The BIAMC was originally conceived in November 2001 and officially had its first meeting in August of 2002 when members of 3 services (Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy) met together and then rode to an event in Seattle, WA.
It was at this time that our founder had just been mobilized following the tragic events of 11 SEP 01. An avid rider, he began thinking about joining a club that reflected his values and shared the bond of military service and motorcycling. Membership in the Harley Owner's Group (HOG) was fine, but he felt he had little in common with the majority of members, other than owning a Harley.
While conducting his research, he only found clubs that catered to veterans. While many of them opened up membership to those currently serving, the majority had members from a different generation and, again, there wasn't a lot of commonality. Because the founding members were all Active Duty, creating a Club that catered to those with jobs of a sensitive nature and security clearance concerns was a top priority as well.
During this time period, he was discussing the potential of a club with two future BIAMC members as well as several others. But things didn't really take off until June 2002, when the founder had a chance meeting with another service member on Puget Sound Ferry. The two hit it off and the BIAMC was that much closer to reality. Over the next couple of months several people, who would become charter members of the BIAMC, made plans which led to that first August meeting.
Since 2002, the club has expanded with Chapters throughout the US.
The Yorktown Probate Chapter was formed in February, 2008. BIAMC's founder transferred to the area. Shortly after his arrival, another full patch member of the BIAMC moved to Southern Maryland and began his reserve duty in Yorktown. With two full patch members in the area, thoughts began to form a new chapter in Virginia. Between the two members, they made some local friends who were Vets and rode, shortly there after they put together a group to form a probate chapter.
On 03 July 2008 the Yorktown Chapter was chartered.
The Chapter held its first charity run on 5 October 2008. The “Ride for the Warriors” to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project had approximately 100 riders and raised over $1200. Since that first event the Chapter has organized seven annual charity events raising thousands of dollars for various Veterans charities.
We have members from all across Hampton Roads to Richmond, so let us know if your interested.