My short bio: Been a biker since i was a kid, and a member of clubs since the early 60s. I'm Diamondpatch a 1%er mother fucker and member of Reddit, mostly a member of the subreddit over at /r/harley.

My Proof:

with the shit going down in Waco i thought it was a good time to do another AMA and get some questions in that people are probably asking about my culture as a whole. I wanted to do this now so that any questions you have are not answered by someone that only knows half truths.

here we go!

EDIT Ok guys, i need to take a break and do that sleeping thing. I'll either get back to answering questions in the morning or i wont!

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TommyyyGunsss4905 karma

Why did the Occupy Wall-street movement have such a problem with your club?

diamondpatch5045 karma

hahaha, i called up a guy in my club asking him if our club had any bouts with that occupy movement people.

I just realized what you did and i feel dumb.

kayjay254512 karma

Let's say I were to cruise up to your local bar with my crotch rocket and affliction t-shirt. I sit down at the bar and order a cranberry vodka. I grab the remote from behind the bar and change the channel to Spike. I strut over to the jukebox and play some Linkin Park and ask your old lady for a dance.

How do you feel about Obamacare?

diamondpatch5171 karma

is spike still a channel?

arminian4277 karma

Any plans to pick up some cheap bikes at future Waco police auctions?

diamondpatch3706 karma

hahahahaha, this is fucking hilarious.

kerrrsmack1380 karma

You seem to have a good sense of humor. Do you have a deep, fatherly chuckle or is it more of a maniacal cackle?

diamondpatch1984 karma

fatherly chuckle for sure.

easttex453543 karma

I live in TX. Once a group of our most predominant 1% ers came into a bar and you could tell something was up, maybe they were looking for someone, who knows. We sent a pitcher to their table just to show respect. Once one of them came over and thanked us and asked if we needed anything. I just asked him if shit was going to go down, I'd prefer not to be sitting here when it did. He said no problem, about an hour or so later he tapped me on the shoulder and told me it was getting late that we might want to hit the road. I appreciated that. Is that sort of thing generally accepted as kindness? I don't want to piss anyone off.

diamondpatch3116 karma

yeah, you showed a huge amount of respect there.

alphamale9682531 karma

How do you feel about shows like Sons of Anarchy? Do you find them laughable, insulting or are you indifferent?

diamondpatch4493 karma

I love it, its a show about motorcycles and clubs.

fake ass bikers who get offended about sons of anarchys are like mechanics getting pissy over tim the toolman taylor. Its a show...just sit down and enjoy it.

redditbrowserman2377 karma

I'm a cop in an area with a heavy amount of street gang activity. We have prostitution rings, hard drug trafficking, and frequent violent crimes. Its gotten to the point where the high school is one of the more dangerous places to be, as so many of the kids are recruited at a young age. It's not uncommon to see gang tattoos on 16 year olds in my town.

We also have a very small biker gang presence, like 2 patched members and 3 prospects of a 1%er gang. (honestly not sure which one, I'm told they are affiliated with the hells angels)

Our gang unit seems to be focusing most of their efforts on countering the biker gang problem, and very little effort on the extremely large street gang problem by comparison. Sure, they ID street gang members and keep a database of them, but most of their time is spent on recon for the biker club.

I'm a financial and fraud crimes detective, who sometimes works cybercrimes, so my experience with street level crimes is limited, however even in my two years on patrol, and year in property crimes investigations, most of our problems stemmed from the street gangs. I literally didn't even know we had a 1%er gang in the area until recently.

My question to you, is are they right to devote so much energy to the biker gang? What is it you guys do that concerns us so much? I'm not asking you to incriminate yourself, I just want to know why there is so much effort put into such a seemingly small group of people, and a look from the other perspective would be interesting.

diamondpatch3796 karma

its easier to get rid of a biker club. We are not as ingrained into the society and streets as the street gangs are. You would have to eradicate the entire way of living in the ghettos to get rid of street gangs.

CurlSagan2105 karma

Are you good at BBQ? When I was a naive kid in a classic rock cover band, we got a gig for a biker gang's friends and family gathering in the middle of nowhere and the two things I vividly remember are: 1. Being terrified and 2. A slow-roasted pig that was like ambrosia.

diamondpatch2459 karma

i have honestly never met a biker, or a club that didnt know how to do some bbq...... never thought of that till now haha.

