An outlaw biker gang that lost a bloody, prolonged war with the Hells Angels in Quebec has launched a so-far unsuccessful bid to rebound in Ontario.
The Montreal-based Rock Machine Motorcycle Club has recruited members and even drafted a detailed new constitution that vows, “Never forgive, never forget.”
Biker gangs like the Rock Machine forbid members from divulging details about their organizations, which are based on the military. That makes the publication of the gang’s lengthy code of conduct, which was drafted in March 2020 and obtained by the Star, an extremely rare — and humiliating — event.
The gang is “not going to be the Rock Machine of old,” Det. Sgt. Scott Wade of the OPP Biker Enforcement Unit said in an interview. “They recruited addicts, small-time criminals.”
He added: “They’re violent guys but they weren’t established and organized.”
The Rock Machine appeared all but dead decades ago after losing a war with the Hells Angels over drug trafficking turf that killed at least 164 people in Quebec, injured another 300 and led to the disappearance of about 20 people.
“There was a period of time where I would say they weren’t in existence,” Wade explained.
There are about 400 full members of the Hells Angels in Ontario, while the Rock Machine would be lucky to have 10, Wade adding, noting the Hells Angels are “secure in their spot at the top.”
Much of the 48-page constitution for the new version of the Rock Machine Motorcycle Club reads like a non-disclosure agreement for the underworld.
“I am not authorized to divulge any information about the Club, its meetings, assets or Members, and I am not permitted to make comments and or voice opinions that could mislead and damage the Club’s reputation,” the constitution asks of its members.
The document concludes with a space for a prospective member to sign his name and nickname, or “road name.”
Members are strictly forbidden from discussing club business with non-members, according to the club’s constitution, a copy of which was obtained by the Star.
The headquarters of the club is Montreal, and that’s where full membership is granted.
“To earn his full-patch membership, (a prospective member) must also travel to the Quebec Mother Chapter,” the constitution states.
The constitution contains a number of rules, called “commandments”:
- A BROTHER never lies to another Brother!
- A BROTHER never steals from another Brother!
- A BROTHER never messes with another Brothers ol’ lady!
- A BROTHER never causes another Brother to get arrested in any way, shape or form!
- A BROTHER never uses his PATCH for any personal gain or any criminal/illegal activity!
- A BROTHER never abuses drugs PERIOD!
- A BROTHER must be employed or at least employable, and must have a regular, sustainable, and legal source of income!
A biker who was close to the club said that the rules banning illegal drugs aren’t real rules, but merely designed to throw off people like police and journalists who might obtain a copy of the constitution.
The club also seeks to expand internationally.
“Founding Fathers,” or someone who ushers a club into a country, can be eligible for five per cent of dues charged to members there, the constitution states. Dues are typically around $100 a month, except for prisoners, whose dues are waived.
Despite its expansion dreams, “Canada is, and will always remain, the Origin of the Club and contain the only Mother Chapter, located in Quebec,” the constitution states. “All Chapters must follow and support Canada as the Mother Country and comply with all orders sent from Canada.”
Members must own and operate a North American or British-built motorcycle with at least a 750cc engine, have valid insurance and “sufficient riding skills as not to be a danger to himself or others.”
Members are also required to ride a minimum of 5,000 kilometres a year.
The constitution calls for an elite unit called Nomads, which other bikers are to turn to in “high security” situations.
“The local Nomads are to be informed and looked to for a quick and final resolution,” the constitution states.
Rules are particularly tight for aspiring bikers — called “prospects” — who are trying to get admitted into the club.
- “Prospects will not use social media to post club pictures, share information about the club, use the club as a threat, or make any comments referring to the RMMC.
- “They will not speak with Members of different clubs. If a Prospect is approached, they pass the information onto a Member for handling.
- “Prospects must leave their ol’ ladies, wives, and/or girlfriends at home. They are an unneeded distraction from their duties. The sponsor can make an exception.”