How to Find the Right Motorcycle Riding Club
Riding clubs are a great way for riders to connect and, of course, hit the road with other motorcycle enthusiasts. But, even a quick Internet search yields a staggering number of club options. So, how do you narrow down your choices and find the right group of motorcycle riders for you? Read on to find out.
Types of Riding Clubs
Deciding on a riding club really comes down to narrowing your focus: Are you simply looking for fellow motorcycle riders to connect with? Or, are you geared up to ride with people who own bikes similar to yours? Ready to hit the road with riders that have similar life experiences? Or, is your goal simply to meet new and interesting people? Bottom line: Decide what you’re looking for and search from there. And remember, there’s nothing saying you can’t ride with multiple clubs. Here are some examples:
- “Brand X” enthusiasts: There are several clubs devoted to specific bike manufacturers, or even specific models. They can be great for riders with different experience levels, and may even offer a “master’s class” in the bike you’re interested in.
- Vintage bike owners: Vintage clubs are especially good for sourcing parts and expertise about bikes that probably haven’t been in production for decades. If you’re fretting about replacing the chain on your 1967 classic, vintage clubs might be for you.
- Military veterans: Search for riding clubs in any state and there’s a good chance you’ll find a handful of clubs with membership limited to military veterans. Several of these clubs also work to support and raise awareness for veterans-related charities.
- Police officer, law enforcement and public safety officer clubs: Exactly what the name says, these clubs are typically open to both active and retired officers.
- Open-to-all clubs: For this club, all you usually need is a motorcycle and the desire to ride.
- Specialty clubs: From clubs for female riders only to off-roading, there’s no shortage of special-interest clubs.
Even if you regularly ride with an established club, you’ll find plenty of organizations that participate in events, according to the American Motorcyclist Association. These rides can be a great way to meet new people — and to find out about new riding clubs. Some events may not always show up in online searches, so keep an eye on the “community bulletin boards” at your motorcycle dealer or mechanic shop, says MotoSport.com.
Meet. Greet. Ride.
One way to check out a club is stopping by and meeting your potential touring partners. You may even be able to join and pay any membership dues at the meeting.
With a wide variety of motorcycle clubs to choose from, you’re sure to find one that gets you connected with fellow enthusiasts no matter what you’re looking for.
Originally published on October 20, 2014.