Ride To Give

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Ride To Give

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the first motorcycle toy run, jointly sponsored by the Modified Motorcycle Association and the San Fernando Valley charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. The run featured 200 hundred motorcycles, two truckloads of toys, a television star named Art Linkletter and very many policemen. The ride started in Griffith Park in Los Angeles and ended at City Hall eight miles away.

Then, as now, the police were appalled by the idea. The Los Angeles Times quoted the opinion of one El Lay cop who thought, “I suppose Hitler did some good things, too.”

A week after the first toy run The Skyway Riders and Travelers Motorcycle Clubs held their toy run in Bergen, New Jersey. The New York Times reported, “A number of residents here were terrified but the worst never came. There were no gang fights…or the assorted other crimes depicted on television.”

Toy drives have been popular in the United States since the 1890s. The Police Athletic League began annual toy drives during the Great Depression and the Marine Corps began its annual Toys For Tots campaign in Los Angeles in 1947. But the idea of motorcycle outlaws, or at least a bunch of guys who looked and thought like outlaws, gathering toys and riding them to a central distribution point was an idea that was clearly overdue. The next year there were motorcycle toy runs all over the United States.

The Way We Were

This was a very different America in December 1973. Nixon, who gave the world the War on Drugs and RICO had just resigned and gone into exile at his estate in San Clemente. Sonny Barger was in exile in a cage in San Quentin. It was only four years after Mick Jagger’s “Christmas and Chanukah Rite for American Youth” at the Altamont Speedway near San Francisco – a well intentioned but half-assed act of holiday charity that wound up being a public relations disaster for every hippie on a Harley.

In 1973, the Hells Angels in particular had become concerned about their club’s image. If the Angels didn’t know what “public relations” meant before Altamont they quickly learned. That year the Angels were at the forefront of something called the “Bikers’ Rights Movement.” After the toy run, the Angels sponsored a holiday blood drive. Seventy-three was probably the year some wag coined the phrase “When I do right nobody remembers, when I do wrong nobody forgets.” A sort of biker political action committee called A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments, or ABATE, was founded in 1973.

Some police had a knee jerk reaction against this new phenomenon of hippie, delinquent, psycho-baby-killer bikers acting like good citizens. The Los Angeles cop who compared the participants in the first toy run to Hitler probably couldn’t help himself.

That original run lasted four years. In its final year it had 5,000 participants and instead of riding to Los Angeles City Hall they all rode the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It was cancelled on the recommendation of Pasadena Police Chief Robert H. McGowan who called participants “an out-of-town bunch of ruffians who come into the city to cleanse their consciences once a year.” He accused Pasadena of “courting very serious criminal problems if it continues to permit this mob to bring toys to our children.” And as an example of those problems he cited one of the tens of thousands of spectators who held up a large sign near the Rose Bowl that read, “Show me your tits.”

“About one in every four females did just that,” the old cop complained.

The Way We Are

Now virtually every Harley rider in the world rides to give at least once a year. The runs start in late October in the Northern Rockies and they continue through December.

In Los Angeles, the Valley Angels had their run December first and the Mongols made their annual pilgrimage to the Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row a week later.

The Big Texas Toy Run Motorcycle Parade was last Saturday in Fort Worth, a week after a major snow storm. Eight thousand riders showed up. The event started in 1985 and one of the original participants, Gene Long, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “In the old days, it was 95 percent Harleys. Today there are a lot of three-wheelers, as many as one-fifth of the rides. And there are a lot of women riders.”

The Solo Angeles CM, a club Jay Dobyns took pains to excoriate in his best selling, true crime memoir, sponsored its annual Tijuana Toy Run last weekend, too. A dude named Diablo told the Latin American Herald Tribune, “At times there are no words. You’re giving a child something he’s going to play with, and seeing his happy face is a great satisfaction.”

The same paper reported that a woman named Maria Santos waited in line with her six-year-old son for the bikes to roll in from the border. “It’s a very perfect event,” she said, “and we’re always grateful that they take the time to come and give happiness to my son and other children.”

There were big runs in Tulsa and Little Rock last weekend.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe said of the participants he saw, “They’re big-hearted. A lot of them are big barrel-chested, too, but they’re big-hearted, and they really care about kids that don’t otherwise have a chance. It’s pretty neat to see it; I’m grateful to all of them, and I told all of them we appreciate them – all of Arkansas appreciates them,”

Tulsa ABATE sponsored the run there. ABATE now means something less confrontational than it did in ’73. A guy named Larry Angell startled a reporter for the local NBC television station when he rode up with a bicycle strapped to his motorcycle. It will be less startling the thousandth time the reporter sees it. “I always carry a bicycle or a tricycle,” Angell explained. “I always have and not too many places to carry it on here, so I had to get creative.”

Reporters love to cover motorcycle toy runs. They have become a December news staple.

The Way They Still Are

Cops are less thrilled. Most police still dismiss toy runs as a cynical public relations ploy by organized criminal gangs and the ignorant red neck morons who are easily duped by them. An article by outlaw biker gang expert Richard Valdemar two years ago in Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine presents the responsible opposing view.

“The Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang goes to great effort to present itself as a motorcycle club rather than a criminal gang,” the biker authority tells his fellow cops. “They employ high-dollar attorneys and public relations fronts to deceive the national media and public into believing that they’re just good old boys who ride motorcycles as a hobby and don’t mean to hurt anyone.”

