The oldest black motorcycle club in LA

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Here, filmmaker Mae Ryan profiles The Defiant Ones, who have occupied the same clubhouse in Watts since 1955. As goes motorcycling, so goes black motorcycle clubs apparently; as their founding members pass on, they struggle to bring new blood into the fold.

  • Scott-jay

    Just what The Doctor ordered, after another dose of epic-electic-era.
    My brothers, step to the beat,
    a motor & two wheels are neat.

  • austin_2ride

    Motorcycles do bring people together. Bloods and Crips….. dancing to the Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive, got to love it!

  • robotribe

    Cool story. Looks like good times to me. I’ve seen a few of these guys around my neighborhood back in the Pasadena/Altadena area; I didn’t know much about them until I saw this.

    Personally, I hate clubs; mostly because I never seem comfortable with folks who are too much like me in any particular attribute, be it ethnicity, religion, non-religion, politics etc. Still, I can appreciate where these guys are coming from. It all feels very positive from what I see in this film.

  • jp182

    I’m not one much for clubs and those vests (where the hell is the gear!) But the idea behind is really cool and definitely needed. They really should do more to embrace non-harley riders if they want to keep the club going though. It’s much too expensive for any sensible young members to join if it’s harley only.

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    Lovin’ it.

  • holdingfast

    good stuff!

  • Devin

    Not knocking this club on giving bikers a place to chill with people with like interests, but if this was a white only club, it would be racist.

    • Zirq

      What about all of those sexist women only gyms?

    • zero

      I see what you’re saying, but the fact is the roots of this club being what they are, this is understandable. This club was started at a time when I can’t imagine many of the ‘normal’ MC’s would have admitted blacks. Hell, most of the members are old enough to remember a time when they legally weren’t allowed to use certain water fountains. This, combined with the apparently few new/younger members and neighborhood it’s based in sortof explains why it has remained a ‘black’ club.

    • Gerry Mack

      why because no blacks would be allowed to join?