Iron Elite Rider Stories…Black Biker Culture

•February 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Black History Month Fab: Harley Davidson Honors Black Biker Culture

FRIDAY FEB 24, 2012 – BY BRITNI DANIELLE


Bessie Stringfield, the first black woman to ride solo coast-to-coast.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling to Milwaukee, WI to tour theHarley Davidson Museumand learn about Black biker culture.

In honor of Black History Month, Harley Davidsonput together a special exhibit of black biker memorabilia to showcase a side of biker culturevery few are aware of. Although Harleys are synonymous with rebel bikers, the history of African American motorcycle enthusiasts is long and diverse.

Over the course of the trip I learned about many of the men and women who proudly ride their “iron horses” and how black folks are putting their own spin on motorcycle riding.


 

Goldie Sowers
 


Since its inception in 1903, Harley Davidson has worked hard to service the needs of its riders. While other motorcycle companies focused on growing their 

Harley Davidson Riders of Atlanta…Racism Is Alive & Thriving

•July 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

There’s no doubt, racism is alive and thriving in America. I’m a history junky. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a person, place or thing. If I find it interesting; I’ll research it to study myself approved. Because knowledge is power and I want to share this with those who take the time to visit this website.

 

 

So, what’s all the fuss about racism? Well as I’m confronted with it, I will give a depiction of the source so light might come from its exposure. I currently live in Georgia that’s why I found it necessary to share my personal experience on this issue; matter of fact as resent as today I had someone spew some cowardly ignorant racist comment to a post of mine on a Facebook Page called Harley Davidson Riders of Atlanta.

 

 

During slavery Georgia was the number one state out of the nine southern states who didn’t want slavery dismantled. Thomas Jefferson introduced a bill designed to end slavery, not all of the southern Founders were opposed to slavery. According to the testimony of Virginians James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and John Rutledge, it was the Founders from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia who most strongly favored slavery.

 

 

Yet, despite the support for slavery in those States, the clear majority of the Founders opposed this evil. For instance, when some of the southern pro-slavery advocates invoked the Bible in support of slavery, Elias Boudinot, President of the Continental Congress, responded:

 

 

“Even the sacred Scriptures had been quoted to justify this iniquitous traffic. It is true that the Egyptians held the Israelites in bondage for four hundred years . . . but . . . gentlemen you cannot forget the consequences that followed: they were delivered by a strong hand and stretched-out arm and it ought to be remembered that the Almighty Power that accomplished their deliverance is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

 

 

So, what’s all the fuss about racism?

 

 

 

 

Ok, I joined this Facebook Page called Harley Davidson Riders of Atlanta. I posted a link that had my website information to promote education on Black Motorcycle Clubs and so much more. So Keith Robinson of Dallas, GA decided to respond to the link in a rather racist way. Am I shocked? No…however it fascinates me that the administrator of the Facebook Page hasn’t blocked him yet.

 

 

I took time to go through all 177 member profiles in the group and discovered just by the pictures; I’m the only Black Harley Rider. Is that strange? Yes, because there are a lot of Black Harley Riders in Atlanta, GA. I’d like some feedback. Speak your mind, please.

 

 

  1. What would you do if you posted this link and read this response to your post?
  2. How would you respond or react to this coward?
  3. Would you unsubscribe to this FacebookPage?

Rush Limbaugh has ridden that pony with impunity. Such tastelessness is what is expected from someone who joked that he’d like to own an NFL franchise because he fancied owning some black men. Keith Robinson I bet this is your favorite radio personality.

 

 

The Right (racist) doesn’t like the fact that there’s a black man in the White House who isn’t serving coffee, and the Left (racist) doesn’t like the fact that there’s a black man in the White House who’s smarter than they are and who doesn’t do what they order them to do.

 

 

I need your help again with this statement from racist. Now repeat after me, “Some of my best friends are “blacks.” (As Donald Trump said). When racist are confronted about their actions that one of the things you can expect them to say; as if that’s suppose to let them off the hook.

