Clubs with several chapters normally have a stipulation in their Club Constitutions
which determines a cooling off period with regard to members moving between
chapters. However, irrespective of what their Constitutions determine, the local
Governing Council/ Body within whose area they operate might stipulate a different
period of time in which case the Governing Body’s determination will take precedence
irrespective of whether that particular club belongs to the Governing Council/ Body or
This time period is referred to as a “cooling off” period.
1.4.3. In the Western Cape the “cooling off” period has been determined and accepted by
the local clubs to be a minimum of 6 months and is applicable in all situations, bar the
exceptions as stipulated below.
126.96.36.199. Patch-Over: This is where a whole club or club chapter is closed down thus no longer
to be in existence and absorbed into another club or different chapter of the same
original club. In such a scenario the members of the club/ chapter being closed down
are absorbed into the other club/ chapter as full members. This normally entails a
negotiated process between the relevant parties.
188.8.131.52. Patch-up: This is where an existing club/ chapter change its name and colours with all
reference and ties to the original club being removed. The group membership remains
the same, but starts to operate under a different name with a different patch.
In both these scenarios the original club/ chapter will cease to exist.
1.5.1. In general terms a person is considered to be in bad standing when through his
actions, he shows total disrespect to his club, dishonours any of his club members, or
where he brings the biking community as a whole into disrespect with the general
1.5.2. It is a “status” which should be very carefully considered before branding any person
as being in bad standing.
1.5.3. A person who is found to be in bad standing will be disavowed by the biker community
and not be allowed to join another club, start a new club or to participate in any biking
1.5.4. Such a status is normally for life and only the club that initiated the bad standing
status can lift or change this status.