Hakapiks speak out
Founder of new motorcycle club says police, civilians have nothing to fear
The founder of a recently-established “private” motorcycle club in the area says the club and its members are drawing unnecessary and unwanted attention from civilians and police.
The clubhouse is housed in a former service station, located on the Conception Bay Highway (Route 60), at the intersection of Seaforest Drive, the main road leading into Cupids.
Motorists driving past the building in recent days cannot help but crane their necks and stare at the prominent banner promoting the Hakapiks — Avalon chapter. Bikers and their owners are often seen on the parking lot. Boulders the size of garbage boxes, planted in a line in front of the building, also capture the attention of inquiring minds.
The club founder declined an interview with The Compass. He also asked that he not be identified by
name, because of what he called “possible retaliation from other clubs and random callers.” The Compass is respecting his wishes.
“I’ve spoken with our members and we’ve decided it would be in the best interest of the Hakapiks Motorcycle Club to avoid having a formal interview,” he said.
However, he forwarded a prepared statement to The Compass and responded to follow-up questions.
“ We are Harley-Davidson brand-specific motorcycle enthusiasts,” he explained.
The “ Hakapiks” in the club name is an obvious reference to the multipurpose hunting tool — a heavy wooden club — traditionally used for killing seals in the controversial spring hunt.
“We feel it’s an important part of Newfoundland history and culture,” the founder said. “ By using the Hakapiks in our colours, we’re supporting the strong cultural significance and displaying a part of Newfoundland history.”
Members enjoy the military-like camaraderie which exists among motorcycle aficionados worldwide, he added.
The number of club bikers is a tightly-guarded secret. As are club associations.
“ We do not discuss who we associate with, no more than other people ask who they may or may not know in their private lives,” he explained.
As a private, members-only club, Hakapiks restricts its constitution, rules and regulations to members only.
The bikers usually meet at the clubhouse, but occasionally meet elsewhere.
Members wear the historic threepiece patch displayed by motorcycle clubs in general.
According to the eHow website (http://www.ehow.com), “A three-piece patch consists of a centre patch, which displays the club’s emblem and two crescent-shaped patches, known as ‘rockers,’ above and below the centre patch. The top rocker displays the name of the club, while the bottom rocker displays the region of the club.”
The club’s penchant for divulging no private details is drawing intense reaction from the public and the law.
“We are fully aware of rumours and allegations that are surrounding our club,” the founder commented.
“We are simply bikers who enjoy the freedom a motorcycle gives and …
the camaraderie that exists amongst our brotherhood.”
Founder, Hakapiks Motorcycle Club — Avalon chapter
“ We seem to attract many falsehoods and assumptions by the civilian population, who wrongly assume we’re hell-bent on destroying their fabric of society,” he said.
It is not unexpected that the sudden presence of a motorcycle gang’s clubhouse in a community would raise eyebrows
and received mixed reaction, considering the reputation throughout North America of socalled outlaw motorcycle clubs. Some of the best-known include the Hell’s Angels, Bandidos, Pagans and Outlaws, many of which have been linked to organized crime.
The club is also fully aware of what its founder called “the increased attention
by the local police.” He suggested the RCMP could make better use of taxpayer dollars. He called for a shift in “focus to where the real crimes are taking place.”
He insisted all he and his compatriots are asking for is to be allowed “to ride in peace and without the constant harassment of cowboy-like police officers who seemingly have nothing better to do than to harass our members.”
He insisted he cannot explain why the club is being “subjected to so much scrutiny.”
He was quick to point out that no club members have been charged with any criminal activity. “Nor do we bother, harass or molest the general public,” he stated.
Many of the members are ex-military; the founder himself is a Gulf War veteran.
“We’re used to Joe Public not having a clue, yet voicing their displeasure over nonexistent issues and topics,” he said.
He indicated a degree of support from “the older generation.” They evidently “really enjoy the fact we display the Hakapiks in our colours, in addition to every member wearing a piece of seal pelt/fur/hide on their leather vests.”
Police interest in the club leaves members cold and perplexed.
“We have no idea what they’re trying to accomplish with their cheesy provincial offence notices,” the founder commented. “ We haven’t broken any laws and we’re certainly not going to be bullied, regardless of their position of authority. We know our rights and freedoms, as guaranteed to every Canadian under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and we will certainly use those very rights to our advantage.”
He drew a comparison with George Orwell, the English author and journalist, who “predicted a police state in his novel, 1984 and, given our current federal government and so-called leadership in (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper, this seems more prophetic than a fictional story. We will not be puppets of a police state.”
As a group of bikers, the founder concluded, Hakapiks members simply want to “enjoy the freedom a motorcycle gives us and ... the camaraderie that exists amongst our brotherhood.”
Up to Friday, no one at the Trinity Conception District RCMP was available for comment.
But area residents seem to have no problem with the establishment of a motorcycle club in their neghbourhood. Two area residents say they have noticed nothing that would cause concern.
“ They seem to be just a bunch of guys who like to ride motorcycles,” said one woman, who asked to remain anonymous. Cupids Mayor Ron Laracy was unavailable for comment.
Photo by Terry Roberts/The Compass The clubhouse of the Hakapiks Motorcycle Club — Avalon chapter, located on the Conception Bay Highway (Route 60), at the intersection of Seaforest Drive, the main road leading into Cupids.
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