kutte is just slang for a cut-off, and a cut is the same slang. Kuttes isn't a word exclusive to punk and metal subcultures, and in those sub-cultures, you'll likely find the word "Battle-vest" or something of the like said rather than cut. I speak with authority on that as I used to play underground metal venues. When you talk about these garments, Cut-Off, Cut, or Kutte works to describe the same thing. 

 

Though to address the guide, very good shit. I would love to see a section added to the guide about proper Protocol for starting up any kind of MC or RC. 

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Father Este    7
3 minutes ago, Ted said:

The terminology is interchangeable. A kutte is just slang for a cut-off, and a cut is the same slang. Kuttes isn't a word exclusive to punk and metal subcultures, and in those sub-cultures, you'll likely find the word "Battle-vest" or something of the like said rather than cut. I speak with authority on that as I used to play underground metal venues. When you talk about these garments, Cut-Off, Cut, or Kutte works to describe the same thing. 

 

Though to address the guide, very good shit. I would love to see a section added to the guide about proper Protocol for starting up any kind of MC or RC. 

 

Kutte is the term used outside of the US and used within the German punk scene. You will not see any American Outlaw biker or general biker refer it as a Kutte. Maybe in a small group of venues spread out around the US may refer to their punk vest as a Kutte. 

But it is not used a general term for a general or outlaw biker in the US as said. 

 

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Kutte 

 

Yes, you reference them in underground metal venues because it's a total different sub culture you're referencing. A punk or metal heads vest will be dedicated with patches from various bands and the like. Anyone in Europe, primarily Germany will refer is as Kutte as I said because it's slang. 

 

 

 

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Cara    165

It's said the same and given it's supposed to be read as speech, how does it possibly make a difference? Unless we're going to start demanding American spelling versus British spelling across the board I can't see why this particular use of a different spelling matters.

 

Having also spoken to a member of an American MC, recently patched out, he confirmed that both spellings are used and there really is no difference.

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Fenrir    173
1 hour ago, Ted said:

I would love to see a section added to the guide about proper Protocol for starting up any kind of MC or RC. 

How to start a Motorcycle Club.

 

    Traditionally, there are a few steps a group /must/ follow in order to earn their right to wear their colors in a peaceful manner.

This mostly covers for the 99%er clubs, because new 1%er clubs are created either through a separation from another one percenter club or through transformation,a 99%er club deciding to adopt the bylaws of the 1%ers.

(Most of the following set of information will also apply for those that wish to start a Prospect Charter for an already existing club. I will also add a separate section for that later on.)

 

Getting known.

-For non-affiliated groups of riders.

 

  The first step is to be part of a group of 5+ men that are fully committed for this path. (The minimum number can vary from state to state and country to country). What this means is that the group has to show their presence around the community without wearing any patches at first. They will have to attend a lot of parties, introduce themselves to anyone and get in touch with the main figures of each club. Try to get as many friends as possible and interact with all the clubs during this time. Every single club can guide the group, especially if the group that wants to start the MC has no experience in the field whatsoever. They will need all the guidance they can get for all this period and beyond, because in order to /keep/ wearing the patches after they've earned them, they will have to uphold a standard of bylaws and etiquette.

This will spare most of the questions that will be asked during the first meeting with the dominant club because they'll already be acquainted to them.

 

First meeting.

-For non-affiliated groups of riders.

-For Riding Clubs(RC) willing to turn into an MC.

 

  Once the group gets some sort of notoriety, they shall approach the territory's dominant club and ask for a sit-down. 

During this meeting, after the men inform the club that they are willing to start a Motorcycle Club, they will be asked a set of questions. For example, they will be asked to state their intentions and goals as a club, they will have to explain why they don't want to join another club instead and so on. If the club finds their answers to be good, they will ask them to choose a name and a color combination along with a logo. Of course, it has to be unique and different from /any/ other club. If it's the case of a Riding Club willing to turn into an MC, they can keep their name and color combination. Of course, as long as the colors aren't already taken.

If the meeting goes well and the main club accepts their request, the patches will then be sanctioned along with the name and colors.

However. The club will not be able to wear the logo and the MC patch on the back, yet. They will only use top and bottom rockers, plus the front patches for ranks.

 

Probe club.

 -May or may not apply in some states and countries for anyone that wants to start a new club.

 

 After the group gets their patches and name sanctioned, they will begin a period of probing. The easiest way to explain this is to compare it to a prospect club. Basically, they will have to prove that they are determined to become part of the MC community and persist. 

This may sound like the main club and the clubs around will try to humiliate the new club. In fact, it's the opposite. Every single club in the area along with the main club will have to teach the new club all the ins and outs of being an MC. 

Yes, they will be asked to do prospect work.

Yes, they will be asked to show their presence at certain events, mandatory.

No, they will not be treated as lesser men during this period. Everyone's intention will be to teach and guide them on the right path.

 

 

Full patch.

 

 If the club goes through the probing period of time and earns the respect of all the other clubs along with the dominant club, they will be given the right to wear their full set of colors and will be officially recognized as an independent club. (Unless they voice their desire to become a support club.)

Although it may seem that their work is done, it is far from it. Once they earn their patches, they will have to work twice as hard to keep the standards in line with the community's bylaws.

 

Keeping patches is harder than earning them.

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Brox26    266

Fantastic shit Fenrir

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