You’ve seen images of them on Sons and Anarchy. Perhaps you’ve read the seminal book Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson. Maybe you’ve encountered them in your small town, anywhere in the world. With their leather jackets, decals, and names, they represent a certain edge and appeal. They are your one-percenters.
Although today, people might refer to one-percenters today as the percentage of the richest and most powerful people in the United States, in the 1960’s it had a very different meaning. The catchphrase came from the American Motorcycle Association, which stated that 99 percent of all American biker associations were upstanding citizens. Of course, that meant there was one percent that was not.
In this article, we’ll cover three of the most notorious biker gangs in the world. And you’ve guessed it, all three have roots in the United States. From drug distribution to racketeering, murders to torture, these biker gangs give a new meaning to the word notorious. They have chapters all around the world and have fought battles from Europe to Australia. Let’s find out who they are.