25 Famous Motorcycle Clubs in Tennessee (MCs Included)

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the rolling hills of the Tennessee River Valley, Tennessee offers some of the most scenic riding routes. Here’s a list of 25 Famous Motorcycle Clubs from the state!

1. Peacemakers Motorcycle Club  

  • Founded: In 1968, Kingsport, Tennessee
  • About: It is one of the oldest motorcycle clubs in Tennessee. The club promotes the love of motorcycle riding. It also works with charitable organizations to benefit the local community. And be active as positive role models.

This is not a 1% club or a support club.

Peacemakers Motorcycle Club chapters in Tennessee

Tennessee Peacemakers M.C. Greeneville Chapter

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Peacemakers Tennessee—Boozy Creek Chapter

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2. Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club  

  • Founded: In 1965 in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • About: The Grim Reapers MC was founded as a three-piece patch MC. They are considered “outlaws” as they are not sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (A.M.A.). 

Instead, the Grim Reapers have their own set of bylaws based on the values of outlaw biker culture. The club only accepts Harley-Davidson riders.

Law enforcement considers Grim Reapers MC a 1% club. 

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Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club chapters in Tennessee

Lafayette (Backwoods) Chapter 

  • About: The Backwoods Chapter is known for its charitable efforts every year with its annual Toy Run.

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Nashville Chapter

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Oak Groove Chapter

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3. American Steel Motorcycle Club

  • Founded: In 1983, on the island of Okinawa, Japan.
  • About: American Steel MC is not a veterans club. Although most of its members are veterans, there is no requirement to be a veteran. 

    The membership initially consisted of U.S. Government civilians and active duty military riding US-made motorcycles. Now, the club has members in different countries around the world.

It is not a 1% club. 

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American Steel Motorcycle Club chapters in Tennessee

Nashville Chapter 

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Tullahoma Chapter

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4. Blue Knights MC 

  • Founded: In 1974 in Maine.
  • About:  The Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Inc. is a non-profit fraternal organization. It consists of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles. 
    Today, the Blue Knights LEMC has approximately 650 chapters and 19,500+ members in 11 Conferences within 29 countries.

It is not a 1% motorcycle club. 

Blue Knights MC has 9 chapters in Tennessee. Here are some details about them.

Blue Knights Tennessee I 

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Tennessee III Blue Knights 

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Blue Knights Tennessee Chapter VI 

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Blue Knights Tennessee V 

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5. BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville 

  • About: This is a club for riders of BMW cruiser motorcycles. It is a charter club (#111) of the BMW Club Riders Association International. It is also a part of the BMW Club Motorcycle Owners of America.

    One of the membership benefits of the club is its Continuing Education Reimbursement Program. The club will partially reimburse you for taking motorcycle riding courses to improve your skills and make you a better, safer rider. 

It is not a 1% club. 

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6. Mid-South Sport Riders   

  • About: MSSR is a sports bike club based in Memphis, Tennessee. It promotes sport riding, sports touring, and sanctioned road racing and is devoted to the safe enjoyment of motorcycling. 

    The club welcomes anyone that enjoys the freedom of the road that comes from riding a motorcycle. It is a non-profit organization and is chartered with the American Motorcyclist Association. 

    The club weekly rides most every Saturday and Sunday.

It is not a 1% club. 

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7. Highlanders MC   

  • Founded: In 1998, in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia.
  • About: Highlanders MC is a traditional motorcycle club founded on loyalty, honor, and respect.

It is considered a 1% club and support club for the Hells Angels. 

Highlanders MC chapter in Tennessee

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8. Volunteer Riders Dirt Bike Club   

  • Founded: In 1970 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • About: The Volunteer Riders motorcycle club was formed to bring together off-road motorcycle enthusiasts.

    The club functions as an open group of over 60 trail-riding motorcyclists throughout East Tennessee. The members are individuals who share a common interest in off-road motorcycling. 

It is not a 1% club. 

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 9. Hellcats Motorcycle Club   

  • Founded: In June 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • About: This is a female-centric motorcycle community founded by three women. The club looks to inspire, encourage, and empower other female motorcyclists. Or those interested in becoming a motorcyclist or part of the motorcycle community. 

It is not a 1% club. 

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10. Dragons Motorcycle Club   

  • Founded: In the early 1970s in Lansing, MI.
  • About: It is a motorcycle club made up of men and women who share a common bond. They ride a variety of types and brands of motorcycles.

    The club is family-oriented and strives to maintain a sense of commitment to the community and fellow bikers.

It is not a 1% club. 

Dragons MC has two chapters in Tennessee. 

