Despite being labeled as outlaws and a threat, the Hells Angels have many unique and redeeming qualities that make us want to ride with them.
The Hells Angels are one of the largest and most notorious outlaw motorcycle clubs in not just America, but around the world, as well. Because of their intimidating size and disregard for the rules, the US Government labeled them dangerous. But with numerous pop culture references to this iconic motorcycle gang, as well as movies and tv shows such as Sons of Anarchy based on them, the question on everyone’s mind has always been: “are the Hells Angels criminals or simple bikers?”
Is law enforcement persecuting them and are the accusations founded? Bad reputation follows the HA and it has followed the international organization for decades. Since 1965, after the Monterey rape case which happened one year earlier.
The bikers involved in the accusations were dismissed because there wasn’t enough evidence. Still, after Monterey, the Hells Angels are officially a threat to society. Are they just misunderstood? Here are 10 facts about the HA that make us want to ride with them.
10The Rejection Of The American Dream
The Hells Angels were born from veterans who had just returned home from World War II. They were fighters and soldiers who found themselves back into a society they didn’t recognize. Suddenly, they had to pay the mortgage, rent a house, and find a job.
With the Hells Angels, the soldiers and veterans found their community again. They recognized each other and they were in their element. The bikes made them feel free and the speed made them feel rebels. In the organization, they found their fit.
9Their Brotherhood Has A Strict Code
Honor, respect, and discipline. The Hells Angels have a code that members can’t break. If someone doesn’t want to adhere to their rules, they are out. The bikers are brothers and the members become a big, tight family. The members can always count on each other.
Respect: respect the other bikers even when you don’t agree. Discipline might surprise people who consider them outlaws and rebels. Members of the Hells Angels must agree to the code to stay in the community.