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Inside the DTMC

 

DTMC’s motto sums it up, “Die To Ride, Ride To Die”. Their motivation is to jump on their  bikes, loaded down with nothing more than the clothes on their back, a bedroll, tools and some whiskey. The club is about building and rebuilding their bikes in the shop, pushing their bikes to their limits and then repairing them. Sometimes the repair is in the shop, but often it is on the side of the road, be it welding a footpeg on the freeway or truing a wheel in a Carl's Jr parking lot.  

 

Back in 2006, eight guys based in Sonora, CA got together with the simple goal of  having fun and riding the shit out of their bikes, mostly 60s & 70s style choppers. Since then the group has grown to 13 brothers, but still remains as tight knit as ever with members based around Northern California.  Recently the club has become more organized, with back patches, events,  and prospects. 

 

Ever wonder what it takes to start a motorcycle club these days? Your intrepid, homemade Chop Cult journalists fired off all the gay questions you would be too scared to ask, and here's what we found out...

 

Why start a motorcycle club nowadays?
The short answer: camaraderie, brotherhood and good times. We wanted to start something that carried on the style of the 60’s motorcycle club. This is a lifestyle that can’t and shouldn't be lost or forgotten about.
 
 How long has the DTMC been officially running colors?
 We’ve been running colors for almost a year now, but we’ve been a club for over 4 years now with the belt patches.
 
How does the mechanics of starting one work? Did you have to get 
approval from other established clubs in the area?
 We went through our local 1%er club for approval for our one piece patch.
The biggest thing was to show the due respect for these clubs and to show them what we are all about: riding the shit out of old bikes! Whether people like the club scene now or not, these guys carry on a lifestyle that society and law enforcement have tried eradicate for more than 50 years. And club bikes from the 60’ and 70’s had some of the most righteous style ever, which no one can deny.
 
Do you guys have official rules and regulations for members? Can 
anyone on any bike join?
Yes, we have a set of by laws and a code of conduct.
Its never been about the bike, its always been about the rider and his mindset towards riding and life. Everyone has seen it before: bitchin motorcycle sitting there being carted from show to show, just begging to be ridden. Even though he has that awesome bike, this guy is obviously not the type of person anyone wants to hang out with. Some people just don’t get it, a bike has never made the rider.
 
Are there plans for growth or is it going to stay a tight group of 
riding buddies?
 Growth is fine, but it will always remain a tight-knit group of like minded brothers.
 
How have reactions from other clubs been?
 Reactions have usually been positive, especially among the older club members who rode these same style of bikes in the 60’s and 70’s. But people have usually taken us seriously even though we are the new guys riding our old bikes.
 
What kind of dude makes a good Deathtraps member?
 A defense lawyer!
 
 
 
Tell me about the upcoming Copperopolis event.
 This is the 3rd party we’ve had here. This time we will have 6 bands and another bitchin raffle with tons of motorcycle stuff and skateboard gear. Like the past events, there is camping right there on the lawn next to the bar, so no one has to risk riding past Johnny Law! Last May we had a hangover run, but everyone partied too hard the night before and either left super early or never made it out of the bed roll. This year we will have another one, up through the mountains and then back into Sonora.
 
I'd say you guys have the youngest dudes on the oldest bikes compared 
to most contemporary clubs, would you agree?
 Yeah
 
Any advice you'd give Chop Cult members about joining a club or even 
starting their own?
Respect, take your time, and know what the fuck you are getting into. The club is an awesome experience, but it is not for everyone. Its unbelievable how much pressure came on us as soon as we put colors on our backs. Highway Patrol told one of the brothers that his bike was stolen back in 1972. We split the cases right there in the impound lot in less than 2 hours. All this even after it passed two different stolen vehicle databases. It was returned two weeks later like nothing wrong had happened. The latest rumor is that we are now smuggling drugs, total bullshit. This is all because we love to ride old motorcycles, plain and simple. Don’t be like the cops and watch fucking TV and think thats how it is.  
 
Got any good stories to share?
 Come to the party and we’ll tell you!
 
Where do you see the DTMC in another ten years?
 Probably broke down on the side of the road!
 
You've got support gear for sale, right?
 Yes, we’ve got some shirts and patches for sale on our website and blog, along with info about upcoming runs and parties.
www.deathtrapsmc.com
www.deathtrapsmc.blogspot.com

Why start a motorcycle club nowadays?

The short answer: camaraderie, brotherhood and good times. We wanted to start something that carried on the style of the 60’s motorcycle club. This is a lifestyle that can’t and shouldn't be lost or forgotten about.  

