Nomad (motorcycle club membership)

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A nomad is a member of a motorcycle club (which may or may not be an outlaw motorcycle club) or similar club who is not a member of a specific charter of the group.

Some nomads live in geographical areas that have fewer than the required numbers to form a charter.[1] They may even have been sent to the area with a mandate to establish a chapter. Other nomads may have just chosen somewhat solitary lives.

While nomads are not members of a charter, they are respected and accepted widely by the club as full members. Whilst a nomad has the right to be hosted by any charter he appears at, he cannot direct a charter, as each one acts as an autonomous unit within the rules of the parent club.[2]

Most motorcycle club members wear a territorial rocker (i.e., the bottom patch on the back of the jacket) that signifies what city/locale, state, or province their charter is located in. A nomad's territorial rocker, however, will simply say "Nomad" or "Nomads".

There are clubs named "Nomads Motorcycle Club" in several countries, such as the Australian Nomads,[3][4][5] and clubs in South Africa[6] and Germany.[7]


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  2. ^ Winterhalder, Edward (2005). Out in Bad Standings: Inside the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, The Making of a Worldwide Dynasty. Owasso, Oklahoma, USA: Blockhead City Press, 216.
  3. ^ Ashton, Kelly. "RIP Metho Tom". Ozbike: Thunder Down Under. no. 320, 18–22.
  4. ^ Veno, Arthur (2004). The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 67.
  5. ^ Baker, Jordan. "Crime Inc's Riders". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Nomads Motorcycle Club of Cape Town". Retrieved 2015-03-08.
  7. ^ "Nomads MC Germany". Retrieved 2015-03-08.