By Mark Padgett-Hotcars
The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is a worldwide phenomenon of like-minded bike enthusiasts with chapters all around the globe. The club was founded in Houston, Texas, in 1966 and are considered among the “Big Four” of outlaw biker gangs next to the Outlaws, Pagans and Hells Angels. At their peak, the club was represented in more than 80 countries.
In America, recent headlines forced the US chapter of the Bandidos into the spotlight for reasons both good (“hey, we’re now a non-profit“) and bad (gang wars). In Australia and New Zealand, the Bandidos are particularly well organized and stocked with types that even rugby players would steer clear of. Members are constantly in the news there for seemingly innocuous infractions like wearing banned insignias to major charges such as attempted murder and drugs.
- Two of the 15 individuals charged in the Project Skylark province-wide drug bust last year are now done with the courts
- An ongoing dispute turned violent at a motorcycle club meeting
- State and federal agencies are joining the investigation into what officials described as a “mass shooting” that injured at least 11 people at motorcycle club
- Police are cracking down on the Hells Angels biker gang banning some members from entering bars and clubs
- Over 11 people are recovering after bullets flew in what officials are calling a mass shooting at a Grenada biker club overnight.
The Bandidos aren’t big on posing for pictures, although somehow GQ was able to wrangle some rare primo photos thanks to a dare-devilish photographer willing to risk life and limb for the pictures. Here are ten photos of Bandidos and their motorcycles.
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