OK, call me stupid - am I really supposed to believe that the Rock Machine is a group that wants to sell real estate?

Here is the link to the news article I refer to:

Here is one article from April to go along with what was in the news feeds from yesterday and today about the Rock Machine:

They say they want to go back to their roots - hmmm, read where they come from!

then. For those of you not familiar with the history of the Rock Machine and their relationship with the Hells Angels here is some reading material to bring you up to speed with the bloody history:

The Rock Machine was originally a group of Montreal Mobsters and I quote: "The Rock Machine was a drug dealing organization that evolved into a motorcycle gang primarily based in Quebec, Canada.[1] The group was initially formed as the result of an affiliation (the Alliance) between Montreal crime families such as the Pelletier Clan and other independent dealers who wished to resist the Hells Angels' attempts to establish a monopoly on street-level drug trade in the city.[2][3] A violent turf war ensued with the Hells Angels.[4] It was this turf war that prompted the Rock Machine to become a motorcycle club and align itself with the Bandidos motorcycle club from Texas. Initially most Rock Machine members did not even own motorcycles.[5][6]"

Now to educate you a bit on the Bandidos and who they are:

There are many people who ride bikes that do not understand the difference between Social Riding Clubs, Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and 1% Clubs, here are some articles by which to educate yourself should you choose to:

Here is a quick description from the Motorcycle Club & Riding Club Education Site for you to help you distinguish patches and what they mean:
As motorcycle club patches are recognized today:

• A one-piece patch normally signifies a family club or Social motorcycle club when it's done with respect to the area clubs.

• A two-piece patch can have many different meanings as long as it's done with respect to the area clubs.

• A three-piece patch normally means that the club is a Traditional MC club. With the top rocker being the club name, the middle being their patch and the bottom being the territory they exist in. There are also a few 3pc patch clubs where the bottom rocker has something other than territory, such as a saying. The traditional MC is one that adheres to the protocols and traditions established. There are few exceptions, but, traditional clubs are approved by the local dominant. The traditional 3pc patch club is not necessarily a 1% club or even the dominant club.

The Diamond patch with "1%" or "13" worn with the 3pc back patch signifies the club is a 1% or 1% support club.

While rare, they may not be the dominant club for the area but will be sanctioned by the local dominant. There are also a few areas where the dominant is not a 1% club, but those are few.

When one is just is hanging around, he has no part of the patch. Then when he is sponsored by a full member and approved by the club as a prospect he may wear the lower rocker that only says "Prospect". In some areas, the prospect wears the "Prospect" rocker at the top of the vest. Some clubs even allow the lower rocker saying prospect and the upper rocker with the club name but not the main patch. Different clubs do things differently across the country. Different rocker combinations of what a prospect might wear differs depending on each club.If he is approved after his prospect time has been determined to be over and the vote goes in his favor, he then is allowed to have the full colors and is considered to be a full member, having all three pieces if that club uses the 3 piece patch.

Nomad Rocker…..

Some MCs entitle a Member to wear a "NOMAD" bottom rocker. This is only when that member continues to exhibit a lifestyle within the common definition of the word nomad.


  1. A member of a group of people who have no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.
  2. A person with no fixed residence who roams about; a wanderer.
It is a valued distinction of lifestyle that only a few can truly live up to, and as such, causes unfavorable notice when seen used by those most obviously not living up to the common meaning. By definition a "NOMAD", more often than not, will be traveling alone and needs an ability to represent, maintain & otherwise survive under circumstances unusual from the norm.

Now I am sure many of you are familiar with the Mafia. I doubt articles on who and what they are for educational purposes are needed.

So here you have all the players in this story, The Rock Machine - originally made up of Montreal and Quebec Mobsters, The Bandidos - considered to be one of the most dangerous of the 1% Clubs by many, the Hells Angels - the 1% Club that the others want to unseat as top 1% Club.

Now I, as many riders do - know individuals who wear the patch of the Hells Angels and other 1% Clubs. I personally have never had any bad interactions, the individuals in question have always been polite and respectful - but I believe that comes because I give them respect as people and don't get all het up on the 1% thing - I just treat them as human beings when I have the occasion to be in their presence.

Depending on who you are talking to the police services would have you believe that every member of a 1% Club is a bad guy, if you are talking to a 1% patch wearer, he'll tell you he's a member of a motorcycle brotherhood.

Because the Rock Machine here in Canada started as a bunch of gangsters with the Mob and most didn't ride motorcycles - I really wonder at the statement that they want to go back to their roots.....

It is said that every story has three sides: Yours, Mine and the Facts
In this case you have the Police, the 1% Clubs and somewhere in all that murky water is the truth.

All I know is that as a motorcyclist the stuff that goes on between the 1% Clubs and the Police Services makes it tough on the rest of us who ride with Social Clubs or Motorcycle Clubs because too many people misuse the terminology about our community and don't know the differences -

Have you read Yves Lavigne's Book "Hells Angels at War" In it he says the Police Services just manage what he calls the "1% Gang" issue because for the police it's about budgets and career building - he's the police services expert so I guess he should know.

I don't really care what goes on between the police and the 1% clubs - I just wished that the rest of us didn't get tarred with a brush that is not ours to wear because of all of the misrepresentations by the police services and the mainstream media.

Educate yourself as to who is who and what is what and then draw your own conclusions from a position of knowledge.

I ride with Social Riding Clubs, I don't want to be all caught up in politics but because I ride a motorcycle - sometimes politics find me.

Please ride safe, with respect and courtesy....

Belt Drive Betty

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  1. Anonymous9:05 PM

    I think that was a typo on the part of the paper the person being intervued meant "Going back to there roots"MEANING:the roots of all Motorcyle and 1%er clubs, like the Hollister days and the rowdyness of the 40's and 50's How I know this is I know some of these guys from that club

    Dont always beleive 100% of what you read the news papers love sensationalism to sell there papers...