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The Hierarchy Of A Motorcycle Gang

Updated January 28, 2019 29.0k views15 items

A bit of mystery surrounds any exclusive club or secret society. Biker gangs often operate in a distinctive, self-contained world, complete with specific functions, responsibilities, titles, and jargon. But the important roles in a motorcycle gang aren't in place only to confuse outsiders - there is a hierarchy ensuring all members are aware of what others expect of them. It's a matter of keeping everyone on the same page for the sake of running a well-oiled machine.  

Motorcycle clubs are nothing new. They date back as far as 1935, when the Outlaws Motorcycle Club lived by the motto of "God forgives, Outlaws don't." Though they were a belligerent group, this didn't stop their ranks from growing. With more than 1,700 members, the Outlaws MC are still an active group. They were known for their bitter rivalry with the infamous Hells Angels, a legendary motorcycle club that remains in operation today.

  • The Vice President Is A Supervisor And Organizer

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    While the founder and president's duties fall more on the ceremonial and representative side of things, the vice president primarily handles the nuts and bolts of running the organization. They are responsible for ensuring the group runs as smoothly and successfully as possible. They organize meetings and events, coordinate committees, serve as a liaison between the president and members, and address member questions and issues.

    The vice president assumes the duties of president when the president is unavailable. In the overall chain of command, they are second only to the president/founder.

  • The Sergeant At Arms Ensures Members Adhere To Laws And Rules

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    As ruthless as they may appear to outsiders, even motorcycle clubs have rules. And someone has to look tough enough to enforce those rules: the sergeant at arms. Consider this position as the group's single-person police department. They maintain the rule of law within the club at all times, make sure members follow proper procedures, and generally keep a watchful eye on members. If a member breaks a rule or jeopardizes the club's standards or protocols, the sergeant at arms reports the behavior to the oversight committee and strips members of their patches and colors if they exit the group.

    Security issues fall to the sergeant at arms as well - they see to it that the group is safe, which involves protecting the gang's weaponry.

  • The Road Captain Plans All Club Runs

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    The road captain manages the details of club runs by planning the ride's routes and stops, and where they will refuel. They lead the ride if the president or vice president is absent. Otherwise, the road captain rides alongside the leader(s) at the head of the formation.

    The road captain has to enforce the rules during runs, maintain bikes, and accurately map out routes and stops.

  • The Secretary Keeps Club Records

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    Similar to any other organization, the secretary preserves the group's records. They keep minutes at meetings and tend to the required paperwork and administrative tasks. This usually involves recordkeeping, writing correspondences, and advising the president as necessary. The secretary often serves as the historian of the motorcycle club as well, upholding its legacy for future members.

    Also worthy of note: Even motorcycle clubs need an online presence in the 21st century, which is the secretary's responsibility.