 

How long has the DTMC been officially running colors? 

We’ve been running colors for almost a year now, but we’ve been a club for over 4 years now with the belt patches. 

 

 

Why only a one piece patch?

We do have an idea for a middle patch, but it will take some more time to finalize the design. Everyone has to be 100% on the design, and we're not quite there yet. We have to stick around a while longer to prove that we deserve a middle patch, or two-piece patch.

 

How does the mechanics of starting one work? Did you have to get approval from other established clubs in the area? 

We went through our local 1%er club for approval for our one piece patch.The biggest thing was to show the due respect for these clubs and to show them what we are all about: riding the shit out of old bikes! Whether people like the club scene now or not, these guys carry on a lifestyle that society and law enforcement have tried eradicate for more than 50 years. And club bikes from the 60’ and 70’s had some of the most righteous style ever, which no one can deny. 

 

Do you guys have official rules and regulations for members? Can anyone on any bike join?

 

Yes, we have a set of bylaws and a code of conduct. It’s never been about the bike, it’s always been about the rider and his mindset towards riding and life. Some people just don’t get it. The bike has never made the rider.

To become a member you have to go thru the process of hang-around and prospect before getting voted in. It’s about putting in the time; coming to meetings, getting to know the guys, showing respect, and riding the shit out of your bike.

Are there plans for growth or is it going to stay a tight group of riding buddies? 

Growth is fine, but it will always remain a tight-knit group of like minded brothers. 

 

How have reactions from other clubs been? 

Reactions have usually been positive, especially among the older club members who rode these same style of bikes in the 60’s and 70’s. But people have usually taken us seriously even though we are the new guys riding our old bikes. 

 

What kind of dude makes a good Deathtraps member? 

A defense lawyer!   

 

 

Tell me about the upcoming Copperopolis event. 

This is the 3rd party we’ve had here. This time we will have 6 bands and another bitchin raffle with tons of motorcycle stuff and skateboard gear. Like the past events, there is camping right there on the lawn next to the bar, so no one has to risk riding past Johnny Law! Last May we had a hangover run, but everyone partied too hard the night before and either left super early or never made it out of the bed roll. This year we will have another one, up through the mountains and then back into Sonora. 

 

I'd say you guys have the youngest dudes on the oldest bikes compared to most contemporary clubs, would you agree? 

Yeah. 

 

Any advice you'd give Chop Cult members about joining a club or even starting their own?

Respect, take your time, and know what the fuck you are getting into. The club is an awesome experience, but it is not for everyone. Its unbelievable how much pressure came on us as soon as we put colors on our backs. Highway Patrol told one of the brothers that his bike was stolen back in 1972. We split the cases right there in the impound lot in less than 2 hours. All this even after it passed two different stolen vehicle databases. It was returned two weeks later like nothing wrong had happened. The latest rumor is that we are now smuggling drugs, total bullshit. This is all because we love to ride old motorcycles, plain and simple. Don’t be like the cops and watch fucking TV and think thats how it is.   

 

Got any good stories to share? 

Come to the party and we’ll tell you! 

 

Where do you see the DTMC in another ten years? 

Probably broke down on the side of the road! 

 

You've got support gear for sale, right? 

Yes, we’ve got some shirts and patches for sale on our website and blog, along with info about upcoming runs and parties.

www.deathtrapsmc.com     www.deathtrapsmc.blogspot.com

Photos: Holly Anderson and courtesy of the DTMC. Big thanks to Holly for putting this together.


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Commented on 5-10-2010 At 11:30 am
 

Good luck, Ride hard

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 11:55 am
 

You have to respect guys that have standards and stick to them. It is all to often that a great idea turns to crap because we make it to complicated.

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 12:22 pm
 

Hell Yeah! Ride Hard!

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 12:46 pm
 

DTR-RTD! Met a few of these guys on EDR a few years ago. A fun bunch of hard riding dudes. Respect.

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 03:31 pm
 

Hell Yeah! We need more mc's like this.

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 07:43 pm
 

"Don’t be like the cops and watch fucking TV and think that's how it is."

Truth.

Commented on 5-15-2010 At 02:42 am
 

ftp keep it rollin hope to see yall around

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 08:19 pm
 

See you on the 15th.Should be rollin' up with some homies from Motown.Look forward to ridin' & partying with DTMC!

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 09:55 pm
 

Was fortunate to party next to them at The Bash. It was fun!

