Terry Lee “Terry the Tramp” Orendorff

April 30, 2018

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Terry Lee “Terry the Tramp” Orendorff

Terry the Tramp Orendorff, who was a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club for 42 years, died last Tuesday, April 24, of complications after years of poor health. He was the Vagos international president for 26 years.

He was born in July 1947 and raised in El Monte, California by an abusive and alcoholic father. He had a talent for motorcycles. His first bike was a Panhead basket case he learned to rebuild from an old shop manual.

While he was president, he oversaw the expansion of the Vagos into an international club.

He was the subject of a 2011 biography by K. Randall Ball.

He is survived by his son, Terry “The Wall” Orendorff

He died indigent. Funeral arrangements are pending. A funeral fund has been established here.

After learning of his death, one of Orendorff’s former club brothers said, “Many will mourn his death. Others may not. He lived a Vago and died Vago.”

Terry Lee “Terry the Tramp” Orendorff was 70-years-old.

He died in bed.

Requiscat In Pace.


43 Responses to “Terry Lee “Terry the Tramp” Orendorff”

  1. dillinger Says:

    meet the brother in japan ,love n respect from highway 61 mc oceania ,may his name be spoken of with love and respect for a eternity

  2. Karen Sjolie Says:

    So sorry to hear that Terry the Tramp has passed. I was very proud to have met him and we had some great times and I’ll always remember how special he treated me. Terry The Wall, I am thinking of you and would love to catch up with you. You were a huge part of my life! You named me “Psycho Chick”,can’t imagine why? ha Condolence’s to all the Vago family and friends.

  3. Kimberly Lawler Says:

    RIP my loving man and the best friend I ever had. You will live in my heart and my actions forever. You taught me a lot about respect and honor. You are the Vago’s and the kind of person everyone should stive to be. I love you baby.

  4. Spoons Says:

    R.I.P. Brother
    Enjoyed the time we spent together.
    Wall – Sorry for your loss

  5. mark Says:

    Met Terry The Tramp a few times years ago in SoCal. Righteous Dude. Had alot of fun and learned alot from choppin’ it up with him. Met him through an acquaintance I was with in Berdoo. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Little Danny Says:

    Terry the wall , just heard of your dad’s passing , He was a true Vago and a great man ! I always had the greatest respect for him ,and always wished he could have got to know me better for who I really am ! He will be missed not only buy your family and the Vago nation but buy bikers around the world ! I hope all is well with u and yours , and I still have Vago memorabilia on my bedroom wall after all these years ! Once it’s in you , you can’t get it out!

  7. Little Danny Says:

    Terry the wall , just heard of your dad’s passing ! As you well know he was a true true Vago and a great man ! I always had the deepest respect for him and always wished he could have got to know me for who I really am ! My deepest sympathy to you , your family , and all Vagos world wide , he will be sorely missed !

  8. Beverly A Squyres Says:

    R.I.P. Tramp. It was an honor to have known you and a privledge to have shared some laughs with you. May you forever ride free and easy. Much love and respect.

  9. Spokes (Billy) Says:

    RIP Brother Tramp, You will be missed by all. Ride hard and fast and I will see you there one day.
    L&R LVDV

  10. Spokes (Billy) Says:

    RIP Brother you will be missed by many. L&R LVDV
    Ride hard and fast, I will see on the other side one day.

  11. Gottabejustright Says:

    Haven’t been here in a while,….it is sad to see an icon gone. Hope he is resting in eternal peace. For those talking about the money….forget about it. Have some respect and honor those who remain that are mourning his loss.

  12. Cj Says:

    L.V.D.V. he will be missed he was a great man it’s a huge loss for the green nation my condolences V.F.F.V.

