Lufkin motorcycle shop owner responds to Waco gang violence outbreak

Lufkin motorcycle shop owner responds to Waco gang violence outbreak
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

Prior to Waco's deadly gang violence outbreak, motorcycle gangs seemed to be a thing you only saw on TV.

Scott Wilcox, Owner of Lufkin's Cycle Heaven, says for the most part, that is true.

"No not all motorcycle clubs are bad,” Cycle Heaven owner Scott Wilcox. “In fact, the saying '99 percent' are really good and they're really common everyday folks."

The faith based motorcyclist says, like many big cities, Lufkin has seen some outlaw bike organizations.

"At one time there was a Bandido chapter in Lufkin, but once again, that group of folks was your common everyday working folks, for the most part," said Wilcox. "They are not here anymore, that Bandido chapter has kind of disbanded in the area and so we're not seeing any outlaw clubs in the area."

Wilcox explains that many bikers can be recognized by one piece of clothing that is often highly misunderstood.

"It's sometimes called your cut, your vest, your colors,” Wilcox said. “I've heard all different things in the media lately, but it's your vest and it's really about who you are and what you do."

While patches can show gang affiliation, most of the time these symbols are used to give their riding gear a little bit of personality.

"There's actually a big group in our area called Blue Knights," Wilcox said. "The Blue Knights is all law enforcement, and they are obviously a good group of guys."

Wilcox says as a biker, he is disappointed to see this negative light cast on his fellow community member, but encourages non-bikers to keep an open mind when seeing his fellow two-wheeled riders.

"When you do see a bike going down the road patched, it doesn't mean they're a bad person." Wilcox said. "Most everyone you see is your law abiding citizens."

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