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Fact or Fiction: Motorcycle Gangs
by Staff
Since at least the 1960s, outlaw motorcycle gangs like the Hells Angels, the Outlaws and the Mongols have ruled the roads. The FBI considers OMGs to be some of the most dangerous organized criminal syndicates. Test your knowledge on the history and present day activities of these unruly riders on two wheels.

The Hells Angels were the first outlaw motorcycle gang in the U.S.

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The Outlaws Motorcycle Club based their skull and crossed pistons logo, affectionately named "Charlie," on a similar logo featured in a Marlon Brando movie.

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Outlaw motorcycle gangs are uniquely American; none have been formed in any other countries.

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In 1969, a Hells Angel committed an alleged murder in the crowd at a Rolling Stones concert, an incident sometimes called the death of the '60s.

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The "1 percenter" moniker for motorcycle clubs refers to the FBI's claim that only 1 percent of motorcycle enthusiasts are in violent gangs.

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Outlaw motorcycle gangs refuse to associate with other organized crime groups like the mafia and urban street gangs.

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Unlike street gangs, motorcycle gangs don't use their "colors" to claim their turf.

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The Bandidos Motorcycle Club based its club colors on the cartoon character Speedy Gonzales.

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The Hells Angels is the world's largest OMG, with 2,500 members and 250 chapters spread across six continents.

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Outlaw motorcycle gangs don't believe in fighting each other. Instead, they concentrate on fighting street gangs that aren't associated with motorcycling.

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Larger gangs, like the Mongols and Hells Angels, have copyrighted the images of their club colors.

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In spite of their involvement in criminal activity, leaders of outlaw motorcycle gangs like the Hells Angels insist that the groups themselves do not plan or condone any illegal activity.

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Members who leave outlaw motorcycle clubs must have any tattoos with the clubs' logos removed.

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The "big four" outlaw motorcycle gangs, according to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, are the Hells Angels, the Finks, the Outlaws and The Warlocks.

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One of the most common criminal enterprises among outlaw motorcycle gangs is involvement in the illicit drug trade.

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Motorcycle club members wear different colored wings on their jackets representing deviant sex acts they've engaged in.

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"Sonny" Barger, perhaps the most famous biker gang leader of all time, founded the notorious Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club.

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According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Mongols Motorcycle Club is the "most violent and dangerous" in the United States.

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All motorcycle clubs today are considered "outlaw" groups.

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The Hollister, Calif., riot in 1947, involving biker clubs was one of the most violent incidents in American history, at the time.

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