Nashville Dragons MC

Founded: In 2006

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Dragons MC Clarksville

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11. Outlaws Motorcycle Club (MC)

  • Founded:  In 1935 in McCook, Illinois.
  • About: It is incorporated as the American Outlaws Association or its acronym, A.O.A. It is a prime example of an outlaw motorcycle club and a violent motorcycle gang. 
    The Outlaws rival is the Hells Angels MC. It also manages and maintains several support clubs.

    Membership in the Outlaws is limited to men who own American-made motorcycles of a particular size. To be a member of the Outlaws MC, you have to do it face-to-face and not online.

It is a 1% motorcycle club, becoming one in 1963. This is one of the most famous outlaw motorcycle gangs and has been involved in violent crimes.

In Tennessee, Outlaws MC has eight chapters. They are in  Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Paris, and Tri-Cities.


12. Black Pistons MC   

  • Founded: In October 2001 in Neuwied, Germany.
  • About: Black Pistons Motorcycle Club is the official support club for the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. The Outlaws use the Black Pistons chapters as a recruitment source for prospective Outlaws members.

    They have an estimated 70 domestic chapters in 20 states of the United States. They also have many international chapters in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Ireland, and more. 

It is a 1% club and the support club for the Outlaws MC. It is involved in criminal activities and is considered to be one of the most dangerous biker gangs. 

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13. BMW Riders of Knoxville Club (BMW ROK)

  • Founded: In 1981 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • About: BMW ROK club is a social riding club. It consists of about 65 members. They have one casual monthly meeting at various local restaurants.

    BMW ROK is charted with the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association (M.O.A.) along with the BMW Riders Association (R.A.). As a club, they support the Pediatric Brain Tumor’s Ride for Kids

It is not a 1% or support club.

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14. U.S. Spyder Ryders

  • Founded: In 2011 in Florida.
  • About: This is a riding club for Can-Am Spyder enthusiasts. The Can-Am Spyder is a three-wheeled motorcycle manufactured by Can-Am motorcycles. The club also prides itself on its community service activities. 

    Its chapters hold food drive events in support of local food banks and contribute to veteran programs. They also participate in other local charity events, such as law enforcement rides and rides to support children in need.

    U.S. Spyder Ryders supports two veteran charities. They are Road Warrior Foundation and Homes for Our Troops
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It is not a 1% or support club.

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The club has two chapters in Tennessee.

US Spyder-Ryders Mid-South

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US Spyder-Ryders Smoky Mountains chapter

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15. Country Roads Group Riding

  • Founded: In 2011 in Florida.
  • About: Country Roads Group Riding (CRGR) is an “all brands” motorcycle riding group which enjoys having a good time riding. It is based near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. 

    The club organizes and leads rides that range from short day rides to month-long trips all over North America.

It is not a 1% or support club.

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16. Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club

  • Founded: In 2007.
  • About: Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club is a Law Enforcement/Public Safety Motorcycle Club. It comprises police officers (federal, state, and local), firefighters, medical personnel, and military veterans.

    The club is a loosely organized group that focuses on spending time with friends and family—and riding motorcycles across the country.

It is not a 1% or support club.

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AGMC has two chapters in Tennessee. They are Clarksville-16A and Rogersville-16B.

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17. Roughnecks Motorcycle Club

  • Founded: In 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • About: Roughnecks MC is a public safety motorcycle club. It is a brotherhood of active and retired Law Enforcement, Military, and Public Safety Personnel. 

    The Roughnecks Motorcycle Club (R.M.C.) is a non-profit, independent, and charity-oriented organization. The club supports charities like the Wounded Warrior Project and Make a Wish.

It is not a 1% or support club.

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In Tennessee, R.M.C. has eleven chapters. They are in Blount County, Bradley Meigs, Clarksville, Dandridge, Hamilton, Gallatin, Knoxville, Lebanon, Nashville, Spring City, and Starr Mountain.

Roughnecks MC – Lebanon TN Chapter

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18. Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministry

  • Founded: In February 2002 in Florida.
  • About: Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministry is comprised of motorcycle riders and others passionate about sharing Christ with the world. 

    The ministry currently has over three hundred and fifty churches in 29 states (and two in Cuba).

It is not a 1% or support club.

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In Tennessee, its ​​chapter is the Buffalo Trail Baptist Church in Morristown.

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19. League of Riders Motorcycle Club

League of Riders MC
  • Founded: The League Of Riders Motorcycle Club was first established in Ohio.
  • About: Initially, its membership was open only to law enforcement personnel. But due to high interest from other people, now the club is open to all.

    The club promotes the love of motorcycle riding and the spirit of brotherhood. All motorcycle types with a 500cc engine or higher are accepted for membership. The motorcycle must also be able to maintain highway speeds.

It is not a 1% or support club.

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League Of Riders Motorcycle Club Tennessee chapter

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20. Sons of God Motorcycle Club

  • Founded: In 1981.
  • About: The Sons of God Motorcycle Club Ministry is made up of Christian Bikers who share a vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with other bikers. 