_Dotty_218 karma

Follow up question. Would a prospect's BBQ ability help him gain membership? Let's say he has won multiple awards for said BBQ.

diamondpatch340 karma


infact i know a guy in our club that is an amazing cook and it helped him for sure.

FuckingSteveMan1856 karma

What's your 'role' as a 1%er?

diamondpatch3816 karma

make sure that there is not enough alcohol in this world for you.

Sometimeswelose1792 karma

Do the same girls hang around your club and bang everyone?

Is it racially segregated?

diamondpatch2160 karma

we get girls that come and go.

yes it is.

kgw20121758 karma

Is there some kind of code between clubs? It seems like you guys have a giant bullseye on your back, and any rival could just shoot you in the back.

diamondpatch2535 karma

this is true. This is the point too, its a come and do it mentality. We are either too brave or too stupid to back down. Both really.

jim_the_joke_man1751 karma

I ride a Cam-Am Spyder and torrent movies. Do I qualify for a diamond patch?

My first gold edit: Wow, and thank you! I have so many people I want to thank God, the academy, Bob the mechanic, and of course my neighbors Comcast WiFi.

diamondpatch3423 karma i think you are a little too outlaw for even us.

Yeaokbro1675 karma

I was at work one time and I saw a 1%er. I asked him how he was. Do you 1%er's like to be asked how you are when shopping?

diamondpatch2567 karma

I'm an old man, and one of those old guys who will just sit and talk your ear off about the weather and apples and my joints. And how back in the day we had it harder than you kids!

cloudcity1258 karma

how good were apples back in the day?

diamondpatch3306 karma

after walking up a hill in the snow both ways they were already rotten before we got to eat them. BUT WE STILL DID!

Bulby37983 karma

How good were your joints back in the day? Do you prefer joints, or other means of inhalation (such as pipe, hookah, or vaporizer)? Who is your favorite rapper, and why do you say Snoop Lion?

diamondpatch1821 karma

the shit you kids have today, is leaps and bounds better than anything i had back in the day.

cross-eye-bear15 karma

Then how about you elaborate more with on some clarity on your a answers in this AMA here buddy!

diamondpatch24 karma

sometimes i cant.

Hundred_Yards1672 karma

What crimes have you been arrested for?

diamondpatch3579 karma

I have never been arrested for jaywalking or littering.

FIleCorrupted1628 karma

Ah so you have been arrested for everything else, including taking more than 3 sips of a beer while standing?

diamondpatch1997 karma

is that a real law and where is it from!?

FIleCorrupted1654 karma

Yes, Texas

diamondpatch3157 karma

thats amazingly stupid and i want to do it in texas now.

Sir_Monty_Jeavons1665 karma

What's the most 'I hope I don't get caught doing this' moment you have had? I mean this in the sense of crying at a film or making a baloon animal. I know it seems an odd question, but I can never imagine anyone in a gang have a baby voice for their dog or listen to jazz with a facemask on but I know it must happen, the toughest of the tough are only human. Cheers.

diamondpatch3275 karma

one of my grandkids left their nintendo witht he motion sensor joysticks at the club house. about 10 bikers playing these games and arguing about who was next, and for months we shit talked over who was better and talking about getting a nintendo for the club house.

Sir_Monty_Jeavons1771 karma

Nintendo Wii, that's brilliant.

diamondpatch2942 karma

thats what it was called!

I hate bowling in real life, but its so much fun in that game.

we also did end up buying one. I often will play a prospect in a game i know they are good at, just to watch them squirm trying to not beat me.

YouAreAllShitCunts1232 karma

What if a prospect did beat you?

diamondpatch2699 karma

another month of prospecting for every point they beat me by!

BlaankMC1189 karma

Sore loser?

diamondpatch3242 karma

damn right i am.

Bmc001285 karma

I ride a 50cc scooter around sometimes... What are your thoughts on a guy like me?

diamondpatch3269 karma

i dont really have thoughts. Just keep enjoying being you.

