Military Motorcycle Clubs See a Surge in Growth in United States

Military Motorcycle Clubs See a Surge in Growth in United States

July 13, 2015

Military Motorcycle Clubs See a Surge in Growth in United States

Military motorcycle clubs, many of them focused on veterans and veterans causes, are seeing a surge in growth and popularity in the United States. For many veterans, these motorcycle clubs help with the transition back to civilian life. They offer a military vets a place to bond with other veterans and continue to serve their country by helping out in local communities, supporting charitable organizations and helping fellow veterans. If you are veteran looking to join a military motorcycle club, make sure to read below for a link to help you find clubs in your state or by military affiliation.

When speaking about his experience with a military motorcycle club, Marine Sgt. Derek Schwartz - a combat veteran who was medically retired last year - told Military Times, "I was amazed — it felt like family," he says of the Marines-only motorcycle club. "Everyone just takes care of each other. It's a brotherhood very similar to the one in the Marines. It's one of the most therapeutic things I've experienced outside of active duty."

 

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History of Military Motorcycle Clubs

In a piece on the surge of military motorcycle clubs, Military Times shared a glimpse into the history of the motorcycle clubs in relation to the U.S. military and our veterans.
In the wake of World War II, as a generation of troops returned home from combat, veterans across the country found a certain pleasure and purpose through a newly evolved piece of gear they'd become friendly with downrange: the motorcycle.
New "motorcycle clubs" sprang up everywhere, filling the void of camaraderie and brotherhood — not to mention adrenaline and adventure — that many found themselves craving with the end of their military service.
They called themselves "outlaws" — not because they were criminals but because they refused to be boxed in by the rules and regulations of the fledgling American Motorcycle Association.
"Combat is where motorcycle outlaws come from," says Don Charles Davis, who writes the Aging Rebel biker news blog from Los Angeles. "Clubs like the Boozefighters and the Outlaws were either invented or transformed by veterans on cheap Army surplus bikes."

Military Motorcycle Clubs Deserve Positive Image

Unfortunately, many Americans associate motorcycle clubs with criminal activity. While some veterans admit there are a few bad apples out there, the majority of military motorcycle clubs do good - for communities, charities and fellow veterans - and are made up with good people.

One of those organizations is The WarFighters — a military motorcycle group with chapters in eight states. Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Phillip Loranger, founding president of The WarFighters said, "To be a WarFighter, you must have an honorable discharge and no felony convictions," Loranger says. "We take an oath to the United States and our support to veteran causes and affairs and that we will never do anything illegal, no matter what."

 

If you are looking to join a group of fellow military bikers but don't know if there is an military motorcycle organization in your area, take a look at MilitaryBikers.org to find info and links to military motorcycle clubs.  

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40 Responses

Jason M8llion
Jason M8llion

February 22, 2016

I was wondering why the largest Veterans MC in the World, the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets MC was left out of your article?

Herogiveaways
Herogiveaways

February 22, 2016

Thanks for your message Keith. There is a link at the end of the article to a site MilitaryBikers.org (no affiliation to Hero Giveaways) which had a lot of information on military motorcycle clubs. Thanks for your support!

Keith Cave
Keith Cave

February 22, 2016

This is an awesome thing, I am a vet of 20 years and would like to know where I can look into becoming a member of one of these chapters? Keep up the great work for our hero’s.

Sly
Sly

February 22, 2016

I am a member of the VFWRA in Sacramento and we are always looking for veterans to join our club.

John
John

February 22, 2016

Because they aren’t the largest veterans MC anymore.

Herogiveaways
Herogiveaways

February 22, 2016

Jason,

Thank you for your question. The article shares general information on the growth of the clubs in recent years along with a linked source which could be very helpful for veterans looking for a club to join or to connect with fellow military bikers. The information was not presented to promote any club in particular or provide a list of military motorcycle clubs. The only club info mentioned at the end of the article was from sourced material to make a point regarding the positive impact clubs make on their local communities and to other questions. We do appreciate your input and for sharing your comment.

Thanks for your support.

HeroGiveaways

Herogiveaways
Herogiveaways

February 22, 2016

Scott,

Thanks for contacting us. There is a link at the bottom of the article to a resource – MilitaryBikers.org – which could help with your request.

