Join Date: May 2009
Location: St. Petersburg, FL,
Re: Bullies!!! or just a-holes.. you tell me..
What you did "wrong" was get into their formation. The formation exists for a reason. Safety. Each club has it's own rules. Some have scout bikes (what you encountered) which run ahead of the pack, some don't. Some use a chase vehicle, some don't.
If you ever watch a lane change in a pack of 20-30 bikes, all doing 70+ mph, with less than a bike length between them? . One bike clears the lane, another protects it and it's like poetry in motion. Like a snake moving in the sand. It's a beautiful thing. Note, I did not say smart or safe.
Each rider in the formation knows exactly what the rider in front, behind and next to him will do in any type of evasive maneuver, which includes eluding LEO. Civilians interjecting into that formation breeches the safety of the pack.
They ride rear wheel to front wheel in order to discourage the temptation by cagers to use any opening as an opportunity to changes lanes or otherwise impede the "tempo" or flow of the pack. They communicate very effectively with simple hand signals.
In all likelihood the pack is not riding at the posted speed limit. They are very likely on their way to or from a "club" event.
They are not aholes because they ride Harleys. They ride Harelys because you can't ride in an MC if you are not riding an American Made motorcycle. (Although the european chapters of some MC's, ie, Outlaws, are allowed to ride british or german bikes. No jap bikes. Some MC's prohibit anything but HD's. I've met plenty of aholes, who ride BMW's. Uppity little pricks.
To educate you further. The TG's are an affiliate club. Meaning that their ability to wear BOTH an MC patch and bottom rocker was "bestowed" upon them by the Primary MC club in their geographic area, in this case, the Pagans.
You don't get to wear an MC patch, much less a bottom rocker unless you've received the approval of the Primary MC in that area.
You can try it. My money says you won't be wearing it long.
An affiliate club may not be a 1% club but you would best be advised not to flip them off or otherwise unnecessarily challenge them. One of the posters above said it well. Leave them alone.
Don't ask me how I know.
Call them what you want. They enjoy a camaraderie that few other organizations of any type enjoy. I'd ride with them any day.
2009 1200 RT
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