Bandidos MC

Video highlights from Outlaw Bikers

Learn more about the Bandidos Motorcycle Club

  • Their slogan is We are the people your parents warned you about

  • The Bandidos isthe fastest-growing outlaw motorcycle club in the worldl

  • Don Chambers, the founder, modelled the club's colors after the red and gold motif of the United States Marine Corps after having served in Vietnam as a Marine.

  • Between 1994 and 1997 the Hells Angels and Bandidos across Scandinavia fought what was described as the "great Nordic biker war". At least 11 people were killed and dozens injured in a bloody power struggle involving car bombs, machine guns and even anti-tank rockets stolen from a Swedish army depot.

  • The Bandidos have chapters in the US, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, France and the Channel Isles of Great Britain

  • Some commonly worn patches on the Bandido Biker's vest are the number 13; for the 13th letter of the alphabet, M for Motorcycle, F.T.W.; F--- the world, and threatening patches such as "Accept No Mercy".

  • The titles of the bikers in charge of the Bandidos MC all have a Spanish twist - The Big Boss, the international president, is referred to as El Presidente, the secretary, El Secratario and the Vice President is El Vice Presidente.

  • It is mandatory for all Bandidos to sport a patch that is visible from 150 feet.

  • The rules dictate that any Bandido who commits suicide is not allowed to have a true Bandido funeral.

  • The Bandido code: You don't lie, You don't steal, Needles and hard drugs will not be tolerated.

  • The process to become a fully patched Bandido usually takes at least 2 years and involves passing through 3 stages; hangaround, prospect, probation.

  • Chambers took the club's name and logo, a cartoon potbellied Mexican wearing a sombrero and carrying a sword and a gun, from Frito Lay's "Frito Bandito" character, featured in the chip maker's pre-politically correct advertisements of the 1960s.


  • Being a member of the Bandidos is expensive - membership costs include $275 paid to the national treasury, $275 for a new patch, and $500 for any member whose Harley is inoperable for more than 30 days.

  • They have a vicious ongoing rivalry with the other infamous MC club, the Hells Angels.

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