List of outlaw motorcycle clubs

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This is an alphabetical list of notable outlaw motorcycle clubs, including those current, defunct, or historic. An outlaw motorcycle club is a motorcycle subculture that has its roots in the immediate post-World War II era of American society. It is generally centered on the use of cruiser motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidsons and choppers, and a set of ideals that celebrate freedom, nonconformity to mainstream culture and loyalty to the biker group. In the United States, such motorcycle clubs are considered "outlaw" as they are not sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and do not adhere to the AMA's rules.

Outlaw motorcycle clubs[edit]

Name Year founded Location founded Information Additional citations
69'ers 1968 Brooklyn and Queens, New York [1]
Bacchus 1972 Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada A Canadian one-percenter motorcycle club whose members ride only Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The name "Bacchus" is derived from an alternate name for Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, women and song. [2]
Bandidos 1966 San Leon, Texas, United States Has worldwide membership, with an estimated 2,400 members in 210 chapters, located in 22 countries. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada have named the Bandidos an "outlaw motorcycle gang".[3]
Blue Angels 1963 Glasgow, Scotland A one-percenter motorcycle club that was formed by Allan Morrison and Billy Gordon in the Maryhill area of Glasgow, Scotland in 1963. The club has four chapters in Scotland and Leeds.[4]
The Breed 1968 Jersey City, New Jersey, United States [5][better source needed]
Brother Speed 1969 Boise, Idaho, United States
Chosen Few 1959 Los Angeles, California, United States [6][7]
Coffin Cheaters 1970 Perth, Western Australia, Australia [8]
Comanchero 1968 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Devils Diciples 1967 Fontana, California, United States
Diablos 1961 San Bernardino, California, United States [9]
Dire Wolves 2010 Indian Trail, NC, United States [1]:65
El Forastero 1962 Sioux City, Iowa, United States
The Finks 1970s Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Free Souls 1968 Eugene, Oregon, United States
Galloping Goose 1942 Los Angeles, California, United States [10][11]
Gremium 1972 Mannheim, Germany [12]
Grim Reapers 1958 Alberta, Canada [13][not in citation given]
Gypsy Joker 1956 San Francisco, California, United States [14]
Hangmen 1960 Richmond, California, United States The colors are black and gold, and the logo is a noose. They have chapters all over the Western US and one in Germany. Hangmen MC is a registered trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.[15] [16]:45 [17][18][19]
Head Hunters 1967 West Auckland, New Zealand [20][21][22]
Hells Angels 1948 Fontana, California, United States
Hell's Lovers 1967 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Hessians 1968 Costa Mesa, California, United States [23]
Highwaymen 1954 Detroit, Michigan, United States [24]
Invaders 1965 Gary, Indiana, United States [25]
Iron Horsemen 1960s Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Jus Brothers 1990 San Joaquin County, California, United States [26][27]
Lone Legion Blenheim, New Zealand [28]
Lost Breed 1976 Nelson, New Zealand [29]
Market Street Commandos 1940s San Francisco, California, United States
Mobshitters 1970 Hurtsville, New South Wales, Australia [30][31]
Mongols 1969 Montebello, California, United States
Moonshiners 1934 Compton, California, United States
Notorious 2007 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [32]
No Surrender 2013 Zundert, Netherlands
Outlaws 1935 McCook, Illinois, United States
Pagan's 1959 Prince George's County, Maryland, United States [33]
Peckerwoods 1978 Santee, California, United States [34][35]
Phantom 1969 Chicago, Illinois, United States [36][37]
Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington 1945 Bloomington, California, United States
Rebels 1969 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Rebels 1968 Red Deer, Alberta, Canada [38]
Red Devils c. 1940 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada [39][40][41]
Road Knights 1979 Timaru, New Zealand [42][43][44]
Road Runners 1978 Poland In Germany, Switzerland and the United States, there are more motorcycle clubs called Road Runners MC, but these are unrelated to the Polish club. [1]:177
Rock Machine 1980s Montreal, Quebec, Canada [45]
Satan's Sidekicks 1970s Detroit, Michigan, United States [46][47]
Satan's Soldiers 1980 Bronx, New York, New Jersey, United States, Australia [48][49][50][51]
Satudarah 1990 Moordrecht, Netherlands
Sin City Deciples 1966 Gary, Indiana, United States [52]
Solo Angeles 1959 Tijuana, Mexico
Sons of Satan 1954 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States [53]
Sons of Silence 1966 Niwot, Colorado, United States
Top Hatters 1947 Hollister, California, United States [1]:200 [16]:28
Vagos 1965 Temescal Valley, California, United States
Vigilantes 1973 Wocester, Massachusetts , United States
Warlocks 1967 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Warlocks 1967 Orlando, Florida, United States
Wheels of Soul 1967 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States [54]
Zulus 1969 Akron, Ohio, United States [55][56][57]

See also[edit]


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