GhostRiver911820 karma

Fellow scooter rider here. I will add that getting the "motorcycle wave" from a biker is a lot like getting a wave from a player at a professional sports game.

diamondpatch1194 karma

hahaha, this is great.

___6___1214 karma

Have you ever been hassled by law enforcement because of your affiliation with biker clubs?

diamondpatch2175 karma

I have. I get pulled over almost every week atleast once or twice because of the patch i wear. The amount of drinks people buy for me anytime i set food in a bar makes up for it though.

Rikvidr1160 karma

What exactly does 1%er mean? I don't care at all for watching the news so I have no fucking clue what's going on. I've always wondered how bikers survive financially, how is that? Of course, don't divulge any information that could get you screwed by Johnny law.

diamondpatch1825 karma

not all bikers are outlaws, only 1% are outlaws.

We are that 1%

QuiteAffable819 karma

So, drug dealing and prostitution? What rackets does your gang profit from?

diamondpatch1440 karma

mostly that. insurance too.

QuiteAffable557 karma

Thanks for taking the time to reply. Is underage prostitution as much of an issue as the press makes out? How does your gang respond to incidences it comes across?

diamondpatch1677 karma

i dont allow it in my chapter, and its not allowed in our club.

Rikvidr277 karma


diamondpatch792 karma

to be perfectly honest, yeah sort of.

AdseyV507 karma

Given that, do you think it is somewhat justified when you get hassled by law enforcement?

diamondpatch2890 karma

to be perfectly honest, i do sometimes think it is. I mean, i'm a criminal and wear a patch that says i'm one. We arent the brightest bulbs.

Haematobic224 karma

Does that include not stopping at any red lights? How does that work out for you guys, without getting t-boned all the time?

diamondpatch777 karma

red lights arent optional?

immorta11128 karma

Have you or anyone in your club killed anyone?

diamondpatch3676 karma

no officer. not at all.

apgbadboy264 karma

Hypothetically, if you or someone in your club had murdered someone, is there ever anything that made you regret it or keep you up at night?

diamondpatch882 karma

i'm going to give you a straight answer and say no. It gets easier the more you do it, and i served during a war.

brokenhands1122 karma

What's your stance on whales?

diamondpatch2771 karma

I think we as a society need to do more to protect them.

nipdriver1043 karma

Do you get a discount at the Harley dealership for being so mother fucking biker?

diamondpatch2599 karma

I'm actually pretty sure i get charged more.

bobfmbuf854 karma

How realistic is a show like Sons of Anarchy? Meaning, the women are merely property to the club members.. That women so easily get passed around... How about the process of joining a club... I believe its hang around, prospect to a patch? And lastly, infiltration of the club by law enforcement.. have you personally seen this happen? I read the book Under and Alone about William Queen.. Is it really THAT easy??

diamondpatch1429 karma

  1. its the 70s era of clubs set in modern times.
  2. women that are not old ladies get passed around.
  3. come around, hang around, prospect, patch.
  4. i mean, if you make a guy pretty much give up his life to infilitrate a club, then yes its that easy.

dgallant812 karma

  1. What does it take to become a member?
  2. How do you get paid? Average income for a member? (assuming cash come from within the club)
  3. is there a division based on rank?

diamondpatch1157 karma

  1. it takes a lot, pretty much your entire life is devoted and dedicated to the club.
  2. i'm retired now but used to drive a truck. We dont get income from the club....;)
  3. no.

swsscott790 karma

You and some other time 1% ers are at a stop light. Do I pull up next to you or stay the fuck away. Never know what to do in those situations as a fellow biker?

diamondpatch1152 karma

pull up behind them.

Thingsiponder738 karma

How hard is it to steer a bike and / or ride for long periods of time, with those crazy ape hangers? They look super uncomfortable.

diamondpatch870 karma

i might be biased because i use them. But i find them way more comforatble for long distance travel.

Thingsiponder379 karma

Your arms/hands don't fall asleep? And ty, I've always wondered about them, but never knew any bikers.

diamondpatch698 karma

i find that they fall sleep easier when they are below my shoulders. you tend to lean on your hands more when they are lower.