Thanks for your support.

HeroGiveaways

William (Scott) Eaker
William (Scott) Eaker

February 22, 2016

Looking for a chapter or organization. 20+ years USAF, flightline/medivac

Kevin
Kevin

February 22, 2016

CVMA – Combat Vetrans Motorcycle Accociation – A great home for me!

David
David

February 22, 2016

It is sad that all the members are not always veterans, The Legacy Vets have members wearing Veteran on their back and they never served, and The Nam Nights are young kids but there club represents them as military Vets and some never served. I believe this should fall under stolen valor!

Jim Cain
Jim Cain

February 22, 2016

I am a retired U.S. Navy vet. I was invited to join the Vietnam Veterans MC. When they found out I was also a retired cop, they withdrew the offer.

beach-man
beach-man

February 22, 2016

The only ones I can hope to recommend is American Legion riders, Patriot Guard riders or perhaps other “Riders” groups. Stay away from traditional MC, those that operate their group with the approval of the local 1% outlaw club in power at the time. Many of these MCs operate by their own set of unpublished “codes” which can be modified at the whim of the MC officers. Some of these MCs are so powerful that their members do not “own” their bikes, those bikes are “owned” by the club. Don’t take my word for it, do your own internet research. Any MC can head into the direction of 1% outlaw upon the whim of their officers. This has implications for members who are employed in the public sector. Be prepared for the possibility of a lifelong culture with limited opportunity of comfortable egress. Consider Harley Owners Group, it is replete with veterans. Don’t be a sucker, if something looks too good to be true, it is probably untrue.

Brad Berglund
Brad Berglund

February 22, 2016

Be careful when you say that members of the COC are “support clubs”. That’s far-reaching and not realistic. Also, what’s missing from the original article are military and veteran riding associations. They are not three-piece patch wearers, don’t refer to themselves as clubs, have no attendance requirements, and are as great support groups as any out there. The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) is one of the best out there and have chapters in all 50 States. You must be a combat veteran to be a full member. They are very family oriented and are deeply involved in their local communities.

Shawn
Shawn

February 22, 2016

You need to get your facts right. Their is only 1 “Military Motorcycle Club”, (MMC). That designation, MMC, belongs to the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club, GKMMC. All other Motorcycle Clubs are MC. They may be associated with the military, active, retired, disabled, etc., but they are not an MMC. When you write and article, make sure you get your facts right before you write…

James
James

February 22, 2016

The MCOC was formed by motorcycle clubs to bring together a united legal stand to prevent discrimination against bikers. We believe that bikers have rights protected by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Michigan. Each member motorcycle club is dedicated to protecting and preserving the freedoms of their right to ride and stand united in that effort. The MCOC provides a voice and education on how to protect the rights and safety of bikers by utilizing the legislative and legal process. So going to a coc does not mean that anyone supports anyone. Just want to fight for the biker rights

Norm Sargent
Norm Sargent

February 22, 2016

Tin Can, beach man is spot on. As a vet and a patch holder I’d advise anyone thinking of joining a 3-piece club to please do some research. A few of the “veteran clubs” ARE associated with 1% traditional clubs and are support clubs for the dominant 1% club in their area. If they are members of a COC (confederation of clubs) it is likely they are a support club for the 1% club that heads that states confederation) if that is the route they want to go, well great but please know what you are getting into…

Gary "TIN CAN" Lynn
Gary "TIN CAN" Lynn

February 22, 2016

Beach-man, the purpose of the article was to introduce “Veterans” to “Veterans” Motorcycle riding groups where Vets help Vets to adapt after service in combat… the groups you mention ARE NOT veteran groups… they are originations with good intentions from my experience, but not combat veteran groups…I believe the theory is; in order to help someone survive the winter you have to have been in winter weather yourself… Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is one of the few groups that welcome "Combat Veterans (Military Veterans who have served in combat zones/theaters) without the drudgery of prospecting. This group believes that the service itself serves as your proof of eligibility. See; www.combatvet.org for more information.

Farmer
Farmer

February 22, 2016

Legacy Vets MC is a 100 % Vet club requiring a dd214. Beware of misguided posts.

