About six motorcycle organizations are holding a meet-and-greet event for anyone interested in learning more about the different types of motorcycle clubs in Muskogee.

The event is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at the American Veterans Motorcycle Club at 900 N. Main St. Food, music and drinks will be available.

Sponsored by Muskogee’s Diamondbacks Riding Club, the event is for “independent riders to meet different types of clubs and find out who they want to hang out with,” Diamondbacks President Mickey Holden said.

There’s a wide variety of motorcycle clubs, Holden said.

For example, his club of about 40 members is a group of friends who use motorcycles for adventure, he said. Their ages range from mid-20s to 60.

The Diamondbacks take weekly excursions “to the most scenic areas of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas,” Holden said.

“We’ll meet at IHOP at 7 a.m. and out by 9 a.m. and ride 300 to 500 miles in one day and come back late that night,” he said.

The Diamondbacks’ reputation in the biker world is that “we are a true riding club, we don’t go partying and we have tough rules on drinking while we’re out,” Holden said. “The Diamondback lifestyle is to ride, eat and laugh.

“In our club, men and women are treated as equals,” Holden said. “The most important thing is to ride, not what you’re riding. We truly live the motto ‘Live to ride and ride to live.’”

The club started with husbands and boyfriends teaching wives and girlfriends how to safely ride a motorcycle, and they’ve continued that to this day, Holden said.

Information: (918) 441-8686.

Reach Mark Hughes at (918) 684-2908 or mhughes@muskogeephoenix.com.

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