Believe it or not, I occasionally meet someone who will ask me if bikers are “really like those guys on Sons of Anarchy.” My answer is NO, they are not like the guys on Sons of Anarchy, that is a TV show. However, the fact is that there IS some truth to the way the characters are portrayed. In my experience, “outlaw” bikers are not all angels, but they are not quick to incite deadly violence, as we see on SOA every week. There is almost always a shoot-out of some kind with usually no regard for anyone who gets caught in the crossfire. Outlaw clubs don’t play or start biker wars with Ireland or other countries and members don’t stand by while their children are burned alive. Clubs DO meet privately (usually every week) at their clubhouse or another location, they DO vote on issues, and the President does “run” the meeting (often referred to as “church”). The patches are realistic enough and of course there are Prospects in every club who follow “orders” and support the club for which they are prospecting. Our club members here in Albany, New York, dress very much like the guys on SOA and carry themselves the same way. When I focus on the scenes where the club is riding or meeting together, it feels very familiar, and my living room suddenly feels like the location of just another biker event….LOL
Still, SOA is addicting, compelling, and thousands of people are watching it every Tuesday night. Having been involved with the biker community for several years now, I can understand the attraction (besides the handsome men and beautiful women on the show). For whatever reason, bikers are fascinating, especially to people who are not bikers, and many books or movies about bikers turn out to be bestsellers or blockbusters.
This examiner page has publicized hundreds of biker events during the past three years, advocating for all motorcyclists, and inviting anyone who reads these pages to come out and attend a biker event, whether it’s a 1%er party or not. Let’s face it, there will probably always be some prejudice against bikers, the noise they make, and the clothes they wear. But if there’s anyone out there who REALLY believes that SOA represents all outlaw bikers, I would encourage you to venture out of your comfort zone and spend a Saturday afternoon with some 1%ers. Then come back and tell me what YOU think of our own SOA (Sons of ALBANY)!