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The biker gangs are a law unto them­selves

The Ban­di­dos’ logo is a car­i­ca­ture of Mex­i­can ban­dits “The Men­ace is loose again,” jour­nal­ist Hunter S Thomp­son wrote in his sem­i­nal biker book, Hel l ’ s An­gel s : The Strange And Ter­ri­ble Saga Of The Out­law Mo­tor­cy­cle Gangs. “The Hell’s An­gels, the hun­dred-carat head­line, run­ning fast and loud on the early morn­ing free­way, low in the sad­dle, no­body smiles, jam­ming crazy through traf c and ninety miles an hour down the cen­ter stripe, miss­ing by inches.”

The Ban­di­dos are the world’s sec­ond-big­gest biker gang – sec­ond only to the Hell’s An­gels. But founder Don­ald Cham­bers set up the Texas club, back in 1966, the same year Thomp­son pub­lished his book, be­cause he thought the An­gels weren’t hellish enough. Royce Showal­ter was one of Cham­bers’ rst re­cruits: “All of us read it [Thomp­son’s book] to get some ideas on what we should be do­ing. And then we looked at one an­other and said, ‘Hell, we can do a lot bet­ter than th­ese guys.’”

Showal­ter says the Ban­di­dos would ride their bikes all day, ev­ery day, 90 miles an hour. Then they’d nd a se­cluded spot – usu­ally some­where in the woods, where cops couldn’t nd them – and there they’d throw an all-night party, re­plete with il­le­gal sub­stances and

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