5 reasons to join a motorcycle club

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Group of motorcyclists
Author Michael Milbourn
Product Manager – Dairyland
May 14, 2024

For many of you, the open road embodies freedom and self-reliance. However, there's undeniable value in the camaraderie and support found within a motorcycle riding club. While cruising solo is enjoyable, clubs can unlock unforgettable adventures and forge lifelong bonds. We’ve spotlighted five reasons to consider joining a motorcycle club.

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1. Skill development and education

No matter how experienced you are as a rider, there's always room to grow and improve your skills. Whether you're trying master the art of cornering, fine-tune your riding technique, or expand your motorcycle maintenance skills, being part of a club gives you access to valuable resources and mentorship opportunities that can help you become a more confident rider.

2. Enhanced safety with fellow riders

Not every ride is sunshine and smooth asphalt. When you're with a club, you're not facing unexpected challenges alone. Experienced members can guide you through unfamiliar territory, spot potential hazards you might miss, and even lend a hand with roadside repairs. It's a backup plan on wheels that can bring a comforting sense of security.

3. Explore new routes and destinations

One of the greatest perks of joining a motorcycle club is the opportunity to discover new routes and destinations you might not have found on your own.

Whether you're craving the thrill of twisty mountain roads or the serenity of coastal cruises, there's always something exciting on a club's ride calendar to satisfy your wanderlust.

4. Give back to the community

There's immense satisfaction in leveraging your passion for motorcycles to uplift others. Motorcycle clubs actively engage in charitable initiatives and local outreach programs, channeling their love for riding into positive community impact. Whether it’s a charity ride or volunteering at an event, you have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully and support those in need.

5. Connect with your tribe

Joining a motorcycle club is more than planning the next ride—it's about bonding over shared experiences, late-night tinkering sessions, and unspoken camaraderie. They've felt the rain on their visors, savored freedom on winding mountain roads, and patched up road rash. They're your trusted allies, fellow road warriors, and chosen kin. Whether you’re a rebel, cruiser enthusiast, or café racer aficionado, it's about finding your tribe.

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A motorcycle club might not be for everyone, but if you're ready to push your riding limits (safely), forge lasting bonds with fellow riders, and learn from seasoned enthusiasts, a club could be a game-changer for your riding lifestyle.

Types of clubs

In your quest for the perfect motorcycle club, prioritize reputable and established ones that resonate with your values. Here are five types to explore:

  • Brand enthusiast

These clubs unite owners passionate about a specific motorcycle brand, such as Harley Davidson. Members enjoy model-specific rides, maintenance tips, branded merchandise, and insider access.

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  • Regional

Regional clubs connect riders within a local area, such as a state or city. Members participate in events like charity poker runs, regular group rides (day and weekend trips), and build a local riding community.

  • National

National clubs, such as the American Motorcyclist Association, offer nationwide camaraderie and advocate for motorcyclists' rights. Members benefit from a vast member network and national rallies.

  • Niche

Niche clubs cater to specific motorcycle types and riding styles, such as Goldwing cruisers, sportbike racing, off-road dirt biking, or vintage motorcycles. These clubs allow riders to find a community that shares their unique riding passion.

  • Invitation-only

Highly selective, invitation-only clubs require existing member sponsorship and emphasize commitment and loyalty.

Finding a club near you

Here are steps to help you find a club that aligns with your style and location:

  1. Consult fellow riders: Tap into the knowledge of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts for recommendations or group affiliations.

  2. Online exploration: Use platforms like, Facebook groups, and forums dedicated to motorcycles for local riding group listings.

  3. Visit local motorcycle shops: Drop by nearby motorcycle dealerships or repair shops, often central to the riding community, and ask about affiliated groups.

  4. Attend motorcycle events: Engage with local events, rallies, and group rides to connect with fellow riders and explore potential clubs.

  5. Reach out directly: Contact clubs of interest directly through their websites or listed contact information for membership inquiries and event details.

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