Jan 20, 2019

Top Good and Bad California Motorcycle Clubs


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There was a famous Clint Eastwood movie called the "Good the Bad and the Ugly." There were heroes and anti-heroes. The same goes for LA Motorcycle clubs. There are a variety of motorcycle clubs throughout the state of California.

Many are clubs based on various points of interest that can be broadly organized into the following categories:

  • Outlaw motorcycle clubs or (1%)
  • Non-outlaw motorcycle clubs.

Most often than not, the term motorcycle club brings up images of drug-trafficking and violence, but many clubs are not considered to be under this outlaw category. Many of these non-outlaw clubs are simply just a riding family often centered around a specific interest like being a veteran, police officer, or the type of bike you ride.

  • Folsom Freedom Riders

Located in the Sacramento region, this club is known for being open to all. The Folsom Freedom Riders have no affiliation with any of the larger outlaw motorcycle clubs and are based on the interest of cruising with others. This club has no particular interest (like specific career interests or gender), but they are affiliated with California’s Correction and Rehabilitation meaning that Peace Officers are recommended to join.

  • Devils Brew M.C.

Devils Brew M.C. is reasonably large and has a chapter located in San Diego. This motorcycle club has more membership requirements than the Folsom Freedom Riders. This club is exclusive to male-veterans and cruiser bikes only. They try to organize rides periodically.

However, the image of the “one-percent” motorcycle clubs is still an active force in the crime community. Many of these biker gangs started in the ‘60s and ‘70s and are still present today. Many of the larger motorcycle gangs have established themselves in their area as a dominating force of violence and are slowly spreading to new areas. In California, three motorcycle gangs hold influence in California: Vagos, Mongols, and Hells Angels.

  • Vagos

This outlaw motorcycle club is one of the largest with as many as 4,000 members. In California, they are more active in Southern California near the borders of Arizona and Mexico. Authorities know them for drug-trafficking and producing, specifically meth-amphetamines. In addition, they have connections with other “outlaw” motorcycle clubs in Mexico. Since being founded in the 1960s, they continued with their extreme hate towards the Hell's Angels.

  • Mongols

They are present in Southern California, but their membership is less than half of Vagos. This club has a heavy Latino and Native American presence, and due to this, they have built connections with other Latino street gangs in the area. In addition to street gangs, they have allied with other prominent motorcycle gangs to compete against the Hell's Angels.

  • Hells Angels

This motorcycle club probably has one of the most notorious reputations out of any other. Back in the 60s and 70s this club was very prominent and was the face for depicting violent motorcycle culture. Furthermore, Hells Angels used to run the country of the underground biker world. But now their numbers have dwindled due to other motorcycle clubs surpassing them. Even with their numbers dwindling, they still hold a heavy influence over California and other states throughout the nation.

Seen here in the LA Times, here on motorcycle gangs, and here.

Driving Directions to Ehline Law Firm from Folsom Freedom Riders

Driving time is six h 6 min (407 miles) via I-5 S from Folsom, California by getting on US-50 W from Folsom Blvd 9 min (3.6 mi).

  • Follow I-5 S to Los Angeles.
  • Take the Interstate 110 S exit from CA-110 5 h 50 min (402 mi)
    • Continue on W 4th St. Take S Hope St to W 5th St 3 min (0.5 mi)