“Hollywood celebrities such as Hulk Hogan and Sylvester Stallone, as well as people who should know better such as former U.S. Senator from Colorado Ben Nighthorse Campbell, have been photographed riding with the Hells Angels and supporting these public relations campaigns,” Valdemar continues. “Either these people are fools who have been badly deceived, or somehow they benefit from this criminal association with the Hells Angels organization.”

“This is well documented in books such as Hells Angels (sic) by Hunter S. Thompson, Angels of Death by Julian Sher and William Marsden, No Angel by Jay Dobyns, and my favorite title Hells Angels: Three Can Keep a Secret If Two Are Dead by Yves Lavigne.”

Valdemar makes a noteworthy point that everyone reading this should remember. Not only will your participation in the next available toy run make a kid with a tough life smile and also make you feel all warm and gooey. That part’s okay. You do not have to admit this to anyone. But also, for the frosting on the cake, you will also piss off the police. You can tell guys that’s why you do it.

The photo above is from Glenn Moore.



70 Comments For This Post

  1. jj solari Says:

    cops not liking toy runs is a perfect example of how useless and fucked up and devoid of even the shadow of a brain cell they are. cops – american cops – are the worst people in the world. its their job to deprive their own countrymen of their liberty. this is what they do. its all they do. they kidnap americans they never met and hold them for ransom, and that’s when things are going good for you, you can get ransomed-out. for a while. the bromide about the “stupid cop” is actually not a bromide at all. cops really are stupid. there is no such thing as an intelligent cop. i challenge all of them to a public debate with me; with a jury to decide; and with me against all of them i will convince the jury that all cops are all stupid. the jury will have no choice but to declare my hypothesis the correct one: cops are all – every one of them – stupid. they are dumber than Baghdad Bob and filled with more lies. without exception. it’s a fact.

  2. Phuquehed Says:

    Ditto what jj solari, with a little ‘fuck the pigs’ thrown in to boot.

  3. VINCE 1%er Says:

    Narrow minded Ignorant cops are the norm ~ especially when it comes to MC Clubs,and when these same ignorant cops see the HAMC put on an event that gathers Brothers, good feelings & brings some cheer to those who dont have any at a hard time of year – it burns their fat asses,breaks their sneakers,busts their balls and infuriates these ignorant cheesedicks. Like mentioned in the article by Rebel: All the More Reason to Attend !

    I always give to the USMC Toys for Tots & participate in any & all toy runs here (weather permitting) – especially ones thrown by the HAMC in the tri-state area’s..
    Valdemar is just another long winded gossip monger with an axe to grind and a penchant for attention (as his self proclaimed “expert’ title would suggest )- but which we all know translates into ASSCLOWN Extraordinaire.
    Ignorance Breeds Contempt – and Valdemar is certainly exhibiting alot of ignorance as well as influencing the anti MC Club sentiment amongst his fellow PIG followers.
    Which only Bolsters the Contempt We here have for the Pigs.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS To ALL Here & Rebel as well.

  4. Paladin Says:

    The normal knee jerk reaction to a story like this one is to say “fuck the cops”, and I don’t disagree. However; there’s an important question that needs to be asked, and that question is this:

    What’s happening in Arkansas that’s not happening elsewhere? Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas said, “They’re big-hearted. A lot of them are big barrel-chested, too, but they’re big-hearted, and they really care about kids that don’t otherwise have a chance. It’s pretty neat to see it; I’m grateful to all of them, and I told all of them we appreciate them – all of Arkansas appreciates them.”

    I can assure you that there is more behind Mike Beebe’s statement than just that toy run. The Governor is using that toy run as an example of the positive relationship that the MC’s in Arkansas have with the political machine that runs the State of Arkansas. If this can happen in Arkansas, it can happen elsewhere. I believe it’s in the MC’s best interest to make it so.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to)


  5. Whitepride Says:

    Paladin that’s exactly what I was going to say. You are spot on

  6. jrnr Says:

    @Paladin..I agree with what you say buy I also have to agree with jj and Phuquehed as well. The cops hate seeing MC’s and bikers come together at this time of year doing toy runs, donating clothes for the homeless, etc. because it completely contradicts their bullshit lies that they continually feed the sheeple about how MC’s and bikers are nothing more than criminals and lawless criminal entities. Fuck you cops, every last one of you pricks!



  7. Wretched Man Says:

    @ Paladin
    Right on!

    I visited USA last year, spent almost all my time in Arkansas, rode some fantastic roads and enjoyed some memorable adventures. The political machine seemed pretty much inoffensive, although I had a minor skirmish with a pig (compared to what I’ve seen/read on this blog & seen on other sites that amounted to a warm reception by comparison). Even the civilians were polite.

    Merry Christmas
    much L&R

  8. Phuquehed Says:

    @Paladin – You’re right about the governor, but the pigs…they’re still no different than any other pig anywhere. They’re *trained* to think nothing but bad things about everyone. Once they even read/see/hear that a ‘club’ is actually a ‘gang’ by some fucking half-wit who labels itself a ‘expert’ there’s no turning it around. Beebe holds sway over *how* the pigs have to treat the bikers, but he can’t hold sway over how they feel or what they’d *really* like to do. Like all pigs, they are on a power trip and have no common sense left and for the most part are dumber than a sack of hammers.

  9. VINCE 1%er Says:

    Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s quote & statement does indeed bring a fresh & honest presentation of us who participate in Toy Runs .
    And I agree that it takes just ONE Person with an honest,heartfelt & level headed public opinion of *US* who presents it in a public light and the media to start an avalanche of *POSITIVE* relations & perceptions – yet HE is the exception in this day & age of our police state mentality & modern day paranoia that our leaders & lawmakers possess.

