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'''Founding'''
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Established in early 2012, the Lavender Banshees are a "moped" gang out of San Diego, CA.  Their leader is [http://www.mopedarmy.com/riders/lavban/ Banshee Steve].  Steve has been posting on the General Forum recently, touting the Banshees as "an all-inclusive moped gang" because he claims to allow people of all sexual orientations into the gang, which is a good thingHe also labels his gang as such because they claim to be all-inclusive in the bikes they classify as ''mopeds''Steve insists that electric and gas-powered motorized bicycles are "mopeds", even though the MA website and the state of California DMV feel differently. This in and of itself is not a big deal. However, the controversy lies in that Steve trolls the MA forums preaching his "all-inclusive new breed of moped gang for the 21'st century" garbage incessantly, pissing off many a forum user, MA branch member, and site moderator. Of note, his style of trolling is passive-agressive, and he seems to have it down to a science. As of late, he has also been polluting the wiki, too. He has made at least three separate pages, even though they are constantly getting deleted and re-edited by other forum users and MA branch members. Word around the campfire is that the "real" SD moped gangs don't think too much of him, but have more class than to make their opinions public on the MA forums.
 
 
Established in early 2012, the Lavender Banshees are a moped gang out of San Diego, CA.  Their leader is [http://www.mopedarmy.com/riders/lavban/ Banshee Steve].  Steve has been posting on the MA General Forum recently, touting the Banshees as "an all-inclusive moped gang" because is it openly welcomes people of all sexual orientations.  The gang is also labeled as such because it is all-inclusive in the bikes they consider to be ''mopeds'" -- anything with pedals and a motorThis includes vintage 2-stroke mopeds, 4-stroke mopeds, sport mopeds, electric mopeds, electric bikes and motorized bikes.  Though not accepted by California DMV or many traditionalists in the moped scene, this expanded view of mopeds -- because all of the models mentioned have motors and pedals -- is nonetheless consistent with the Moped Army definition of mopeds, found here:
 
 
 
[http://www.mopedarmy.com/wiki/Moped]:
 
 
 
"The Moped Army generally recognizes only motor-driven cycles with pedals as being the de facto definition of a moped."
 
 
 
The Lavender Banshees bills itself as a new breed of moped gang for the 21'st century.
 
 
 
 
 
'''Facebook Page and Dual Nature of the Gang'''
 
 
 
The Lavender Banshees maintain a Facebook page at [https://www.facebook.com/groups/lavban/] and exist on two levels. The "real-world" Lavender Banshees in San Diego, California go on monthly rides around town and perform a community service project each quarter, as a way to help out in the community and be goodwill ambassadors for the moped scene. They encourage Lavender Banshees outside of San Diego to do the same in their respective communities.
 
 
 
The gang's Facebook page also serves as a global platform for overlooked and sometimes-marginalized members of the moped scene. A place where they can come together, share stories, exchange tips, plan rides and rallies, discuss issues related to being minorities within a minority culture, and get to know each other based a common love of mopeds.
 
 
 
 
 
'''Tagline'''
 
 
 
The gang's official tagline is: "United We Ride!"
 
 
 
 
 
'''Logos and Folklore Behind the Name'''
 
 
 
The gang has developed a couple of draft logos and is in the process designing a permanent log.
 
 
 
One draft logo is known as the "Moped Peace Wheel." It represents the wide array of moped types welcomed in the gang and the universal hope that different types of mopeds -- vintage and modern, gas and electric -- can find a way to ride together in peace:
 
 
 
[Image:http://ia700806.us.archive.org/15/items/TheMopedPeaceWheel/474183_10100250297977642_115508_44602277_1260779777_o.jpg]
 
 
 
The other draft logo represents the folklore behind the group's name. It portrays a fierce banshee discovering a moped who responds, What the heck is this? She's about to destroy it in all her fury, but some San Diego moped riders rush in to convince her of the machine's ultimate awesomeness. She relents, puts it down gently, hops on, loves it, and rides off into the San Diego sunset. The dumb-founded mopedheads decide, then and there, to form a new gang and call themselves the Lavender Banshees:
 
 
 
[Image:http://www.mopedriders.org/files/157925_289377021129122_53788815_n.jpg]
 
 
 
The banshee was also chosen as the group's mascot out of respect for vintage two-stroke mopeds and the long-standing mopeding tradition they represent. In folklore, banshees are known for their fierce shrieking wails, thought to be reminiscent of the unique noise of a two-stroke moped engine ridden hard.
 
 
 
According to Wikipedia:
 
 
 
"The banshee ( /ˈbænʃiː/ ban-shee), from the Irish bean sí [bʲæn ˈʃiː] ("woman of the síde" or "woman of the fairy mounds") is a feminine spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld. In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. In Scottish mythology the creature is called the bean sìth or bean-nighe and is seen washing the blood stained clothes or armour of those who are about to die. Alleged sightings of banshees have been reported as recently as 1948."
 
 
 
 
 
'''Monthly Rides'''
 
 
 
The Lavender Banshees hold a monthly ride on the second Sunday of every month. The ride is known as the ''Lavender Banshees Sloppier Seconds Sunday Ride'', in order to be distinguished from the monthly Sloppy Seconds Saturday Ride held by San Diego's biggest moped gang, the San Diego Skunks. 
 
 
 
The Lavender Banshees held their inaugural ''Sloppier Seconds Sunday Ride'' on Sunday, March 11. 2012 through the San Diego neighborhoods of Hillcrest, North Park, Normal Heights and University Heights. Pictures from the inaugural ride can be found here:
 
 
 
[http://www.mopedarmy.com/forums/read.php?1,2981689,2981689]
 

Revision as of 13:47, 16 March 2012

Established in early 2012, the Lavender Banshees are a "moped" gang out of San Diego, CA. Their leader is Banshee Steve. Steve has been posting on the General Forum recently, touting the Banshees as "an all-inclusive moped gang" because he claims to allow people of all sexual orientations into the gang, which is a good thing. He also labels his gang as such because they claim to be all-inclusive in the bikes they classify as mopeds. Steve insists that electric and gas-powered motorized bicycles are "mopeds", even though the MA website and the state of California DMV feel differently. This in and of itself is not a big deal. However, the controversy lies in that Steve trolls the MA forums preaching his "all-inclusive new breed of moped gang for the 21'st century" garbage incessantly, pissing off many a forum user, MA branch member, and site moderator. Of note, his style of trolling is passive-agressive, and he seems to have it down to a science. As of late, he has also been polluting the wiki, too. He has made at least three separate pages, even though they are constantly getting deleted and re-edited by other forum users and MA branch members. Word around the campfire is that the "real" SD moped gangs don't think too much of him, but have more class than to make their opinions public on the MA forums.