  13. POSTAL.G. Says:


  14. MtPockets Says:

    He may have been indigent, but the man lived more of a life than most, and he can’t take money with him.
    Sounds like he did it right.
    Rest in peace, Terry.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

  15. Rook Says:

    Sorry auto correct
    Should say Vagos m/c

  16. Rook Says:

    Rest in peace Terry, you were a man among men .
    Condolences to family friend’s and the Bag is m/c

    Rook 1%er

  17. Hero Says:

    Respect and condolences to his Faimly. I am sure the club will give him the send off he deserves. May he ride where the tank is never empty.

  18. Igo Says:

    Died indigent after the book (yes I’m sure it wasn’t that profitable) Sad, if you think of all the money these rats/informers and Leo’s infiltrators have made off of books.

  19. Dutchboy Says:

    “Died indigent”?? WTF? According to the History Channel, assorted LEOs, and the SOA MC International Presidents are multi-millionaire crime bosses like the Mafia Dons. Could it be that the Media Industrial Complex and Da Gummint have LIED about who bikers are? Less Organized Crime and more guys that just want to ride and live their version of the American dream?

    Thoughts and prayers to his family blood and patch.

  20. The Deserted Military M/C Says:

    May he rest in Peace and prayers and condolences to his family and friends

  21. RtC Says:

    RIP Vago Terry the Tramp 1%er GBNF
    CONDOLENCES to frinds & family

    Respects for the REAL & Especially Rebel

  22. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    For all of those that have posted their condolences and best wishes to Terry’s family and the Vagos MC during this difficult and sad time extended to you all a sincere word of thanks.

    RIP Tramp
    Viva Los Vagos

  23. The Kraut Says:

    Respects and condolences to his family,friends and Brothers.

  24. Rotten Says:

    R.I.P. Brother

  25. Paladin Says:

    Long May He Ride.


  26. Big C Says:

    I new Tramp since 1999. He come visit me and the brothers in Hawaii and we always had a great time. I will truly miss the man, he was one of a kind. I will always respect what he did for the club he truly loved. VFFV – LVDV.

  27. Steel Says:

    Condolences and respects to his family, brothers and friends. Forever may he ride. May he RIP.



  28. Oregon Moose Says:

    RIP. Condolences to his surviving family members and club brothers.

  29. Redneck BFMC Says:

    Ride in Paradise.

    Though I never met you I have respect for you, Brother.

    Save one for us when we get there.


  30. Not the 99 Says:

    He died indigent. Funeral arrangements are pending. A funeral fund has been established here.
    After learning of his death, one of Orendorff’s former club brothers said, “Many will mourn his death. Others may not.
    Perfect example of the loneliness of 1% life.

  31. 10Guage Says:

    Sincere condolences to all who knew and loved this man…another LEGEND passed.
    Strength, Respect, and Honor

  32. Jim Bob Says:

    Ride in peace

  33. JMacK Says:

    Respects and Condolences to the Brothers and Family of Terry the Tramp.


  34. Drifter Says:

    Godspeed to the storied “Terry the Tramp”, Condolences and Sympathies to his Family, Friends and Club Brothers…….

    @Iron Mike; Roger that….

  35. Freebird Says:


  36. Storyteller Says:

    He was a true Brother and a real Man. He will be missed.
    Viva Los Vagos

  37. FF Says:

    My condolences to all who knew and loved him

  38. Bolo9000 Says:

    I read his book a few years back and really respected the way he lead his life and looked out for his club brothers. Class act all the way RIP.

  39. Sieg Says:

    RIP Vago Terry the Tramp 1%’er GBNF
    Seated in the Great Hall of Warriors

  40. Iron Rider Says:

    Condolences to his brothers, friends and family RIP

  41. Nicole Begley Says:

    You represented one of the best groups of people I know. I would have been honored to have met you but heaven took their Angel back. Rest in peace sir and remember you were loved by many and will be missed by all❤❤

  42. Iron Mike Says:

    Rest in Peace Terry Lee “Terry the Tramp Orendorff, you are a legend and true 1%er and will be sorely missed. Condolence to the Brothers,Family and Friends of Terry.

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