    Here in Connecticut the 9-11 ride is always attended by 1%ER MC Clubs and others – yet we get Senator Richard Blumenthal,Governor Malloy & a host of other State & Local dignitaries to come out and support the ride and it’s participants.
    But I Feel the attendance of these Public officials is ONLY because of 9-11 and the patriotic posing & posturing they all have in common and with re-election in mind.
    Still it’s a start & hopefully it will continue to shed a positive light on US.

  10. Pig Says:

    We don’t have cops or “law enforcement” in this country anymore. What we have now is a standing army that our Founding Fathers warned us about. The only difference between Arkansas and other states is who is commanding the storm troopers. I would be willing to bet my next two paychecks that if someone else were pulling their strings, it would be a different story. Cops are nothing shy of mercenaries anymore and will do the bidding of whoever is signing their paycheck.

    I also think that it’s a mistake to fool ourselves into thinking that they are stupid or weak or cowards. Stupid people don’t rise to power over smart people. Weak people do not overpower and encage strong people, and cowards do not don uniforms and charge into battle. It’s ok to rail against our enemies and call them names. But it is dangerous to say it so many times that we start believing them to be weak and spineless. If we believe that and it turns out that we are wrong, we will fight the wrong fight and we will lose.

    “Life asked Death, “Why do people love me, but hate you?” Death responded, “Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.”

  11. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Rebel, BIG PROPS for this article. I love toy runs and parties. I have wanted to do a documentary on biker charity for years. The first one to which I went was the Frisco charter’s Toys for Tots party in North Beach. (I donated a toy Harley, of course.) Mike Beebe said that bikers have big hearts, which seems to back up my theory that since bikers are powerful men, they feel protective of vulnerable people, e.g. poor and sick children, disabled Veterans and the homeless. Correct me if I err.

    YYZ Skinhead

  12. Paladin Says:

    For the most part, the pigs do the bidding of the political machine that holds their leash. If the political machine can be shown that the propaganda it’s been fed by the fedbeast, pigs, etc., has been done for the sole purpose of budget enhancement, and that like in any group of like-minded individuals, there is good and bad, the political machine can keep their pigs somewhat in check.

    It doesn’t matter what the piggers think. They are what they are. What matters is how the MC’s are preceived by the powers that control the pigs. The pigs may not like it, but they will for the most part do what they’re told. Remember; police chiefs are appointed by city managers who are put in place by city councils that are voted in by the citizens of that particular municipality. It all goes hand-in-hand, right up to the governors office.

    Instead of starting at the bottom and working up, sometimes you need to start at, or near the top and let gravity work to your advantage.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  13. Sieg Says:

    Apropos of absolutely nothing, seems like several lifetimes ago I hung out around the office of what was known back then as an “underground paper”. Got to talkin politrix with a hippie fella who was getting jacked by the fedbeast, Abbie Hoffman. His position was that no matter which way you tip a pyramid, there is still a point on top.

    At the time I didn’t think too highly of the boy, but the older I get, the more sense he makes.

    5 to 1

  14. OC VAGO 1%er Says:

    We put on toy runs every year. Nothing makes you feel better to see the look on these kids faces when we roll up to a church or Boys & Girls Club with trucks full of gifts.

    There is a lot of impoverished folks out there for a lot of different reasons. But the kids didn’t choose their lifestyle. It got handed to them.

    Taking a day and spending $20 on a gift for a kid does good for the soul.

  15. OC VAGO 1%er Says:

    On another note:

    Fuck you, Barney the Cop. You are pitiful. Your life and career are one big NEGATIVE. Its all about STOP. There is nothing positive in your lives. Everyone is an outsider to you. Everyone is a threat. You are afraid of everything. Wonder why your kind has such a high rate of alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, child abuse, suicide and god only knows how many other dirty little closet secrets.

    Look at you big bad Barney. Hey, don’t fuck with me. I know you did something. I’ll profile you. I’ll beat you. I’ll arrest you. Or I’ll kill you. I’ll lie. I’ll get away with it because I have the badge and gun.

  16. jj solari Says:

    “I also think it’s a mistake to think that they are stupid or weak or cowards.” (referring to cops.) Actually it is not a mistake. cops are stupid and weak and cowards. it’s not a mistake at all. it is a correct assessment. they are stupid as horses and not nearly as attractive or useful. they are weak as a species and need to exists as parasites or they would evaporate into wherever all other useless things go. and they are more cowardly than a hundred first-grader bullies. they are also fat, most of them, and the ones that arent are crazed berserkers on steroids. they have no sense of right and wrong, and when they commit an offense against another fellow citizen they insist it was his fault that he got beaten and arrested and all his property stolen. boils on the ass of a dead caribou are more useful and more functional than the finest police officer in the land. to say that a cop is not stupid and weak and cowardly is to grant to them attributes not one of them could accumulate on his own even with jesus mary and joseph cheering him on to victory. if one were to ever apply to the police academy who was not stupid or weak or a coward he would puke as soon as he entered his first instructional session at the coiling writhing tendrils of madness emanating from the deranged skulls of all the other far more worthy applicants to the school. he would either attack them all or run for his life and for his sanity. to even want with even one skin cell of your entire cellular array to be a cop is to proclaim with both hands waving flags of warning that you are not only stupid, weak, and cowardly, but that you are an aberration in every possible way to the Natural Order of life on this planet: you announce in a clear and exact and emphatic manner that you are the enemy of right and wrong and that you are not only stupid, weak, and cowardly, but that you stupider and weaker and more cowardly than can even be imagined.

