More on who we are and what we do
- Group Responsibility
- Personal Responsibility
Spectrum-MRC is a mainstream motorcycle riding club. Our members are everyday people with normal jobs just like yours. We ride various types of motorcycles, from 100cc dirt bikes to full custom S&S equipped cruisers. Our members ride all types of motorcyles. The major distinguishing factor of Spectrum-MRC is that our members are all GLBT and Friendly motorcyclists.
Outside of the obvious allusion that Spectrum makes to the gay pride flag, the club is named Spectrum Motorcycle Club because we wanted to include everyone in our motorcycling adventure. We cover the entire spectrum of motorcycles, and we enjoy riding with the entire spectrum of motorcyclists. The only requirements for becoming a Spectrum-MRC member are:
Acceptance that all motorcyclists are our brothers and sisters
Understanding that Spectrum-MRC members are motorcyclists
In general, our focus centers around actually RIDING motorcycles. However, motorcycle ownership is not a requirement for membership. You should be genuinely interested in riding and you should appreciate that this is a passion for most of us.
Spectrum-MRC is not a club you should join if you simply want to LOOK like a motorcyclist while you stand around in the bars. If you're looking for dates or have fetishes you think we can satisfy, you're also in the wrong place. Certainly some of our members date and some have certain "special interests", but these things occur as a side effect of normal interaction between our members, not as a part of regular club activities.
Motorcycling can be a dangerous activity and it sometimes becomes more dangerous when riding as part of a group. By participating in Spectrum Motorcycle Club events, you agree that:
A) You understand the dangers and are willing to accept personal responsibility for your own actions and anything that may happen to you as a result of another person's actions.
B) You agree to hold Spectrum Motorcycle Club, its organizers, officers, and all participants harmless in any case of loss.
C) You have discussed everything above with your family, heirs, and/or other interested parties, and that each of these parties, individually and/or collectively has accepted that you could possibly be hurt, injured, paralyzed, or killed as a result of riding a motorcycle and/or participation in Spectrum Motorcycle Club. Further, these parties agree to hold Spectrum Motorcycle Club, its organizers, officers, and all participants harmless in case of loss.
D) You may be required to actually SIGN a WAIVER OF LIABILITY on some rides with Spectrum-MRC and show Proof of Liability Insurance.
This isn't just legalese to protect the group from the actions of others. It's a common sense approach to coping with the dangers we see on a daily basis. Spectrum-MRC has developed procedures designed to make group travel relatively safe, but regardless of how hard we try, nothing can keep you safe in every possible situation.
It's important for each and every individual who participates in any Spectrum-MRC event to recognize their personal responsibility. First, You will be held responsible for your personal behavior and the safe operation of your motorcycle. If you think a situation isn't safe, or if an individual or the group appears do be doing something you don't feel comfortable with, you MUST "opt out". This isn't to say that you have to quit the group, stop riding, or leave a venue. It's really quite simple: YOU have to do whatever it takes to make the situation safe for YOU. As an example, if the group is riding too fast for your skills or comfort level, you need to slow down and ride at a rate you're comfortable with. The group will either slow down (which is the preferred method), or the group will continue ahead and you can meet them at the next scheduled stop.
When it comes down to it, YOU are the only person who can be responsible for your personal well-being and the safety and security of your person or equipment. YOU are the one riding your motorcycle. YOU are the only one who can ride away from a bad situation. YOU are the only one who can act appropriately to an emergency.
We encourage all our members to be properly licensed and carry liability and personal injury insurance as an absolute minimum. If you don't have a license in your state, your fellow members will help you get one. If you don't have insurance, please ride in very far in front of me!
All of us genuinely hope you'll become a member of Spectrum Motorcycle Club. Meet us for coffee, come on a ride, attend a meeting.
We look forward to meeting you!