• 99% of motorcycle enthusiasts are law abiding citizens, the remaining 1% that consider their selves to be hardcore bikers; the one percent of society that doesn’t fit in and doesn’t want to fit in.  They are untrusting of the ‘citizen’ lifestyle because everyone is only out for themselves but the biker covenant guarantees that their brothers will always be there for him, to back him up in whatever threatens him or his family.  No club that isn’t hardcore enough is allowed to wear a 1% patch usually warn on a diamond shaped patch

  • Usually warn on a diamond shaped patch, the same size as the 1% diamond patch. The letter M is the 13th letter of the alphabet. Some bikers (or even street gangs) will use the ''M' as the moniker for the word MURDER.  Others use it to stand for Motorcycle or Marijuana.  It depends on the wearer to decide what it means to him.  If it is displayed inside a tear-drop shaped patch, It's fairly safe to assume the wearer is using it as the 'Murder' moniker

  • Having been in prison

  • Symbolizing the mark of Satan

  • Warn on a patch or tattoo, symbolizing that a person has committed a particular sex act with witnesses

  • Angels Forever Forever Angels

Angel Dust
  • Drug Terminology for P.C.P.

Ape Hangers
  • High raising handlebars on a motorcycle. When riders dangle their arms over them, it gives an ape appearance

  • A disciplinary measure to 'brand' the member as being closely controlled or scrutinized because of errant behavior.  Some bands are made of leather with club initials burned into the leather but most are black, whatever material or design they have. Many times the arm band is accompanied by Prospect type duties and a fine.

Back Pack
  • Full club colors tattooed on members' back. Outlaw clubs demand a specific amount of membership time before a back pack can be worn.  If the member leaves the club in good standing, the date he left is added to the tattoo.  If he leaves in bad standing, the entire tattoo is removed by various methods depending on the severity of the offence. Among removal methods is a complete ink-over (solid black ink-over tattoo to completely cover club color.  They have also been cut off or burned off.  These methods require hospitalization and sometimes the ex-member does not live through the experience

  • Angels Forever Forever  Angels

  • Harley Davidson motorcycle manual.  Has been known to be used at private weddings and torn up at divorce proceedings.  This is not to imply that club members do not believe in legal marriage ceremonies.  It’s all personal preferences

Big Four
  • Term used to identify the first four 1%er clubs in the world. Hells Angells, Outlaws, Bandidos & Pegans

Bounty or Contract
  • A price or prize offered to any club member who collects a rival club member’s colors, takes the life, beats up or otherwise disciplines someone that has  usually isn’t necessary.  There is a Sergeant At Arms in the ranks that will tak equipment stripped care of internal problems.

  • Automobile

  • A person whose primary mode of transportation is automobiles and doesn't have a clue how to safely share the road with motorcycles
  • A motorcycle with all unnecessary e front brake and equipment stripped or cut off.  Only bare essentials are left on the bike.  Usually the front brake and fender are removed, the wheel fork is extended forward and the handlebars set high.

  • Club business meeting for full patch holders only. Church is held regularly (usually Wednesday night at the clubhouse).  Members need to have an excuse to miss church.

  • Anyone not a 1%, independent, out rider or hardcore biker.  Motorcycle enthusiasts may ride thousands of miles a year, but if they don’t live a hardcore biker lifestyle, they’re still a citizen.

  • A unique club patch (or patches) that are worn on the rider's vest.  Colors are meant to be ‘flown’ (worn while riding a motorcycle).  Many clubs consider it greatly ‘dishonoring one’s club colors’ to wear them when riding in a cage (automobile).  There are many protocols concerning club colors that are very similar to American Flag protocols.  In actuality, colors are the flag of the 1%er.

Crash Truck
  • A van or panel truck equipped with tools that follows the motorcycle clubs on runs to pick up bikes that may break down. Also caries club supplies, camping gear and weapons.  Usually driven by females or Prospects.

  • An emblem worn by 1%ers, either as an ear ring, patch or pin attached to the colors.  The color of the cross signifies what action was taken to earn the patch or cross

  • See 'Colors'
One percenter, outlaw biker terminology definitions
Patch holder (outlaw/1%er)
  • A man that has been vetted through months or years of a prospect period and has earned a three piece patch.  This patch can't be bought, it must be earned.

Patched out - Pached In
  • When a new outlaw member is approved for full membership, he is given his full 3 piece patch at a celebration.  The term has morphed into 'Patched In' which makes more sense because you are now IN the club.

  • A small pad about 4”X 8” that may or may not be permanently affixed to the rear fender for female passengers to sit on (packing a passenger)

  • See Mama

  • Phony, fake, plastic person

  • Prospective member. See Prospect

  • Club probationary member may go on runs but are not allowed to attend ‘church’ (club business meeting).  He must perform any duty that a full patch holder requires of him without hesitation.

Property Patch
  • When a 1%er takes a woman as his Old Lady (wife status), he gives her a vest with a property patch on it which reads :"Property of biker's club name and his road nameExample:"Property of Scorpion Zig Zag

Pull a train
  • Term used when every man in the club  has their way (sexually) with a girl, one right after another.

  • If a member needs to back away from his fulltime commitment to the club (due to something like personal business or an illness in his family) and the member has tenure and is in-good-standing – he’s allowed to retire his patch.  He is no longer obligated to pay dues or attend weekly business meetings (this meeting is called church).  He can wear his patch when attend parties, funerals, etc..