  17. jmac Says: this was interesting jmac

  18. Road Whore Says:

    Paladin, you make some very excellent points worthy not only of all of our consideration, but for us to act upon. I think you have it right: start at the top. If we begin at the bottom and begin to work our way up, those at the top will see us coming and figure out ways to stave off our climb.

    Ride Free

  19. stroker Says:

    I bet that if anyone took the time, and checked the US papers for the last month, we’d find thousands of toy runs all over the country. And if any trash-talking LEO wants to try and paint the picture of how we hold these things to simply cover up our “nefarious activities”, it does not take away from the fact of the toy drives themselves. I’d love to see some research on this, I bet it’s a phenomenon unreported all over usa. Just in my central Kalifas coast area, I counted 20 toy drives or canned food drives hosted by bikers. Multiply that by every city and town with any kind of biker presence across the country, I bet you’d be amazed at the charity of us bikers. It’s got to be huge!
    I think the unreported Christmas cheer we give to children everywhere, is justification for who we are and what we do, and while John Q. Public and the LEOs may disparage us, the kids will grow up knowing better. That gives me hope.

  20. jj solari Says:

    when cops and wannabe cops start railing against islam as much as they rail against bikers i will THINK about changing my opinion of the worthless dumbass bitches. but that wont happen: they wouldnt dare. they are far far too cowardly.

  21. Sieg Says:

    JJ, no one wants to admit that we are on the losing end of a war against islam. While hordes of muds overrun Europe, Australia, and increasingly, the States, the forces of “inclusion” and “tolerance” are busily brainwashing the masses into acceptance of their fate.

    With less thane TEN PERCENT of the earths population being White, how long will it be until we are too few to be reckoned with?

    5 to 1

  22. sled tramp Says:

    Up here in the Pacific Northwet,we’ve had a number of large turnout toy runs of late.Snow,ice and rain didn’t stop them.All clubs got together,got along,citizens were super happy,kids outa their minds,went to the hospital with toys on one run and those kids well…..last one I was at turned into 4 overflowing pickups of toys.I couldn’t give a flying fuck what cops think or what they tell the media or their butt buddy boyfriends.I know different,my club knows different and the citizens know different.That’s all I need to know.Cops always wanna play dress up biker for the weekend,when’s the last time you saw a cop put on a toy run?

  23. Paladin Says:

    I find it rather ironic that the liberals are so willing to embrace Islamists. The liberals will be the first ones put to the sword when the Islamists come to power.

    Democrats seem to be under the delusion that the true meaning of the Koran is Liberalislam, and that being stoned in the town square amounts to twisting up a chubby. Both of the foregoing will prove to be fatal errors.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  24. Phuquehed Says:

    A couple of years ago a bunch of us in W TN that do PGR missions a lot, figured we’d do a toy run and give them to all the sick kids in the local childrens hospital.

    I can’t remember what happened, but something kept me away from the time it was to be done and I ended up a couple hours late and it was all done and everyone gone.

    On the way, I’d stopped at a gas station to fill up. It was a cold as hell day, mid December or real close to cisstmhass, I remember that and someone pulled up on the other side of the island I was at and asked the usual dumb questions about a bike and cold weather.

    The guy on the other island next to me, on the side toward me, stopped me on the way back to my bike from paying and asked if I was going on a toy run and I told him yes and he handed me a twenty dollar bill to put in on it.

    I had a toy on the sissy bar and got to the hospital but didn’t know who to talk to so I started wandering looking for the kids main area until some woman asked me if I needed any help. I told her I was there for the toy run but was naturally late. She said she’d take the toy and the money and do the right thing with them. I had no choice but to give it to her because the way she looked at me when she first came upon me in the hallway she was sure I was there to rape and pillage and do bad things to all the kids in the place and if I’d done anything *but* give the things over she’d have started to scream bloody murder. It sucked but I had no choice. My buddies understood though and they know I did what I said I’d done. Sure would have been nice to have seen a kids face light up though, but then maybe it was best because maybe they were going to pass out toys so that all the kids got one instead of just one kid at a time. I don’t care much for kids, but I’d kill someone who was abusing one or whatever.

    As for ragheads…A good raghead, is a dead raghead.

    محمد يأكل براز خنزير

  25. Drifter Says:

    This article made me realize how cops that are being interviewed, quite often make a point of mentioning the toy runs and then following that up by putting down the bikers for doing it in their opening remarks, as if scripted.

  26. Muck 1%er Says:

    Sled Tramp, Good ta see you’re still alive, kickin and givin em fits :)

  27. jj solari Says:

    sleg, it dont matter how low the percentage of whites gets, if they want to they can fix this. if they want to.

