When you think motorcycle clubs you probably think Hell’s Angels, big hairy scary guys with Harleys, a bad attitude and flocks of women around them wearing patches saying: “Property of Slugger MacGraw” and names like that. That’s only a small percentage (1% in fact)! The rest are very different. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about motorcycle clubs which will change your point of view!

1) There is more than one type of biker club. Because there are the 1%ers, the rest are the 99%ers, which can consist of members of one profession, such as police, firemen’s, soldiers’ and veterans’ clubs.There are also clubs such for various religious groups such as Jewish and Christian ones who ride first then have services afterwards.

2)  There is a women’s biker club in India called the Bikerni, which was founded in 2011 by a lady called Urvashi Patole in her early twenties. It was the first ever motorcycle club just for women in the whole of India. Having started with just eleven members, its numbers have now risen to five hundred – and counting! Its aim was not only to empower women but to do charity work across India. They still face the occasional bit of harassment from their male counterparts, but hey – there’s safety in numbers!

3)  There is a club called Bikers Against Child Abuse whose sole aim is to protect and stand up for the rights of abused children. Each member is checked by the FBI and has to go through a two-year course to ensure that they are fit to work with children. They liaise with local authorities to empower children who have suffered sexual, physical and mental abuse, rehabilitate them and help them live a normal life. Each child is given two special guardians whose names and numbers they know so that they can call for help at any time.

4) Want to know how old the average motorcycle club rider is? Guess! 24? 28? 34?  Not even close! The average age of a biker is 48 years old, and he has a riding career of 24 years behind him. That means that while there may be many teenagers and young adults in the clubs, a fair proportion of these guys are in their 50s, 60s, 70s or even older – and by the way, if you’re a dude-ess, you’ll be one of the 5%ers! These clubs are 95% male!


5)  There are lots of biker prayers. Here’s one:

(SOURCED FROM:  www.facebook.com/NewMinersvilleFireHouseBikers)

Biker angel be my guide

As I climb upon my scoot to ride

Let your halo lght my way

And keep me safe from harm today

Let your wings provide me wind and air

And send it coursing through my hair

Find me a peaceful sunny place

And let it shine upon my face

Keep the clouds and rain at bay

And keep me dry throughout the day

Watch over my brothers who ride with me

Keep them safe and close to thee

Keep my wheels upon the ground

So I return here safe and sound

But if disaster be my fate

Guide me Lord to Heaven’s gate

If I must join my fallen brethren

Please show me the way to Biker Heaven.






Motorcycles endure much more punishment than automobiles, so their needs are different. Cars are better protected from the elements and any inhospitable road conditions. A motorcycle is less so if your bike is robust, your GPS has to be even more rugged! Its mounting should be vibration resistant to help it to function in all weathers. If you want the flimsy things that go in cars don’t imagine your GPS will live to be a pensioner!


You probably won’t be taking your GPS in the bath, but it will have to cope with the vagaries of a certain amount of  terrible abuse from the weather because the sun won’t shine every day, and in certain parts of the world, hardly at all. Your GPS has to be able to cope with whatever Mother Nature can throw at it because Murphy’s Law decrees that as soon as you go half a mile down the road a deluge of biblical proportions will unburden itself on you and your bike and the fancy pink one you bought just because it was cheap won’t be able to do the job. If you’re going to buy a GPS, make sure that cheap isn’t nasty. There’s a difference between price and value. Reputable brands are tested to withstand immersion in one metre of water.


This is another thing to worry about; the ability to see the display panels on a lot of  GPS systems is badly affected by inclement weather, undermining their efficiency by a dangerous amount. Screens made especially for less than perfect conditions have made this problem irrelevant to a great degree. Viewing in bright sunlight used to be a bit of a bad business, but don’t worry; there’s a solution!


Reading a map while riding a motorbike can be a major mission. It’s hard to steer, change gears, adjust your speed and navigate all at one time. It makes life an awful lot simpler if all only have to hear instructions given wirelessly with Bluetooth through the helmet, allowing the rider to use all his other equipment (eyes, ears, legs, hands etc.,) to ride his bike.


It’s really irritating when you’re depending on your GPS to do the job it was designed for and it gives up the ghost just when you need it most. Get a GPS with rechargeable batteries which utilise the power from the bike’s batteries – you never know when you might need it!


It’s important that you keep your data current. For example, if there’s road construction somewhere up ahead and your map hasn’t managed to find it, you could be lost forever! Keep up! Before you buy your GPS, ensure that updates are easily downloadable. You can usually source these on a CD or on the company website.

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BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR GPS, DO YOUR HOMEWORK! You have to get a product that suits you and your bike, so don’t buy the cheapest or the best looking just because they appeal to you.