The Niagara Chapter (SCRC 238) History
Southern Cruisers Riding Club is a recreational, Not For Profit organization, operating with the sole purpose of promoting good, clean and safe riding activities.
This family oriented motorcycle riding club, first organized in 1999 in the Niagara Region, is known as Southern Cruisers Riding Club... SCRC for short, Chapter 238. The club started out with 2 rides a week with 8-11 bikes, dreaming that someday we would reach 20 members. Before the end of the 2000 riding season we had already grown to a hefty 75 members! With the help of the officers and road captains over the past 10 years, we have exceeded our highest expectations boasting a mind blowing 376 members! We have only a few requirements for our members and that is to join in some events and have the most fun that you have had in a while. The best part is there is no fee.
Again in this fast-growing club, we needed to expand to yet again another chapter in February 2005. The Southern part of the Niagara Region formed a new chapter, Chapter #129 Erie Shores.
Chapter 238 holds Tuesday and Friday night rides throughout the spring, summer and fall and we have additional sanctioned rides several times during those months for our members. Throughout the winter months we hold Wednesday Social Night at the Niagara Falls Legion, which is a weekly get together of members. (see rides/events schedule for details)
Our Chapter stresses safe group riding. We have initiated Group Riding seminars for new members that ensures we all ride under the same umbrella of safety.
Southern Cruisers National Club History
After being out of Motorcycling for almost 15 years, I decided to buy a new bike and to start enjoying life just a little bit more than I had been. After a few weeks of riding alone I knew there was still something missing..... The Brotherhood of Biking. It was at this point where I decided to start a Riding Club in the Memphis Area to meet new friends and to get the people riding together and sharing the thrill of Motorcycling in a manner that was acceptable to all. After getting a few people together and coming up with the name Southern Cruisers Riding Club, I decided to put up a small Web Site on the net and start the Cruisers Forum so we could all have an on-line meeting place to discuss plans for rides we were setting up. During this time we were working on a Club Patch and went through about a dozen different designs before we all decided on the Current SCRC Club Patch.
Shortly after The Memphis Chapter started to form, I was contacted by Jerry Longdon "HIP" from the Knoxville area and was asked about the Club. After telling Jerry that it was just a Local club we decided to open a Chapter in Knoxville Tn just to see what would actually happen. Lots of decisions were made at this time about how to run the Southern Cruisers including a NO DUES Style Club, Not to give the Club a Bad name and, to keep it all clean and legal. Now the Knoxville Chapter was starting to organize and the Southern Cruisers was now a Tennessee Club.
A little time went by and everything seemed to be going well for the two Chapters, Then I received a Phone Call from Tim Jones in Rome, Georgia . His first words were something like this " How about a Georgia Chapter " ! Still kinda shocked that someone would want to start a Chapter of the Southern Cruisers other than myself we got the Rome, GA Chapter going. After a few phone conversations with Tim, He told me that he designed Websites for a living and that he would gladly set up the Southern Cruisers with our own Domain Name and build and maintain the site for us. Still kinda in shock from all of this I agreed and Tim built" http://SouthernCruisers.Net " and thats when everything started happening.
We begin talking to People in South Carolina, Oklahoma, And from all over the place, at that point on it seemed that everyone was wanting to be a part of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club. We started opening up new Chapters all over the United States and people were starting to join every single day and it was at that time I realized that other riders were wanting a Club set up just like we had set up the Southern Cruisers.
Now just Six Years later, We have Chapters spread all across the United States and even out side the United States and we are growing faster than ever before, With almost 30,000 Members in the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, I can gladly say we have made it to the Big Time !
Rick Perry (aka) Rickster
Founder and President
Southern Cruisers Riding Club