  28. Ronbo Says:

    sled tramp

    Fuckin A


  29. CN Says:

    The whole argument against law enforcement’s obvious negative slant on MC sponsored Toy Runs could be quickly summed up by having them raid a Club House where toys were stored the day before the run and seeing if they include the toys as evidence confiscated especially if the raid were to occur on December 23rd or 24th. Correct me if I’m wrong but has there ever been a raid on a Club House on these dates? I think not. Not all the toys collected are had from Bikers showing up on the day of the event. Many Clubs will collect a majority of the toys from other Chapters/Charters of their Club or from other Clubs and they usually show up in pick up trucks that follow the pack. No, the cops don’t raid Club Houses just prior to their having the toy runs nor do they do take downs at the parties that often follow these charitable runs which runs counter to the Club Houses being hubs for massive international criminal activity which conststutes the billions of dollars they are reported to make 24/7/365 by any and all means criminal. Following their party line, raiding these Club Houses at Christmas when several Chapters/Charters gather for gatherings lasting days (AKA Chistmas Parties) would result in massive arrests for the public good right? Just like when these classless shit heads used the funeral of a member to take down the Warlocks MC in Florida which netted them next to nothing meaningful and showed their total disregard for the sacred nature of that gathering. Using their twisted logic, those toys were probably stuffed with drugs, guns, explosives so why not do the take downs there too? Simple. The big lie they use to inflate their militarization budgets won’t fly when all they come up with is still in the sealed containers many toys now are packaged in (batteries included). They thought nothing of opening a casket not too long ago to search for a missing Biker at another high profile Biker funeral that wasn’t there (I can hear my Mother saying “Is nothing sacred”?). No Mom, nothing is to these bastards. Thier line of crap about the MC’s being nothing but a front for organized crime falls flat on it’s bloated face otherwise the toy runs themselves would be road block check pointed to death just like they do when we ride to an event or support rally. One more thing, ever notice that the cops seldom have toy drives very much, know why, nobody shows the fuck up. After the bars close up and the late night crowds go looking for a wee hour breakfast at an all night dinner the very last thing any waitress or waiter wants to see is a patrol car pull up and have these fools sit in a window booth facing traffic, know why? Because nobody, even those with designated drivers wants to even eat near these vile jerks. But they’ve got the nerve to compare Bikers and MC’s to Hitler and the media is repulsive enough to report it. I’d say that over the past ten or so years the general public’s percpetion of these ignorant bullies is gradually changing against them and they are just to smug and believe their own BS enough to not see it coming. I’d say we are winning this battle and the enemy is doing most of the hard work for us. Officer Friendly has been replaced by the school resource officer, and even the primary school kids don’t like that asshole.

  30. Austin Says:

    Anyone have info on any Iron Order Toy Runs? Or is THAT where they draw the line?

  31. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    I have a feeling that the toys on such a toy run would all vibrate and have a plug shape. Ick.

    YYZ Skinhead

  32. BMW Says:

    As a kid living in an orphanage, the kindness of strangers was very much welcome and appreciated. I know that the children appreciate the help, and they will remember it for the rest of their lives. For years, I have done what I can for others in a similar situation. I donate as much as I can, and so do the rest of my family, and it feels good! The toy runs provide great fellowship while doing good for kids, and that is even better! It seems that everybody puts away disagreements and disputes for the sake of the kids, and that is always a good thing.

    So now some weird LEO and lunatic-fringe “anti-biker experts” don’t like toy runs? So what if the LEO/UFO “sky is falling” crowd don’t like bikers giving toys to needy children? I don’t remember ever doing something or not doing something because LEO did or did not approve. I do it for the kids and because it feels good to help the kids, and because I am in a position to help out. The fact that the whacked-out haters do not like it is irrelevant to my decision to help, and says a lot more about THEM than it does about us! Screw the stooges/scrooges-in-uniform!

  33. Tooj Says:

    Even if LE does not approve of ME, I have a very hard time understanding why they use that to take away from kids. I doubt that LE considers that, do they?

    Is the PR that damn important to them? There is ALWAYS a reason.

  34. jj solari Says:

    haha an Iron Order toy run would be one that confiscated all the kids’ toys.

  35. Cap'n Bill Says:

    @ jmac
    Kinda off track but an excellent clip
    (AND the girl looks mighty comfy!)

  36. Former Regular Says:

    Iron Order has Toy Runs for the Iron Order Maidens and their own members. Just so happens that in the IO’s case- they are sex toy runs. Every year they swap their used sex toys so the maidens can peg their IO counterparts.

  37. BB Says:

    Last weekend I did my local toy run with a great bunch of folks, many who are friends and some of who happen to wear patches. Our run brings toys to the local battered woman’s shelter for the kids who might otherwise get nothing for Christmas. This year the event was well attended with hundreds of bikes and loads of gifts, practical and otherwise. Naturally, the guy with the biggest white beard was St. Nick as he has been for some time. which, The kids loved it like they always do. They were all excited looking at the haul, talking about what they could see and speculating about what they couldn’t. Classic Christmas.

    Of course, there were fifty or so bikers and their ‘ol ladies, in leather and tattoos. No one minded, least of all the kids. They ran off with some toys, many smiles and much love from the community. I left happy, my very slim belief in humanity buttressed slightly.

    The pigs, no doubt around and watching, didn’t interfere. They tend to act in their best interest around these things. No sense pissing off anyone around the holidays!



  38. SingSing Says:

  39. Glenn S. Says:

    I did the Anderson, SC toy parade this year, sponsored by a local MC and supported by clubs big and small, three piece and one piece, as well as thousands of slickbacks such as myself. Most everybody rode Harleys but there were a few rice rockets and rice clones. The clubs blocked traffic going down Main Street, citizens and others waved as several thousand of us rode two by two to the local civic center to present our toys. It was a hell of a feeling, riding in that parade and actually feeling appreciated. I don’t know how the pigs feel about it and really don’t give a damn. This was not about them, and I’ve never seen or heard of thousands of pigs coming together like that for something positive. Fuck anybody that would try to say that this was anything other than a bunch of caring men and women doing our part to make the world a better place.