DxMonkey677 karma

When many of you ride together, do you become Galloping Geese?

diamondpatch1455 karma

a gaggle of us.

caveman660613 karma

My dad was paid to do illicit things for a guy from the Sons of Silence. Is it normal to go outside the club for things or was that guy irregular?

diamondpatch830 karma

contracting out is pretty normal for things we dont want to get our hands dirty on.

bestfomert594 karma

Hello and cheers for doing the AMA! Lots of questions here

1.How does one become a 1% member

2.What's the initiation like?

3.What's your biker activity like, what do you do, who do you meet, what are you 'responsibilities' and so on?

4.What crimes have you committed, and if you did get caught, how much time did you serve?

5.Opinions on gang/biker, what they are or their culture.

6.What do you think of the US prisons and the system.

7.A good cheap starter motorcycle, medium range, best value, and the best possible motorcycle you would consider?

8.Any advice on dealing with gangs/bikers/police officers in case someone crosses the path.

diamondpatch1181 karma

  1. by putting on a 1% patch and beating the shit out of anyone that tells you, you cant wear it.
  2. a lot of manual labor and just showing the club why they want you as a brother.
  3. its a lot more hanging out and drinking than you would think.
  4. I have served about 20 years of my life off and on in prison. for crimes that range the scale.
  5. I dont understand this question
  6. For profit prisons are bullshit all they do is harden the criminals and make them better at what they do.
  7. anything metric.
  8. respect, everyone just wants that, no matter what.

Lovehat575 karma

What is the reasoning behind a Harley only club instead of say American only? How stock does your bike have to be to still be considered a Harley?

diamondpatch768 karma

it came down to that the majority of clubs were started after world war 2 and we were pro america and anti other countries that made bikes, like germany or japan.

Lovehat233 karma

Could you get in a HO club with a self built bike? Also, did you see Devils ride?

diamondpatch475 karma

as long as it used an american made motor yes. we use the term harley only club, but in reality its a american only bike. I have.

redditloki565 karma

Why do you guys take all the money? The rest of us normal Joes have to earn a living too ya know. Freakin 1%ers

diamondpatch1726 karma

i have to afford my monocle and top hat!

bryanhayn528 karma

What would happen if I taped a "1%er" patch to my shirt and rode my motorcycle next to a biker club or gang?

diamondpatch1165 karma

they would see if you could defend that 1%er patch.

Jack-Schitt484 karma

Hypothetically, I can make you money. I'm not interested in the other shit, but I'm putting money in your pocket. I'm not a patch, but someone starts stepping on my toes, which takes money out of your hand and I let you know. Is someone going to get a knock on their door?

diamondpatch684 karma

oh yeah, we defend our money makers.

thatEMSguy476 karma

Did you happen to know any of the bikers involved in the Waco shoot out?

diamondpatch690 karma

I probably do, though I cant say for sure. I have met with a good bit of the bandits in that area, and even a few of the cossacks. So i'm sure i know atleast a few.

thatEMSguy387 karma

Follow up: why we're so many people from different gangs meeting? I thought the days of dangerous motorcycle gangs were long gone.

diamondpatch742 karma

the cossacks were at the bike night as a show of force saying, we can do what we want, after the bandits told them to stop coming. the bandits then decided to make a show of force themselves.

Imagineallthepeeps390 karma

Do you guys have an enforced code of conduct;and do you mess with people minding their business?

diamondpatch625 karma

we do. And if you are minding your business we will mind ours.

bearaids382 karma

Is it true that homosexual behavior is rampant in these biker gangs? If so, is it hard to keep up your badass image while kissing other dudes?

diamondpatch1201 karma

Nah, its still pretty easy.

sarcastic-barista375 karma

can you explain how you would have reacted in a situation like Waco? be honest.

diamondpatch1788 karma

pew pew pew pew pew ducks pew pew pew pew pew

PayphonesareObsolete52 karma

Do you carry a weapon at all times?

diamondpatch343 karma

I'm a felon, so no. but yes.

CharadeParade357 karma

What's your thoughts about the Hells Angels? Compared to other clubs, do they act and feel superior? Are they respected in the MC world?

diamondpatch583 karma

my club and the 81s have always been friendly, so i am a bit biased i guess.

they consider themselves the rock stars of our world though, and a lot of people dont like that.

