I’ll start off with if you have pictures or stories, please, send them to me.
A few years ago a president of a local m.c. here in Miami told me how his club doesn’t visit Daytona Bike Week any longer because there are signs at the establishments saying you aren’t allowed inside if you are wearing colors. I have seen that myself at Sturgis, but don’t remember seeing any at Daytona, but I know it is true.
His complaint, rightfully so, was that he witnessed one person was told to leave because he had a patch from ABATE! That’s insane. But, that’s what happens when some people can’t tell the difference between one patch or another or simply don’t care. I wonder if this is across the board? If one belongs to a Christian Motorcycle Club, do they get in? Is it just one percenters or anyone else? What if I created a motorcycle club full of lawyers, same result? Even better- LEMC’s? Probably, and that’s a shame.
Usually, one thing has nothing to do with another. Maybe some clubs did fight in the past, maybe they still don’t get along. Maybe they are still fighting today. I understand what they are trying to accomplish, but no one is prevented from walking the streets or riding through town, so what is really being prevented?
Plenty of vendors are selling beer on the sidewalk not to mention I see plenty of people hiding a flask in their vest. Here’s a question: after this ban on the clubs that probably focuses more on the Outlaws M.C. than anyone else, has crime been eliminated or greatly reduced? Are we done with bar fights? Or stabbings or whatever else goes on? I’m going to guess 100% on this one with zero research; I doubt it. I’ve seen plenty of clubs at places I’ve been to, and the ones usually starting the problems are the independents or the riding groups.
Have a good weekend.