  40. VINCE 1%er Says:

    Everytime I attend a Toy Run during this (and past) CHRISTMAS Season(s) I get a good feeling of accomplishment & joy that my giving Toys to Children who would otherwise go without somehow brightened their day ,gave them a Smile & let them feel like they are in the hearts of others during the Christmas Season.
    I always bring more than one – thats just my personal choice -and many others do the same as well so I’m NOT alone by any stretch of imagination (or Paranoia / Xenophobia)
    I’ve also attended Charity & Fund Raising events where the ride ALONE was worth the $$$ Donated to a Decent & Worthwhile cause that many feel the same about & show it.
    I do it for the smile I see the less fortunate get out of My & My Brothers Generosity.

    This year while riding to a Toy Run I was stopped by the PIGS for having 2 giant Stuffed Pandas strapped to the back of my Motorcycle and given a *Verbal Warning* for :
    “Causing a motorist distraction” (this was by the Monroe CT local P.D.)
    After I was asked where I was going (and I answered ) to a “Toy Run for ST. Vincents Hospital Childrens Ward” in Bridgeport CT……the pig immediately got a sickened/embarrased look on his face & said : Be careful driving with Panda’s.
    Like I was supposed to smile (but I didn’t ) and I motored away. He just wanted to break my sneakers for driving a Bike I Built (and he cant afford) and to just check me out-but he didn’t ask for my License,Registration or insurance card.

  41. Paladin Says:

    I think the time is long past due, to empathize to the public and the politicians that a 1%er lifestyle is an alternative lifestyle, much like the Beat Generation of the late ’40s and early 50s, and not the criminal lifestyle that’s portrayed by law enforcement.

    It should also be pointed out that the so called “1%er Outlaw” was coined by the AMA as a public relations move to distance themselves and their members from the motorcyclists that were involved in the Hollister event.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  42. sled tramp Says:

    Muck 1%er-
    I now have family in your neck of the woods as well as a good number of Brothers.Getting more down your way on short,short notice for work and play.Will make it my New Years resolution to hook up with you in 14.(And I mean that,not like THIS year’s resolution about giving up farm animals…that one failed miserably).Stay warm amigo.

  43. Road Whore Says:

    @ Paladin:

    So damn true!

    Ride Free

  44. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    It is an American subculture, like jazz musicians and Mac nerds and hardcore music enthusiasts (who aren’t all mohawk punks: some of us are skins). 1% subculture is well-documented by bikers in biographies and sites like Rebel’s–okay, there aren’t any other sites like Rebel’s. :-)

    Everyone: have a miserable Christmas and a crappy New Year! (I CAN’T STAND this deadbrain holiday season.)

    YYZ Skrooge

  45. Paladin Says:

    YYZ Skinhead,

    The following link will give you a better understanding of what my post was about, and the origins of the subculture you embrace.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  46. RVN69 Says:

    To all the regulars who deserve it. Merry Fuckin Christmas and Happy fuckin New Year,
    Bah Humfuck back to my cave.

  47. Jim666 Says:

    Merry X Mas
    stay safe warm and free

  48. VINCE 1%er Says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL…….because It’s a RED & WHITE CHRISTMAS & Santa told me to write Y’all Here regardless of Membership, Affiliation,Stance,Support ,Opinion,IDIOCY or Walk Of Life. So There Ya Go…..(and I want Stuff from Santa so I’m gonna comply).

    I Hope 2014 Brings ALL 1%ERs, Brothers,Members,Posters,and occasional assclowns HERE and all the others what They Want,NEED and Deserve for this coming year.
    Ya know What……

    Vince 1%ER

  49. BB Says:

    Merry Christmas Vince 1%er and everyone else on the board, especially to you Rebel for doing what you do at the highest level and bringing us this forum.

    Much Honor and Respect,


  50. ap Says:

    When we do good nobody remembers when we do bad nobody forgets. Keep it up, bikers donate more then politicians.

  51. jj solari Says:

    Merry Christmas to all who post here and to the host here. God bless us every one. Oh, and fuck everyone in DC. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

  52. sled tramp Says:

    Merry whatever you celebrate day to all operators in Special Warfare,all M.C. members who had the heart to take up the challenge to become patch holders,all animals waiting for a home,anyone working on a day they’d kill to spend with their families,the guy sitting in the rain on the side of the road whose life fell apart wondering if he’ll survive and the rest of the real world out there fighting with everything they’ve got for another day.

  53. Cap'n Bill Says:

    Happy Holidaze from the J O B! I hope everyone has a dandy day… and NIGHT!

  54. Tooj Says:

    Geezus, everybody picks on Hitler any old time they feel like it. I think any act of kindness is still valuable and I don’t fucking care who performed it.

    Typical of a cop to profile a philanthropist.

  55. H. Callahan Says:

    I’ve been in Law Enforcement for 30 years and I think toy runs are great no matter who is sponsoring them. Whether it’s a 1% club or the Sons of God MC, it really doesn’t matter; it’s for a good cause.

    I was with the NYPD for 21 years and I guess we had better things to do than harass 1%s, maybe they had special units for that, I don’t know. Being a street cop I could care less about 1%s, as long as they don’t cause me any grief. If I see a 1% riding through my zone I don’t focus on them and I don’t look for ways to harass them. I speak for myself but I’m sure many cops feel the same way. It’s just a job; I come to work, do my time, go home and hang my gun belt in the closet. Just trying to pay for the roof over my head and put food on the table and send my kids to college, etc. I can say that most of the cops I’ve worked with share that mentality. Not all cops are alike though and there are those that will look for any reason to take someone to jail. Yes there are cops that are assholes and those are the ones that give us all a bad name.