Brad_Wesley317 karma

Does the fact that the Hells Angels are so well known mean that they are full on federal informants?

diamondpatch699 karma

you went down a real deep rabbit hole there lol

Suicide_King910306 karma

Hangmen MC?

diamondpatch425 karma

are you asking if thats who i am apart of? no its not.

Suicide_King910313 karma

Yup, never seen gold/black anywhere else. Im in an 81 dominanted area though.

diamondpatch588 karma

ah, the gold and black is from our shared history with the el forastero. They wear a purple and gold MFer patch to show their shared history with us.

i'm galloping goose. Much respect to the 81s

HazMatt19292 karma

You guys getting along with the SoS now that they've moved in?

diamondpatch530 karma

they make me money, so i'm happy.

Heliyum2292 karma

Your website is down. How can a respectable 1%er MC not have a fully functioning website. What if someone wanted to sign the guestbook or see flash animations of skeletons flipping people off?

diamondpatch547 karma

we have a website!?

affamata218 karma

You said:

women that are not old ladies get passed around.

I once worked with a woman who was married to an outlaw biker. Won't say which one or his name. He pimped her and beat her. Is that what being an old lady is like, typically, or is that more unusual?

diamondpatch876 karma

sounds like the guy was shitty person.

kozmund210 karma

How likely do you think reprisals from that business in Waco are? For example, say I sometimes drink at a bar in Texas that Bandits "respectfully" frequent (ie, with a sober Sargent at Arms to keep anything from kicking off.) Would it be prudent to avoid it until things cool off, or is that chicken shit and I should just get the fuck out of there if any Cossacks/Scimitars show up wearing colors?

diamondpatch300 karma

I would say just get out of there if any cossacks or their support clubs show up.

Teamrayray208 karma

Does your club have to answer to a larger club? If so, in what ways? I'd ask which club, but I already know your answer.

diamondpatch419 karma

no mine does not. We are a 1% club, 1% clubs are at the top of the totem poles for our areas.

shaffmcheif184 karma

Hey man, thanks for doing an AmA. So I sort of get the 1%er stuff, but are there members that have regular jobs, and just go to gatherings and such for fun? Or are they not usually part of a club or "gang"? Also, favorite model of Harley?

diamondpatch370 karma

not a model, but i love the 90s evo motors they put in the sportsters, you cant break them. Most solid motor they have made.

At the end of the day we are just frats for people who enjoy motorcycles.

Scaletta467181 karma

I'd like to know what your opinion on human trafficking, forced prostitution etc is like. I live in Germany, so it could be different in America, but here, the Hell's Angels are at the forefront of human trafficking and forcing people into prostitution. Do you think that's still completely okay because you're "outlaws" or do you think there are still some lines you shouldn't fucking cross just because you'd like to be badass?

diamondpatch351 karma

some lines shouldnt be crossed, plenty of ways to make money.

pukedonchuck169 karma

I am moving across the country this year and my mother is afraid for me to drive through Sturgis SD on my route because of what happened in Waco.

I happen to be moving and driving along that way the same weekend as the annual rally. Does my mom honestly have any reason to worry about my safety as a person driving an SUV with 1 little dog and 1 old as dirt dog that will be drugged up on xanax??

Or would life just be easier for me to go a different route in general, one because mothers are mothers and worry no matter what, and two Sturgis is fucking big and traffic might be a nightmare?

diamondpatch445 karma

traffic is going to be a nightmare. go around it.

thisdude234168 karma

W just curious. What do you think about the Victory and Indian motorcycles?

diamondpatch295 karma

I like the way the new indians look, a brother of mine just got one and it rides real smooth.

Nushens157 karma

I'm a bit late to the party but I've read through (most) of your responses. You seem like you're true to the club and the life style but at the same time have the wisdom to realize it's not the best of choices.

So how do you/did you feel about family members joining a club? Would you embrace your grandson joining or suggest he try a "normal" life?

Also how were you introduced to Reddit?

Lastly - you mention that you headed in the direction of the club life due to your lower reading and schooling ability at the time but now your responses seem well formated and thought out so I'm curious how the club life taught you these skills.

diamondpatch475 karma

my daughter is a lawyer. having to pretend to tutor and help a girl that was smarter than you by the time she was 6 really gets you going.

