American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 216–230 | Cite as

The Tools, Tactics, and Mentality of Outlaw Biker Wars

  • James F. QuinnEmail author
  • Craig J. Forsyth


Warfare among rival outlaw motorcycle clubs has been and remains a critical dynamic in the subculture. This paper examines the role of war mentality in the biker subculture and how it has changed overtime. Specific exemplary and noteworthy events are discussed to illustrate critical ideas. Also examined are the changing tactics, defenses, and tools used in these conflict and how the mentality of the outlaw biker club has contributed to the evolution of warfare from impulsive, self-gratifying mayhem to more calculating symbolic and instrumental acts.


Motorcycle clubs One Percenter Criminal behavior Deviant behavior Violence Outlaw Gangs War Crime/criminology Violence Social Organization Organizational change Subculture/counterculture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Addictions ProgramUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.University of LouisianaLafayetteUSA

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