 

 

Since I’m living in the Peach State I’d like to know who’s under that sheet. I don’t have a problem with removing myself from those who think, act and feel this way about any people of color. I captured the comments to my post and you can read them below. I will reiterate, “There’s no doubt, racism is alive and thriving in America”.

 

 

 

 

 

Goldie Sowers

 


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    • Keith Robinson I DON’T RIDE WITH NIGGERS, JIGABOOS, SPEAR CHUNKERS, MOON CRICKETS, PORCH MONKEYS, ARE WITH THUGS WITH THEIR DAMN PANTS ON THE GROUND.

       

       

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    • Karen Gray Davis If you’re going to try and insult someone Keith at least educate yourself to get your grammar and spelling right! Just makes you look more ignorant

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    • C Dean Welch Keith is a jerk and needs to be kicked off this site

      Friday at 10:38am · Like · 1 person


    • Keith Robinson Please kick me off!!!

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    • Karen Gray Davis Somebody should what the hell is wrong with you posting stuff like that! If you hate the group you can always leave or not post

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    • Goldie Sowers ‎@Keith 1st thank u for sharing ur ignorance. 2nd I know u dont have the heart to say that racist shit to our faces. U hide under a sheet and let me b the 1st to let u know that times have changed. Us Niggas aren’t afraid to confront ur ass. Hey let’s meet so u can tell me to my face what u think of black bikers.

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    • C Dean Welch He is such a coward he won’t post a picture that shows what he really looks like much less agree to meet in the light of day so everyone can see what the face of stupidity looks like.

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Oldest Black and White Motorcycle Club in Nebraska

•July 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

Los Diablos…Two Colors, One Motorcycle Brand



For awhile I wanted to share some knowledge about black and interracial motorcycle clubs on the other side of the world. The Midwest, Southwest, East, North & South have clubs that need to be recognized for their contributions to the sport of motorcycling.

Billed as the “Oldest Black and White Motorcycle Club in Nebraska,” Los Diablos M/C was founded in Omaha, Nebraska, 1960. Omaha, it’s clear, was a world apart from Los Angeles at the time. As young black men were banding together in the inner-city neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Oakland, to share both an enthusiasm for custom motorcycles and the emerging black-urban culture, seven middle-aged guys in Omaha were just looking for riding buddies. Profiled in a 1973 edition of Harley-Davidson Enthusiast magazine, the Los Diablos rode cross-country with military precision, looked sharp, and followed strict rules that dictated each member would ride a Harley-Davidson FLH with minimal, and tasteful, customization. Choppers were simply out of the question.

In 1973, the club included at least two second-generation riders in President Robert Phillips and Road Captain Sherman Grant, whose fathers rode with each other. At the time, the youngest Los Diablos member was 33. Most had families. Leonard Smith, the secretary/treasurer, was an Omaha police officer. Clearly, this club was not looking for trouble.

“None of these guys has brushed with the law as far as club function is concerned,” Smith told Enthusiast, “You can go to any city with a motorcycle club, and ask about Los Diablos, and they are ready to ride with us. I think we’ve got an A-One rating.”

Los Diablos (not to be confused with the one-percenter Diablos M/C) is still on the road, meeting at its club house on Ames Avenue in Omaha. In August 2010, the club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a block party.

Source: Harley-Davidson

African American Riders from Harley-Davidsons’ perspective

•July 13, 2011 • 1 Comment



I want to say that it was high time that Harley graced their website with the history of African American Bikers and our rich contribution to their bottom line and in the sport of motorcycling.

I am a bit taken aback because it took me to push them into recognizing us within the last 2 years. I did see the have overlooked several of our icons. One of which I will continue being his cheerleader, Cliff Vaughs.

Cliff Vaughs is responsible for the concept, name and design of the bikes for the movie Easy Rider. He was at my home last week and I had some friends over and they called him the “renaissance man”. The name is truly fitting for all of his accomplishments on and off motorcycles. Most don’t know that he was a former VP of the Hollywood Chapter of the Chosen Few.