    The primary focus of this ministry is to reach secular MC “bikers.” They are those who have not had the opportunity to have their lives touched by Jesus Christ.

It is not a 1% or support club.

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In Tennessee, Sons of God MC has five chapters. They are Cookeville, Marysville, Jackson, Middle, and South. 

Sons Of God MC Cookeville Chapter

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21. Southern Souls Motorcycle Club

  • About:  The Southern Souls Motorcycle Club focuses on the enjoyment of riding motorcycles. And spending time with like-minded folks. 

    SSMC is a non-territorial, non-profit, and all-inclusive Motorcycle Club. SSMC supports and participates in charity rides, poker runs, and activities that support the American Cancer Society. SSMC also supports the Tennessee local Confederation of Clubs (C.O.C.).

It is not a 1% or support club.

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22. Chrome Angelz R.C.

  • Founded: In 2011 in New Jersey.
  • About:  Chrome Angelz is a women’s riding club. They enjoy riding, having fun, and making memories, all without the drama. The club promotes unity, the sport of motorcycle riding, and a positive image of women riders.

    The club has over 190 chapters across the United States, Canada, Europe, Guatemala, South Africa, Australia, and India.

It is not a 1% or support club.

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Chrome Angelz R.C. has 4 chapters in Tennessee.

Knoxville: Sassy Maidens

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Manchester: Diamondz N Chrome

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McMinnville: Hearts of Dixie

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Sevierville: Chrome Curves 

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23. Motor Maids

  • Founded: In 1940.
  • About: The founding premise of the Motor Maids was to unite women motorcyclists in promoting motorcycle interest. Today, it is the oldest continuously operated Women’s Motorcycling Organization in North America.

    The organization has more than 1,300 members across the U.S. and Canada. It is a diverse group with a passion for riding and promoting a safe riding experience. It aims to show the world a positive image of ladies on motorcycles. 

It is not a 1% or support club.

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Motor Maids has over 20 chapters in Tennessee. They include Nashville and Chattanooga. 


24. Mongols Motorcycle Club 

  • Founded: In 1969 in California. 
  • About: It is sometimes called the Mongols Nation or Mongol Brotherhood. Mongols members have a long history in the illegal drug trade and other crimes. But currently, the club and its attorneys say that it has changed its code of conduct.

    The Mongols’ main presence lies in Southern California. But they also have chapters nationwide in 14 states and internationally in 11 countries.

Mongols MC is a “one-percenter” outlaw motorcycle club involved in criminal activity. It was formed as a Hispanic rival to the infamous Hell Angels Motorcycle Club.

Mongols MC has several chapters in Tennessee. They include one in Clarksville


25. Buffalo Soldiers MC

Buffalo Solider MC Logo
  • Founded: In 1993 in Chicago.
  • About: It is the world’s largest African American motorcycle club. The club is named for the historic African-American United States Army regiments known as Buffalo Soldiers. It is also known as the National Association Of Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers Motorcycle Club (NABSTMC). 

    It is a community-focused organization and includes African-Americans who are mostly in military service (active duty and retired).

This is not a 1% club or a support club.

Buffalo Soldiers MC chapters in Tennessee

Nashville Chapter

Founded: In December 2009.

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Clarksville Chapter

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Memphis Chapter

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Footnotes:

1% club: The genesis of this phrase dates back to the famous 1947 Hollister riot. Allegedly, the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) had commented that 99% of motorcycle riders were citizens who conformed to the law and that only 1% were outlaws (not to be confused with Outlaws Motorcycle Club).

Many motorcycle clubs that have been associated with organized crime and have had run-ins with law enforcement agencies use the 1% diamond patch and are commonly referred to as the one percenter motorcycle club (also called an outlaw biker group); More about this here. Some popular 1% clubs are Outlaws MC (a very dominant club), Hells Angels (the main rival group of the outlaws), Pagan Motorcycle Club, and Black Pistons MC. The motorcycle subculture in Florida has seen various gangs over the years.

MC (Motorcycle Club): The term Motorcycle Club (MC) does carry a meaning outside and beyond the usual English definition of it. It is a popular term in the Outlaw and 1% motorcycling subculture, where it is often used by motorcycling clubs which have had a history of organized crime. Such clubs (MCs) often denote these by wearing what are called colors — essentially a 3-piece patchwork.

However, not all motorcycling clubs that use the term MC are necessarily Outlaw motorcycle clubs or 1% clubs. But it wouldn’t be wrong to say that all dangerous biker gangs are one percenter.

Harleys: It goes with saying that most riders in various clubs swear by their Harley Davidson Motorcycle or a custom chopper. Harley David Motorcycles enjoy a disproportionately high popularity among MC riders who, in mainstream culture, are known to promote the use of cruiser motorcycles.

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