Bikers Invade The Borderline

Associated Press - July 21, 2007 2:25 PM ET

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) - Motorcycle club members are protesting their ban from a Hudson bar.

The bar's owners and city have reached a deal that says the bar will lose its liquor license if it serves club members wearing gang colors or allows meetings or private parties for motorcycle groups.

They say the deal was needed after members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club took over Dibbo's bar one night in April and started a fight at another bar nearby.

But Outlaws members attended a recent Hudson City Council meeting and said they weren't trying to start trouble that night.

And Dave Anderson, treasurer of the 1,100-member Saint Croix Valley Riders, says the ban unfairly affects all motorcycles clubs. He says his group used to meet monthly at Dibbo's -- and members don't wear colors.

American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin executive director Chris Ahmuty says bars and restaurants have the right to set their own dress codes, but the city's involvement raises questions.

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