Sons of Anarchy MC Motorcyclists truly loved the Sons of Anarchy (SOA) drama that aired from 2008 to 2014 and how it demonstrated what outlaw motorcycle clubs are like.
This Reaper Crew bike gang operated in a Charming, a fictional town based in Joaquin Valley, California.
They ruthlessly protected their thriving illegal arms business. But they also protected their small town against the corporate developers, encroaching drug dealers, and overzealous law officers.
While SOA is purely fictional, such dangerous clubs exist in real life and probably inspired the creators of this show. After all, California is the home state to most of these bigger, infamous outlaw clubs.
These outlaw clubs are iconic in the crime scene of America. They are known for their notorious activities running from racketeering to drug production and distribution, illegal arms business, money laundering, extortion robberies, murder, etc.
We researched the 1 percenter motorcycle clubs in the US today. We uncovered a handful of the most dangerous outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) that you should never mess with. Find the list of these below.
Most dangerous 1 Percenter Motorcycle Clubs in the US:
Below, we outline the list of the 7 most dangerous outlaw motorcycle clubs/gangs per the feds report. These clubs are 100% active today in the United States.
Note that the clubs below aren’t listed in any particular order. They’ve all been labeled by the authorities as to the big 7.
But we also have the big 4 within this list, also classified by the authorities. As you can easily guess, the big 4 are the most dreaded.
Let’s get on with the list…
1. Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
Hells Angels is one of the most dangerous and the largest outlaw motorcycle gang in the US and one of the Big-Four MC baddies. The club has a well-established network with 230plus chapters in the US as well as 26 other countries.
Officials state that this motorcycle gang is heavily involved in the production and distribution of meth, transportation of cocaine, heroin, hashish, LSD, PCP, and ecstasy.
The club is involved in other criminal activities, including extortion, assault, homicide, motorcycle theft, and money laundering.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) states that this US-based motorcycle club poses a criminal threat on up to 6 continents!
Regarding their origin, this club was formed on 17th March 1948 in California near San Bernardino. It was created as a result of several small motorcycle clubs agreeing to merge.
Otto Friedli, a WWI veteran, is acknowledged as the club’s founder after breaking from the POBOB (Pissed Off Bastards motorcycle club) following a feud with a rival gang.
Their name “Hell’s Angels” was previously used as a nickname for the WW II bomber crews. It was also a title of a Hollywood film of 1930 that was based on the WWI aviators.
The founders opened chapters in San Francisco (1954) and Oakland (1957) before they expanded internationally to New Zealand (1961).
2. Outlaws Motorcycle Club
Outlaws MC was founded in Chicago in 1935, meaning they turn 87 in 2022. This makes them the oldest motorcycle club or outlaw active in the US today and senior-most in ranking.
They’re part of the dreaded Big 4 outlaws and arch-rivals to the Hells Angels and often compete for territories and members.
Authorities associate this club with many criminal activities, including prostitution, explosives, kidnapping, arson, and homicide.
They not only defend their territory using violent means, but they also challenge and take over territories from other MCs. They have the advantage of being big and powerful, enabling them to easily win over the small clubs.
Their motto, “God Forgives, Outlaws Don’t,” isn’t so inspirational, especially for those who wish to take on them. It is more of a warning that they will remember and exact revenge if you go after them. They have no place for forgiveness.
As expected of a club that has been around for so long, Outlaws are well established and have 1700plus members.
Plus, they’ve got up to 176 chapters across the US and in 12 foreign countries, including Russia, Japan, Norway, France, Australia, and Ireland.
3. The Pagans Motorcycle Club
Pagans MC also falls under the big 4 outlaw MCs with a strong presence in the eastern US.
Similar to the other outlaw motorcycle clubs in this list, the main goal of Pagans MC is to make money. And they do that by producing and trafficking drugs like methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and PCP.
Their mode of operation involves using smaller motorcycle gangs (with around 200 to 250 members each) as well as street-level drug gangs to distribute their product and take on the high risk associated with the drug industry.
Pagans are also known for incidences of violence against rival gangs over turf disputes. An article in the New York Post indicates that the club’s numbers have risen in recent years, leading to increased violence.
The authorities, too, admit that more violent acts have been committed by members of this club in the last 18 months compared to the previous decade (i.e., 10 years).
They’re involved in drive-by shootings, assaults, and arson. This club is also tied to criminal enterprises in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
The club was started in Maryland in 1957. But it’s important to note that it didn’t start as a crime syndicate but rather as an ordinary motorcycle club.
Vets would later join the club, after which it would join the ranks of criminal activity. This was mainly field by the veteran’s bitterness against the government in the 1960s.
4. Bandidos Motorcycle Club
Bandidos MC, also known as Bandidos Nation, falls under the Big 4 umbrella listed by the FBI. It is also one of the US’s largest one percenter motorcycle clubs.
They have numbers reaching over 2500, and their operation is felt in more than 22 countries. Their territory in the US is mostly in the South, with a special interest in Texas.
Their motto goes, “We are the people our parents warned us about.” Well, that doesn’t sound good.
What makes them a dangerous gang is that they deal in drug trafficking across the Texas-Mexican border. They’re also heavily involved in the distribution of meth, marijuana, and cocaine.
Mind you, the club was not long ago involved in a large-scale shootout with rival motorcycle clubs in Waco, Texas. This event left 9 people dead and 20 injuries.
Following this event, 170 bikers were charged with organized crime, though the charges would be dropped later.
You might wonder why? The DA predecessor could not gather enough evidence to prove the cases “within the shadow of doubt.”
