Mad Dog Motorcycle Club was a product of evolution rather than planning. Living outside the States for over 10 years, I figured I'd better buy a Harley in the Philippines or risk "missing the boat." So I did... that was early 1994.
From initial visions of riding with Harleys only, I soon realized there just weren't enough Hogs actually on the road in the P.I., and they were so expensive (how about US$ 45,000 for a nearly stock Fat Boy!), few could afford to buy one. Soon the Harley-only idea became "anything except Japanese bikes." That worked a bit better, and we ended up with a few more guys for our weekly informal Saturday rides. But eventually, logic hit me. It's not the bike, it's the biker. With that, any "easy rider" - style bike was welcome to join our informal rides.
The Saturday rides always ended up in my garage area in Makati for a few beers and the usual winding-down roadwar B.S. sessions. It was during one of these sessions Mad Dog MC was born. Encouraging Harleys but accepting all cruisers, we agreed MDMC would be about brotherhood and riding, not politics and meetings. To affirm our commitment, we agreed to design and get a Club tattoo. (None of us had tats at the time). And so it was...the beginning of MDMC, October 1994.
Pure to the purpose of our founding, we clocked up the mileage. We rode all over the country in all kinds of conditions as the Club built up its membership, biker-by-biker. Priceless experiences just never stopped.
Today we are a much larger organization, but the spirit of our "garage" days lives on as it must. Brotherhood, riding, helping people along the way, leaving a place better than it was before we arrived...these things comprise the soul of MDMC and define why we are Mad Dogs. To let it get more complex than that would be sacrificing the purity of its purpose.