Since its founding in 1988, Cruiser Club, USA (originally Shadow Club, USA) has been about family oriented riding.
In 2013, Cruiser Club, USA celebrates 25 years of bing a riding club that allows all makes and models, and people of all riding abilities. We provide a safe and enjoyable riding experience. You are not joining a club, but a family.
Every year, at the end of June, members from all our chapters ride to one location for Gathering of Eagles (GOE). At GOE we cruise the country side, play in biker games, and come together each night to share our stories from the road.
For our members, we believe the best way to see this country is on two wheels, with the wind in your face. So join us for a Chapter Ride or Chapter Meeting. Not a chapter near you? Contact Us to see how easy and how much fun it is to start one.
Cruiser Club, USA began as Shadow Club, USA in 1988 when Chuck Cottrell, current National Director, left Fort Wayne, Indiana with two friends, cycling south to Tennessee. As they put miles behind them, a thought began to cross Chuck’s mind, “Man, wouldn’t it be great if we had a large group of cruiser owners riding with us? To where ever our bikes lead us.”
Chuck made that thought a reality, and for years it remained Shadow, Club, USA, making a debut at the 1994 Honda Homecoming in Marysville, Ohio. The members had a wonderful time, and Chuck was overwhelmed by the number of bikes, and the number of people who ride cruisers. It was realized they were involved in something that could be bigger than the single group in Fort Wayne. A national organization was beginning to form.
With growth in mind, the requirement to ride a Honda Shadow was lifted, and there was no turning back when it came to growing the club. Many other manufactures were coming out with some excellent cruiser bikes, and some of the members were buying and riding them.
With chapters starting to pop up across the United States and Canada, it wasn’t long before it was realized that Shadow Club was not representative of our membership, so the name was changed to Cruiser Club, USA. Other riders, touring bikers and sport bikers, noticed how much we were riding and enjoying, and began joining as well.
Not even fifteen years old, Cruiser Club, USA headed into the new millennium with nearly thirty chapters and over four hundred members. Plus a National Rally had been created so that each year we could ride together and share stories. It was called Gathering of Eagles, and we are now approaching our twentieth gathering! Some chapters that were close together also have held regional gatherings.
Most chapters have a monthly meeting, and then rides through out the rest of the month.
2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of that day when Chuck and two buddies headed south to The Volunteer State. It is a great time to join a chapter near you, or start one of your own! Come Enjoy the Ride, Ride to Enjoy with Cruiser Club, USA.