The California motorcycle club experience is not just for the boys! Now more than ever, women riders are coming together to form motorcycle groups and riding clubs, and for a range of reasons, including:
- As social opportunities
- To share interests
- To help their communities
- Raise money for charities
- And more
Want to be part of the action? Here’s how to get started.
Joining a California Women’s Motorcycle Club
The first thing to understand is the difference between a riding club and a true motorcycle club. The former is a more loosely-affiliated group with less stringent membership requirements – usually membership is based simply on payment of yearly dues and adherence to a common theme (Harleys only, shared cultural background, etc.).
Joining a true motorcycle club requires a probationary period of proven service to the club prior to full membership. These ‘sisterhoods’ generally have more stringent membership requirements and may feature monthly dues. In return, you receive a much more authentic membership experience: a recognized patch, regular schedule of events, social outings, and more.
If you haven’t decided yet on a group to join, it is important to do some research on the women’s motorcycle clubs in your area. For California riders, this listing of motorcycle clubs and riding clubs is a great place to begin your research.
Starting Your Own California Women’s Motorcycle Club
To open a local chapter of a national club, start the ball rolling by contacting the main club. Talk with them about your ideas and your strategy to get started. Creating a women’s motorcycle club from scratch is more difficult, but potentially more rewarding.
- Start by defining your club – Will it be a riding club or true motorcycle club? What will your membership requirements be? What do you plan to accomplish?
- Next, get your riding friends together and focus your goals – these will be your partners in the club, so take their input seriously.
- You will need to decide on a name, logo, dues, and meeting schedule.
- Lastly, you will need to promote your club and consider sanctioning from the American Motorcyclist Association.
Women’s motorcycle clubs in California have always had a friend at Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys® – we enjoy any opportunity to help women riders protect their full legal rights. Call us today at 1-800-4 BIKERS to schedule a free consultation. We are the premier California accident attorneys for women bikers because we are riders too!