I want to let Harley-Davidson know that there are many black female Harley riders today who need to be recognized for their contribution like our hero Bessie Stringfield. We no longer accept being overlooked because African American females actually have more disposable income then our male counterparts.

It would really peak the black female rider interest to know that the first all black club was called the Bayview Rockets and they were co-ed and yes the women in the club rode Harleys.

As you read the article below and when you have time visit the website to see other articles you will just skim the top of who and what we’ve done in the sport of motorcycling and in growing the bottom line for Harley Davidson in our vast purchasing power today.

History: It’s all about freedom.

The history of the African American biker scene is filled with visionaries, artists, leaders and revolutionaries. People like William B. Johnson, the first African American Harley dealer. The teen-aged gypsy rider better known as Bessie Stringfield. P. Wee, the influential motorcycle club leader. And Benny Hardy, the unknown custom builder who created the most-famous motorcycle in the world, Captain America, for the movie Easy Rider. They each rode a motorcycle to showcase their pride, and fueled a movement more powerful than simple internal combustion.

The real revolution started in the late 1940s, as black infantrymen streamed home from World War II, hungry to replace the adrenaline rush of combat. Post-war, surplus bikes were available and cheap. In this era of segregated America, some dealers wouldn’t sell a new bike to an African American. Factions began to form out of love of the motorcycle. Some rode choppers, some rode dressers. The next step was the motorcycle club, some all-black, others integrated. They started to form in the late 1950s. The East Bay Dragons, Star Riders, Buffalo Riders, The Eagles, The Defiant Ones and The Chosen Few.

In his 2004 memoir Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set, Dragons founder and president Tobie Gene Levingston explains that, “The level of camaraderie that young black men found in motorcycle clubs was something that couldn’t be obtained around the house; blowing off steam and being able to relate to like-minded individuals with the same struggles, experiences, upbringing and ideals – what it meant to be black.”

However violent or anti-establishment some clubs were, they recognized that in order to get respect and be successful they need to stay positive and push their brothers to do well – within both the club and the community.

The most basic but essential element has always been the ride, and a Harley has always been at the top of the food chain. Chopped fenders, raked forks and a souped-up motor made you a man among men. Show up on the wrong ride, and you weren’t taken seriously. You either got with it or got out. In Soul on Bikes, Levingston lays it out when speaking with a prospective member: “Man, you can’t get into the club with this Jap shit. You need to get yourself a Harley-Davidson. When you get one, come back and see us.”

The movement keeps rolling. Rare Breed Motorcycle Club was founded in 1989 to create a positive organization for African American men who share a passion for building and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

“Our whole thing about forming Rare Breed is to be different from any other motorcycle club out there,” says co-founding member KW. “And we let the other young black men know there are other things to life than being in the neighborhood and the drug scene, the streets and the violence.” This group has since grown into a brotherhood of men from all walks of life, with chapters in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Freedom is the universal truth shared by all riders: the freedom of riding without limits, barriers, rules or agendas. A rider never takes freedom for granted.

“Best freedom I ever had was on my bike, man,” says P. Wee, a member since 1959 of the LA Defiant Ones MC, and one of the godfathers of the urban biker scene. “By the time I put it into fourth gear, I feel like I can take on the world.”

Source: Harley-Davidson

 

 

Rooms for the National Bikers Roundup…Hurry , Hurry!

•April 26, 2011 • Leave a Comment



 

 

The Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel is just minutes away from the world- famous

Las Vegas Strip, Downtown Las Vegas, freeway access and the Las Vegas

Motor Speedway. With 100 well appointed rooms, festive event space,

onsite gaming, dining and entertainment, it’s always a party at the Fiesta

Rancho Casino Hotel!

