Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Kansas City Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club

Written by  June 30, 2004

The first time I met the Kansas City Chapter of Ruff Ryders, was on Thursday evening, June 24th at a Paddy O’Quigley’s bike night in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Their club patch is very unique, which made it easy to pick them out of the crowd. Most of the members I met that night rode really nice sport bikes, such as Chapter President, Ray “Sug” Caliman’s beautiful 2001 Yamaha R1. Ray took the time to introduce me to several members and told me a little about their unique organization.
As it turns out, the Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club is a national organization with over 40 chapters worldwide, and more then 20 chapters here in the United States. He also told me that Chicago has one of the larger chapters, with more than 350 members. Ray started the Kansas City Chapter less than two months ago and already has 13 members and three pledges.
I asked Ray how the Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club got started, and he said the motorcycle club is actually a spin-off of Ruff Ryders Records, which was founded in 1998 by brothers, Joaquin, Darrin, and Chivon Dean. The New York record label is best-known for launching the careers of artists such as DMX, Eve, and Jin. According to Ray, “the record company started using a lot of bikes in their music videos, and the Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club evolved from there.”
When asked to explain the purpose of their club, Ray told me their main goal is to promote safe riding, encourage fellowship among riders, raise money to support charitable organizations, portray positive role models and support other riding organizations in the development of motorcycling.
He also said the club will be sponsoring and participating in several upcoming charitable events, such as the Ruff Ryders Relief to Help Battered Women. Ray also said they plan to team up with other local clubs such as the Zodiacs and Midnight Star to help raise money for other worthwhile causes.
I asked Ray how someone would go about joining the club, and he said potential club members must first complete a written application for membership, and if accepted, will become a prospect so the club can evaluate their riding abilities and determine if they are a good fit for their organizations. After 60 days, if everything checks out, the officers can vote them in as a member.
If you would like more information about this wonderful organization, e-mail Ray “Sug” Caliman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kansas City Ruff Ryders Executive Organization:
- Ray “Sug” Caliman, Chapter President
- Rod “G-Mone”, Vice President
- John “Dead Man”, Executive Officer
- Steve B “Ill Will”, Secretary
- James “J-bumper”, Business Manager
- Steve P “Jerzee”, Road Captain
- Sterling “Sterbo”, Sergeant-at-Arms

Story by Mike Schweder

Photos by Mike Schweder and Wayne Thompson