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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-19-2007, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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How do you start a club up? do you need to get licensing? Are there fees you pay to register? Where do you start?

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It usually starts with a group of friends that like to ride together and they pick a name, have meetings, make rules and pay dues. Depending on the purpose of the club or the type of people in the club they may have different motives or ideas on activities. I have some really close buddies that started there own little club. It's cool I guess. They pay dues incase someones bike breaks on a ride or before a long ride so nobody is left behind. That person who may use the "Dues" money has to pay it back within a certain period of time. The money can also be used for bail/bond, parties ect... Depending on if almost everyone agrees. Just a basic idea.

How many faithful motorcycle riding buddies do you have? Are they close friends?

CLSB is sort of a club, more like a group of people who enjoy and share the same hobby.

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A friend of mine started a club. He actually went as far as incorporating it. I guess there's a whole lot of stuff you gotta go through to be an 'official' club or M/C. I don't know the details though. I'm sure someone here does.
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I heard that if you start one you cannot use the M.C. at the end of your club's name unless you kick up fees to some main club or something...

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What would be the point of incorporating it?

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You pick some really cool / scary design and a really badass name then sew some patches on a jacket.

Then go to SOW and make scary faces at people.

Then go to a bike rally and get the snot kicked out of you.

Then come back and tell us all about it!

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I heard that if you start one you cannot use the M.C. at the end of your club's name unless you kick up fees to some main club or something...
You're joking, right? This is a free country. You can do whatever the hell you want. Go to www.uspto.gov to make sure that no one else owns the copyright or trademark to that name.

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you have 2 bad ass guys, like Odysseys & HDtony and the next thing you know you got 4500 people rolling with you pimp style.




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You're joking, right? This is a free country. You can do whatever the hell you want. Go to www.uspto.gov to make sure that no one else owns the copyright or trademark to that name.

Good luck.


Using an m/c in your club name/logo/etc is an invitation for trouble from other, more well known clubs that use the "m/c".

Free country or not, you do not want the headaches that doing this would bring.


Ask around the ChicagoRussianRiders board, I seem to remember them going through this a bit.
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Come out to Solitt Tap on Thursday nights in the summer for quarter drafts and flaunt your new club name.

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Using an m/c in your club name/logo/etc is an invitation for trouble from other, more well known clubs that use the "m/c".

Free country or not, you do not want the headaches that doing this would bring.


Ask around the ChicagoRussianRiders board, I seem to remember them going through this a bit.
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We've talked about this before. Something about big, hairy, mean looking guests showing up at someones house and told them to remove the MC

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Come out to Solitt Tap on Thursday nights in the summer for quarter drafts and flaunt your new club name.
That is not nice

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That is not nice
A motorcycle easily falls over and the drive chain is easily cut with bolt cutters.

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A motorcycle easily falls over and the drive chain is easily cut with bolt cutters.
I have heard some pretty scary stories about "clubs" trying to start - People take that shit VERY seriously when it is all they know

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Exactly, that's why I am inquiring.

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Exactly, that's why I am inquiring.
Well, I would suggest just riding and have it be an "unspoken" agreement tween you and your homies

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Actually, it's for a Vespa club. Anyone want to join? But don't let the Vespa's fool you, there will be a couple third level yellow belt karate members in it. T.O.U.G.H.

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I still stand by my idea (check to make sure no one else has registered the name). I remember watching the Simpsons in a hilarious episode when Homer and his pals make up a bunch of shirts and stuff with the same name of a 'real' biker gang -- he has to eat everything with the name on it.

No, really, just leave off the M/C. (or, in the case of Vespas, S/C) It should be obvious from the bugs in teeth, the helmet hair, the neat-o pins placed all over your dead animal skins that you're a two-wheeled rebel. Besides, if people see ten guys riding up on motorcycles/vespas/cushmans, and they're all wearing the same colored ANYTHING, you know they're a biker club . . . .or maybe just Shriners.

I like riding bikes. No need to join a club, or wear 'colors' or flaunt my exclusesiveness...
Like Groucho Marx says "I'd never join a club that would have me as a member!"

Either way, good luck.
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Actually, it's for a Vespa club. Anyone want to join? But don't let the Vespa's fool you, there will be a couple third level yellow belt karate members in it. T.O.U.G.H.
I'll Vespa like a Muthafuckah - IN!

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I have heard some pretty scary stories about "clubs" trying to start - People take that shit VERY seriously when it is all they know
This is a really cool club.

Tonupchicago.com

I think a club should revolve around something cool. The tonupclub is all about all British Iron, Cafe Racers, and bob jobs.

I am not a member of any club, but if I do build the XS650 yamaha bobber that I want to, it would be cool to hang with these guys.

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This is a really cool club.

Tonupchicago.com
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I have seen them outside Dalailah's

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I'll Vespa like a Muthafuckah - IN!
Even if you have to be the center of a Vespa circle jerk first?

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Oh and another thing, a club usually has a charter. Something they are about. I think this is awesome.

The Official TON UP CLUB Charter
Philosophy of the Club:
The Ton Up Club was founded on the idea that classic bikes were built to be ridden not just
polished and stared at. It’s also based on the Rocker culture of England in the 1960’s, which was
strongly influenced by American outlaw biker culture of the 1950’s and the movie the Wild One.
It’s really all about hanging out with your mates, riding your bike to the café and rock-n-roll.
Requirements for membership:
1. Must believe in the club philosophy
2. Must have a motorcycle that either is a café racer, is built in the spirit of a café racer or is
at least ridden with that attitude.
Rules:
1. No “Cruiser” motorcycles allowed. Period. No exceptions. If you want to be in the club
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2. No modern sport bikes. A Ducati Monster is cool, but not a Ducati 996. A Honda GB500
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group. We don’t want to start having meetings about meetings.
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The name “Ton Up Club” and any version of that name, the spade logo and any version of that
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and can not be used without permission of said founders or there representatives.
We just want to keep it about cool bikes, cool beers and having a good time without any wankers.

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Even if you have to be the center of a Vespa circle jerk first?
I'll have to get back to you on that

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This is a really cool club.

Tonupchicago.com
Cool, it will be the Mods (TOUGH) vs. the Rockers (Tonupchicago).

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