 
 

Reservations

Guests can make their reservations by calling 888-899-7770 and referring

to the group name National Bikers Round Up
(group code FCINBR)
or by

using the weblink below before July 6, 2011 in order to receive the special

discounted rate.  A credit card will be required and will be charged the first

night’s room and tax upon making the reservation.

 

Rates

Wed 8/3/11: $30

Thu 8/4/11: $30

Fri 8/5/11: $56

Sat 8/6/11: $56

Sun 8/7/11: $30

 

https://rooms.stationcasinos.com/cgi-bin/LANSAWEB?procfun+rn+Resnet+FIE+funcparms+UP(A2560):;FCINBR;?/

 

Room rates are subject to 12% Clark County room tax and $6.99 discounted Hotel Service Fee. Rooms are limited so make your reservation early.

    
 

Room/ Hotel Amenities

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  • Recent Soft Renovation of all Guest Rooms
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Free Local/ Toll Free Phone Calls
  • Free Daily Newspaper (except Sunday)
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Night Club
  • Bingo
  • On-Site Dining at Gardunos, Blue Agave, Festival Buffet, Denny’s, Subway, Panda Express and
  • Nightly Entertainment- Live Music in the Cabo Lounge, Happy Hour Specials at Blue Agave, and Dancing at Club Tequila (weekends only)
  • Ice Skating Arena
  • 7,000 sq ft of Meeting Space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2400 N. Rancho Dr. * Las Vegas, NV 89031 * 800-731-7333 * www.fiestarancholasvegas.com

Bikers & Motorcycle Clubs let’s Bridge the Gap

•April 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

 

Let’s stop this war of all against all by bridging the gap; each one teaches one.

I don’t think we understand that we gain civil rights in return for accepting the obligation to respect and defend the rights of others. When civilians & the police see you riding a motorcycle with a vest all they see is a biker that belong to a motorcycle gang. They don’t see color of your skin or know your sex. There will always be a strain of individuals who will find a reason to discriminate with the intent to isolate. Let’s stop being part of the problem and become part of the solution by coming together, ironing out our differences, educate each other and be okay with agreeing to disagree with respect.

 

It is evident that the terms in which we are operating under are failing in some areas. When failings are found we must renegotiate to change the terms, using methods such as bridging the gap between in-law (99%) bikers & outlaw (1%) bikers and let’s not forget about women riders who ride motorcycles just as hard as our male counterparts.

I have a question. Do you violate these roadblocks that keep us at odds even when they are against your self-interest for the betterment of our culture at large? I say yes because the only way we can reach the next level successfully is bikers and motorcycle clubs is with inclusion and open mindedness.

I’m very happy to be a part of the bigger picture even though I’m not welcomed to join a Facebook group that is for men only. I respect the intent of the page because it’s trying to get the men onboard before women are welcomed. I believe in natural justice. Natural justice is a pledge of reciprocal benefit, to prevent one man from harming or being harmed by another through education in our motorcycle sub-culture. Bikers or motorcycle clubs who are incapable of making binding agreements with one another not to inflict nor suffer harm are without either justice or injustice; and likewise for those who either could not or would not form binding agreements not to inflict nor suffer harm must be dealt with.

Natural law is the enemy of absolute monarchy. I understand that there are some damn well betters in the motorcycle community and those damn well betters must be consistently taught by those of us who have the knowledge and wisdom. Yes that means being open to be taught by another race or sex.

Hugo Grotius goes so far as to say in his “On the Law of War and Peace” that even if we were to concede what we cannot concede without the utmost wickedness, that there is no God, these laws would still hold.” The best thing about his statement is that it allows us to force history’s hand by making the necessary adjustment in the motorcycle club world. Since it suggest that power can ultimately go back to the individuals if the society that they have set up forfeits the purpose for which it was originally established, which is to preserve themselves and practice brotherhood and yes sisterhood too.

