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Joining a Motorcycle Club

12 February 2019

Joining a Motorcycle Club

If you own a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, you've likely considered the idea of joining a motorcycle club. There are many great reasons for doing so, which we outline below. While every club is unique, they tend to offer some overarching benefits. You'll still want to spend time comparing different clubs to get the right fit for your personality and priorities, but you can expect the following perks in any organization you join. If you have any questions or need any help with your Harley bike, visit Great River Road Harley-Davidson. We proudly serve those in Moline, Quincy, and Springfield, Illinois as well as Columbia, Missouri.

The Community

One main draw to a motorcycle club is the sense of community you'll gain. It's fun meeting with others who are just as passionate about Harley motorcycles as you. Spending time together on rides and social events help foster a tight-knit group. Many people view the group as a "brotherhood", noting how close everyone is. It's a second family that you can turn to for adventures as well as for support. This can be especially beneficial for those who don't have a stable family unit at home.

One key value in this community is the idea that all members are equals. Everyone gets a voice and can share their thoughts with the group. Any relevant issues are put to the group in a vote, giving everyone equal say.


Riding Harley bikes is a great way to spend your time, but it does bring with it a safety threat. Harley-Davidson motorcycles are always going to be the smaller vehicle on the road, which can be dangerous when you are surrounded by distracted drivers. Riding with a group helps you be easier seen on the road. It also gives you a safety net in case something goes wrong. If you experience a mechanical or health issue, you're surrounded by people who can help.

Boost Your Riding Skills

It doesn't matter how long you've been riding Harley-Davidson bikes. You can still improve your riding skills! Being a part of a riding group gives you access to other riders' wisdom. They may have new touring routes to explore that you've never heard of before. Maybe they can suggest ways to save money on gas or road trips, which can help you afford to travel more often. They may know more motorcycle maintenance tips than you and can teach you how to engage in preventative maintenance on your Harley bike. Gain plenty from the wisdom of the brotherhood! 

Plus, joining a motorcycle club connects you up to several potential riding buddies. You'll easily find yourself hitting the road more often now that you've got so many more people to ride with! The more time you spend on the more your skills will develop.

A Sense of Order

This may sound contradictory to Harley-Davidson biker culture, but a sense of order can actually facilitate greater freedom and enjoyment. A motorcycle club requires discipline and observing the rules of the group. This can lead to better organization of rides and give you peace of mind. Once you know exactly what's expected of you, it can provide peace of mind. How often do you get that in life?

For everything related to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, visit Great River Road Harley-Davidson. We offer a range of Harley bikes for sale if you are looking to buy. You can upgrade your ride before you have to make an impression with a new group! We proudly serve those in Moline, Quincy, and Springfield, Illinois as well as Columbia, Missouri. Stop by and visit today.