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 11:46 pm
 

This is a good write up, about some cool guys and bikes. Hopefully it doesn't cause a bunch of newby riders to start trying to create their own little mini versions involving them and their dark custom boys. These guys probably did the research, and know the truth about starting, and running an M.C. let's make sure anyone else who tries it, does the research too, or else they may get into a lifestyle they may not be ready for. Ride hard fellas.

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 12:19 am
 

my first introduction to death traps was this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9TfT1b3c34

actions definitely speak louder than words.

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 02:34 am
 

Been looking forward to the ride up from LA for the party!

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 02:51 am
 

Great write up...sounds about as no-nonsense as it gets...and as it should be...good luck and safe riding to all you guys..

Larry in MD

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 03:51 am
 

This is the way it's always been. Finally someone writes it down. Thanks for sharing, we'll see you on the 15th.

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 04:01 am
 

thats cool good luck guys

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 04:24 pm
 

sweet photos.

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 05:08 pm
 

Speaking of pressure after putting on cuts, got more than our share of it as slickbacks in Santa Cruz during the '70s. Santa Cruz PD, Santa Cruz Sheriff, Scotts Valley PD, and the CHP while riding choppers and customs. Nailed for just about everything from loud pipes to speeding. Judges got to know us a little too well. ;^)

Back then it was Panheads, Ironheads, and Triumphs. Most bikers stayed within 50 miles of town. Our fav loop back then were the overnighters to Atascadero or Morro Bay (depending on what time in the afternoon we split Santa Cruz) and back home next day via Big Sur.

DTMC has a good thing going out there in the Sonora area. Typical knee jerk reaction of cops obstinately prejudiced against bikers by making unsubstained BS claims like drug running.

BTW, couldn't believe all the CHP units on Ebbetts Pass and Carson Pass the last time around, and that was on a Sunday.

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 06:41 pm
 

Will be there "Good Lord willing and the creeks don't rise."
As usual bringing a big camera and an un-cool bike.
Second trip out to "CHOPperopolis."
www.see360studios, scroll down to "copperopolis"

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 07:03 pm
 

Sometimes I can't believe the bullshit that these guys have to go through, when all they want to do is ride their bikes and live the life. I've had colors on my back, and they are right, you have procedures and steps to follow and it's not an easy path to take. I got the utmost respect for the DTMC and all that are about. They seem to me.... pure.

Dale

Commented on 5-13-2010 At 03:42 am
 

very cool guys...keep it alive ... FTW!

Commented on 5-13-2010 At 05:02 pm
 

The premise of their club is admirable: More focus on motorycles and riding than associated nonsense. The feature in DICE a few issues back on the DTMC bike with the "Scary Fucking Girder" is a favorite of mine.

Commented on 5-15-2010 At 12:57 pm
 

Well done!
Wishing you all the best!
With Respect!
Q-Ball

Commented on 7-9-2010 At 02:45 pm
 

I rode with a national club for three years, and it was the happiest time of my life! The patch doesn't make the man, the man makes the patch... My respect to DTM/C!

Commented on 9-16-2010 At 08:10 am
 

Oh hell yeah... i do need a garage to hang around... pick up some chop shop skills.

Die to ride. Ride to Die.

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 07:20 pm
 

Sick. I'm sold. Get me support shirt

Commented on 2-24-2011 At 06:04 pm
 

Solid... Living the dream.

Commented on 4-26-2011 At 04:02 am
 

Its easier to be a cop is Atlanta then it would be to start & even keep a club together...
The first sign of heat from the man... They bail.... It ended up like a fucking AA meeting...... But one day Id hope to have even a little tight knit club.... Atlanta CC members PM me... we'll talk......... if you got the stones.... pussies....

Commented on 9-26-2011 At 01:58 am
 

The club idea is great for a single man that has time or a married man that doesn't spend a lot of time with his family (or they've grownup and left). I'd rather not have to ask permission to wear my colors when riding through other territories. I've got enough to plan/worry about as it is without thinking about who's territory I'm going to ride through, where I should and should not stop/eat, who else is going to be represented at this rally.....
All men long for some type of common bond, I'm not saying I wouldn't be in a club, but my family will always come first and I don't do things halfheartedly.

Commented on 1-10-2012 At 10:16 pm
 

Its cool you guys went about it the right way. good luck! stick to yer guns. dont let others blow it for ya.

Commented on 1-16-2013 At 06:21 am
 

Hey EO Who gives shit what u think!

Commented on 1-16-2013 At 06:21 am
 

Hey EO Who gives shit what u think!

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