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The Southern Cruisers Riding Club

Did someone say Ride?

That seems to be a common phrase for the members of WA State Chapters of The Southern Cruiser Riding Club. It’s a phrase that you will hear again and again when in their company and one they really mean. That’s simply because they are a group of riders out to ride. American or Metric, touring bike or cruiser, male or female, all are welcome to join.

The SCRC was started in Tennessee by a group of enthusiasts who wanted to form a different kind of riding club. The SCRC is a non-denominational club that has over 31,000 members and 507 Chapters world wide. There are no monthly or yearly dues, no meetings to attend and very few rules to follow in the SCRC; we only ask that you attend the rides, have a valid motorcycle endorsement and be a good representative of the SCRC.

We are also a "Web Connected” organization and most of the communications among the SCRC is done via Delphi Forums, Chapter & State Websites and other social media based sites.  Communication within the club can be handled without the usual hassles. Getting the word out to members is fast and efficient without the need for newsletters or mailing lists.

The founding father for the SCRC in WA State was Mad Mac in the summer of 1999 who later became the WA State Officer.  He got the ball rolling by applying to form a single chapter for Washington State from the Southern Cruisers National site. About a dozen or so riders showed up for the first ride and most everyone there knew from the start this was a different kind of riding club.

The club has enjoyed phenomenal growth over the past 14 years.  Currently there are 6 Chapters in WA State covering Seattle / Eastside, Mt. Rainier, Kitsap, Snohomish, Mt. Baker and the Yakima/Central WA regions AND we are always looking for great Leaders to start up their own SCRC WA State Chapter.  It isn’t uncommon to see our few hundred SCRC WA State Members kicking around at many local charity rides and events, motorcycle shows and bike rallies in support of the local motorcycling community.

What’s in it for me?
 
First and foremost, friends who ride! If you like to ride and you enjoy riding with others who feel the same way, the SCRC may be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. There few Riding Clubs with the same ideology as the Southern Cruisers; all are welcome and no one cares what type of bike you ride or which brand it is. It’s a new attitude aimed towards ALL Bikers in a non-discriminatory manner.

We plan dinner Rides, Fun Runs, overnighters, picnic’s, short rides, long rides, charity runs... you name it, we do it.  With six chapters planning events separate from each other, there is always something going on and we consider ourselves fortunate to live in a state where Multi-Chapter Rides are very common due to our Chapters’ close proximity.   There is no limitation on which rides you can attend based on the chapter you belong to. All rides are open to all members so you always have the option of the event that suits your needs.

The membership consists of experienced riders and "newbies” alike, so no one should feel excluded. We have easy-to- follow group riding rules that make for the safety of the group, and there are experienced "Road Captains” and "Tailgunners” in each chapter to further ensure that the group gets to its destination safe and sound. You’ll also find comfort in the fact that, if you break down on a ride, you will not be left stranded. The group's code is no one gets left behind, and we will make sure you and your ride get to someplace safe.

Politics..... Whoa! Who needs politics? The SCRC is a non-political club, but it is not opposed to supporting the efforts of other politically motivated groups in the motorcycling community. We salute the efforts of the Washington Road Riders Association and ABATE in their efforts to work for motorcyclists in Washington State and across the nation. We attend some of their rides and events and some of our members belong to those associations as well. The Southern Cruisers are also an AMA chartered club; Social Charter # 2481, which means we are non-confrontational, non-territorial and have boundaries only for the ease of organization. We are a family oriented Riding Club.

How do I find out more about the Washington State SCRC?

A good starting point would be http;//www.scrcwastate.com, which is the Washington State Southern Cruiser Website. There you will find links to chapter websites and the message board forum where you can participate and interact with SCRC members. You can see pictures and videos of our get-togethers; along with periodic ride reports submitted by our members. There is an online ride calendar that will keep you current on upcoming rides and events.

There is also a link to the SCRC National Website for secure online shopping for authentic SCRC gear, such as patches, T-Shirts, hats and other SCRC related garb. Telephone contact with officers is available through the "contacts” button on the website if you find yourself needing answers to questions that cannot be found on the websites or the forum.

If you would like more information on the Southern Cruiser on a national level, visit the main website at http://www.southerncruisers.net. There you will also find the sign-up page to become an SCRC member and ALL things SCRC. On the national forum you can interact with SCRC members from around the country and around the world.
The Southern Cruisers Riding Club is a free, voluntary club.

Original article written by Tump/Summer 01                                                            
Updated by Bad Kitty/Winter 13


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