Riding a motorcycle by yourself is fun in its own right, but what’s even more exciting is riding with like-minded buddies.
If you want to set the lone wolf lifestyle free and embrace the camaraderie of group riding, why not start your own motorcycle riding club? Starting one up can be a little complicated, but the effort is worth the reward of building a tight-knit community of like-minded riders, forging lasting friendships, and experiencing the freedom of the open road together.
Define Your Club’s Identity
If you want to start a riding club, the first thing you need to do is decide on the kind of club you want to be. Will you start a more casual club, with a focus on weekend rides and casual events, or a more structured club with organized rides, charity events, and a strong sense of fellowship? Consider the culture and values you want your members to uphold, as well as the level of commitment expected.
You’ll also need to create a club identity. What’s the name of your club? Do you have a logo or a slogan? Creating custom merch with elements of your club’s branding can help develop a sense of identity and belonging among club members. For example, you can create rhinestoned motorcycle gear for club members to wear on rides, or design leather jackets with unique patches to showcase their club affiliation and personal style. Having a defined brand will also make it easier to promote your club and attract new members.
Of course, a club isn’t really a club if it only has one member. Reach out to friends and acquaintances who own motorcycles to see if they want to join. Keep in mind that you can always add more members later on; in fact, recruitment is an essential part of keeping your club alive. The more your group rides and attends motorcycle events together, the more attention it will garner. Soon enough, you’ll start to have people asking if they can join in on the fun.
Become a Registered Club
While it’s not mandatory, you may want to consider registering your club as a non-profit organization. Doing so comes with many perks—it will make your club eligible to receive legal benefits like liability insurance, solicitation licenses, and sales tax exemptions.
Getting this distinction isn’t very difficult, but it does require you to file Articles of Incorporation with your secretary of state.
Meet & Have Fun
You’re done with the hard part once you set up your club. Now it’s time to reap the rewards! Get out there and have fun—go on thrilling rides together, explore scenic routes, and bond over a shared passion for motorcycles. Organize group events like bike rallies, charity rides, and weekend getaways. Share your experiences, maintenance tips, and favorite riding spots on your group blog. And encourage members to contribute, creating a dynamic platform that fosters closeness among fellow riders.
Now that you know how to start your own motorcycle riding club, you can gather your group and share in the biker life. The road awaits, and the journey is even better together!