Prior to joining CVMC, it is imperative that one understands the philosophy of the traditional motorcycle club (MC), how it is organized, and what to expect from membership in one. Each MC has many things in common with others, but each is still distinct in its overall philosophy. Even chapters within the same national organization, while subject to the bylaws of that particular club, adopt their own policies and procedures and develop their own collective personalities. This is not surprising, given the fiercely independent nature of most motorcycle riders. If Motorcycle riding is a significant part of your lifestyle, it is natural that you would look at organizations that center their existence around motorcycles, riding, and associated activities. There are however, many types of motorcycle organizations. Being correctly informed can lead you to the correct type and specific group that is right for you.
Within the motorcycling community are subcultures that if entered into recklessly or with the wrong intention, can prove to be detrimental to both the group and the individual. Regardless of what type of club a rider is affiliated with, we are all part of the motorcycle community. Members of the general public do not understand the distinction between MCs, MAs, and RCs. In view of this, most organizations tend to expect that their members act so as to bring favorable credit upon the motorcycling community in general. Further, almost all organizations expect of their members a certain level of respect towards all other organizations and their members. The CVMC is no different.
Riding clubs (RC) are one type of group that appeals to those that want to go on rides with a group, but do not want or cannot afford the time to invest deep personal commitment to the rules, protocols and expectations of a motorcycle club (MC). Motorcycle associations (MA) are groups that center on motorcycles as well, but have a specific purpose behind that affiliation. Most, if not all are very beneficial to the motorcycling community, and have a considerable history, but are distinctly different than a traditional MC.
Motorcycle Clubs are the pinnacle of the motorcycle community, and command respect for a number of reasons. While anyone can thuggishly demand respect, only a true MC can command it through the consistently mature and professional conduct of each of its members. Members are chosen by the organization, and while many may be invited to take a look, only a few will be asked to join. Members of traditional MCs must demonstrate a level of personal commitment and self-discipline uncommon in today’s society. Motorcycle Clubs relate to other clubs through mutual respect and protocols. They are proud of their brotherhood, their colors and their club. Recognizing that an entire club can be stigmatized by the inappropriate acts of a single individual flying their colors, new members generally go through a probationary period where they learn the protocols and expectations of the Motorcycle Club community before they are awarded the full colors of that Club. Individuals who lack respect for themselves, their brothers in the club, and other members of the MC subculture will not find a place in any true MC. A true MC demands that it’s members portray to the general public a positive image of their club and motorcyclists. To this end, full colors are earned only when a probationary member demonstrates a firm grasp of the behaviors expected of him. A true MC strives to be respected and admired by the community rather than feared. The “golden rule” applies; you have to give respect to get respect.
The CVMC prides itself in observing MC protocol, promoting an historical MC culture, and extending all respect given in kind. We do not sanction or approve/disapprove the establishment of any type of organization, but we do adhere to the standards of the MC community in any area we desire to operate. Our neutrality and non-territorial nature is above question, and we operate as an independent, non-affiliated club at all times. Part of being a MC is following the protocols that extend and receive the respect that three-piece patch clubs mutually accord one another. Within the confines of any given MC, and absolutely in the CVMC, a common thread is loyalty; to the club and to its the mission.