Wed
23
May
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49 arrested as state police target R.I. biker gangs

(photo gallery and documents)---WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A year-long investigation by the Rhode Island State Police culminated Wednesday with more than 150 investigators swarming through northwestern Rhode Island seizing guns, drugs and arresting 49 people, many of them associated with motorcycle clubs that authorities feared were trying to establish turf in Rhode Island.

The arrests were made in a coordinated series of pre-dawn raids that involved the use of explosive devices to breach heavily fortified building, an armored truck and battering ram to break down doors; and dozens of heavily armed SWAT team members and other officers, according to State Police Supt. Col. Ann C. Assumpico.

She said the raids were conducted without incident.

Mon
14
May
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How to Join a Biker Gang

An excerpt from 'The Secret Life of Bikers' by Jerry Langton.

The following is an excerpt from The Secret Life of Bikers by Jerry Langton, available May 15.

After moving to a new town for construction work, Mitch went to a gym to work out. On his first visit, he was approached by a “large, tattooed guy”—it should be noted that Mitch is also a large, tattooed guy—who offered to spot for him. The two started working out together and, after about six weeks, the guy, Ben, invited him to a bar he hung out at.

Mitch was delighted to see a lineup of Harleys outside as he too liked riding. Inside, he was even more impressed. Ben and his friends never paid for any drinks and always seemed to be having a great time. They were all friendly to him, patting him on the back, shaking his hand, laughing at his jokes and making sure he always had a full beer.

Thu
19
Apr
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Ghost in the machine? Indian motorcycles may self-start due to faulty switch, recall started

DETROIT — There may be a ghost in the machine in about 3,300 Indian brand motorcycles. The engines can start by themselves because of a faulty switch.

The Minnesota company started a recall Thursday of 11 models from the 2018 model year.

Documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say corrosion in the switch can cause an electrical short. That can start the engine if the key fob is nearby. The agency says if the engine starts unintentionally and the bike is in an enclosed space, people could be exposed to carbon monoxide.

Documents show two reports of Indian motorcycles starting themselves, one at a dealership and another in a development vehicle. Polaris Industries Inc., which owns Indian, says it has no reports of carbon monoxide exposure or injuries.

Dealers will replace the switch at no cost to owners.

Tue
20
Mar
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Putin's Pals, The Night Wolves, Troll Bosnia And The Region

The motorcycle club whose members were at the vanguard of Russia's occupation of Crimea, nicknamed "Putin's Angels" by the media, is on the road again.

Members of the Night Wolves were due in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Serb-majority entity Republika Srpska, Banja Luka, on March 21 and were expected to hold a press conference in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, around a week later.

Fri
16
Mar
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PHOTOS: The infamous Hells Angels motorcycle club turns 70 years old

(44 image photo gallery)---Founded in 1948, the Hells Angels motorcycle club has been a pop-culture mainstay for decades. Books, television and movies have mythologized them endlessly.

The story began on March 17, 1948, in San Bernardino, California, and the name is most-commonly attributed to the Howard Hughes movie of the same name, about World War II bombers. But that is where the military connection ends.

The Hells Angels website refutes the commonly held story that the group was founded by ex-military misfits and outcasts. Of course, later on, members from various branches of the military would join HAMC but it was not a military club to begin with.

Thu
08
Mar
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New Jersey bikers opted out of expanding to Canada, U.S. court hears

Leaders of the Pagans Motorcycle Club in the northeastern United States thought long and hard earlier this decade about expanding into Canada to support enemies of the Hells Angels in Quebec.
 

Canada’s nice guy image doesn’t extend to the world of outlaw bikers.

That’s the view of Andrew (Chef) Glick, 52, a longtime American bike gang leader who’s now a key prosecution witness in an upcoming murder-for-hire trial in New Jersey that’s centred around the illegal opioid trade, including fentanyl.

Leaders of the Pagans Motorcycle Club in the northeastern United States thought long and hard earlier this decade about expanding into Canada to support enemies of the Hells Angels in Quebec, Glick said.

Thu
15
Feb
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GUT TERK: THE COOLEST OF THE COOL

Gut Terk – the legendary outlaw biker, Merry Prankster, Blue Cheer manager, poster and album cover artist and Acid Test graduate now rides in paradise

Allan “Gut” Terk, a legendary outlaw biker, Merry Prankster, graphic artist, and an original mainstay of the California 1960s counterculture, died of organ failure caused by metastasized cancer on January 18 in Reno, Nev. He was 78. He was, in the words of his fellow biker *Mouldy Marvin, “so fucking cool it almost breaks your heart.”

Soon after leaving high school, Terk joined the U.S. Navy, becoming a submarine sonar specialist. While serving in the Navy, he joined Hell Bent for Glory Motorcycle Club, which included several soon to be infamous Hells Angels, such as James “Mother” Miles and John Terrance Tracy (better known as “Terry the Tramp”).

Thu
28
Sep
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Life Inside the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club

“Big Pete” James, of the infamous “biker gang” that started in Chicago, talks about why people misunderstand these groups and what he loves about riding on IL-173.

As a child, Peter James loved playing Risk with his family. Only twelve years old, he appreciated the strategy involved in commanding armies and taking territory from his opponents. One night, during a game, James’s father asked what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“Boss,” James replied. A few decades later, he was a boss, all right—Chicago’s regional vice president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Fri
22
Sep
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BREAKING: 2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 Austin killing, feds say

Two leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle club pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the killing of Anthony Benesh III outside an Austin restaurant in 2006. 

Johnny Romo, 47, and Robert Romo, 45, both of San Antonio, pleaded guilty to two charges related to murder, racketeering and using a firearm in relation to a violent crime, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Wed
20
Sep
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Lawyers question former Hells Angels club president about stealing from Rockford chapter

ROCKFORD — The former head of a Rockford motorcycle club testified today that he had heard rumors after he was attacked that he was stealing from the Hells Angels.

But that’s not the reason Josh Johnson, 47, said fellow members gave him for wanting him out of the Rockford chapter before they attacked him. Johnson testified that he and a friend were accused during their weekly club meeting on June 27, 2013, of working with the police.

“They didn’t accuse you of stealing?” asked John Palmer, one of the defense attorneys for five members of the Rockford and Chicago branches of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club who are on trial this week for allegedly beating, stabbing and shocking the former president with a stun gun.

“No they did not,” said Johnson, who was questioned by defense lawyers for hours today.

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