D on’t call it a comeback, they’ve been here for years! To be exact, they have been in existence for twenty-seven (27) years, as one of the elite, all Harley Davidson motorcycle clubs. Whether you love them or hate them, you have to respect that Rarebreed Motorcycle Club is taking the country by storm. In recent years, they have gone from just a few chapters in their organization, to what will be twenty-one (21) chapters, as of June 2016.
I had the pleasure of interviewing the two men responsible for the guidance and leadership of the organization (The Empire). They are Fast Fred (president) and Big Punchie (vice president) of the Mother Chapter, based in Los Angeles, California. Both men have been members of the organization for about 16 years. Fast Fred has governed as president for 3 years while Big Punchie has served as vice president of the motorcycle club for 14 years. From our conversations alone, the love and admiration the two men hold for the motorcycle club in which they lead, was evident. Fast Fred seemed more of a laid back person, not big on titles or using verbal directives, yet understanding of the importance of his position. He stated that he choose to lead by example to keep his members motivated. He went on to say that he admired his members just as they admired him. He also stated that there were some members that inspire him because of the example they set for the organization. Big Punchie brings more of a vocal presence to the organization. As vice president for 14 years, he has played a large part in the direction of the organization. Although he’s known for freely voicing his opinions, he stated the importance, as a leader, of being a good listener. He went on to say that you can’t push to hard, and that it’s important to find a median and be able to bend when needed. I found in the two men, not just a great relationship, but a perfect balance, which is what every organization needs.
“We don’t want to be the toughest dudes, or the hardest dudes, we just want to be the dudes that ride our motorcycles.”
When asked about the Rarebreed MC saying, “Earned Not Given”, both men stated the importance of putting in the work to earn the Rarebreed MC patch. Fast Fred also stated the importance of knowing protocol and about the lifestyle. He went on to say, without any disrespect, that “you can’t join a motorcycle club with no motorcycle.” He explained that Rarebreed MC is a club of structure, and it’s simply not for everybody. Big Punchie stated that all members of Rarebreed MC are motorcycle riders, but not all Rarebreed MC members are Dirty Birds! He went on to explain that “the Dirty Birds are the members that get out and put all the work in. They are the ones in the streets you see riding and making the club what it is. They get down and dirty with the riding.” He also stated that, though it’s not a competition, it keeps the club motivated.
Both men gave props to the Rarebreed MC Atlanta chapter (Big E-president). Fast Fred spoke about how the chapter has raised the bar for the organization, stating that some of the members have motivated him and the entire organization, to include the mother chapter, to ride more. Big Punchie stated that Rarebreed MC Atlanta chapter is causing them all to step their game up. The men also attributed part of the recent growth of the organization to the Atlanta Chapter, and to members of other chapters that are known for riding their motorcycles. Fast Fred noted that the presence of Social Media (Facebook) has also accounted for the recent growth due to members posting photos and videos of them riding solo and in group settings. In addition to the riding, there is a visible, unique brotherhood among the men of Rarebreed MC that has also contributed to the growth of The Empire.
When asked what has been their proudest moment as a leader in the organization, both men agreed that the presentation of their Leadership Award presented by the Atlanta Rarebreed chapter was one of the most memorable for them. They stated it felt good to be recognized within the organization itself, and they were humbled because they had never received anything of that nature. Both men were also proud of how far Rarebreed Motorcycle Club has come and the direction the organization is going in. When I asked the men to summarize the organization into one sentence, without any hesitation, it was too easy for them to answer………..“It’s Rarebreed or Nothing!”
Note: The Empire is an internal term used by members of Rarebreed MC, referring to their organization. It is not meant to disrespect any club, or to portray any level of arrogance toward non-members.
I applaud the Rare Breed legacy, community service, brotherhood and passion when it comes to building, riding and racing some of the most innovative Harleys on the Planet. My respects first and foremost to the Fallen Breed who shall be remembered as Legends paving the way along with members from the growing number of Chapters across the country.
If you are at an event where Rare Breed is present you will always learn something that enriches your life as a biker and can make you a better rider. I got up yesterday morning and strapped on some 8 inch Chippewa Motorcycle Boots that Rare Rare Breed Flacko told me about got on my 2009 Road King Rare Breed VP Big Punchie that helped me build and pounded out 550 miles down here in Texas. I stayed hydrated with Gatorade and Pickle juice which is a another tip from Breed that keeps you from getting cramped up on your rides, especially when it is hot out there. Bananas will keep your potassium from dropping which is also important. There were also some strong gusting headwinds and crosswinds that came up that I had to deal with to stay in my track and keep it rolling around 80. It’s important to know what kind of mileage and range your bike is getting which of course does change when you start going into your motor and changing things.
Hey, I know that 550 miles is only a half days work by Rare Breed Standards but I’m off to a good start. We are hooking up with Rare Breed MC Houston members to do a safety ride today.
Happy Mothers Day
To the Staff at GetYonder congratulations on pushing that social media envelope to connect us all.
Code Blue , Rare Breed MC Houston, Supporter
Thank you bro for the support and love on Get Yonder, as well as the Rarebreed love and support. The tips provided to you for riding are definitely beneficial to every rider. We appreciate you sharing this. 550 miles is still a great task to achieve, so you should definitely be proud of that. Before you know it, you will be traveling coast to coast!
Great article. I’ve been checking out the Breed movement a far. Seem like some good brothers, that love to ride. Any plans on starting a chapter in New Jersey or New York?
Hi bro, we appreciate your support on the Get Yonder site. I notice you comment on the photos and articles, so first….thank you. Secondly, I will contact the powers that be and inquire if there are any plans, however, I’m sure they would be open to it, as long as it supports the values and standards set for the club.
My brotha, and sista, the site is an asset if you love this life. Whether you’re new or a veteran to this lifestyle. There will always be support for something that provides a useful service. Get Yonder is becoming that kind of site.
Btw, thanks on making that inquiry. The Dirty Birds need to touch down in Dirty Jerz. Lol
Thank you for your support….that’s real talk! We are checking on a chapter being started for you!
Do you they have a club in Dallas Tx? Ive been watching these guys for while and I like what they about and that is riding your motorcycle and having fun doing it.
Yes, there is a Dallas Texas Rarebreed chapter.
I have so much respect for my Breed Family my it is my pleasure to Support such a stable and faithful group of individuals from all over the globe..
I agree Cammy and I am sure they appreciates your support. Thanks for sharing.
Tuning in from Michigan, keep up the good work! Supporting all the way from the Mitten.
Thank you for your support! It’s really appreciated Possum!
“Its RAREBREED BABY! ” These Heels fucks with the Breed the longway . Well Written
Thanks sis, and we appreciate that Rarebreed support!!
These are some real respectable, full of humor, organized and can’t help but to love them organization of men. Them birds get it in! Love y’all to the fullest. Heels Up!
Thanks Heels, we appreciate the support!
Breed Up or Speed Up! !! there’s no other way to do it
Thank you bro!
Awesome read… Baby you did your thing with this one
Thank you baby!
GREAT JOB and well put together. … continue doing what you are doing looking forward to the next article. .. GREAT job once again. .
Thank you bro!
Nice!! Good read!!
Thank you bro!
TONS OF LOVE AND EVEN MORE RESPECT
I have become friends with alot of these guys and they have showed me nothing but love they are all my brothers
Thank you sis! Your support is appreciated.
Thanks bro. You’ve been supporting us from day one….we appreciate that!
Awesome piece and well written.
Thank you bro!