Ridged Frame
  • See Hardtail

Riding Names
  • Street Names’.  Many bikers (but not all) use nick names.  In recent years, even motorcycle enthusiasts are choosing riding names, however, most bikers are usually given their names by someone in the club and it usually has something to do with their habits, personality, looks or unique riding style.  After getting to know someone, you can usually figure out how they got their name e.g.: a man with bushy red hair and bushy full red beard rides a bike with ape hangers may be called Orangutan.

  • Acronym for Rich Urban Biker

  • A club sanctioned outing for a day, weekend or week to a certain location for a party, camping or special event, sometimes with other chapters and/or clubs.

  • A meeting among motorcycle clubs to establish territorial protocols
  • Can be an in-house one-on-one, eye-to-eye, or toe-to-toe meeting for the purposes of correction or airing a grievance with a club member or among club members

  • See Mama

Show Class
  • To do something out of the ordinary, usually an act which is shocking to the public (to make a citizen snap). This is 'Showing Class' within the biker ranks and uncouth to 'Steal your brother's Class'.

Slick back
  • Riding slick back is riding without a club patch or other allegiance.
Street Names
  • See riding names

  • See Prospect

Suck to the Bulls
  • Talk to or act friendly toward policemen

  • Girl friend

Syndicate MC
  • The area's Dominate Motorcycle Club

Toking Pot
  • Smoking marijuana

  • A female that has a temperament perceived as not bucking club authority and willing to do whatever she is asked

Turn Out
  • Send females out to earn money for the club in prostitution

War Wagon
  • See Crash Truck

  • See cross

  • Using drugs to stay awake and pirk you up.  Some would call it 'Strung Out'
Eight ball
  • Patch worn on colors, earned by committing specific sex acts with witnesses present.

Flat Out
  • A prison term describing when a person makes the  decision to stay in prison for his full sentence in order to walk out free of parole at the end of the sentence.

Fly colors
  • To ride on a motorcycle wearing colors. Colors are never to be worn in an automobile or truck (cage).  It’s considered a great disrespect to the colors.

Garbage wagon
  • A stock motorcycle with standard parts intact, loaded with saddlebags and chrome, as distinct from a chopper

  • Someone other than a biker or straight citizen, such as hippies, petty criminals, etc.

  • Nick name, road name, aka

  • Someone that frequents places where motorcycle clubs routinely gather.  They are there to party and get acquainted with club members. Some hang-arounds are offered membership and turn it down because while the hang-around enjoys friendships with members, he is not willing to commit his life to the club.

  • A rigid frame motorcycle with no shock absorbing devices on the rear or a stock frame with solid struts in place of shocks.

  • Harley Davidson motorcycle.

  • Hardcore bikers that live lives much like outlaw clubs but don’t tie themselves to any one organization.

Jap Crap
  • Motorcycles made in Japan

  • The knucklehead was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle two cylinder engine, so named because of the distinct shape (looked like knuckles) of the rocker boxes. It replaced the flathead engine in 1936. The engine was manufactured until 1947 and was replaced by the Panhead engine in 1948.
  • A female that is property of all club members.  She is expected to work at anything she can do to bring finances to the club. She is available to all club members to wash bikes, keep the clubhouse clean, and meet any other needs a club member may have.

  • Acronym for Motorcycle Club

Motorcycle Enthusiast
  • See Citizen

  • Elite members of a motorcycle club that are voted in to the privilege of not being tied to any one chapter, therefore, relieved of daily mundane chapter responsibilities and paying chapter dues.  They can attend meetings of any chapter that is convenient.  They can also perform duties of an Enforcer and other privilaged duties.

Number Job
  • Changing Vin Numbers on motorcycle frame or engine.

Old Lady
  • A woman with wife status.  Sometimes there is a legal marriage but it’s all a personal preference.  Some 1%ers firmly believe in marriage; others don’t.

  • Original set of colors when a 1% is first voted in as a full member.  Originals must never be laundered or cleaned.  Any soil only reflects the many miles of hard road, hard parties and hard fighting it has seen.  It shows the true sign of a veteran.  When the originals get so worn they’re starting to fall apart, the originals are stored in a safe place, only brought out to be worn at funerals or other life-changing events.

  • See Independent

Out Bad
  • Club members are allowed to 'retire' if they are in good standing.  They retain their colors and can attend parties or functions.  However, if a club member leaves a club on bad terms or has committed some kind of betrayal, he is 'kicked out of the club on bad terms.  The term 'out bad is the short reference of such a situation.  If someone is 'out bad', he may be hiding from club members and will shy away from having his picture taken.  Always ask permission before taking anyone's picture if you're at a private party or other function.

  • Riding a passenger on the back of a bike is ‘Packing’.  A female may be asked how she ‘packs’.  She is being asked how much experience she’s had riding on the back of a bike eg: will she know what to do if they ‘go down’ (have an accident), can she ride so the pilot barely know she’s there when it comes to handling the bike in turns, etc.

Also, see 'packing' below:

  • Carring a weapon is 'Packing Heat'

  • To aid a fellow member in a fight whether he deserves the trouble he’s in or not.  A member’s duty is to the patch – the patch can not be disrespected or hit the floor without retaliation.  If a patch holder acted improperly, club dirty laundry will be dealt with behind closed doors but in public, if one is cut, they all bleed.

Patch Over

  • This is similar to when a large business conglomerate buys out another company and they do business as a single unit.  Same thing applies to MC's.  If a major MC has good relations with a smaller club and they decide the smaller club has some territory or business convenience - or the larger club just needs to grow its numbers and strength, they will absorb the smaller club who will then wear the patch of the dominate club and ‘retire’ their previous club patch.

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