Frequently Asked Questions

This is a collection of frequently asked questions about Motorcycle Clubs, the Motorcycle community, or the Sovereign Souls MC.

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Your first step is to come hang out and meet the club. Go on some rides, attend an open Church, and get to know the brothers. After you have been hanging around for a minimum of 3 months and you express your interest in joining you can submit an application. 


The Hangaround Phase is open to most friends of the club and the time for an individual to get th know the club and the brothers. This will help them make an informed decision on becoming a prospect. 
The Prospecting Phase is a chance for the individual to learn more about the MC community and how to behave and interact as a member. This is also the time that the club will put a potential member under a microscope and evaluate if this is someone they want to call brother, and if it is someone they can trust to best represent the club when no one else is around.


SSMC Stands for Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club. You may also see BOSS, which is Brotherhood of the Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club.

BOSS stands for Brotherhood of the Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club. This is more than just our patch members. This is our families, our friends, and our future members.

SYLSS stands for Support Your Local Sovereign Souls. You would see this on support apparel and merchandise. This shows support for the club even for non-menbers.

Sovereign Souls Forever; Forever Sovereign Souls. This is a verbal and written declaration of an individuals dedication to the brotherhood of the Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club.

The Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club is a fully recognized independent Three-Piece Patch, Outlaw Motorcycle Club

The Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club was founded and began in Houston, Texas in 2010. After standing up multiple chapters in Houston, eventually a Dallas Chapter was added, and other expansions are in the works.

Your first step is to reach out. You’ll need to come hang out and get to meet the brothers and get to know the club. After spending some time with the club, you can submit an application.

The Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club is a fraternal brotherhood with membership open only to men that are at least 21 years of age.

The Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club is an independant three piece outlaw motorcycle club. We support the MC community as a whole and live the outlaw lifestyle.

The Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club is goverend by their own set of rules and regulations. Members will be held to these standards, but no member will be asked to do anything that will jeopardize their personal integrity or ethics.

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No. Not just no, but fuck no. Someone actually asked this before. The patches we wear are very meaningful and held in the highest regard. Everyone that wears a patch has put in their time and earned their patches and the right to be called brother.

You can come and ride with us on anything with two wheels that will keep up. Membership is only open to individuals that own/ride a Harley facsimile of at least 883cc or custom. Many members own and ride various makes, models, and displacements.

A Road Captain is in charge of setting rides and helping the brothers get from place to place safely. The Road Captain also has say so in the members bikes and if they are in proper operating order.

The Sergeant at Arms is the physical manifestation of the law of the club. They will enact any justice within the club when a rule or protocol has been broken. 

The Nomad patch is a difficult one to achieve. This member is a one man chapter. They know their shit inside and out, and represent the club to the fullest where ever they are, by themselves. Where they lay their head is home. 

The CoC&I is the Confederation of Clubs & Independants. This organization helps bring various clubs together to share information and resources on local and state legislature. At this time, the Sovereign Souls Motorcycle Club is not a part of this organization. 

Common Acronyms and Terms

AMA = American Motorcyclist Association

Ape Hangers = High handlebars so Biker’s hands are at or above their shoulder height

Backyard = Where you ride often

Baffle = Sound deadening material that sits inside a muffler and quiets the exhaust note

Boneyard = Salvage yard for used bikes & parts

Brain Bucket = Small, beanie-style helmet (usually not DOT approved)

Cage = Automobile, Truck, Van……. not a motorcycle.

Cager = Automobile Driver

Church = Meeting/Clubhouse

Colors = M/C Backpatch

CreditGlide = RUB’s Motorcycle

Cut/Kutte = Vest with Club Colors

DILLIGAF = Do I Look Like I Give A Fuck

Drag Bars =  Low, flat, straight handlebars

Flash Patch = Generic patches usually sold at swap meets and shops.

Hard Tail = A motorcycle frame with no rear suspension

HOG = Harley Owner’s Group

Independent = Someone not a part of any club or group, but normally a part of the biker culture.

M/C = Motorcycle Club

MM = Motorcycle Ministry

Pucker Factor = Refers to how tight your ass got on a close call

R/C = Riding Club

Rat Bike – Usually an older bike that doesn’t look like it’s been taken care of at all. 

RICO = (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations)  Laws passed for Law Enforcement to combat organized crime such as the mafia that are also used against some MC clubs.

Ridin’ Bitch = Riding as Passenger

Road Name = Also known as handle.  Name given to to someone by his Brothers/ friends.  Usually given after some kind of incident or something they would associate with that person.

Rocker = Part of M/C colors which usually designates geographic location or territory

RUB= Rich Urban Biker

Rubber Side Down = Ride Safe; Don’t Lay the Bike Down

Run = Road trip with your Buds, most of the time with a place to go to in mind

Shiny Side Up = Ride Safe; Don’t Lay the Bike Down

Sled = Motorcycle

Sweeper/Tail Gunner = The last rider in a group

Thirteen “13” – Common patch worn by “Outlaw” bikers. Can have several meanings.  The most common held meaning is it’s being the 13th letter of the alphabet “M” and stands for motorcycles.

Turn your back = To completely disassociate from a person or club. 

Twisties = Section of road with a lot of turns

Wrench = Mechanic

XXF-FXX / XXFOREVER – FOREVERXX = Patch worn by MC members to represent their total commitment to the club and every other member of that club.(XX stands for the name of the club)

1%er = If you read the papers or listen to the news, the media and law enforcement agents have redefined the term “1%er”. The term was first used to describe some of the people that attended the motorcycle events back then. The AMA (American Motorcycle Association) stated that 99% of the people at their events were god fearing and family oriented. The other 1% were hard riding, hard partying, non mainstream type people. Thus the term 1%er was born. Some of the early bikers embraced the term and decided to call themselves 1%ers.  It did not mean that they were law breakers or low life individuals. They were simply men that rode their motorcycles seven days a week in all kinds of weather, liked to drink and raise a little hell. Sometime during the 80’s law enforcement changed the meaning of the 1%er to what they wanted it to represent. It didn’t matter that their meaning was incorrect, they just spoon fed it to the general public and the courts as they had so many other things.

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