Hell's Lovers

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Hell's Lovers MC
LocationChicago, Illinois
FounderFrank "Claim-Jumper" Rios
TypeOutlaw Motorcycle Club
RegionAlabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Wisconsin [1]
Membershipover 3500[1]
AbbreviationHLMC 812

Hell's Lovers, is a multi-ethnic outlaw motorcycle club founded in Chicago in 1967, currently with over 3,500 members in the US. One of the first integrated biker clubs in Chicago, the club was founded by Frank "Claim-Jumper" Rios after he was denied membership in another motorcycle club.[1] The club's motto is, "Death is my sidekick and the highway is my home." A "0%" diamond is worn in place of the traditional "1%" to signify being 0% nice. In June 2008, the Ironhorse Roundup Bike Show, a swap meet at the Lake County Fairgrounds, was canceled by Grayslake, Illinois mayor Timothy Perry after state and Federal law enforcement authorities had warned the Grayslake police chief of threats of violence between the Hell's Lovers and a rival outlaw gang, the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.[2]

The Wisconsin Department of Justice describes criminal activity by the Hell's Lovers as "decreasing," but says they have been associated with drug trafficking and motorcycle theft.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Bowean, Lolly (11 January 2010), "Frank 'Claim-Jumper' Rios: 1947-2009; Revved up city club for bikers; Formed in 1967, Hell's Lovers helped break race barriers", Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, p. 20
  2. ^ Black, Lisa (17 May 2008), "Promoter scrubs swap meet over fears of violence", Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, p. 20
  3. ^ Northeast Wisconsin Gang Assessment (PDF), Wisconsin Department of Justice, retrieved 17 August 2010