  56. Austin Says:

    @YYZ Skinhead -re: ” and sites like Rebel’s ” ahhh… like No Other Site Ever – LOL

    @sled tramp – Thanks and Happy Boxing Day from “real world out there fighting” category.

    @Rebel – “But also, for the frosting on the cake, you will also piss off the police. You can tell guys that’s why you do it.” …But I’m trying to keep my guilty pleasure a secret!

  57. Jim666 Says:

    @ H. Callahan

    you might be rite but you are far and few in between.

  58. Road Whore Says:

    @ H. Callahan

    Boy are you the far and few in between, as Jim666 says! I’ve been a “law abiding citizen” most of my life, except for some serious scrapes with the law when I was a teenager. That was expunged, nothing since then. Biker for life but not a patch holder. So squeaky clean not even a speeding ticket on the books as of late. Point being, I pretty much represent the stereotype of the “average, hard-working American citizen.” (Patch Holders do too, BTW.)

    Anyway, every single encounter I’ve had with LE has been with rude, arrogant, classless fucking jerks who had all the people skills of a rabid badger. There are far too many of this type of cop out there, and way too few of you.

    Cops nowadays especially view all citizens as the Other: someone to be suspected, feared, and usually…abused, if not physically at least verbally and emotionally.

    Every friggin’ cop I’ve encountered can be summed up with me stopping, politely greeting the officer, asking how he is, and being met with a stare and stony silence. Well FUCK YOU, asshole! And then in a rude fucking voice that you wouldn’t speak to a dog with demanding my license and registration and walking off. Never a response to “why was I pulled over Officer?” This is the interaction whether I had my family with me or not. Strange thing…never have been pulled over on my bike for some odd reason. And then during the interaction the cop’s attitude goes downhill from there.

    In upstate NY we had the FBI come in and take over an entire town’s police force because the cops were stopping young women for no reason and then sexually harassaing them, asking the for their phone numbers, asking them out on dates, implying the desire for sexual favors, etc.

    My dislike and disrespect for cops started at a young age. My dad owned a bar which had a small, suspicious fire. As a family we went there and met police officers. One called my dad aside and we could overhear enough to know what was going on, which dad confirmed to us: the cop told my dad that if a certain amount of money was paid monthly they could guarantee that such a thing would never happen again.

    My dad told the pigs to go fuck themselves. Shortly after that a uniformed officer showed up at our house and told my mother, who was an avid gardener and so squeaky clean she disgusted everyone, that she had to pull up the poppies in her garden because “someone could use them to make opium.” I remember standing there as a young boy not even in my teens and telling this worthless cop that my mother wasn’t some kind of drug dealer. He made her pull the poppies up while he stood and watched.

    I had a friend who grew up in Chicago…at the time it was just common knowledge that if the cops pulled you over it was for no good cause and they were just rousting you…he told me that virtually everyone, his father included, kept a ten or twenty with their license so that when they gave the cop their license the money was handed over too, and of course they were sent on their way.

    Cops commit horrendous shit that the rest of us would be locked away for and most times don’t even get a slap on the rest. Not conjecture: read the papers, peruse You Tube, etc. Such as the recent case where the cop literally ran down a couple on a motorcycle and suffered no consequences. Are you kiddin’ me?

    When I was a teenager it was truthfully and well known that a certain pair of cops were selling dope right from their patrol car. If you signaled for them to stop you, or just pulled them over somehow, you could make the transaction right then and there.

    And on and on and on.

    These are just a few of the reasons that people dislike, hate, disrespect, and fear cops.

    And there are more than just a few bad apples spoiling the barrel.

    Ride Free to those deserving.

  59. Phuquehed Says:

    @H. Callahan – You say it’s “just a job” and how you’re one of the few who are good? You’re no good if you don’t do anything about any of the *bad* pigs! You fuckers expect society to look up to you and give you automatic respect and yet treat *everyone* who isn’t a pig as ‘the enemy’. If you aren’t fucking up the ‘bad’ pigs, you’re no better than they are…worse, actually, since you keep trying to say you’re one of ‘the good ones’ and watch the ‘bad’ ones keep being bad and do nothing just to keep a fucking job.

  60. Stevo Says:

    In my experience two kinds of people become cops. Those with a genuine desire to improve society and those who desire power over other people. The former maybe make up 5%. The average cop has a job for life as long as he keeps his nose clean but is corrupted anyway by the power trip-and then some go one step further Like the John Ciccones of the world, the pure scum. For starters these motherfuckers seem to have no mandate so need to justify their own existence. So they fabricate crimes. The small town sheriff gets re-elected if no crime is committed…he’s doin his job right! But the Unnecessary and irrelevant Ciccone has to make bad guys up so he can heroically entrap them. Is there anywhere else on Earth where the likes of the poison dwarf would be on $200k a year? Holy Jesus! I recently re-read the book No Angel by another lunatic narcissist, Jay Dobyns. All I got from it was that there is no controls on these evil bastards. They are paid a fortune to run around, unchecked, framing people, taking drugs, breaking the law and no-one cares. Crazy. And you cops wonder why we don’t like you or trust you when that freak was made cop of the year?

  61. Glenn S. Says:

    Oh look. It’s Officer Friendly. Just here to help and protect you and me.

