I want to preface this by stating I’m not making fun of, or judging anyone engaging in simulated fun, whether re-enactors, Ren-Fair participants, or cubicle-dwellers in leathers spending weekends zooming around on their Harleys. It’s all in good fun, and I have no objections to it (well almost, but we’ve already covered the muffler issue here).
It’s my understanding that there are still very real, violent, criminal motorcycle gangs in existence and this is the source of my question. A civil war re-enactor is not going to encounter Sherman’s troops in the woods and end up in a real battle. The Ren-Fair participant is never in any danger of facing actual knights and swords in their travels. But… my suburban neighbors who dress up in an almost comical amount of leather gang-ish attire and blast around on their Harley Davidsons do run a risk of encountering the real thing. My assumption is an actual motorcycle gang wouldn’t look kindly on the “pretenders” and the outcome might be dangerous.
I’m wondering if anyone’s ever heard of this type of encounter happening? I would assume near big cities this has occurred before. As I said, I’m OK with enacting as a form of entertainment, but I wouldn’t do this any more than I’d fit gargantuan rims on a Caprice and tool around town in a red bandana blasting rap music. Seems like you’re just asking for trouble.
If you’re still reading, I realize I’ve sorted them into “real” and “pretend” gangs. I understand one group is no more real than the other, but I’m using the terms since my neighbors seem to really be trying for the “dangerous badass hombre” look. (as opposed to just matching jackets like a bowling team or something)
Has anyone on the SDMB actually encountered the “real” motorcycle gangs before? Are they as dangerous as news and stories would have me believe?
Thanks in advance for any answers. I’ve always been curious about this.