|From its base in California the Angels reach around the world and, in Canada, is the dominant club by a wide margin. It currently boasts 31 active chapters and close to 400 members on the streets. That dominance does not mean a monopoly.|
Today, the Angels face more competition than they have in years. In recent months, notorious biker clubs from Europe, the United States and Australia — all with strong, international organizations and a history of violence and crime — have established new chapters in Canada. This spring the Satudarah Motorcycle Club, a Dutch-based group with a violent reputation in Europe, unveiled a surprise Canadian chapter in Toronto.
|Satudarah offer a twist, being an overtly bi-racial group. (The dominant 1% clubs are vastly white.) The racial mix is reflected in its logo: a black and a white warrior, back to back wearing the same headdress.|
Satudarah cause concern for police because of their reputation for violence. Since their 1990 launch in the Netherlands, tension between the Satudarah and the Angels has been widely reported.
|On Nov. 8, 2014, three chapters of the Red Devils — formed in 1948 in Hamilton, making it the oldest in Canada — patched over to join the Bacchus Motorcycle Club. Overnight, it became the second largest in Canada, with nine chapters and about 100 members.|
|The Vagos Motorcycle Club formed a chapter in Peterborough in 2012. In February some members defected to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. The former Vagos may even have formed a new Outlaws chapter. The presence of Outlaws, the Angels’ oldest rivals — is aggravating for the larger club.|