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Street Vibrations, a popular bike event held every September in Reno, Sparks and Virginia City but this year in Sparks, Nv there was a downside that I am fairly sure will have repercussions.
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Luckily for me and my family we decided to go to Virginia City for a day ride.

Had breakfast first, and believe it or not, no one got shot. And more importantly, we didn't shoot anyone.
 

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I heard about that. SSDD.
 

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AShadowRider I lived in Vegas for years and always stayed clear of the Laughlin event for this reason. How many times do you hear of fights, shootings and general chaos? I remember the one year two gangs got into a fight in the casino, one rode up on another on the freeway on the ride home, a shootout took place and members of both clubs were killed. F-THAT! Who needs those type of events!

I see colors here once in awhile. The Mongruls are pretty active here from what I'm told. My Harley riding buddy warned me that you'll see them once in awhile at a ride or bike event but just to stay clear of them (which is what I do) and there are no problems. I saw one club at a ride a couple of weeks ago and something made me go home and look them up on the Internet. These bada**es walking around the event turned out to be members of a Philadelphia Police club. I thought that was pretty funny.
 

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Yet another reason I don't go to gatherings/hang-outs/events/etc. and prefer to be a loner. I hate crowds ... anywhere! I know a guy who claims he's the president of the local chapter for the Hell's Angels here. I pretty much stay clear of him not from fear, but from fear of catching a dose of idiot. Do people honestly have nothing better to do with their lives? :sad: They should all be hung up for public viewing just for wearing the jacket. Morons.
 

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I heard about that. SSDD.

Lakota, you wouldn't happen to be a Dreamcatcher (Stephen King) fan would you?

This is just stupid. Can't people find something better to do with their time? Petty arguments and predispositions are not worth someone's life...
 

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Lakota, you wouldn't happen to be a Dreamcatcher (Stephen King) fan would you?

This is just stupid. Can't people find something better to do with their time? Petty arguments and predispositions are not worth someone's life...
:wink: Guilty as charged . . .

I would love to be a part of a "club" for the fellowship and opportunity to ride together - much like I belong to a yacht club for the same reason. If there were a club out there that organized rides, hung out together, etc without the colors B.S. I'd be the first to join.
Strangely enough, there is/was a club (perhaps national) that did just that--called themselves "Dream Catchers," and had a dreamcatcher as their patch. I think they still exist. I don't know about any affilations with any other clubs. If anyone knows 'em, send me a PM.

 

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I hear of gang retaliation at home all the time. Not a biker gang but street gangs. I just don't get the mentality. You kill one of mine and we'll kill two of yours, this is my street and you're on it so I'm gonna shoot you...and most of them just kids.
 

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Just a little more food for thought.. this past summer there were literally hundreds and hundreds of MC events ranging from local swap meets to mega rallies, in attendance were members of various mc clubs of all types..yet the main causes of fatalities collectively had nothing to do with outlaw club shoot outs. Truth is you are more likely to die through either your own mistakes or the error of a inebriated fellow independent rider. The irrational fear and loathing the stereotypical image of a patch holder is unfounded and rather sad.
 

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Just a little more food for thought.. this past summer there were literally hundreds and hundreds of MC events ranging from local swap meets to mega rallies, in attendance were members of various mc clubs of all types..yet the main causes of fatalities collectively had nothing to do with outlaw club shoot outs. Truth is you are more likely to die through either your own mistakes or the error of a inebriated fellow independent rider. The irrational fear and loathing the stereotypical image of a patch holder is unfounded and rather sad.
But not always. Having lived out west for a number of years I'd more likely (and do) attend a bike rally or ride here than I would out west. Years and years of history at the Laughlin event is a great reason why. I would probably avoid someone wearing a patch at a local event because I don't ride a Harley and don't want to hear their B.S. ball breaking. When I lived in Vegas I avoided the Laughlin event (which I really would have loved to attend) all together because people get HURT and KILLED. I'm not down with being around stray bullets or fists.

Two weekends ago I did a ride for breast cancer. My friends who ride couldn't make it. The ride was all Harleys except 3 or 4 metric bikes and one Victory. There were plenty of patch wearing riders there. I ended up hanging in a group that included the Victory, one other metric bike and a bunch of Harley riders. The clubs didn't even pay attention to us and we all had a good time. They didn't go out of their way to talk to us and vice versa. Roar to the Shore in Wildwood, NJ a couple of weeks ago is another example. Hundreds or even thousands of bikes in one place and I didn't hear of a single fight or problem. Funny enough one club in Wildwood (I don't pay enough attention to clubs to know who most of them are) was a Christian rider club who stopped us on the street and asked to pray with us.

I'm not saying that ALL club riders are bad but I think that most of the riders I know would avoid the Hells Angels, Mongruls or other clubs if a group of them were at a ride or ralley.
 

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Truth is you are more likely to die through either your own mistakes or the error of a inebriated fellow independent rider. The irrational fear and loathing the stereotypical image of a patch holder is unfounded and rather sad.
LOL.

The truth is you are likely to die walking out your front door. Life is a terrible place to be no matter what you do.

But when you join a gang and run around playing billy bad ass and shooting people because you have a different opinion, I'm sorry that in NO WAY compares to an inexperienced rider dropping his bike and hurting himself or someone else. You are basically telling me I should think "If I go to this bike rally I might get hit by another biker and hurt by accident" and equally think "If I also go to this bike rally I might get a bullet to my face". Yeaaaahhhh...... I'll never accept that.

I share the same views as the rest of the thread seems to be going. I wouldn't go near any big motor cycle rally because I don't ride a harley and wouldn't want to get my ass shot off because I looked at some "hombre" or "hells angels" guy funny not even know who the fu** he was. Any gang is a disgrace and should be locked up for inability to exist in a public society. A club is another story. Don't get the two mixed up.
 

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LOL.

The truth is you are likely to die walking out your front door. Life is a terrible place to be no matter what you do.
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They always say most accidents happen within 2 miles of your home. So i said, screw that i'm moving.

I don't usually care if folks are wearing a patch or not. I'm more interested in the individual. If it's one of those guys were you even look at him wrong and he's going to want to bash your head in, i avoid them. If they seem hostile or over run with testosterone, i avoid them. If they seem like good natured dudes i'll talk to them like anyone else and be respectful as i expect them to be to me. I can handle the occasional "you don't ride a harley so you don't count" type jabs. In fact i'm the first one to say i don't ride i harley, i ride a hardley davidson it's close but hardly.
 

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AShadowRider I lived in Vegas for years and always stayed clear of the Laughlin event for this reason. How many times do you hear of fights, shootings and general chaos? I remember the one year two gangs got into a fight in the casino, one rode up on another on the freeway on the ride home, a shootout took place and members of both clubs were killed. F-THAT! Who needs those type of events!

I see colors here once in awhile. The Mongruls are pretty active here from what I'm told. My Harley riding buddy warned me that you'll see them once in awhile at a ride or bike event but just to stay clear of them (which is what I do) and there are no problems. I saw one club at a ride a couple of weeks ago and something made me go home and look them up on the Internet. These bada**es walking around the event turned out to be members of a Philadelphia Police club. I thought that was pretty funny.
I went to the Laughlin run when I lived there until the "event" The Outlaw clubs usually stayed in Oatman Az. In fact that e Laughlin rallys induced me to sell the Honda CBR900 custom and buy a Harley. In those days I felt odd with a Honda at a Harley rally. Then the 90's came and the Harley brought stupid money and I went to the VT1100 where I stayed for years.

 
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