Look, we all know the stereotypes about bikers and motorcycle clubs. By and large, most people would go with "beardy middle-aged men stuffed a little too tightly into their leather jackets." But stereotypes, as usual, can be big mistakes - riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating hobby, and women can love and pursue the thrill-seeking lifestyle of motorcyclists just as much. To say nothing of the benefits of belonging to a tight-knit group or community.
There are plenty of reasons why women would want to join a motorcycle club, but no biker club would be complete without its own set of rules. Let's just dive in and take a look at our list containing some of the rules members of female biker clubs have to follow.
20 Can Not Use Any Part Of Club Name In Personal Email/Website
No club member can use the stand-alone wording of the club for her personal e-mail or web site address. The use of the club name as an e-mail and/or web site address is strictly reserved for the club and club use. Of course, this goes for "alternative" spelling of the club name as well.
19 Don't Show Yourself, The Club, Or Bikers In A Bad Light
The Chrome Angelz sums it all up rather nicely in their vision of the future; "To unite women motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide. To inspire women to embrace the interest of riding for recreation, philanthropy and sisterhood, and all while promoting a positive image of the motorcycling community." There is nothing to be gained by trying to come off as badasses, and it seems the female bikers have understood that.
18 Must Own A Bike
You'd be surprised to hear how many people, both men and women, try to join motorcycle clubs without even owning a bike. Some of the women's clubs are now demanding that both members and prospects have a valid driver's license and their own motorcycle. Some clubs allow up to one year for the member to obtain a bike if for some reason they don't have one.
17 Stay Away From Crime
While certain motorcycle gangs pretty much require their members to commit crimes, even if they don't state it directly, the women's clubs are a bit different. Some of the women's clubs bear more of a resemblance to what would constitute as a riding club rather than an MC, but the legitimate women's clubs tend to demand that their members don't commit any crime.
16 Complete The Probation Period
While some female clubs don't have a prospect period as one might find in the male biker clubs, the Motor Maids applicants received a temporary membership card for a three-month probation period, during which time officers checked their character references and researched local gossip. If anything fishy came up, the admission decision was turned over to a secret five-person membership board for a vote.
15 Wear The "Uniform"
Motor Maids is the oldest women's motorcycle club, and they had lots of rules. In the 1950s, they still wore matching lipstick and their Motor Maid "uniform"; pink, with white gloves. Today their club uniform consists of black pants, black boots, a royal blue turtleneck, a white vest, and yes, they still wear white gloves.
14 Pay Their Dues
Most female biker clubs charge their members a monthly or yearly club membership fee. Some clubs just charge a symbolic amount, others a fairly substantial amount of money - but they all have in common that members who haven't paid up will not be allowed to attend meetings or group rides.
13 Bike Must Be Legal
All clubs that are part of the AMA has to abide by their rules and regulations. In addition, bikes that are ridden in rallies or group rides that go across state lines need to be road legal in the state it's registered. So no excessively loud exhausts then we suppose?
Several, if not all female motorcycle clubs have this as a requirement. Joining just to be part of the sisterhood is not enough, members should ride their bikes as often as possible, and definitely on group rides. Some clubs, like the Motor Maids, allow members leave of absence if they have a good reason and their dues are paid. Members who don't ride will be investigated.
11 Participate In Rallies And Rides
The Leather And Lace Motorcycle Club is a women's only biker gang founded in 1983, and their main mandatory requirement is that one day per year, all members must participate in a 100-mile ride called the National Spirit Ride starting at 10:00 a.m. on the third Sunday in September, whether they're in a group or on their own.
10 Stay Away From Drama
Chrome Angelz is a relaxed motorcycle club that aims to provide a supportive environment for members. The club is adamant that there should be "no drama" whatsoever, with motorbikes and positivity taking the forefront amid a supportive and caring atmosphere. So they're pretty much the opposite of Sons of Anarchy.
9 Be A Philanthropist
Most motorcycle clubs, whether male or female, organize charities and do rallies to raise both awareness and money for good causes. Unsurprisingly, most women's clubs choose to help children, other women, and the elderly. Philanthropy is a bigger part of the biker world than most people actually realize, it's not all beers and loud exhausts.
8 Be Unique
While some clubs tell their members to wear proper riding gear and to always be safe, there's another group of female riders who have a different view. The Caramel Curves is a club based in New Orleans, and they are famed for their choice of riding attire, which includes stilettos and fluorescent pink hair. Keeping it unique and feminine.
7 Embrace Diversity
Some clubs have members from all over the world, and they consist of women from all kinds of backgrounds, with vastly different interests and hobbies besides motorcycles. Clubs such as the Devil Dolls consists of punks, rednecks, rockers, and soccer moms, and they all pride themselves on the diverse group of women who join the club.
6 Do What They Can To Liberate Women
There are now all-female clubs popping up all over the world, including places where women shouldn't be participating in these activities - such as the Middle East and Africa. Some of these women face heavy fines and risk being ridiculed and ostracised for part-taking in what's considered "male activities", yet they keep riding to shine a light on equality issues.
5 Encourage Their Fellow Female Riders
Most women's motorcycle clubs include a group of like-minded women who support, empower, and encourage one another with regards to all things motorcycling, and a little bit of life advice that isn't necessarily bike related. They even run events such as different camps and workshops in order to grow as a club and as individuals.
4 Create A Safer Community
Many of the biker sisterhoods are working hard to increase the well-being of children and women who are or have been victims of abuse. With the number of female riders on the rise, it will hopefully translate into more women joining motorcycle clubs and fighting injustices like this. They literally make the world a better place.
3 Help Fellow Riders Grow
Several women's clubs have programs where they help out and support fellow female business owners, organize advanced riding classes to improve their riding skills, run mechanics classes to learn to work on their own bikes... The list goes on, and any women who want to develop some new skills should consider joining a motorcycle club.
2 Promote Safe Riding Habits
Most women's clubs promote safe riding habits, some were even founded for that very reason. Motor Maids is probably one of the most famous female-only motorcycle clubs in the world and have been around since 1940, they first got together to promote safe riding habits as well as meeting new people. Other clubs regularly organize rider training to improve their riding skills.
1 Be A Good Friend
Pretty much every female motorcycle club out there is centered around friendship, or sisterhood if you will. Most of the clubs have a purpose of bringing together women who share a common bond of riding motorbikes, but also try to be active in inspiring each other in all areas of life.