WoWDisciplinePriest128 karma

Hi! Serious female daily rider here. What do you think the current attitudes towards female riders is amongst 1% members? How (if at all) has it changed over the years?

diamondpatch234 karma

A lot of club members dont take you guys seriously. I think it has changed a little, but honestly not quickly enough.

Gutterlungz1120 karma

I knew a guy in Seattle when I was younger that got his jaw broken by a biker with a 1%er patch after the guy I knew asked he biker if he was a real 1%er. Is this protocol for 1%er guys?

diamondpatch666 karma

I mean...did it answer his question? because i feel that it answered his question.

justsumbikerdood93 karma

I have some questions How often do club members leave or get there patches pulled and for what? How did you guys organize your events? what state are you from? how much were dues for each member? how often did you guys actually ride together for fun? Did you guys support other clubs/events? How did you pick which events you are going to and did every member have to go? What did you have to do to get in the club? What were your prospect duties and how long did a member have to prospect for? What size motor could you have to join? big v twin and up or sportsters were allowed?

diamondpatch131 karma

  1. not often, we tend to understand we are in this for life. It takes a lot to kick someone out. Like stealing from the club or killing another member.
  2. sitting around a table and talking it out.
  3. not going to answer that.
  4. 2 or 3 times a week.
  5. Yes we do, as often as possible.
  6. we would discuss it at meetings and no.
  7. I had to give up my life and replace it with my club>
  8. pretty much do everything i could to make my patch holders life easier. and one year minimum.

Drew123192 karma

I ride a super-sport. Would you reciprocate my biker wave?

diamondpatch184 karma

i sure would. I cant stand people that dont!

joshc17967 karma

Why and when did you decide you wanted to be a mc?

diamondpatch349 karma

the day i realized i would never be an astronaught.

CatsMakeGoodSnacks112 karma

I'll be a 1%er in 7 to 10 days, look forward to my AMA....

diamondpatch286 karma

welcome to club! you will get your compliemntary hooker and meth shipment 3 days after you get your patch!

diamondpatch50 karma

ha, i guess its not. mine is gold/yellow though. Totally different!

FiercestOtter47 karma

but he sewed it on a vest

diamondpatch112 karma

well......some guy at a leather shop did. I dont even have the ability to staple it on without messing it up.

Grizzant15 karma

there are quite a few symbols that you can buy online/get tattooed that actually displaying them without affiliation is a super bad idea. i dunno if this is one of those.

Unidentified_Remains10 karma

True. But these are fuzzy pictures taken in his bedroom.

diamondpatch51 karma

eh, i have been on reddit for about 2 years now giving information about clubs and the lifestyle. i have met a few redditors that have passed through my area and am a active member of the /r/harley community who know me pretty well. There is nothing wrong with being skepticle.

I'm a member of the Galloping Goose motorcycle club, if you search some of our images you will see the same patch on their vests.

good on you for being wary though.

gutterpunx0x26 karma

Was the name picked to strike fear in the hearts of rival clubs?

diamondpatch55 karma

our symbol is a middle finger with legs running...a galloping (running) goose (bird)

it was the 30s/40s and our founder was probably drunk 24/7

gutterpunx0x48 karma

It sounds like that was the case, Are Your prospects known as Goslings? If not when can we expect that to happen?

diamondpatch31 karma


clownshateeveryone64 karma

How does it feel being a drain on society in pretty much every aspect? Did you become a biker because of your tremendous insecurity in life and knew you would fail at anything you tired to do successfully that wasn't breaking the law?

diamondpatch120 karma

actually yeah i did. I wasnt good at reading, couldnt pay attention in school. What i did do well was fight and not get caught stealing. I stole a motorbike when i was a kid and took it for a joy ride of about 40 seconds before wrecking it and was hooked. Both on the motorcycle and the joys of stealing them.

