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Here Are All The Things That Sons Of Anarchy Got Totally Wrong About California Motorcycle Gangs

Kurt Sutter and the cast of Sons of Anarchy did their homework when writing and playing motorcycle club members, but, as is the case with any television show, several elements still don't mesh with reality. Granted, when you write a TV series, you want to garner attention, attract viewers, and give your wife, Katey Sagal, a compelling character, so who can really blame Sutter for making a few tweaks? 

But what do real bikers think of Sons of Anarchy? Many of them respect the series, but take issue with its portrayals of violence and illegal activity, as well as what they consider to be its generous treatment of women. On top of that, the show infamously went a bit off the rails – or over the bars, as it were – in its later seasons. How accurate is Sons of Anarchy? Is there a real life Sons of Anarchy crew rolling through California somewhere? 

The short answer is, the show is vaguely factual – emphasis on vaguely. Motorcycle club culture is a real thing, and here's how it differs from SoA.