There are many motorcycle riders in the world, but only a select few join outlaw biker clubs. These organizations tend to have radical ideas; they're distinguished from other biker groups by their occasionally illegal activities and stringent rules.
Some of the regulations are simple mandates all motorcycle club members must follow. Other rules are unique to particular clubs such as the Hells Angels, the Bandidos, or the Outlaws. Members must follow each set of regulations or else face strict punishment.
For example, club members must adhere to a code of conduct while wearing their outlaw club's colors, and women who associate with the groups are expected to behave in specific ways. In fact, many of these bikers appreciate a military-style hierarchy. Rules are integral to life in an outlaw biker club.
According to biker expert and professor William Dulaney's research, many motorcycle clubs and outlaw groups institute stringent rules when it comes to holding meetings. They often follow Robert's Rules of Order - a widely known set of guidelines that allow organizations to hold orderly democratic meetings efficiently. These rules govern how sessions are structured, who speaks, and how leaders are selected.
Moreover, any bikers who ignore these points of order can be fined up to $100.
Potential motorcycle club members typically endure a long and arduous waiting period before being accepted. What happens during the waiting period varies between different groups. For example, the Wolf Pack Motorcycle Club expects all prospective bikers to perform any and all tasks, most of which are menial odd jobs.
Danielle Shields of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice researched outlaw biker clubs in the United States and published her findings in Justice Policy Journal in 2012. Shields explained the intense initiation process all new Bandidos members allegedly experience.
Supposedly, current members deposit bodily fluids - urine, vomit, or even excrement - onto a vest. Then the new member would "put the now-moist vest back on, hop on his bike, and go motoring until the vest had dried."
Each motorcycle club's respective colors - the identifying logos or patches worn on members' vests and jackets - are extremely important. They create the biker's unofficial uniform, letting everyone know where he's from and who he is. Members are expected to take excellent care of their colors and treat them with complete reverence. They're not allowed to buy or sell them, and they can't lose or replace them.
Anyone who leaves the club must return the adornments, either willingly or by force.