The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is a crime syndicate in Texas that has approximately 2,000 to 2,500 members in 22 countries worldwide. The Bandidos Motorcycle Club was formed in 1966 by Vietnam veteran Donald Chambers.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation classifies the Bandidos Motorcycle Club as an outlaw motorcycle gang. The gang has more than 100 chapters in the United States as well as international chapters in countries such as Australia, France, Italy, Sweden and Costa Rica. The Bandidos Motorcycle Club's rival gangs are the Cossacks and Hells Angels. The gang's colors of red and gold are modeled after the U.S. Marine Corps logo.
The club's rules state that all members must wear a patch that is visible from 150 feet away. Members often embellish their patches with designs such as the letter "M" for motorcycle. The number 13 is also used because the letter "M" is the 13th letter of the alphabet. The phrase "Accept no mercy" is also a common decoration among Bandidos members.
The name and logo of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club comes from 1960s Frito Lay's advertisements featuring the "Frito Bandito" character.
Members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club are involved in illegal activities such as transporting and distributing marijuana and cocaine. They also produce and ship methamphetamine.