Why Do Society Misunderstand One-Percenter Motorcycle Clubs? The AMA declared that 99 percent of motorcycle riders were lawful and ethical, meaning that the remaining 1% were criminals and illegal. One-percenters are a small group of outlaw motorcycle gangs that may be found all throughout the United States. They generally consist of former members of other motorcycle clubs who decided to go their own way without permission from their former club. Because they don't have any clubs of their own, one-percenter biker gangs work with other criminal organizations for protection and support.
Many people believe that one-percenter motorcycle clubs are just a small group of thugs that live off the reputation of their former clubs. This is not true; there are over 100 one-percenter motorcycle clubs in the United States alone. Most operate as legal businesses that hire employees and contribute to community projects, but some still maintain an outlaw image. It's difficult for law enforcement agencies to take down individual one-percenter clubs because they can change their names at any time. However, several large nationwide clubs have been arrested over the years for various crimes including drug trafficking, murder, and sexual assault.
One common misconception about one-percenter motorcycle clubs is that they only use their bikes for crime. In fact, many members enjoy riding together and engaging in activities such as camping, drinking, and partying.
They, like other outlaw motorcycle gangs, refer to themselves as "one percenters," a term popularized by the previous president of the American Motorcyclist Association, who once declared that 99 percent of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens and 1% were "outlaws." Although not as well known, some motorcycle clubs also refer to themselves as one percenters.
Outlaw biker gangs originated in the United States around the same time as prison construction boomed. Because a large percentage of gang members were sent to prison, many prisons became home to extensive criminal organizations that operated much like modern-day mafia groups. These organizations would provide support to inmates by smuggling drugs into facilities or acting as go-betweens with local drug dealers on the outside. They would also protect their members from other prisoners by killing them or arranging peace deals if they got into fights.
Eventually, these prison gangs began recruiting riders outside of jail. Some would offer better pay than what was available from working in prison industries; others would have people waiting for them when they got out. Either way, most riders saw it as an easy way make money fast. Of course, this only served to attract more criminals which in turn led to more violence. The FBI has identified over 70 active gangs operating within U.S. prison systems alone. Many other gangs operate independently of prison systems but use them as bases of operations.
As the other 99 percent of motorcycle riders are law-abiding people, the term "1 percent Motorcycle Club" is widely used to characterize outlaw motorcycle organizations such as the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, Bandidos Motorcycle Club, Pagans Motorcycle Club, or Outlaws Motorcycle Club. The phrase was coined by journalist Jerry Capeci in 1991.
These groups have existed for many years and have been responsible for many crimes including murder, assault, drug trafficking, and extortion. They also use their power to control various aspects of the motorcycle riding community including who can join and who can sell them drugs.
In general, there are two types of 1 percent clubs: those that are full members of a larger gang (the Outlaws) and those that are not (the Angels, the Bandids, and the Pagans). There are also dual memberships where an individual will belong to more than one 1 percent club. This can happen if someone joins a group after it has already established itself or if someone wants to be able to go to different places with different groups. For example, a person might want to go to a meeting of one club but stay near a police station so they can leave if necessary without being caught on camera by witnesses. These individuals will often serve as lookouts during meetings or rides and would then be allowed to join under special circumstances.
Some illegal motorcycle gangs can be identified by a "1%" patch placed on their uniforms. This is supposed to relate to a statement made by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) that 99 percent of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens, meaning that the remaining one percent were criminals. However, some observers believe the number refers instead to 0.01 percent, which is how many people own all of America's motorcycles.
The AMA did not originally put out this statistic, but rather it was published in a newspaper article written by John Kiffmeyer of the Associated Press. Mr. Kiffmeyer wrote that the AMA had come up with this figure by taking into account estimates from other sources and then estimating what percentage of riders they thought were criminal.
For example, he cited a study conducted by the National Institute of Justice that reported that there were approximately two million gang members in the United States. He also mentioned that the University of Michigan has reported that there are about 200,000 registered motorcycles in California. He concluded that because 2 million / 200,000 = 10 percent, then 90 percent of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens.
However, the actual figure given by the AMA was 100 percent - not 90 percent as Mr. Kiffmeyer suggested. The error here is in his calculation of the number of motorcycles in California.
The Boozefighters (r) are not "one-percenters" or an Outlaw Club. We believe in respecting the rights of all motorcycle clubs in a peaceful, coexisting manner, as well as the rights of all community members. We believe in the right to choose and the freedom to drive. These beliefs are shared by many other motorcycle clubs across America.
They are not a gang. A gang is defined as a group that makes up more than one percent of the population of a city, county, state, or country. The Boozefighters are a small motorcycle club with members across the nation. They do not have any official membership numbers. There are some sections of society who may view them as a gang, mainly because of their reputation as a tough club, but this is simply due to there being more than one biker club in any given town or city.
Boozefighters don't just live in cities either. We have members who own farms, work in construction, and are in various other types of employment. None of these members would consider themselves part of a gang culture.
Finally, Boozefighters are not criminals. Most criminal activities related to motorcycles involve gangs. If you commit a crime while wearing your club colors, then others might label you as a criminal too. This is not true of everyone in the club, but it is true of most people.