Frank Howe
Frank Howe

February 22, 2016

The one you have pictured us military vets is one I belonged too for over 10 years as a state officer. They have written veteran causes out of their by laws. They want to be more like a one percent club. Because of this they have lost masses of great people. They have had liars and stealers of valor at national level of officers. They are crooked and imitation of what good men are. There are still some good men among them. Also women even of service are not equal and carry no influence.

Conan
Conan

February 22, 2016

Beachman, you don’t know what your talking about. Suggest you learn before you start giving out information.

Ken Beck
Ken Beck

February 22, 2016

Retired USN- 20 years. I was a member is the US MILITARY VETS MC (www.usmvmc.org) go about 10 years. I was a senior patch holder. I bowed out (in good standing) due to my own personal reasons. Good club for someone looking. It is a 3 piece patch club!! If you do not know what that is in the MC world, study up. Thanks
Ken Beck
US NAVY RETIRED 1975-1995

mutt
mutt

February 22, 2016

Look into the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club, just google them. I’m a member and I know my chapter is a great group of men and women who are either active duty, retired and current military from all branches. They don’t affiliate with any 1% club.

Chesty Puller
Chesty Puller

February 22, 2016

CVMA and American Legion were not mentioned because they are not a club. There will never be the bond after service that guys are looking for in a RC or MA because those guys only meet at a bar or whatever and hardly ride. By the way Combat Vets only require that you have deployed to a conflict area, not that you were actually engaged in combat, which is false advertisement. Most MC have a clubhouse and cater to guys looking to get more involved. The WarFighters that were mentioned in the article aren’t an MC and are new on the scene. Not really a viable option. Military Vets MC and Leathernecks MC are great for the right guys. Someone mentioned Vietnam Vets MC, not sure why as the guys coming back now would have zero interest in that club. And they are NOT the largest or strongest anymore for vets. Bottom line if you’re looking to only ride on weekends then join a MA, RC or whatever group like CVMA or American Legion Riders etc. if you are a Biker who is a vet then join a MC.

Knight
Knight

February 22, 2016

For those veterans who are interested in the motorcycle community check out the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association. We are not an MC and do not recruit/prospect. CVFFCV

AC 0352
AC 0352

February 22, 2016

This article refers by the quote of a Marine only motorcycle club which isn’t referred to by name nor is it on any states listed on the link. Any Marine or Corpsman with an honorable discharge. Leathernecks Motorcycle Club . Here is a link to said club This seems like an article with a link bias to send people in the direction of the U.S. Military Vets MC, good club, but try being unbiased. If you want to write an honest article you could mention the club in which is actually spoken if in your article. Sgt Schwartz speaks of a club which isn’t even on your list, Semper Fi brother NFNLB.

Roundabout
Roundabout

February 22, 2016

Not my Club – don’t know about the internal stuff.
But, about the women comment. I thought they let females become Full Patch Members. I met one a few years ago in Oklahoma.

Yo-Yo
Yo-Yo

February 22, 2016

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
Our moto is “Vets helping Vets”, and there is no prospect period. Definitely an organization that can either be an excellent intro to the motorcycle community, or stay forever and have life long veteran family.

Mike Massey
Mike Massey

February 22, 2016

I’m curious, who is the largest? I know that those guys are in Every state in the country and on multiple continents. And, they’ve been around for 35+ years. I know a few other righteous Veterans MCs, but none with that kind of presence and history.

McBastard
McBastard

February 22, 2016

Some of you need to educate yourself on the MC world.
Simply existing as a 3 piece club does not denote an MC as being 1%, nor does participation in a COC designate someone as a support club for the dominate MC of the CoC.
As for riding groups.. VFW riders, legion riders, etc.
Nothing against them, but they will not provide the brotherhood and family that a real MC will give you.
Buying a patch, it won’t mean shit to you.
You’ve got to earn it for it to mean anything.

Audie Walker
Audie Walker

February 22, 2016

This is true of pretty much all motorcycle clubs I’ve come in contact with. I’m a member of a Christian Motorcycle Church in Southern Illinois. We minister to many local clubs and they are all very community oriented. And many of the members of these groups are former military as well.

