Thinking about joining a motorcycle club? Here’s a good place to start:
Joining a motorcycle club is not just a commitment to ride, it’s a commitment to a lifestyle and culture. It’s a deeply personal choice that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as you’re joining a family. I’ve been asked by a few ladies to suggest motorcycle clubs in their area. While I won’t give a list of clubs to join, I will give some thoughts that might help you find a club that’s right for you. After 17 years on the MC set, here’s a few things I’d tell you to consider. Joining a club is a lot like choosing a relationship. Do your research and choose the best fit for you.
1. Learn to ride your bike first.
Most clubs have an expectation that potential members have a basic skill set when it comes to riding. Some may offer to teach you, and that’s fine too. It’s my personal opinion that you learn to ride your bike and get comfortable riding in a group before seeking a club for membership. I’d suggest riding for at least 2 years before joining a club.
2. Research and Ride before you commit.
Research and ride with a club before committing to any formal process of joining. You can learn a lot about a club by just riding with the members for a day. I would suggest going on a few rides, and asking questions.
– When were they established?
– What’s their mission or purpose?
– Do they have other chapters?
– What is their riding style and does it fit with how you ride?
– Are they licensed riders?
– Are members required to own a bike?
– Is it co-Ed or all female and which do you prefer?
3. Evaluate what the club has to offer.
– Are they knowledgeable about motorcycling?
– Are they comfortable sharing their knowledge?
– What makes them unique to other clubs in the area?
– Are they approachable?
4. Research their membership process.
Ask what their expectations are of you to become a member before you decide to join. You may find you’re not up to the task.
– What is the financial commitment if any?
– How often do they ride, and does this fit with your life responsibilities?
5. Join for the right reason.
If you’re joining a motorcycle club for any reason other than riding, you might want to rethink your decision. Great reasons are:
– group riding
– motorcycle / riding knowledge
This list is by no means definitive. These are just my thoughts based on my own experiences. There are lots of other things to consider before making your decision. For those that are in a club, what do you know now, that you wish you had known then? Can you think of anything to add?
Got questions? Email me at blackgirlsridemag (@) gmail.com. I’m happy to help!
– Porsche Taylor