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Vagos Motorcycle Club

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Motorcycles

Vagos Motorcycle Club
Organization

External Links
Official Site: vagosmcworld.com
Wikipedia: Vagos Motorcycle Club
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History
Article Index
A 1% motorcycle club.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Vagos Motorcycle Club page on 14 May 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Vagos Motorcycle Club, also known as the Green Nation, is a one percenter motorcycle club formed in 1965 in San Bernardino, California. The club's insignia is Loki, the Norse god of mischief, riding a motorcycle. Members typically wear green.

The Vagos have approximately 4,000 members among 200 chapters located in the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Missouri, Several Canadian chapters Peterborough, Ontario, Chapters throughout Europe and ten chapters located in Mexico (Baja California, Jalisco and Mexico City). Two hundred members are in Inland Empire (California), where the club was started in the late 1960s.

In 2013, the Vagos expanded to Sweden and Australia.

History

During World War II, many military service men rode motorcycles and grew attached to them. The outlaw motorcycle culture was formed after World War II along Route 66 in Southern California and many clubs were formed during those years, one of which was The Psychos. In 1965, a feud occurred among a few of the Psychos members; they left the group and created their own club, which is now known as Vagos MC. Their colors pay homage to their founders' Mexican heritage. The club expanded to the Riverside, California and the California high desert areas, and later to Mexico and Europe.

Insignia

A member from the Berdoo chapter (slang for San Bernardino) created a patch while he was in prison featuring Loki, the Norse god of mischief. Vago is Spanish for vagabond or wanderer. Their denim jackets sport their top rockers with their club name integrated into the middle patch, and bottom rockers with their chapter's region or state, such as "SO. CAL", "California", or "Arizona". The middle patch "depicts a muscle-bound caricature of the Norse god of mischief, Loki, set against a green field". Loki is colored red on top of a bike with his hands holding up their club name. Other patches the club wears are the number 22 (the 22nd letter of the alphabet, V, for Vagos), and a Loki head. An MF patch (meaning motorcycle family), is received by a member after a probationary period is over and the member is validated as a member of the Vagos family on the front. Some members have been seen with a green swastika and an "SS" symbol on their jackets.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
8 August 2014Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigation Leads to Four Drug Trafficking IndictmentsU.S. Attorney's Office
22 November 2016Vagos Motorcycle Club Prospect Indicted on Federal Drug ChargesU.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Idaho
29 June 2017Self-proclaimed Vagos motorcycle club member sentenced to ten years in federal prisonU.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Idaho


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