1% Motorcycling culture
1. Founding Member: Sonny Barger, born Ralph Hubert Barger in 1938, was one of the original founding members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (MC).
2. Army Veteran: Barger served in the United States Army in 1955 before his involvement with the Hells Angels.
3. Oakland Chapter: Barger played a crucial role in setting up the Oakland chapter of Hells Angels, which became the MC's blueprint for other chapters.
4. Book Author: Barger is a bestselling author, who penned down his experiences in the book "Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club."
5. Actor: He had a stint in Hollywood, making a cameo appearance in the popular TV series "Sons of Anarchy."
6. Throat Cancer Survivor: Sonny fought and survived throat cancer diagnosed in 1982, which led to the removal of his vocal cords.
7. Iconic Voice: Despite losing his vocal cords, Barger spoke through a voice box, preserving his unique and recognizable voice.
8. Legal Encounters: He had a number of run-ins with the law. On March 16, 1973, Barger was sentenced to a prison term of ten years-to-life for possession of narcotics for sale.
9. Safety Advocate: Contrary to his tough biker image, Barger was a vocal advocate for motorcycle safety and even released a book about it → Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling
10. Global Influence: Sonny Barger's influence transcends the U.S, making him a renowned figure in the international biker community.
11. Undying Spirit: Despite being in his 80s, Barger continued to be an active participant in the motorcycle scene till his death.
12. Bike of Choice: Despite being a Harley-Davidson icon, Barger had publicly stated that he preferred the Honda ST1100 or a BMW tourer for that sake.
13. Vietnam War Protestor: Barger was known for his public opposition of anti-Vietnam War protestors. He wrote to president Lyndon, that the Hells Angels members could help win the war using Gorilla warfare.
14. Influence on Pop Culture: Barger's persona and the Hells Angels have influenced numerous movies and TV shows, showcasing the wide reach of his legend.
15. Legends Never Die: Sonny Barger, Face of the Hells Angels, passed away at the age of 83 in 2022. But continues to live in the hearts of many!