This outlaw motorcycle gang was formed in San Leon, Texas, in 1966. According to the gang’s legend, Donald Chambers was the gang founder.
As with most of the 1 percenter club founders, Chambers was a war vet from Vietnam. He felt disenfranchised by the government’s treatment of troops back from the war, propelling him to start the outlaw biker gang.
One thing that sets them apart is that their members aren’t solely Caucasians. They have Caucasian and Hispanic members. This is unlike Hells Angels, who discouraged people of color from being members at the time of their formation.
5. Mongols Motorcycle Club
Mongols is another dangerous outlaw motorcycle gang in the USA! They’re known to commit violent crimes ranging from intimidation to assault and even murder as they defend their territory and uphold the club’s reputation.
The feds associate them with multiple criminal activities, including drug trafficking, grand motorcycle theft, money laundering, extortion, robbery, and firearms violations.
The club traces its origin to Montebello, California. It was formed on 5th December of 1969 after the members were rejected membership to the Hells Angels outlaw club, citing their Hispanic heritage.
The 15 founding members were military veterans with undying love for Harley Davidson. The soldiers have just come from Vietnam and were looking for a niche. And that’s how they came up with the idea of this one-percenter club.
Currently, they have a heavy presence in Southern California. Their numbers have also swollen over the years. They currently have chapters across the United States and in several foreign countries.
They boast 1500plus members worldwide, with the majority of them (totaling 800) residing in South California.
According to the department of justice, this outlaw biker gang is extremely violent. It poses a serious criminal threat to Southwest and pacific regions of the USA.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents termed Mongols MC as the “most violent and dangerous 1 percenter motorcycle gang in the country.”
6. Vagos Motorcycle Club
Vagos also goes by the name Green Nation. While it’s not one of the big 4s, it falls under the big 7s as per the authorities.
Tracing its roots in Southern California, this biker gang is well alive and active in the US, with 4000plus members! They’re unlike other outlaw motorcycle gangs in that they deal in legal and illegal activities.
They describe themselves as an intricate organization with bylaws and legitimate enterprises. But that’s not 100% true because their members are on the authority’s wanted list for racketeering, highway shootings, and murder.
Vagos is involved in smuggling of drug and weapons in the US and across the Mexican border. They have also been charged with insurance fraud and money laundering.
In a 2011 raid on the club, the law enforcement officers seized a rocket launcher, 8 pounds of meth, and 40 pounds of cocaine.
Vagos has also been involved in feuds with Hells Angels and has also been involved in multiple gang shootouts. Though the AFT (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) has tried infiltrating them twice, they could not bring them down.
Moreover, they have recorded two big wins against law enforcement in defamation charges.
Vagos M.C was formed in 1965. This was when the US was in the middle of the Vietnam war. 13 bikers met in San Bernardino, California, and formed Vagos. Rudy Esparza, nicknamed Puro, was elected the club president.
The club has grown significantly over the years. Currently, it boasts 200 chapters distributed across the states of California, Arizona, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Missouri, and Utah.
They also have an international presence in countries like Canada and Mexico, Sweden, and Australia.
7. Sons of Silence
Sons of Silence (abbreviated SOSMC) is the last on our list. But it’s in no way the least dangerous of the outlaw motorcycle clubs. The feds had labeled them as one of the 5 most dangerous MCs alongside Hells Angels, Bandidos, Pagans, and Outlaws.
Their club members have been implicated in criminal activities ranging from drug trafficking to murder, extortion, prostitution, motorcycle theft, and more.
The outlaw gang has about 275 members and controls a big part of the Rocky Mountains and Southwest states. They boast approx. 30 chapters across the US and 5 smaller chapters in Germany.
It’s also worth noting that this club has been involved in a turf war with other outlaw clubs. They make for their small numbers in firepower. For instance, one of the SOSMC members killed the Outlaws MC National Vice President in Indianapolis in 1980 with an AK47! The fact that they’re allies with the Hells Angels means they have many enemies
The Sons of Silence MC was founded in Colorado in 1966 by Bruce Richardson. Leonard Loyd Reed, known as JR, would become the group’s president 10 years later. He held this role for two decades.
The group expanded its international reach in 1998 to Europe and opened a chapter in Munich. They’re quite popular in Germany.
A Brief History of the one-percenter Motorcycle Clubs
Before we close our list, we’d like to address this question we ways across on various forums and bikers’ circles…
How exactly did the one-percenter clubs come to be?
Well, their story begins in 1947 in the town of Hollister, California, during a motorcycle riders’ rally. Some of the bikers attending this event got drunk and turned violent, leading to the destruction of property.
As expected, this attracted the media’s attention, and the bikers were labeled as hooligans.
The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) tried fighting against this label and called a press conference where they claimed that 99% of the bikers are law-abiding. Only 1% are outlaws.
In an unexpected turn of events, some bikers fondly embraced this new tag, giving rise to the One-percenter label.
And behold, the one-percenters or the OMGs were born! And the US become their country of origin.
So, that’s it for the outlaw motorcycle gangs in the US. These clubs are well-organized criminal syndicates on two-wheelers. Their illegal activities include drug trafficking, murder, shootings, arson, extortion, money laundering, etc.
The federal investigations bureau has pointed out the Hells Angels, Bandidos, Pagans, and Outlaws as the big 4 most dangerous outlaw motorcycle clubs due to their violent activities and their members being implicated in many criminal activities.
The Sons of Silence and Vagos MCs aren’t the least as they’re also serious concerns for the feds.
These 1 percenter clubs, no doubt, pose a serious threat to public safety, hence the need for the feds to continue seriously focusing on them.