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The following is the obituary of Mr. Frank Rios.  Rios was the co-founder of the Chicago based motorcycle club, the Hell’s Lovers.  Started in the late 60’s, the Hell’s Lovers MC was one of, if not the first, integrated motorcycle club in the area.  Read on and rest in peace Frank.

L&R,

ArtBiker

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By Lolly BoweanTribune reporter

January 11, 2010

A Harley-Davidson buff who was turned down when he tried to join a motorcycle club in the late 1960s, Frank “Claim-Jumper” Rios started the Hell’s Lovers, one of the first integrated biker organizations in Chicago.

“He got to know people across the United States, and he knew the different clubs,” said his son, Demetrius Guyton. “He enjoyed the wide-open road. The fun part of the road trips was hanging with his bros, even with the breakdowns.”

Mr. Rios, 62, died of cardiac arrest attributed to complications from diabetes Monday, Dec. 28, at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, his son said. Mr. Rios had moved from Chicago’s West Side to Milwaukee in 1997.

A Mexican-American from the West Side, Mr. Rios was an outsider among existing motorcycle clubs when he started the Hell’s Lovers in 1967.

“He put the name on his back, and it took off,” his son said. “He hooked up with a childhood friend, and they formed a nation.”

Overseeing his own club allowed him to meet others who danced to their own rhythm, his longtime friend, Andrew “Poolie” Poole said.

“When people liked the way we lived, they jumped onboard with us,” said Poole, also a founding member of the Hell’s Lovers. “We believed in each other.”

The Hell’s Lovers have about 50 members in Chicago and claim more than 1,500 members across the country in states like Tennessee, Colorado, Texas, Georgia and Maryland, Guyton said.

“When you’d see us coming, you’d wonder, ‘How’d they all get together?’ ” said Ralph Collier, who joined in 1972. “We’d freak people out because we had all kinds of people: black, white, Mexican.”

Many motorcycle clubs have an outlaw reputation, and members of the Hell’s Lovers had occasional scrapes with the law over the years. But Mr. Rios managed to stay out of serious trouble.

“It got to be wild and crazy at times,” Collier said. “Half our stories can’t be put in print. There were times when tears had to be shed. But you lived to see what would happen the next five minutes.”

Mr. Rios, a boxing and martial arts instructor, rode his Harley regularly until four years ago, when he started suffering complications from diabetes.

Mr. Rios is also survived by a sister, Loretta Bernard, and four grandchildren.

Servic es were held.

  7 Responses to “Frank Rios, 1947-2009: co-founder of Hell’s Lovers M/C”

  1. Question: Do male motorcycle clubs allow Gay Lovers in their organization. Allow a man that live with and is in love with another man. In any male motorcycle organization. I am asking this question for a reason. I was informed that bikers do allow Gay Lovers as long as they are Down Low…

  2. you will get whats comin to the hell lovers of i ment gay lovers

  3. RIP Had a lot of respect for the man. He was an Honorable man. Met him once in Memphis and had good conversations with him before I ghosted. My condulances to his family and the club. I will always remember the Man.

  4. Oh my God, We had no idea that Claim died. So sad. He was such a sweetheart. He will be missed by many. Thank you for your posting about him. Our prayers are with Lil-Bit, his family and friends.

  5. I met Claim a few times but never heard this story. Im a big supporter of hells lovers.

  6. HELLS LOVERS OUTLAW CLUB .

  7. Well, the first 2 comments seem to be quite disrespectful. Any REAL MC would not engage in such behavior towards this man. He was a True Biker, Great American Patriot and deserves the respect this post is trying to pay. Thanks
    Gator

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