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1.-"What does the M.C. stand for?"  Motorcycle Club.  Remember, it's a Club, not a gang.

2.-  "What does 81 stand for?"  It's a metonym. The 8th letter of the alphabet is "H", and the 1st letter is "A", HA = Hells Angels.

3.-  "What does Red & White stand for?"   Another metonym, Red & White are the Club's colors; red letters on a white background.

4.-  "Why do you call you club vest colors?"   Again, another metonym.  Colors or Patch stand for the motorcycle club's (Any motorcycle club) insignia.  On the top of the back of the vest is "HELLS ANGELS", and the bottom is the Charter's location, such as "CALIFORNIA".  These are called "rockers".  The center is the logo called the "Deathhead", and the small square with "MC" stands for Motorcycle Club.  The Hells Angels, as well as most motorcycle clubs have copyrights on their name and logo


5.-  "How do I join the Hells Angels?"    As the saying goes, "If you have to ask the question, you probably won't understand the answer."  The key words are "Motorcycle Club", which means they are true motorcycle enthusiasts and their motorcycle is their primary means of transportation.  On the average a club member will ride 20,000 mile plus a year, and this means rain, snow, or sunshine.  Each Charter varies in their requirement, but if you're really interested you should talk to a member in your area.   And if you have to ask where the nearest Charter is to you....you aren't ready to join a Motorcycle Club.

"How many members does your club have?"   Ask this of a member and you'll most likely get an answer such as, "I'm not at liberty to discuss Club matters with a non-member."   The member responds this way because it's a private club and any private club doesn't discuss things such as number of members, who the members are, etc.  Motorcycle clubs are not secret organizations, or "Ancient & Honorable Society..." such as the Masons, but they do maintain club matters within the club.

"I've seen small diamond shaped patches with 1%'er, what does this mean?"  In the 1960's the media picked up on an article by the A.M.A. (American Motorcyclists Association) that stated that only about 1% of motorcyclist gave motorcyclists a bad image, so the media tagged people who rode Harleys, had long hair, tattoos, etc. with being a "1%'er".   There are no "bad images", just bad actions, and long hair or tattoos doesn't mean the person is bad in any way.  Law enforcement supposedly has a "good image", but for bad actions read about "Ruby Ridge", or "Waco".   So why does a motorcyclist wear a "1%'er" patch?  Most likely because he's a good person that the media tagged bad because of his appearance, and he's just  throwing it right back in their faces.

"How do I get one of those Support Your Local Hells Angels stickers?"   These stickers are only given to people who support the Club, and can only be obtained from a member who knows you are a true supporter who participates in their various runs and charity drives.

"Why do people discriminate, lead hate groups and anti-Hells Angels groups?" (From question on Guestbook)  I don't know of any "anti-Hells Angels groups", unless you count law enforcement agencies, and they probably don't hate the Club, just would like to control the freedom its members represent.  Due to the media hype the Club has a very high profile, so if a member sneezes, it's news.  Most people who come into contact with the Club on runs and such find the members respectful.

"How do I start a Hells Angels Charter in my town/state?"  Another "If you have to ask, you won't understand the answer."  Motorcycle Clubs consist of a group of people who have ridden together for years, live in the same community, are known by the community, have runs to raise money for local charities, and are a brotherhood.  It's "Motorcycle Club" as opposed to an association such as Harley Owners Group, or Goldwing Riders, which allow anyone to join as long as they have a Harley or Goldwing.   Not to say associations are better or worse, just different; they don't ride 20,000+ a year together, or know each other as well as you know your family, which is what a Motorcycle Club is about.  If you're already in a Motorcycle Club you know how to start a Hells Angels Charter in your area, and if you're not...well, that's probably why you asked the question in the first place.

"My buddy says I shouldn't lock my bike when it's at a Hells Angels Club House.  Why?"  If you mean taking the key out of the ignition, that okay, but locking the forks, chain locks, etc., that's being disrespectful to the Club.  It's like saying you don't trust the members or the people they invited to the Club House.  The same can be said when you are at a Club function other than at the Club House; your bike is completely safe and it's watched by Prospects or hang-arounds.  Look around the next time you're at a Club function and you'll see bikes with helmets, jackets, gloves with the bikes, and even keys still in the ignition.  The Club does not tolerate misbehavior at their functions. 

"Can I buy and wear Club Support T-Shirt or hat even if I don't own a motorcycle?"  Many people think that you have to own a Harley to wear or display Club Support merchandise, but it's not true.  Your purchases show that you support The Club's philosophy of being free, and it also helps the Charter put on runs and events that riders of all makes of motorcycles enjoy.