JohnWad61 karma

How real is the show "The Devil's Ride"? Those guys seemed like a bunch of tools.

diamondpatch173 karma

about as "real" as the real housewives.

beardedandkinky73 karma

All I'm picturing right now in a MC clubhouse with the real housewives on a big screen with the entire club gathered around watching religiously

diamondpatch410 karma

wont even lie man... probably 8 of us sitting in our clubhouse with one of the newer guys old ladies sitting with us, she changed the channel to the real house wives and was watching it while we were just chatting and bullshitting around.

about 3 episodes in, we realized that we were all now watching and not really talking about anything other then trying to figure out what was going on in the show..

not the proudest moment of my life.

gold_snakeskin58 karma

Where's the most beautiful place you've seen on the road that most people wouldn't have heard of?

diamondpatch102 karma

hard to answer, but anything int he mountains with a lake.

raguirre150 karma

When I was 17 I got a tattoo across my stomach that says Outlaw. When I was 19, I was working construction and a guy that had been in prison, seen my tattoo through my white shirt and informed me of your biker gang. What will a real outlaw do if he saw me at the beach with my shirt off?

diamondpatch103 karma


monkeyeighty846 karma

My SO and I worked a few rallies (Bikes, Blues, and BBQ in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Biketoberfest in Daytona, and some others).

I've heard so many stories about the Iron Butt Rides. Like, you ride alllllll the way across country, and then you do this super long ride, and then you ride alllllll the way home again. I get the whole 'beautiful scenery thing' and hanging out with friends, but what about your butt? Do you ever get jeep seat, and any tips on how to avoid it?

diamondpatch88 karma

iron butt challenge is to ride 1000 miles in 24 hours. Just buy a good seat.

redditloki30 karma

How do Biker gangs handle competing with local gangs for drug turf?

diamondpatch81 karma

with violence.

kozmund18 karma

My impression is that this situation has been escalating for a while. From what I've heard, if the cops hadn't started shooting it was supposed to have just been a big old fuck-off argument-settling chain and pipe brawl with few, if any, fatalities. Does that sound right to you, or would you guess that the situation was already to the point where guns were going to come out either way?

Thanks for doing yet another AMA, by the way.

diamondpatch34 karma

Guns are often pulled out regardless, almost everyone carries them, but it just takes one guy to set it off.

Sputnik4208 karma

How has methylamphetimine ( ice, crystal, bhang, etc.) changed the biker scene? Do you like IronMaiden? Lastly for a clean skin like me,a new Trumpet or an old harley?

diamondpatch18 karma

old harley, you cant beat the honest to god sound they make. And working on it is a breeze. It will break down, but you can easily find parts and fix it yourself, even with little to no knowledge.

Thisduderockz7 karma

so like, how many bitches have you already smacked today?

diamondpatch50 karma

i ran into my door today. So my door is ahead in this game...

Perdin7 karma

Most bikers I know think they're better than other types of gangs like Crips or Bloods because they have some sort of 'Code.'

  1. Do you consider yourself better than what my buddies call a 'negro' gang?
  2. Why did you become a biker instead of doing something more acceptable to society?

diamondpatch16 karma

  1. I do. but i think deep down that has less to do with their organization and more about my views on them. clubs are pretty much white street gangs.
  2. Because it was easier and i did it well.

Dirk-Killington5 karma

What's up man? I was a young impressionable kid once and wanted to run out to California and join a club. Thank god I didn't, I still have tons of respect for people who live on their own terms and skirt the laws they find offensive.

I joined the army thinking it would be a legal way to let out my frustration. I was wrong.

Here I am at 25 with little motivation for anything.

How has the life really benefited you? Is it hard to deal with your own morality versus the morality of the club? How much individuality is a member allowed to have in your local chapter?

diamondpatch9 karma

a good bit of individualty. we are all about being our own people. Clubs are made up of kids like you not knowing what they want in life, and clubs harden them and point them in the right direction. if you love motorcycles, think of joining a mom and pop club.

frozenchicken2 karma

Do you like the movie 'The Wild One'?

diamondpatch5 karma

I'll never tell a boozefighter this to his face, but i didnt care for it.

frozenchicken2 karma

I take it they are sensitive about this particular topic?

diamondpatch3 karma

well its a movie about their founder. the guy who leads the rival club the beetles. Is supposed to be the founder of their club.

frozenchicken2 karma

I knew all that. I was just hoping you were going to say they all have man crushes on Brando or something like that.

diamondpatch5 karma

thats how you get a pissed off boozefighter knocking on my door! more than a few of them are redditors and know me in real life haha