    But, at his very best, Officer Friendly’s primary purpose, his mission in life, is to put his fellow men in cages. He does so whenever someone breaks a rule that they call a “law”. Somehow, he expects everybody in the world to know about, respect, and obey every single one of those rules, and believes that those who don’t are deserving of the draconian punishments that the system dreams up whenever the politicians want to distract from the fact that they’re incapable of solving real problems. And, like members of the SS Totenkopf Division (assigned to the concentration camps in Nazi Germany), he thinks calling it a job makes it right. Oh, occasionally he might cage a baby raper or some nutcase that might deserve it, but most of the time its just some regular man or woman trying to get by. And that is when Officer Friendly is at his best.

    When he’s more typical, he picks and chooses which of the laws to enforce and which to ignore. And he picks who gets to ignore the same laws he cages others for breaking. For the most part, he acts as if the laws known as “rights” are mere inconveniences, and that he alone is capable of deciding which rights are bestowed on which of his targets and when. And when he breaks a hundred laws to enforce the more petty ones, he pats himself on the back for a job well done. If called upon to investigate the common workaday American, his job is to determine guilt, if called upon to investigate one of his own, his job is to determine innocence. Rarely will he deviate from that.

    If he picks and chooses the what and the who skillfully, if he is aggressive on the right occasions and passive when encountering the right people, he is promoted. If he applies common sense to his job, he is kept at low rank or shown the door.

    At his worst, he’s a mediocre predator, victimizing others under color of law, secure in the knowledge that he will have to be reallly stupid of fuck with the wrong person before facing consequences.

    Save that shit for the schoolchildren and the willfully ignorant sheep, H. Callahan. If you want a job, try something productive and positive.

  62. Base Says:

    H. Callahan

    If you are still reading here check this out. Watch the entire video. Then answer the question.

  63. Sieg Says:

    Glenn S, a very minor correction to keep some relatives from being slandered.

    The 3rd SS Panzer Division was known as the Totenkopf Division. They had absolutely nothing to do with the German penal system that had been in place for years before the Second War of White Destruction started, i.e.; the KZ, or as we know them, the “concentration camps”. Sounds so much more sinister than “assembly camp”, doesn’t it?!

    The SS-Totenkopfverbände were the ones charged with guarding the camps. They were not popular kids on the block, and a trooper in the SS, which was, after all, an elite formation, would have no more in common with them than would a Green Beanie have in common with a hack at Cook County Jail.

    An endnote to those who will, indubitably post about how awful they all were…the SF in this country were initially staffed with NCO’s from the SS, and received most of their initial training and doctrine from them.

    Just aayin.


  64. Jim666 Says:

    H Callahan check this out

  65. jrnr Says:

    Holeeee shit…am i dreaming or did we just get visited by the great Dirty Harry Callahan. This must be my lucky day. Or could it possibly get better and it’s really Clint himself?? You are my very favorite actor and The Outlaw Josey Wales is a great movie! Or are you just jerking us around and you’re really a fucking piece of shit cop coming on here with your bullshit about how good you are? What a bunch of shit. Maybe years ago there might have been some cops that actually gave a shit about citizens. But not anymore. You fucks think you’re the only “good guys” and regular people are always guilty of something and hopefully have enough money to prove their innocence. We citizens pay your fucking salaries. Maybe that’s something you fucktards should get back to remembering! Now run back over to the fedex website with your tracking number and check when your iron order mail order cut is due to arrive, officer dickstick.

    Respects to those that deserve it,


  66. Tooj Says:

    WUT? Did I get under Dirty Harry’s skin? I’ll say it again. Typical of a cop to compare a philanthropist to Hitler.

  67. slycechyx Says:

    I love going on charity rides. Always checking ride calendars to see what’s up. I’ve been on HA toy rides, always have had a good time.
    Don’t care if it is 30 degrees or 120, I’ll ride for a good cause anytime. I’ll ride with anyone at anytime.

  68. Paladin Says:


    If you’re ever in the L.A. area and are so inclined, drop me a line. You can get my contact info from Rebel.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  69. slycechyx Says:

    Thanks for the invite, Paladin. The closest I’ve ridden in your area is San Diego. If old age doesn’t get me first, I hope to ride the Pacific Coast hgwy as far as it goes. If the opportunity comes up, I sure will give you a yell. That’s my bucket list ride.

    I would also like to invite all of you to ride with me any time in AZ. My chapter has a huge charity ride during AZ bike week, actually now has been changed to Phoenix Bikefest. Just look for the granny on a blue Sporty in my avitar pic.

  70. Mag Says:

    @Paladin – “I find it rather ironic that the liberals are so willing to embrace Islamists. The liberals will be the first ones put to the sword when the Islamists come to power.”

    But in the meantime, they think they are at a sufficiently safe distance to disguise how enamored they are with the idea of gratuitous, capricious and tyrannical decapitative dominance by felicitating the imaginary attributes they find it convenient to propound. Religion of peace, my ass.

    “Democrats seem to be under the delusion that the true meaning of the Koran is Liberalislam, and that being stoned in the town square amounts to twisting up a chubby. Both of the foregoing will prove to be fatal errors.”

    Some people are smart enough to realize that all attempts at empire end up with lined up human beings kneeling naked in the mud at the edge of a freshly dug pit. Very few of those smart enough, are liberals.

    The liberals that are, usually are the ones that already plan on doing the barking of orders and the management of mass killing plans.

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