GUNNER
GUNNER

February 22, 2016

What ever happened to the original topic?, I think what’s happening here is indicative of the lack of focus and what’s happening within our own sub culture. Lets re focus on the real reason we ride with Veteran groups, clubs, or what have you and that’s to bond with other Vets alike with 3 things in common, we all ride motorcycles, we all served, and we all love our country. STOP the political madness and get back on track please!

Capt. Obvious
Capt. Obvious

February 22, 2016

You just said CVMA doesn’t recruit but here you are, advertising and RECRUITING for your CVMA. Also the shit at the end of your post…. Way to try and look like a real club with your CVFFCV. CVMA doesn’t say that anywhere. Maybe because there are thousands of guys in the national roster still that only showed up to a meet once and never were seen again after getting their mail-order back patch. You guys should just start a club called Sons of Anarchy. It would be original.

Abel
Abel

February 22, 2016

I don’t believe it’s a 100% Military Vet Club. I met one down in Mississippi, and he informed me that he hadn’t served one day in the military, but that his father had been a Vet and that was enough for him to become a “Legacy” vet. His name was “Red”, I’m not sure if he’s still a member, this was several years ago.

Chief
Chief

February 22, 2016

Frank, dishonorable members have been kicked out of the USMV MC. Oh wait, you already knew that when you stated we “had” members like that. Name an organization that is perfect. You can’t. And just like any other large organization, we work continuously to improve and better ourselves. Sounds like sour grapes from a past member that didn’t find utopia in the US Military Vets MC and wasn’t a strong enough brother to effect the change in which he thought was needed. Are you out “good” or “bad”? Easier to be a “keyboard commando” and talk trash about a good club than it is to be a stand up guy. I’m guessing you’re out bad. If not, you should be.

Boozefighter Beaner
Boozefighter Beaner

February 22, 2016

Negatron good sir. Just because a club belongs to a CoC doesn’t mean in any way shape or form is a support club for the local Power club that heads it. CoC’s have a two fold mission: One for legislative matters withing the state fighting for motorcyclist right from MC’s to RC’s to associations and to Private Citizen Joe Snuffy with a Goldwing benefits from the legal and philathropic actions they take. The other is to be a neutral ground for clubs to meet and share timelines of organized activities or to hash out problems within the the region.

Steve "Kneecaps" Lelbach
Steve "Kneecaps" Lelbach

February 22, 2016

Keith, check out the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. We’re a non-profit 501 © (19) and have chapters throughout the USA.

Regards,

Steve “Kneecaps” Lelbach
CVMA FM# 9645

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

February 22, 2016

Armed Forces MC is a 100% all military club, we are a 3 piece patch club we don’t support no club but our own. We are made up of brothers from all branches, we have vets, Retirees, and some still on active duty. We pride ourselves on our service to this great country and our love for our brothers. In order to become a fully patched brother we do have a prospect faze, but any vet can hang around without having to prospect. I believe that if a person earns something they take more pride in it, and why wear a patch if you didn’t earn it. It’s like wearing a medal on your uniform that you didn’t earn. For more information about us look us up online at

Whatever
Whatever

February 22, 2016

Frank Howe, I concur with part of your statement… been there and I personally have ran into the same issues concerning the usmvmc. Charter P’s out right lying, prospect one church and probate on the next, no rearguards to the by-laws, and non-veterans in the club…truely not an all military club.

Roundabout, have you ever seen an elected female officer (not an appointed position)?

Chief, stay strong just dont piss off the powers to be.

TommyGun
TommyGun

February 22, 2016

Amen to McBastard. Well spoken , and I will not have advertise my club however it is a three-piece and it is a strong no affiliation with any dominate 1% We earned the right to do what we do. Everyone has to shake hands now and then with bigger clubs. That means nothing. As far as being 100% veteran. I doubt a club like that exists. We use a 90/10 percent split and it works fine. The only thing we require is that the 10% non vets be patriots and dedicated to our traditional beliefs against tyranny. They are not allowed to hold any officer positions in any of the chapters. Good luck in your research veterans. P

Mojo
Mojo

February 22, 2016

Beachman. WTF are you talking about? I own my motorcycle not my club. I think you need to stay off the internet and participate in the real world. You have no clue dude!

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