On my most recent bike trip to San Francisco I got invited to be a guest at a regular Thursday night club meeting for the San Francisco Motorcycle Club. The SFMC is the second oldest motorcycle club in America, founded in 1904 and only younger than the Yonkers, NY Motorcycle Club by 3 months.
The club is not a front for a criminal organization and neither is it brand specific (read: Harley-Davidson).
The club meeting was at their hall in the Mission District of San Francisco. The hall itself although not as old as the MC, still dates back to WWII, where it's been continuously leased for the club. The sense of history inside the clubhouse is staggering, with photos of motorcycle club rallies from pre-WWI all the way to present. Decades of banners, pendents and trophies festoon the walls.
With permission I took some Hipstamatic photos to capture the ol' timey mood...
Outside the clubhouse were all manners and makes of motorcycles. Harley-Davidsons were actually in the minority. Club members must ride their bikes to meetings or pay fines to the club for attending a meeting without their motorcycle.
The group has a formal meeting to discuss MC matters. Highly organized including president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and so forth. They take their meetings extremely seriously.
My friend Barry prospecting for the club. He must wear prospect colours and basically cow-tow to the needs of the club and it's members. Prospects must be elected by full patch members and then diligently serve at the behest of the club for 3 months before being considered to be a full patch member.
Some shots of all the paraphernalia depicting the club's history.
The experience of visiting the clubhouse and meeting it's members was pretty inspiring. So much of the time motorcycling seems to be divisive among different brand loyalists, it's nice to see an organization with such amazing history and the tenacity to continue its legacy.
Just thought I'd share.