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You may have noticed what seems like more bikers on the road today showing their patches as former members of the United States military. That is not just your impression – it is a fact that there has been a resurgence in the number of veterans buying motorcycles and riding with motorcycle clubs. In fact, according to the Military Times newspaper, this is the third wave of veteran motorcycle riders. The first came after World War II as a number of vets bought surplus motorcycles and formed the first biker groups. The second wave was made of Vietnam veterans who saddled up, and the current growth is coming from veterans of the War on Terror.
The Birth of the “Outlaws”
The first motorcycle groups considered themselves “outlaws” for a specific reason. The market was just developing for motorcycles that were durable and affordable. The newly formed American Motorcycle Association sought to corral all the many new motorcycle clubs under its umbrella. Resisting the rules and regulations of this “civilian” organization, the military members who had just returned from intense combat followed their own paths. One of the best known biker club names, the Hell’s Angels, came from military roots. Although its reputation was marred over the following years, its inspiration was from a squadron of the famous Flying Tigers. It had adopted that name and logo while flying in China and transferred it to its members motorcycles.
Veteran Motorcycle Clubs
While motorcycle clubs earned something of a negative reputation during the 60s, a large number of veteran bikers now ride with clubs known for doing good work and supporting other veterans. These groups include, just naming a few, the: Purple Heart Riders American Legion Riders Patriot Guard Leathernecks Motorcycle Club POW/Mia Riders Motorcycle Club Committed to Continued Service In addition to these national groups, there is a large number of local and state organizations as well. Most of the clubs participate in a variety of special events and regular activities each year. This includes escorting the funeral details of veterans, collecting items for the annual Toys for Tots drive, and participating in patriotic parades and celebrations.
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Texas Trash Talk
The Texas Department of Transportation have been cracking down on those who litter in Texas. According to their research, approximately 435 million pieces of visible litter accumulate on Texas roadways each year. Fines will range from $500 to $2000 depending on what you throw out. One in four Texans admits to littering within the past year. Oh, and they’re also good at talking trash. Don’t mess with Texas, or you’ll pay the price.
Texas is home to the 8th Wonder of the World, The Astrodome. This was the world’s first domed stadium built in 1965, and was home to Muhammad Ali matches in his prime. Then you’ve got Jerry World which is the stadium of the Cowboys. It is the world’s largest column free enclosed space and has the world’s 4th largest display screen. Texas is also home to one of the greatest pitchers to ever play baseball – Nolan Ryan. Nolan is known for his no hitters and also for whooping Robin Ventura after he charged the mound in 1993. Don’t mess with Nolan Ryan and don’t mess with Texas.
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If you want to show off your Southern pride and your rebellious nature, displaying the stars and bars is a great way to do it. With the instant recognition of the Confederate flag, you'll be able to profess your love for the South and everything you love about it. The rebel flag calls out to the rebel in you, and now you can put that flag anywhere you choose. With rebel flag patches, you can sew them into clothing items like jeans, jackets and hats. You can also put them on your laptop bag, your backpack or anything else you carry with you.
Wear a flag patch that stands for all of the things you love about the South
What do you love about it? Choose all that apply:
Did you know that Northerners put chains on their tires and some even plug their cars in at night to keep them from freezing during the night? What kind of world is that? You have pride in the sun and mild weather of the South.
The South lives on its own terms and has its own traditions. It isn't seeking to be like anywhere else, and you're not seeking to be like anyone else.
The Outdoor Experience
From the deer to the alligators and wild turkeys, Southerners know how amazing the natural world is and how to enjoy it all. Whether you hunt and fish or just love to sit outside in the evenings, the natural South is not to be missed.
The Ability to Withstand It All
People have been trying to get rid of the South for more than a century, and now the war is against the very flag that represents the region. But Southerners aren't going anywhere, and now you can see that the flag doesn't either. Wear it with pride to show the world that it isn't getting rid of the region you love.
Most people are familiar with the Sturgis rally, but it's not the only show in town. There are a handful of lesser known biker rallies around the country that draw huge crowds.
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In celebration of its 75th year, you can bet Daytona Bike Week is going to pull out all of the stops. Starting the first week in March and lasting 10 incredible days, vendors, fans, and of course bikers will flock to the sandy beaches of Florida to be blown away by the latest and greatest motorcycles and motorcycle gear. Although your schedule during the week is likely to be packed, the following are a few events you won't want to miss.
The 76th-Annual Sturgis Rally
Sturgis is, arguably, the most famous of all motorcycle rallies in the United States. It is also one of the largest in the world. How big? Well, depending on who you listen to, the 2015 Sturgis Rally drew between 730,000 and a million bikers. If these numbers are correct, then the 2015 rally was the biggest one ever held in Sturgis. For 2016, the 76th-annual Sturgis Rally will be held from August 8th to 14th. Of course, the festivities in and around Sturgis last much longer, with bikers flooding into the South Dakota region for days before and after the main rally.
The second week of April in Scottsdale, Arizona will be a biker's paradise, just as it has been for the past 18 years. That's because it's Arizona Bike Week, an annual week-long event held in Westworld, where tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend on the Grand Canyon State from all over the country and celebrate the job of riding motorcycles and the culture surrounding it.
Nobody embodies the freedom associated with motorcycle riding more than those who dare wear the colors of the largest motorcycle clubs in the US. When someone puts on a vest with their club's patch, they're saying something about who they are and their values.
Here's a quick rundown of some of the biggest and most well-known MCs in the country.
Planning for the Las Vegas Bike Fest 2016 is underway and it’s already shaping up to be an exciting year. The event will return to Fremont East on October 1-4 and will draw over 30,000 people who have one thing in common: love for all things motorcycle. This rally hosts an amazing showcase of all kinds of bikes, but that’s only the beginning of the fun. It’s been going on for over 15 years, and the organizers know how to pack four days full of serious entertainment.
The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club had its start in Fontana, California in 1948. The military surplus after World War II made motorcycles very affordable for the veterans that were used to action in the field and wanted more of it along with a club that included drinking and cursing bikers. The name of Hells Angels is from World War I and World War II fighter pilots.
Hells Angels Founded by War Vet
Otto Friedli, a war veteran, started the club after he broke off from the Pissed Off Bastards motorcycle club. For many years, The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club remained an organization only in California. The first chapter outside of California was in Auckland, New Zealand in 1961. The club grew by leaps and bounds to include most of the states and 30 or more other countries with members having an image of outlaws that made their own rules as they went along in life. The club states that a member typically rides about 20,000 miles per year and usually only on the preferred motorcycle of the gang, the Harley-Davidson, so that they are easily identifiable.
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