I believe we are under our own jurisdiction. People have rights as human beings but there is an explanation of those rights because of what is possible for everyone to accept morally; everyone has to accept that people as individuals are entitled to try to preserve themselves. We should, therefore, avoid doing harm to or interfere with one another under the guise of being the most dominant motorcycle club in the state. Any breach of these rights should be punished.

There are much better ways to communicate with one another to keep the lines of communication open. Fear and intimidation isn’t the answer. We all need to respect one another. OG’s must show respect to the New G’s and the New G’s must respect the OG’s. I seek to solve our problems holistically through prevention and education. Have you ever thought about what the impact of decisions and behavior on our present and future community and world?

Nobody’s better than anybody else, especially when it comes to growing the motorcycle community at large. We must meet bikers where they are from newbie to OG. We all can learn a thing or two from one another. Let’s keep an open mind; that may leave room for a worthwhile thought to be dropped in it.

 

There has been talk that there are some OMC‘s with police in them. Well from what I’ve been taught that’s like oil & vinegar; they don’t mix; especially when the PoPo was in a prime officer position; like President and National Sergeant At Arms. That does makes you go hmmm… Even though I know the police are one of the biggest gangs out there today along with Politian’s…there is no room for them in an Outlaw Motorcycle Club…LOL

What’s stopping you from bridging the gap? To be continued…

 

These are the words and opinion of Goldie not my club affiliation…just me black female rider extraordinaire.

ATLANTA BIKE NITE INFO

•April 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

If you are interested in knowing what’s happening in Atlanta if you plan to visit and want to know where bike nights are. These are the clubs and the locations where they will be hanging out.

Sundays

 

Front Runnerz Mc

Sunday Specials

Black and Red Clubhouse

3519 Church St.

Clarkston GA

7pm-12am

 

Westside Bike Nite

The New Quarters

6340 Old Dixie Rd

Jonesboro, GA

8p-until

 

Zulus Mc Bike Nite

TIEMPO PRIVADO Restaurant & Lounge.

2865 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy

Atlanta GA

8p-until

 

Ultimate Bike Nite

Ultimate Bar and Grill

2801 Candler Rd

Decatur GA

8p-until

 

 

Mondays

 

Regulators Bike Nite

805 Donald Lee Hollowell Pky

Atl GA 30318

7p-until

 

Front Runnerz MC

Monday Nite Sports

Black and Red Clubhouse

3519 Church St

Clarkston GA 30021

7p-12a

 

Tuesdays

 

Bella Bike Nite

3473 Old Norcross Rd

Norcross GA 30096

8P-UNTIL

 

#1 Stunna’s Bike Nite

1472 Richard Rd

Decatur GA

8pm – until

 

Hooters Of Conyers Bike Nite

1099 Iris Dr

Conyers GA 30094

7p-10pm

 

Road Soldiers MC Bike Nite

Marlene’s

3064 Emery Circle

Austell, GA 30168

8pm-until

 

 

Wednesdays

 

Full Tilt Riders Bike Nite

The New Quarters

6340 Old Dixie Road

(Behind the Waffle House off 19/41)

Jonesboro, GA

8pm-until

 

Wolf Pack/Phat Katz Bike Nite

Main street Bar n Grill

3183 Main Street

East Point, GA

8pm-until

 

Notorious Ones Atl Bike Nite

4975 Flatshoals Pky

Decatur GA 30034

7p-10p

 

Cycle Kings Bike Nite

726 Donald Lee Hollowell Pky

Atl GA 30318

8p-until

 

Swaggabond

Dugans

6175 Old National Hwy

Atlanta, GA 30349

8pm-until

Only the 2nd and 4th week of each month

 

Thursdays

 

Front Runnerz Bike Night

Black and Red Clubhouse

3519 Church St.

Clarkston GA 30021

7pm-12am

 

 

James Gang Bike Nite

134 Whitford Ave

Atl GA 30317

 

 

Fridays

 

Born Losers Bike Nite

1810 Rogers Lake Rd

Lithonia GA

8p-until

 

 

As always keeping you in the know if I know.

Have a safe weekend